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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Why Liz From The Bachelor is the Most Relatable Contestant

Anyone who has ever watched the bachelor, probably doesn't relate to anything the contestants go through on the show. The reason for this is that it is impossible to relate to anyone who is building and forming their relationship in front of a national television audience. Add that to the elaborate dates, most of us only dream to be apart of, you have one of the most unrealistic reality television shows. Until this season.

I have found a few contestants on past seasons that I strive to be like, for example Kaitlyn Bristowe, Jade Roper, Ali Fedotowsky, and Andi Dorfman. However, I have never been able to relate to any of them while watching on through the television screen, instead I just call them my spirit animals and wish to be as awesome as they are. Over the past few years I have watched the Bachelor and Bachelorette on and off. I usually watch the first few episodes and decide if I want to watch that season from there. This season, I knew I wanted to see how Nick Viall handled this third opportunity at love. To my surprise, I didn't know I would find someone to relate to through the season, let alone that other people would relate to.

Liz Sandoz, Jade's best friend, was the first contestant that I feel anyone watching reality television shows can relate to. Although many viewers were probably annoyed and turned off by the amount of times it was mentioned that Liz and Nick had hooked up at Jade and Tanner's wedding, the reality is it happened and television likes to remind us of things that happened. The relatable part for many though would be the fact Liz just needed closure.

I think she went on to get a second chance with Nick, but in reality I think what she really wanted was closure. Watching Liz open up to Nick about not talking to him and what had happened in her mind following meeting Nick was real and raw. It was what many women want, they want someone to fight for them. That is what she wanted from Nick in my opinion.

As an outsider watching, the way I perceived it was that Liz may not have been ready to jump at a relationship, based on her mention of just previously leaving one, but that she wanted him to fight for her. Liz wanted Nick to fight for her like any girl wants a guy to fight for them. So although it was a two way street and she could have reached out, he should have been the one to reach out to her as well. He needed to be the one to take his own questions and ask himself why he didn't use their mutual friends to contact her, not the other way around.

This is the most relatable thing the Bachelor has presented, a storyline in which the girl goes to the man and he doesn't fight for her, because he never really wanted to. In my opinion, Liz went to the Bachelor for another chance, that was her way of reaching out and fighting for Nick, but in the end, he didn't fight for her, just like he didn't from the minute that day after the wedding to the minute she left the show. It showed that Nick was not the type of guy to fight for the girl.

In the end Nick lost and Liz won. She got the closure she needed, and she found out Nick wasn't the guy to fight for a girl like she wanted. The winner was also the television audience, because they saw that they are not alone in chasing after the guy for a second chance and wanting him to fight for them.

I hope this is not the last time we see Liz and that she has her own shot at love.

Do you watch the Bachelor? Did you see last night's episode and what did you think?

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