The red rose has always represented love but in recent times has come into increased awareness with the Batchelor and the Batchelorette giving a rose to those people they choose to continue for another week.
There was of course much debate in social media about these shows and the way they show men and women treating each other. The rose became a symbol of acceptance and willingness to get to know the person better, along with the rest of the group. By the end of the series the rose is given to one person who becomes the "winner".
Along the way the couples spend time together, getting to share exciting experiences and learning about each another, all in view of television cameras. Switching from one potential partner to the next seemed exhausting but enabled the viewer sitting comfortably at home to make careful judgements about the apparent chemistry and shared interests of each couple. Predicting the final outcome was not always easy to do.
The shows perhaps bring together the best elements of reality television that leave viewers engrossed while experiencing what could be described as tackiness or a lack of class. Seeing the protagonist becoming attached on some level to a number of potential candidates can certainly leave the viewer with mixed feelings. At the same time seeing how couples respond to each other and what they look for in another person is interesting and can help us understand our own relationships and choices better.
Perhaps the best part of being a voyeur is seeing the apparent happy ending at the end, when the final rose is handed over. There can be a sense of warmth and hope that comes through at this time. Perhaps deep down we all hope for that magic of knowing there's a soul mate out there somewhere waiting for us with rose in hand. For most of us that won't be found on a reality television show.