Ameri, a 28-year-old entrepreneur, was the first “Zoom Bachelorette”
— a twist on ABC’s “The Bachelorette”
franchise for the quarantine times. As with the popular TV series, there were one-on-one dates, group dates, cocktail hours, and even a comedian host who gave Chris Harrison
, the host of the ABC series, a run for his money.
On the first group date, some of the men were asked to show off their quarantine grooming
skills — they took scissors or razors to their locks and facial hair in an attempt to coif their unruly lockdown looks. On a second group date, they displayed their (oftentimes mediocre) culinary skills
. It was all live-streamed on Twitch
, where hundreds of viewers, who paid in the form of charitable donations in exchange for access to the viewing link, watched the full event and commented in real-time.
Part reality show and part virtual-dating experiment, Zoom Bachelorette was an extreme version of a pandemic dating trend: video dates. Amid stay-at-home orders, many are eager to forge connections and dating apps have raced to encourage video conversations.Source…