"The Mormon Bachelor/ette" is returning for its fifth season on YouTube after a two-year hiatus.
The show premiered in 2010 when co-founders Erin Elton and Aubrey Laidlaw, both members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, became frustrated with their dating lives, and the series continued after Laidlaw found her spouse in season one, according to a previous interview with the Deseret News.
The show was interrupted when Elton had her first baby, but she recruited co-producer Brittany Willison and LDS Matchmaker Amy Stevens to assist her with season five, which will feature a bachelorette.
The journey to find love will continue June 7 when the producers host a casting call at the Megaplex 20 in South Jordan to find the next bachelorette and her dates. Both men and women are invited to attend.
Although there is an online application form to apply to be the bachelor or bachelorette, Willison likes to talk with applicants in person.
“[People] act different in person than you imagine them,” Willison said. “So we like to do Skype calls so we can get to know them other than just imagining who they are written on paper.”
Willison said she is excited to work with Stevens, the LDS Matchmaker, because her business is professional and successful. In the last year, Stevens’ business has helped more than 35 couples get engaged.
Stevens will choose the dates for the bachelorette depending on her interests.
Although Elton originally got her idea from ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” the series is quite different.
“The contestants don’t live together, and they don’t go on group dates. It’s more of a realistic setting,” Willison said.
The new season was announced May 17, and Willison said they’ve already had many applicants.
“We’ve never done a casting call before so we’re excited to see the turn out,” Willison said.
The open casting call along with a free dating seminar will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. An LDS singles event featuring a Costa Vida dinner and a showing of the movie “Hitch” will conclude the evening. Tickets for the single’s event are $26.
"The Mormon Bachelorette" season five will premier later this summer on YouTube. The episodes are approximately seven minutes long, and there are three episodes a week.
Megan Marsden Christensen is an intern with the Deseret News writing for the Faith & Family section. She recently graduated from BYU-Idaho with a bachelor's degree in communication.