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BACHELOR’S BIGGEST MYSTERIES REVEALED!

WHO PAYS FOR THE RINGS?

The guys pick from a selection of rings courtesy of the network. (Bachelors Andrew Firestone and Aaron Buerge paid for their own.) If the romance fizzles within two years, the ring goes back, a source says.

What do the contestants do during downtime?

No TV, books or phones are allowed, so contestants tend to work out and talk. “You can’t drink all day!” says a source.

Do the cameras ever miss anything important?

Rarely. There are cameras everywhere, except the shower. “You can’t escape them!” says a former Bachelorette.

HOW LONG ARE THE ROSE CEREMONIES?

Much longer than you think! “The arrivals alone on the first night are two hours long,” one former Bachelor explains, “and that first rose ceremony can go till 4 a.m. or later.” Ten hours of sipping cocktails can take a toll, as viewers have seen. “People are tired, nervous and anxious,” says the Bachelor. “They can get pretty banged up!”

Do the women wear their own clothes?

The Bachelorette gets a stylist; women competing on The Bachelor only get styled for the finale. “They want to make sure the dresses are very different,” says a source.

Who Was the Youngest Contestant?

Law student Jessica Bowlin was 21 when she won the heart of Jesse Palmer. “I was too young,” she admits now.

Do the producers make you do certain things?

Not exactly. But they “encourage certain behavior,” says a former contestant. “Like asking for alone time or talking about fellow contestants behind their backs.”

DO THEY INTENTIONALLY KEEP DRAMATIC CONTESTANTS?

Yes! A former Bachelor star confirms, “I was asked to keep someone I hated for several weeks because the producers knew it would be good TV.”