Calling all “The Bachelorette” fans. If you want to see the episode that was filmed in Richmond, be sure to tune in Monday, July 2.
The popular ABC reality show filmed in RVA in early April when “Bachelorette” Becca Kufrin, a 28-year-old Minnesota native, and her crew of bachelor contestants were spotted in town.
Kufrin and bachelor Jason Tartick were filmed on a one-on-one date at Sugar Shack Donuts on Lombardy Street, where they made their own doughnuts.
The crew filmed a group date on the steps of the Virginia Capitol, with political-inspired banners “Beccaelection 2018” in the background.
It also filmed at The Veil Brewing Co., Old City Hall, RVA Trolley, Main Street Station, Dover Hall and Bolling Haxall House.
While in town, Kufrin and host Chris Harrison stayed at Quirk Hotel; the bachelor contestants were housed at the Graduate Richmond, witnesses said.
The taping in Richmond wrapped up with a concert from up-and-coming country star Morgan Evans at the Carpenter Theatre in Dominion Energy Center as the “surprise” ending of a one-on-one date between Kufrin and Leo Dottavio. Kufrin is reportedly a country music fan.
Fans were invited to attend the concert from Evans’ Facebook page and other places, such as Dominion Energy Center.
Bethany Silva, 32, and her friend Zhiela Ashtiani, 33, scored two free VIP tickets to the Evans concert and got an up-close-and-personal view of the date.
For starters, it was a long night. Fans were asked to show up at 7:30 p.m., and the taping went on until 1 a.m.
While they were waiting, the producers taught fans the words to Evans’ new song so that they could sing along.
“It was interesting to see the behind-the-scenes,” Ashtiani said. “Some of the people at the Carpenter talked to the fans and told us who Becca liked and who she didn’t.”
Kufrin and Dottavio didn’t arrive until late in the evening, when Evans finally performed for the couple.
The couple got up and danced. Some people in the crowd, including Silva and Ashtiani, were pushed by producers onto the platform where the couple was dancing.
“I was so close to Becca; it felt very awkward,” Ashtiani said.
“After all that waiting, I think we were in the same room with them for all of eight minutes,” Silva said.
After the taping wrapped in the early hours of the morning, the two fans headed to the Graduate Hotel to catch an Uber. They saw the bachelor contestants heading in as well.
“We saw Leo and asked him how it went. He said it was the most amazing day of his life. It did seem like they were genuinely on a date,” Ashtiani said.
Silva calls herself a “Bachelorette” superfan. She said she started watching the show nine years ago and has never stopped.
“You watch it once and you’re hooked for the next episode,” Silva said. “The producers do a great job of getting you involved in the storyline from season to season.”
Like how Kufrin became a crowd favorite for every-woman-who’s-ever-been-scorned after she was unceremoniously dumped by bachelor Arie Luyendyk Jr. on “The Bachelor” earlier this year.
“The Richmond angle makes us all the more interested, of course,” Silva said.
Silva had a surprise encounter with Kufrin at Quirk Hotel the next day, when she was in the hotel working on her laptop.
“She was so bubbly and friendly. She hugged me three times” after I introduced myself, Silva said. “She said that she loves history, art and culture and didn’t know that Richmond was so rich in it. She said she loved her time here and that it reminded her of her hometown.”
Virginia Tourism was instrumental in getting “The Bachelorette” to film in Richmond.
“With millions of viewers tuning in each week, this gave us an unparalleled opportunity to help showcase what makes Richmond and Virginia so special,” said Caroline Logan, director of communications at Virginia Tourism. “We are very much looking forward to the upcoming episode, and hope it will help show viewers why Virginia is the perfect destination for romance.”