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National tour kicks off Feb. 13

Former “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” leads Ben Higgins and Becca Kufrin have explained the concept of “Bachelor Live on Stage” in podcasts, interviews and social media posts at length over the past few months.

But even the live show’s co-hosts know there’s some confusion about exactly what a fan can expect from the event, which kicks off in Mesa, Arizona, on Feb. 13 and travels to 66 cities across the country through May.

Kufrin admitted it’s not the easiest event to describe.

“That’s what we get asked the most — ‘What is this?,'” she told The Arizona Republic, which is part of the USA TODAY Network. “Basically, it’s going to be the actual ‘Bachelor’ season condensed into two hours.” 

What is ‘Bachelor Live on Stage’?

At each show,a pre-selected local bachelor will “date” 10 contestants from the area who are chosen from online applications and members of the crowd.

On the ABC reality show, couples have left “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” engaged after two months; Higgins and Kufrin both did, though Higgins and Lauren Bushnell Lane (now married) eventually broke up. That won’t happen at the live show.

Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell Lane

“There’s no engagement at the end of this,” Kufrin said. “It’s much more lighthearted, but we want our bachelor to find someone they’re intrigued with. This is just helping someone find a person in their city they’re compatible with.”

As for what to expect from the hosts, who have been rehearsing for months, Kufrin said they’ve been working with a choreographer and dance crew for reasons that will remain a surprise, as well as an improv team to help them riff with the contestants.

“I’m going to have to get a lot better at my wit,” Higgins said in the midst of rehearsals.

What to expect at the live show

Similar to the TV show, the stage version will have contestants take part in ice breakers such as competitions and group dates. There will be a first impression rose, group date roses and a final rose. The audience will have opportunities to give feedback on whom they like and don’t like.

“That first date is always awkward, always nerve-wracking. What this show will do is it’ll break the ice to where if you do date afterwards you’ll have a funny, fun, cool story to share about it that’ll hopefully be the foundation for maybe that second and third date,” Higgins said.

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His role, he said, is “to be the bridge between the audience and the contestants.”

Becca Kufrin was the

There’s a twist that they can’t reveal yet, Kufrin said, but “It’s really going to be up to both the bachelor and the final contestant to say yes or no.”

The local bachelor’s identity is announced ahead of the show, but the contestants will not be revealed until the event. But that’s not to say that Kufrin hasn’t taken a peek at whom she could be sharing the stage with by going through some of the applications.

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