Chris Leroux, former Major League Baseball player and the third Canadian Bachelor, seems happy.
The 33-year-old star of Bachelor Canada put it all on the line — his dignity, his privacy, his heart — to find his true love among 20 women. Now retired from baseball, Leroux wanted to find someone to settle down with and start a life together.
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Starting Wednesday night, Canadians will have the chance to watch Leroux navigate his way through the oft-choppy waters of reality TV in order to find that special woman.
Global News sat down with Leroux and Bachelor Canada host Noah Cappe to discover what the 12-episode Season 3 has on offer.
At least, according to Cappe, who says he’s watched every season of both the U.S. and Canadian Bachelor and Bachelorette shows.
“It’s a long ride, but it’s jam-packed,” said Cappe. “Right out of the gate, it’s a blockbuster. You really have to watch it. I’ve seen every episode of this show, I’ve been watching before I ever became a part of it. This is a good one, man. If you’re a fan of the franchise, it has all those elements and moments that you hope and wait to see. If you’ve never seen it before, I’m telling you, this is a great show to ease into. I’m excited for the whole country to see it.”
Many people claim that reality shows, especially romantic/dating ones, are rigged by producers and showrunners who want to make the most of the outcome. Both Cappe and Leroux insist there was no influence by the powers-that-be.
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“I was given free rein to make any decision I wanted,” said Leroux. “I kept people based on our connection. I’m sure I sent home some beautiful people who I just didn’t have a connection with.”
“This show will always struggle in the sense that it’s a TV show,” said Cappe. “There are going to be parts that are edited. They’re going to be made to be beautiful visually. This is real life with real emotions, but at the same time, there is a polished product that gets served at the end of it.”
The former major leaguer prides himself on his aversion to drama, which, as any Bachelor fan knows, is a hallmark of the series. Leroux says if there is any drama, it’ll be among the women. He did his best to avoid it.
“I think I might get sucked into it [sometimes],” he said. “I think it’s generally taking place with the women. I’m the type of person who doesn’t want to get involved in that. I’m almost anti-energy. [Laughs] Some people might say I’m a little too mellow. I am who I am, I’m not a showman.”
“The country is going to get a real glimpse into Chris and the person that he is,” said Cappe. “It’s not just the billboards and the baseball and all the stuff people gravitate to… there’s a really good guy in there, who loves his family and is looking for love. I hate to say this, but… [Laughs] he’s there for the right reasons.”
In a short period of time, Leroux claims he was able to whittle down the women to those he felt a genuine chemistry with. To him, it was obvious who he’d end up with. (We have yet to see if it’ll be obvious to the viewers.)
“I could definitely tell… the cream rises to the top,” said Leroux. “Being a professional baseball player, I’m good at weeding out who likes me for me and who likes me for my potential earnings. I think I did a good job, and to me, it’s obvious. I don’t think it was that hard, but I’ll let the viewing public make their own decisions.”
Some of Leroux’s friends weren’t onboard with the idea of finding love on a reality show, for understandable reasons. Even Leroux’s parents had a tough time accepting it, but apparently, they played a big role in helping him make his decision. Again, Cappe and Leroux were mum about the details.
“My parents were like ‘What?’ at first,” said Leroux. “They were a little bit hesitant, and just like any parent out there, they want the best for their child. If I was going after this with 100 per cent of my energy, then they were totally OK with it. They were a bit nervous that they’d have to be on TV…”
“They ended up playing a big role!” interjected Cappe.
“My dad was surprisingly chill,” laughed Leroux. “And I definitely had a lot of amazing talks with my mom.”
This Bachelor is a private kind of guy, and thinks staying off social media during the season’s airing is the best call for everyone. Since the show has already been shot, Leroux doesn’t see the point of reading people’s opinions on women he did or didn’t choose, since ultimately he’s already chosen.
“I do have social media, but I’m not active,” said Leroux. “I’m a private person. If you want to follow the show, I get that you want to follow me, but you can follow The Bachelor Canada, Noah, W Network… just because you don’t see me walking my dog in Toronto videotaping myself, doesn’t mean I’m not alive. I just like my privacy. You can just watch the show. That’s me.”
The days of zero budget for Canadian reality shows are long gone. Cappe confirmed that the show will be jet-setting this season. There will be travelling, starting with the final minutes of Episode 1. (Unfortunately, Cappe couldn’t reveal where they’re headed — only that yes, there are tropical, exotic locales.)
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