The Qualities That Make Up A Good 'Bachelorette' Contestant
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With Rachel Lindsay's season of The Bachelorette just weeks away, this former Bachelor contestant is about to meet a couple dozen men, among which is hopefully the guy she's going to spend the rest of her life with. Of course, they're not all going to be her soulmate, but some of them are bound to become Bachelor Nation legends forever. So, what determines which guys will be worth watching — and possibly even worth a summer on Bachelor in Paradise? Over the last 12 seasons of the show, it's become pretty obvious that there are certain qualities a good Bachelorette contestant has, and that's what sets him apart from the rest.  

Of course, we've already met the first of Rachel's suitors via that surprise she got on After The Final Rose, and I definitely liked those guys. They all seemed to have a good sense of humor, and Rachel seemed totally charmed. But I'm hoping that the rest of her dudes are just as awesome, because it would be so wonderful to see her make a genuine connection and fall in love... and I have a feeling this lady isn't about to settle for just anybody.

Here are qualities that are necessary for any good Bachelorette contestant to have. Hopefully, Rachel's season will introduce us to tons of guys who fit the bill.

1. He Needs To Have A Good Sense Of Humor

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This quality is important for so many reasons. First of all, for those of us at home, it's way more entertaining to watch a funny dude as a fan — it just makes a contestant so much more endearing. But also, I think we can all agree that the concept of The Bachelorette is a really unusual process. I've never been on the show, but I can imagine that a sense of humor is essential to surviving it.

2. He Needs To Give Himself Over To The Process

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Like I said, this is an unusual path to love, so not only does a Bachelorette contestant need to be able to not take it overly seriously, but at the same time, he needs to be able to suspend disbelief a bit, too. No, it's probably not normal to go on a juggling date with 12 other guys, but inside the Bach universe it is, so you have to play along — and that's the only way that falling in love for real becomes possible.

3. He Needs To Understand What The Bachelorette Actually Is

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So many contestants on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, at one point, seem surprised that the lead has feelings for more than one person. Everyone knows what they signed up for — this isn't a traditional dating experience, and there's a very good chance it's going to include a little jealousy and insecurity along the way. It sucks, but there are literal dozens of seasons to watch beforehand in preparation.

4. He Needs To Be Ready For A Serious Commitment

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This thing ends in an engagement, ideally, so a good Bachelorette contestant is ready for marriage and knows what he wants. He also needs to be ready to have tough conversations early on, like ones about children and where to live. It gets super real as soon as After The Final Rose is over, so he needs to be ready for that.

5. He Needs To Be Flexible

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Being on The Bachelorette comes with a lot of curveballs, like being thrown into dates that may be a little out of your comfort zone or last minute cocktail party cancellations. You need to be able to roll with the punches, or you'll never last.

6. He Needs To Be Opinionated

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If you want to make an impression on the Bachelorette and the audience, you're going to want to be authentic and assertive. It's not a time for people pleasing; have an opinion about who you are and what you think. That gives the Bachelorette a better idea of who each man is, and it helps fans figure out who to root for.

7. He Needs To Be Willing To Do Just About Anything

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On The Bachelorette, you can't be afraid of looking stupid on TV, being too honest, or getting too emotional. This show leaves nothing off limits, because even though it's about one woman finding love, it's also about creating good television. As far as I can tell, the experience of filming the show seems to push the contestants to their limits on camera, and that's definitely not for everyone.

8. He Needs To Be Friendly

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Villains are entertaining AF to watch, but the most endearing contestants are the ones who are well liked by almost everyone else staying in the mansion — and they're also the easiest to root for. Personally, I always want the Bachelorette to end up with someone who's kind to others, and that's important.

9. He Needs To Be OK With His Life Changing After The Show

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Whether he leaves The Bachelorette engaged or not, everything will change immediately following the finale. Once you're inducted into Bachelor Nation, you're basically a celebrity, and you're destined for Instagram fame. What he decides to do with it is totally up to him.

With any luck, Rachel will have plenty of guys with these qualities on her season... and finally meet the man she's looking for. I can't wait to see every minute of it.