Tyler Harcott hosts "The Bachelor Canada." (Citytv)
On the Nov. 14 episode, the women of "The Bachelor Canada" will finally open up in the highly-anticipated "Women Tell All" episode. However, despite the drama associated with the series, host Tyler Harcott maintains that Canadian contestants differ from their Americans counterparts.
"I think in the States — and I live in the States — there is a sense that drama is what everyone wants to see," Harcott tells omg! Canada. "And, to an extent, I think that's true. People don't watch NASCAR because they want to see amazing left turns; they want to see a crash. And I think this show or the franchise itself has a lot of that.
"But I think in Canada, we have a real sensibility about ourselves. Whether it's about entertainment or not, we are not a people who want to overstep emotionally in a negative way. And I think that would say it's almost like that Canadian classic [attitude] shines through."
Even with the antics of Whitney, or Gabrielle's confrontational temperament?
"The ladies understand there's a sense of sorority among themselves," Harcott explains. "And yes, they're competing against each other, but it's like, 'We're women, we are this one group of people, and we have to protect each other's back.' I don't think we lost any of the drama, and I'm proud of that, and I don't think the show hurts at all from less cattiness or meanness to each other."
Harcott cites the support Chantelle received from her fellow bachelorettes following news of her grandfather's death as proof of the camaraderie among contestants.
"You can't manipulate those things," he points out. "That was a real moment. Drama creates itself, and when it does, you have to sit back, let it happen, let it breathe, and that's what shows through. And I'm really proud of that and of all the ladies."
However, the comparisons between "The Bachelor Canada" and the original series don't stop at premise or drama. Viewers have to wonder if Tyler Harcott took any cues from American host, Chris Harrison.
"I'm not Chris Harrison," Harcott insists. "And I don't want to be Chris Harrison. Neither does Chris Harrison or the producers — they want me to be me, that's why they hired me. And [with hosting] you walk a really fine line, and you have an audience who's very savvy and very used to another version of the show. You want to respect that, but you also want to have your own unique Canadian identity. So we walk that line hoping to fall between those two worlds."
Bachelor Brad Smith seems to be falling between two of his own worlds as well. On TV, Brad appears reserved and quiet, while his tweets about "The Bachelor Canada" portray a much more sarcastic, self-aware version of himself. So why tone down the humour?
"You'd have to ask Brad," says Harcott. "The person who's on the show, that's Brad. I'm not him. Put it this way: the person you see on camera is the person you are. You can't edit things in. You can edit things out, but you can't edit things in. He's not straight and narrow on the show, and there's a lot of flashes of senses of humour.
"Brad appreciates that he's a man of the show, and he wants to respect it," Harcott continues. "He respects the brand enough to carry himself with a certain level of dignity, so I think he straddles the line of bringing his sense of humour and bringing that other side of himself. There are many facets to everybody's personality. It's just a question of what you see at a certain time."
What viewers arguably don't get to see are the deeper relationships between Brad and the contestants. Aside from discussing how much they like each other, fans are deprived of "real talk," such as political or religious beliefs, or many other topics one would probably want to cover before agreeing to marry someone. But while audiences weren't let in on such riveting conversation, Harcott is adamant that he kept Brad focused on finding the right girl.
"Most of my interaction was with Brad," Harcott says. "But my goal was to keep him focused and clear on what he's there for, and not [have him] be bewildered or bewitched by the beauty of the superficial, but what's deeper. Because in time, the beauty and the superficial all fades, and everything else is what you want to fall in love with -- that person inside."
Tune in for the "Women Tell All" episode of "The Bachelor Canada" on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 9:30 p.m. ET on Citytv, and you can find out whether Brad fell in love with Whitney or Bianka the season finale on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 9:30 p.m. ET.