Shopping for furniture can be almost as difficult as finding a partner, but with a casting call for “The Bachelor” at Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture in Braintree next week, locals can do both at the same time.
The furniture retailer, in conjunction with ABC Boston’s WCV-TV, will host an open casting call for the popular matchmaking show from 1 to 5 p.m. on June 22.
The search is for both men and women. Though contestants for bachelor or bachelorette typically come from previous seasons of the show, a release for the casting said agents are looking for men who want to be the next bachelor, in addition to women who want to date the next bachelor.
“We are very excited to be part of 'The Bachelor’s' search for their next star,” said Rob Rubin of Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture. “We know our customers have a lot of style and personality and look forward to seeing all the eligible women and men out there who want to audition to be part of this terrific show.”
According to Amy Blumenthal, PR spokeswoman for Bernie & Phyl's, the store did a casting call last year in their Westborough store, where 120 people showed up for the chance to meet or be the next bachelor.
"We had a good turnout and they are expecting a couple hundred to come to this particular one," she said.
People will come in, will be asked to register and have photo taken, Blumenthal said. Contestants are then given a number and a time estimate for an interview.
Four camera stations will be set up so that several people can be interviewed at once.
“They just want to get them on tape and see how the answer questions on camera,” Blumenthal said.
Last year, one girl who auditioned was asked to come back with her twin. Another man was just shopping for furniture when he found out about the show and decided to audition.
"They are just looking for something they like," Blumenthal said.
In addition to being single and over 21 years of age, applicants must not be a candidate for any type of political office, must be a US citizen or resident alien living in the United States, and must have a passport.
Anyone convicted of a felony is barred from participating, and background checks are mandatory.
Strict guidelines are also given on 'The Bachelor' website for those who apply, including agreeing to disclose any information within the application to other people, agreeing to be taped 24/7 if chosen for the program, and consenting to the program filming applicants in a way that could be “embarrassing, unfavorable, humiliating, and/or derogatory and/or may portray him or her in a false light,” the website states.
Applicants also must be open to travel. In addition to agreeing to travel and live in accordance with show rules, semi-finalists to the program will have to travel to Los Angeles for further interviews, and potentially undergo physical and psychological exams.
For more information on criteria, click here.
Pre-registration is not required. Applicants will be required to sign a waiver the day of the auditions.
For more information on the casting call, click here.