Talk Nerdy With Us had the pleasure of speaking with 26-year-old Christian Bishop recently, who was a contestant on this past season of both “The Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise.”
Christian was approached by the casting directors for “The Bachelorette” at a fitness expo. He had made a new year’s resolution, and a promise to his mom, to say “yes” to opportunities more often and to be more open to a relationship. So, of course, he said yes and soon would be on his way to meet JoJo Fletcher.
It is for similar reasons that Christian said “yes” to being on “Bachelor in Paradise,” a spin-off of the main Bachelor franchise shows. “My chances of meeting someone on [Bachelor in] Paradise were a lot higher,” he explained. “The experience on ‘The Bachelorette’ was awesome, so I had to give it another shot.”
Christian arrived on week 2 of the show. At that point, there were relationships that had already started forming among the cast members. “[It] definitely is awkward walking into a completely new group with a bunch of random fresh relationships,” he said. “I was torn because I personally had an issue with trying to talk to women that my friends from JoJo’s season were already dating.”
He ended up asking Sarah, originally from Sean Lowe’s season of “The Bachelor,” on a date. “I wanted a practical relationship and thought, worst case, we would be good friends,” he said of the reason why he asked her out. “The fact that she lives in Los Angeles with me seemed realistic.” However, things didn’t work out in paradise for Christian. Sarah ended up picking Daniel over him, sending him home in the same week he arrived. When asked whether or not he and Sarah still have a relationship after paradise, Christian admitted that they are “cordial but do not really interact.”
I asked him whether or not he considered pulling an “Ashley I.” and asking to stay on the show for more women to arrive. He said, “Not everyone gets the ability to stay longer just because they choose to. [It] takes a certain type of individual to get that treatment. At the start of the show, I shared who I was interested in meeting. The young lady that was number one on my list showed up at the very end. [It was] disappointing, but fortunately, we were able to get together after the season.”
Unfortunately, Christian did not get a lot of airtime on “The Bachelorette” or “Bachelor in Paradise.” As a result, there are a lot of things that people do not know about him. He shared one thing that people would be surprised to know about. “Becoming a husband and good father is my number one motivator and priority in life,” he said. “It’s something I think about often. The thought of giving my kids that traditional family lifestyle is second to none.”
Since Christian left his corporate job with a Fortune 500 company to go on “Bachelor in Paradise,” he has found himself employed with a new company. Currently, he is the director of production and content for BidChat, a broadcasting company that uses an app to allow personalities, celebrities, and influencers an opportunity to use their fame and following to raise money for different charities. Christian’s job entails creating content and producing different mini-shows to help promote the company.
One of the company’s first and biggest campaigns that they have done has been #Howl4ACure, which was launched with MTV and the cast of Teen Wolf to raise awareness for cystic fibrosis. According to Christian, the cast has broadcasted on the platform and interacted with fans during those broadcasts to help raise money for cystic fibrosis research. Those broadcasts trended in 10 countries.
Starting on September 19, Christian and BidChat are kicking off Bachelor Week on the platform with some of your favorite contestants from the most recent season of the show. Check out the promo video below and follow Christian on Twitter (mrcbishop) for more information.
— Christian Bishop (@mrcbishop) September 14, 2016