After a very successful launch in 2015, the Bachelor NZ is back to grace our screens every Sunday and Monday night, and the third season has promised audiences more romantic twists and turns than ever before. In a short space of time, it’s become a reality television staple for most Kiwis; a national institution if you will. Whether you love it, or you hate it, or you love to hate it, the truth is that we just can’t get enough of it. Earlier this week, Jogai spoke to research manager at the institute of culture, discourse, and communication at AUT Dr Philippa Smith, to develop a more critical insight into reality tv, and what exactly makes the Bachelor tick. We started out by asking why the more romantic sub-genres of reality tv tend to resonate with audiences so heavily.