FRIDAY, MARCH 23: Network TV show The Bachelorette is expected to film part of its next season in Bermuda.
Production crews are currently on-island, scouting locations.
The show is a spin-off from competitive dating reality show The Bachelor and shows 25 men vying for the affection of one woman.
Last season’s finale drew more than eight million viewers.
The popular ABC show announced in January that its bachelorette for the eighth season is 26-year-old single mother Emily Maynard.
She won The Bachelor last year when Brad Womack proposed to her, but the couple split in June.
Maynard, a fan favourite, will be the first single mom bachelorette and will choose one of 25 men to spend her life with.
The crew for the show arrived in Bermuda on Tuesday and Wednesday and are staying at Rosewood Tucker’s Point.
The cast is expected to fly in over the weekend.
Sources have told the Bermuda Sun a rose ceremony will take place at a lavish property on the island with the cast also staying at Tucker’s Point.
They will participate in various water activities around the island during the course of filming.
The whole team is expected to be in Bermuda until at least next Friday.
According to the Charlotte Observer, the show is filming most of the forthcoming season in a six-bedroom, 8.5-bath European-style mansion in Charlotte rather than its usual California location because Maynard didn’t want to uproot her 6-year-old daughter for the filming.
She was engaged to NASCAR racer Rick Hendrick who died in 2004 in a plane crash when Maynard was pregnant with their daughter.
The show was filming in Charlotte this week as Maynard was spotted on dates.
The Bachelorette premieres on May 14 on ABC.
We reached out to the Department of Tourism yesterday but received no response by press time.
Tourism Minister Wayne Furbert is scheduled to hold a press conference on ‘tourism initiatives’ today, but the specific topic was not disclosed.