River House Condominiums located in downtown Grand Rapids on Bridge St., is holding a contest, Grand Rapids Bachelor at River House. They are looking for a male of at least 21 years of age, non-married, legal resident of Michigan with a clean criminal record, who wants to be the Grand Rapids Bachelor at River House. The contest starts out with some castings calls, then according to their Facebook page, the top 10 finalists will go out on dates at local venues with a bachelorette (no word if its the same bachelorette or different ones for each finalist) and then they will “be slowly eliminated until only one bachelor stands!” Which would be the winner.
So what does this lucky winner receive for all his trouble. Well according to the rules and eligibility section of the website “The winner will also be featured on all print and electronic promotion of the Bachelor Pad.” Oh great, the bachelor will have his mug and/or torso used for free advertising and promotion. Nothing better than being an unpaid model for a company that is using you for its own monetary gain.
Additionally, “all finalists will receive free meals and entertainment during the course of their participation with this contest.” Well that is nice, we do not want the prospective bachelors to disappoint their bachelorettes with a crappy date at Quinzos.
Lastly, perhaps the greatest prize of all is “The winner of the River House Bachelor Grand Rapids contest will receive the use of the Bachelor Pad at River House Condominiums for weekend accommodation and entertainment purposes up to three (3) times throughout 2011”. WOW! 3 weekends, 6-9 days (if you count Friday) out of a whole year! That is amazing! What a great prize. I would not be surprised if the bachelor will also have to pay for his own parking at River House for one of his three weekends.
What is this “Bachelor Pad” room? Can’t you just give the winner the room for the whole year? Or is this pad also the communal room, where other residents can host events and gatherings. I wonder if there are black out periods. What if this “Bachelor Pad” room is a dump (I doubt it) but there are no pictures anywhere to prove otherwise.
If you are going to do a contest like this why not go all the way. I would think River House could leverage this promotion better if the winner stayed their the whole year. Check up with him throughout, do some videos, have him give tours that sort of thing.
This whole ordinary person who becomes locally famous is somewhat amusing for me. Do you remember WOTV The F4CEe of 4? Well this is year two, of the promotion. The winner does get “used” by the station and is plastered in advertisements, used in events, and in spots on TV, but least the F4CE of 4 actually wins something, $20,000 . I just remember seeing last years F4CE of 4, Jordan Carson and her dog at a local high school football game handing out Subway Sandwiches and encouraging people to win swag with a bean bag toss. She was very friendly and personable but seems like a drag (it was quite cold out as well). I can’t imagine having to do that week in and week out.
Any prospective eligible bachelors reading this blog that would participate in the contest? Why or why not?