“How would you feel about hosting The Bachelor…?” That’s how the phone call with my agent began. “I’d love to,” I responded.
“Now, what if I told you it was The Bachelor…Canada?” I could sense the trepidation in his voice. “Absolutely!” I enthusiastically replied. “What do they need from me?” I soon found out, a self-taped audition and it had to get to the producers ASAP.
While pacing the room and getting comfortable with the copy I wondered how best to approach this. After inadvertently stepping on one of my four-year-old’s princess dolls, I had a sudden flash of inspiration. I think I may have also drawn blood (Snow White, who knew she had it in her?).
The result can be seen by watching audition link above. Sure, it was silly and a huge risk since the host’s role isn’t really to be a comedian. But my gut told me that it was the right call because it was true to who I am. At the end of the day that’s what I thought would showcase my abilities in the best light.
They liked it! The call came while I was watching one of my daughter’s favourite shows.
“Tyler, the producers would like to offer the hosting job on The Bachelor Canada.” I sat there quietly and gave it a moment to sink in. It was a moment I won’t forget. The tremendous hours of preparation, the willingness to be myself and trust my instincts had paid off in the biggest way.
“YES!” I finally replied, the response was equal parts joy and relief.
“Daddy! I can’t hear my show.”
“Thanks Matt, I gotta go…”
Princess Bebelle had inspired me yet again. This time to be quiet.
As Brad Smith, our Canadian Bachelor, and the 25 bachelorettes prepare to take this journey together I wish for them the same success. It is my hope that throughout this odyssey they will find the courage to be honest, that they will be fearless, and above all, that they will be true to themselves.