How to watch The Bachelor 2021 season 25 with Matt James

The Bachelor 2021 promises to be an unmissable season of 'firsts'...

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The Bachelor 2021 - season 25 of the show – has managed to keep the cameras rolling despite the global pandemic forcing many other TV shows to change their shooting schedules (opens in new tab) or halt filming altogether. 

Much like the current season of The Bachelorette with Clare Crawley/Tayshia Adams, producers have found a way around the travel restrictions (opens in new tab) and social distancing rules to allow the show to go on.

Just as the current season of The Bachelorette was filmed all in one location so that the cast could form a Covid-free 'bubble', the new season of The Bachelor is currently doing the same. Filming took place at the Nemacolins Woodland Resort in Pennsylvania, described as a "four-season playground nestled within 2000 acres". Fancy.

How to watch The Bachelor 2021 in the US

ABC is the home of The Bachelor in the US; and now allows American users to watch the series for free.

Episodes of The Bachelor can also be viewed on demand on ABC.com or on streaming service Hulu (opens in new tab) – if you have a subscription to their platform.

How to watch The Bachelor 2021 outside the US

In the UK, you can watch previous seasons of The Bachelor on streaming service Hayu (opens in new tab). The streaming platform offers a one-month free trial (opens in new tab) of their service and then after that it's £4.99 a month.

There's no contract, so you can cancel your subscription at any time, and Hayu also have a whole library of other reality shows for you to watch so you can catch up with the latest episodes of The Bachelorette or Keep up with the Kardashians while you wait for Matt James' season to arrive.

Elsewhere in the world, the best way to watch The Bachelor is by using a VPN service. A VPN service helps to get around the geo-restrictions and lets you change the IP address of your phone or laptop so it makes it look like you're back in the US.

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Meet Matt James, season 25's heartthrob and man of the hour

Matt James, a real estate broker, entrepreneur and community organization founder from North Carolina is the new Bachelor for season 25 of the long-running show.

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The 28 year old has made history as the first Black male lead for the franchise, something he describes as, "an honour". Matt also added: "I'm excited to take on that role…I hope we can show people that diverse love stories are beautiful."

Although he hasn't appeared on a franchise of the show before (previous Bachelors have been runners up in The Bachelorette or similar) Matt is known to fans of the franchise thanks to his friendship with former Bachelorette Hannah Brown and her runner-up suitor, Tyler C.

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"Matt has been on our radar since February, when producers first approached him to join Bachelor Nation, as part of Clare’s season," Karey Burke, the President of ABC Entertainment said in a statement.

"When filming couldn’t move forward as planned, we were given the benefit of time to get to know Matt and all agreed he would make a perfect Bachelor."

The show bosses aren't the only ones convinced that Matt is a perfect Bachelor lead. The New York City resident has already broken another record on the show thanks to the number of women who signed up to be on his season – an impressive 6,500!

When is the next season of The Bachelor?

As of now, The Bachelor has not been cancelled or renewed for a 26th season.

Rachael Martin
Digital Editor - Woman & Home

An internationally published digital journalist and editor, Rachael has worked as a writer and editor for both news and lifestyle websites in the UK and abroad including Metro UK, Homes & Gardens, Ideal Home, GoodTo.com, honey.nine.com.au and body+soul. 

 

Rachael's published work covers a broad spectrum of topics and she has written about everything from the future of sustainable travel, to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the world we live in, to the psychology of colour.