Does this prove The Bachelor is FAKE? Jimmy Nicholson busted wearing an earpiece during a very awkward first date with one of his potential suitors
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Pilot Jimmy Nicholson’s series of The Bachelor launched on Wednesday night.
But as with every season, the drama-filled premiere left some fans scratching their heads as to just how authentic the match-making reality show really is.
The rumour mill was sent into overdrive during the 32-year-old’s first date with Sierah Swepstone, where Jimmy was spotted wearing an earpiece in his right ear.
Fake? Bachelor Jimmy Nicholson was pictured wearing an earpiece in his right ear during his first red carpet meeting with his suitors on Wednesday night
In a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment, his ear flashed to the camera as the pretty brunette read his fortune with Tarot cards – with every one saying he should be with her.
As he awkwardly laughed, some eagle-eyed fans couldn’t help but wonder if Jimmy was being fed lines or conversation starters by producers as the spotted the nifty device in her ear.
‘Surely the producers are reading out suggestions into that earpiece in Jimmy’s ear,’ one fan wrote, with a gif spelling the word ‘rigged’ below.
‘I wonder if Jimmy has an ear piece telling him the names he’s picked or every single Bachelor has a good memory,’ another added.
Bizarre: Jimmy’s first date with Sierah Swepstone saw her telling his fortune with Tarot cards – with every one saying he should be with her
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Channel 10 for comment.
It was all looking a bit too familiar for some Bachelor fans, who have noticed the show’s leading men wearing earpieces in the past.
Last season, Locky Gilbert denied hurtful rumours he was a ‘producer’s puppet’ who followed instructions via an earpiece throughout filming.
During an Instagram Q&A, the former Survivor star, 32, was asked about the false claims he was regularly fed lines and ‘conversation starters’.
He clarified: ‘The earpiece is only used for rose ceremonies so I know when to call a name so they can set cameras. I was never told what to say or do.’
Locky added: ‘I think production would have loved if I did [follow instructions].’
Fake news: Last year’s Bachelor Locky Gilbert (pictured with girlfriend Irena Srbinovska) previously denied hurtful rumours he was a ‘producer’s puppet’ who followed instructions via an earpiece
‘I was never told what to say’: During an Instagram Q&A, Locky was asked about the false claims he was regularly fed lines and ‘conversation starters’
The earpiece allegations were first made by contestant Nadine Kodsi in an interview with Daily Mail Australia conducted before the season premiere.
Nadine claimed that Locky was just a ‘puppet’ being controlled by the producers.
She also alleged that he received instructions via an earpiece; however, this is not uncommon for reality shows like The Bachelor.
When similar claims were made about 2017 Bachelor Matty Johnson, a Channel 10 spokesperson said: ‘The Bachelor or Bachelorette are occasionally required to be connected to the director if there are technical difficulties with cameras, audio and lighting.
‘Once they get the all clear, they can continue with the Rose Ceremony proceedings. The Bachelor or Bachelorette never wears an earpiece during a cocktail party or on dates.’
Claims: The earpiece allegations were first made by contestant Nadine Kodsi (pictured) in an interview with Daily Mail Australia conducted before the season premiere