'The Bachelor': How to Get Cast on ABC's Hit Dating Show

Those who are ready to find love and want to search for it on the television in front of millions of people can apply to be on The Bachelor. Or they can nominate a friend.

Let's be honest, finding the person who, in the words of Tom Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle, possesses the million tiny, little things that, when added up mean you're supposed to be together, is no easy task. After years of bad dates and breakups, it can even seem impossible.

When swiping right leaves you with carpal tunnel and one too many of your Tinder, Hinge or Bumble matches suddenly go radio silent, it's easy to find yourself disillusioned with finding your soul mate. Sure, you could finally agree to that date with your grandma's friend's grandson. Or, you could pack a bag and take a shot at finding love on The Bachelor.

There are a number of ways to get cast on the hit ABC television show. One way is to attend an open casting call. In June and July, ABC held a number of casting calls throughout the country, for the next season of The Bachelor. However, the last one was on July 27, so that option's out for now.

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Fortunately, Bachelor and Bachelorette hopefuls can apply at any time by completing an application or nomination form–meant for those friends who double as match-makers.

The application and nomination forms can either be mailed or filled out online and include a variety of questions. Some of the information casting directors are looking for is pretty basic, such as a person's home address and birth date.

Other questions on the application, though, are a little tougher to answer. Such as, "What have you not found but would like to have in a relationship?" and "Why did your previous relationships end?"

The nomination form has far fewer questions and besides the basics, just asks the person to describe the person their nominating.

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TV reality celebrity Colton Underwood promotes the new season of "The Bachelor" at the Grove shopping center in Los Angeles on January 4. To be cast on the dating show, people can either attend a casting call or submit an application online or by mail. Daniel SLIM / AFP/Getty

Along with the questionnaire, applicants are encouraged to send recent pictures and a video of themselves explaining why they'd like to be on the show. The 10 to 15-minute video is intended to showcase a person's personality and The Bachelor casting team had a number of suggested topics. Among them were a funny first date story, childhood memories or wacky family members.

Videos being mailed should be submitted on a DVD or USB driver and if using a cell phone camera, it should always be turned sideways so the video is recorded in landscape format.

There are a number of eligibility requirements for Bachelor and Bachelorette participants. They must be at least 21 years old, have a valid passport, be able to travel to Los Angeles for interviews and be able to participate in the show for a six month period.

While you may not be able to hurry love, as Phil Collins sang, the modern world certainly makes it easier to put yourself out there. Plus, it should be noted, that while most Bachelor and Bachelorette couples split up, those who have made it down the aisle, are still together.

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