Reality Roundup – 5/6/11 Including “Survivor”, “Idol”, “DWTS”, “The Voice”, & a Few More Ashley Spoilers

Haven’t done any “Reader Emails” in a couple weeks because, well, there haven’t been many. But here’s a few from the last 14 days or so. Once we’re back up and running at full strength once the season starts, the email bag will be full I’m sure. And you know what they’ll be asking again, “Hey, where are the spoilers for Ashleys season? I can’t find them”, or my all-time favorite, the one question I’ve gotten asked more than ANY other question regarding this show over the years, “How does the Bachelor/ette remember all the names on the first night?” Ugh. If I ever have to see that question again, I’m making sure that person gets ridiculed in the “Reader Email” section.
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Dear RealitySteve,

I want to write to let you know that you have also got a reader in Beijing, China.

I really enjoy reading your columns, spoilers and all. The spoilers do not bother me. I am one of those people who enjoy knowing what is going to happen before I watch a show. Often I will read a recap of a show before I watch it, or read the last chapter of a book before I finish….

Thanks for all your effort and I hope to continue reading your columns for a long time to come!

Comment: I wish I knew whether or not this person was actually from Beijing, or was living here in the states, but then moved to or is vacationing in Beijing. That’s like 10 different countries I’ve gotten emails from now I believe since Brads season has started. That blows me away.
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Hey Steve!
Love your column!

After watching some of Brad’s dates, it got me thinking. Has anyone ever said they would not participate in a date? I mean, if some guy asked me to pretend to be in an action movie or soap opera- I would tell him “No. And if you really want to get to know me a dinner would be nice.” Do any of the men or women on the show have the nerve to tell the lead that their date sucks and they will not be participating?

Comment: Oh, I’m sure plenty of people didn’t want to be in some of the dates they were on. But the minute you tell the producers, “I don’t want to be on this date”, then that next rose ceremony will be your last. People who cooperate and are “producable” stick around. Those that don’t “play the game” get sent home. It’s as simple as that.

And it’s not like any of the contestants dictate what date they go on. Of course everyone wants a 1-on-1, but that’s never going to happen. Too many contestants and not enough episodes. So you might tell the lead you’d like a 1-on-1, but unless it’s already in the cards set up by the producers, nothing you do or say changes anything. They know early on who is getting what 1-on- 1 dates based on who the lead tells them they like.
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I saw somewhere, I forget where, that Mike Fleiss had gotten a twitter to post stuff about Bachelor to stop you from spoiling stuff. Obviously he won’t, and whatever details he gives won’t be as great as yours. But, my question is, will you follow him or no?

Comment: Who I follow is very limited. I’m only following 49 of the almost 23,000 followers I have (.002%). Another correction: That’s .2%. Forgot to move my decimal point over two places. Ms. Huff is going to hate me. I’ve never understood people who are following 500 or 1000 people. Really? You really care what that many other people have to say? My twitter feed would be a mess if I followed that many people and I’d miss so many messages from people I actually did really want to see what they said. Twitter is great and it’s completely revolutionized how social media works, but sometimes people get waaaaaay too carried away with it. I will NEVER post anything about my dating/love/personal life on Twitter. Ever. Why would I? It’s no one’s business but mine. Yet some people feel the need to tell us every five seconds where they are, what they’re doing, what their kid ate for breakfast, or how in love they are. That makes no sense to me. You people realize you can be in love, or out at a function and NOT tell a bunch of strangers about it, right? Ok, just checking. In fact, the more people publicly tell me how in love they are, the more I think they’re not and they’re just trying to convince themselves or their partner.

I could go on for days about Twitter. It’s great and all, and it definitely helps my site, but I question sometimes if everyone should be allowed to have an account. It’s why I follow very few. I guess I just don’t care what the hell most other people are thinking because, honestly, most of it isn’t interesting. I basically post two things on my Twitter: when a new column is up, and my sports views since that’s always been my passion and it’s where I started my career. I will never have a shortage of sports takes. And occasionally I’ll post a pic or tweet about somewhere I am if I’ve never been before. I think I just look at Twitter differently than most people.

One last thing: If your Tweets-to-Followers ratio is over 20 to 1, it’s time to re-think what you find interesting might not be all that interesting to others. Like people who have 127 people following them, yet they’ve tweeted 5,000 times. Really? I’m guessing those people are just being nice at this point by not unfollowing you, but trust me, they WANT to. Yes, if you’re a celebrity and you have hundreds of thousands of followers, tweet your ass off. Plenty of people obviously want to hear what you have to say. But when you’ve got 50 followers and you tweet 20 times a day, you need a new hobby. There are about 20 more Twitter pet peeves I have, but I’ll just stop right here.

Where was I? Oh yeah, Fleiss. I don’t need to follow Fleiss since I don’t really expect him to give anything away. Sure he’ll tease stuff and post some links, but the minute he does, someone will inevitably email me about it, so it’s not like I won’t hear what he says.
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Hi Steve!
Thanks for all of the spoilers and commentary!

Have you heard anything about Ali and Roberto’s wedding? I believe they’ve made comments alluding to the fact that it will be sometime this year. Have you heard if they’re going to let ABC televise it or not? If so, what kind of payout do you think they’ll make? (I would imagine the money would entice them to televise it, rather than having a private wedding.)

1. If another Bachelor couple who weren’t a “final rose” couple (e.g. Tenley & Kiptyn, Chris L. & Peyton, Vienna & Kasey) got married, do you think ABC would attempt to televise their wedding as well? I’m guessing Chris L. & Peyton would never consider it, but perhaps some of the other couples would.

2. Do you think they’ll change the format of Bachelor Pad at all? Last season the contestants didn’t know what to expect, and therefore, there wasn’t a widespread strategy on how to win the game. Contestants going on this year probably have their minds made up as how to win, based on what the competition previously entailed. I think it would be a lot more interesting if the game turns out to be completely different from what they expected!

3. I know you’re still waiting to release the episode spoilers for Ashley’s season, but from what you can tell so far, are there any front-runners to be the next Bachelor?

4. You seem to travel the country quite a bit meeting up with a lot of past contestants. Are there any former bachelors or bachelorettes whom you haven’t met yet but are interested in meeting?

Comment: I can’t imagine Ali and Roberto’s wedding will happen before “Bachelor Pad” finishes airing. So you’re looking at mid-September at the earliest for it to be televised. Remember, starting May 23rd, this franchise has 17 consecutive weeks of programming (11 weeks of “Bachelorette” and 6 weeks of “Bachelor Pad”). Can’t imagine they want to just shoe horn in Ali and Roberto’s wedding while those shows are happening. They’ll want to give it the proper build up and air it after “Bachelorette” and “Bachelor Pad” are over and done with. I’m guessing that’s ABC plan right now. If/When Ali and Roberto get married, you can rest assured it’ll be televised. No doubt.

1. ABC will televise anything they think people would watch. They don’t care about these couples. They care about making money. So yes, I think they would. Do I think Tenley & Kiptyn would do it if they ever got engaged? Yeah, probably. Not sure about any others though that would warrant an ABC wedding. Vienna is just too disliked and was a “villain” her season. I just couldn’t see them televising her wedding, but who knows? She’s definitely got a lot more fans now than she did when that season aired.

2. I don’t think it’ll be completely different, but there will definitely be some things different. Probably going to keep the challenges, with the winner getting to ask people on dates. That’s not going anywhere. I just think the challenges will be better. Sh**, they better be. I mean, Twister, Egg Toss, Pie Eating, and Kissing Contests? Was a 4th grader in charge of coming up with those? I think with a year under their belt, they’ll definitely come with better challenges. I also don’t think they want anyone splitting the money at the end like Natalie and Dave last season. I expect one person to take home the money this season.

3. Any front runners? Yeah, probably any guy that finishes somewhere in the top 6 or so. We’ve never had anyone as the Bachelor or Bachelorette who didn’t finish that high I don’t think. Maybe Bob, I can’t remember, but that was years ago and different times. Since they’ve been in recycling mode, its basically been someone who lasted at least 6 or 7 episodes. I expect nothing different this season.

4. I think Jason Mesnick or Brad would be the Bachelors I’d probably want to just grab a beer with and hang out, just because I’d be curious to know about some other things that went down in their season, which have never come out publicly. As for Bachelorettes, there are a few, but nothing that I would go out of my way for. If I meet them, great. If not, I’m sure I’ll live.

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5 thoughts on “Reality Roundup – 5/6/11 Including “Survivor”, “Idol”, “DWTS”, “The Voice”, & a Few More Ashley Spoilers

  1. Correction – (American Idol): Lauren is not 17, she was 15 when she auditioned and just recently turned 16, slightly younger than Jordan Sparks. So to me, a 15 year old that has the confidence she has on stage (yes, it can be improved, she is still holding back) means she has a HUGE future ahead of her, imagine how great she’ll be in 5 years.

    Haley, agree she has improved but she still bugs me with her voice (not as crystal clear as I personally like, too many hidden yodels or something) but agree, she’s probably very marketable plus she has that s-kitten appeal. Maybe she and Casey will do a duet together and put it on her album, I would not be surprised.

    My money is on James to win it, mainly because he has a unique back-story, to overcome just a disorder and perform like that is pretty incredible.

    My favorite is Lauren of the remaining (Pia was the best) but not hopeful she’ll win it.

  2. I just set up my account today because I don’t spend my time writing on blogs but the whole Survivor thing is bugging me bad so I felt the need to voice my thoughts! I never watched a single episode until last season. I’ve heard some of the past players and winners names on occasion but never knew anything about them or the show. No I don’t live in a cave, I just wasn’t interested. Watching my first episode last fall, I didn’t know what to expect, how the game was played, what the world an immunity idol was and how you got one, or what the term “jury” meant in conjunction with the show until the finale.

    Now that I’ve got one season under my belt, I kinda know what to expect and I have to say… EVERYONE on the Ometepa tribe (with the exception of Rob) might be the biggest idiots to every play the game. Maybe there were other idiots before but as I said, this is only my second season. I have to assume that if you apply to become a contestant on the show, you should have some idea as to how the game is played and most likely watched previous episodes giving hints on what you should and shouldn’t do.

    So my first question is…Does Rob have some kind of mind control abilities that either inhibits the other team members logical thinking or causes their brain to shut down completely as if they were hypnotized and brainwashed?

    My second question is….is Grant’s muscle mass cutting off brain circulation? The guy was with Rob when he found one of the clues to the immunity idol. Why on God’s green earth hasn’t he questioned “where is the immunity idol?” and why hasn’t he asked Rob to help look for it? If you know there is at least one immunity idol and you know there is a clue to find it, why aren’t you searching for it? Same question goes to Phillip! He is Mr. undercover smart guy. If he were truly that smart he would be searching high and low or at least mentioning it to Rob as he caught Grant and Rob with a hidden immunity idol clue. His great great great great great great grand pappy’s uncle’s cousin’s aunt’s brother or something like that, came to him in a vision and told him his shorts were under a rock (BTW didn’t Julie tell him they were under a rock somewhere?) so why didn’t his full blood cherokee relative tell him Rob has all the idols and where they are so he could steal them and conquer Rob? I would venture to say his great great full blood cherokee (I am cherokee BTW) spiritual guide is out to take the money all for himself. I mean, if it were me, I would want Chief Foundyourshorts to be Chief Foundtheidolforyou instead and appear to me in a vision telling me rob has the idols and he hid them under a rock with a vision of a map showing me where it is. I’m just saying! I think the idols are far more important to Phillip than his shorts, however, the shorts may have been more important to all the other players and viewers…Thank you great grand pappy for your thoughtful vision and having mercy on us all!

    With that said…Natalie might be the biggest idiot of them all. She obviously knew who Rob was from the very begining. I don’t know anything about him other than what’s been said this season and I know he’s not one to be trusted and her only chance of making it to the end was to pull the 3 girls together and align with the Zap players and get some of the top players from Omatepa out until the numbers reduced enough that they could knock out Zap players and the 3 girls could have been the final 3. Heck, they could have even agreed to split the money if they stuck together.

    I can’t beleive they haven’t blindsided Rob. I’m sorry but I agree with the decision Zap made in the begining to get rid of Russell and that if you have experienced players, they are your worst enemy. Greatest move they ever made however, I wouldn’t have thrown a competition to do it. I would have waited till you actually and legitimately lost then rid your competition. They lost numbers by doing that which gave Ometepe advantage. If the Ometepa Tribe even had a combined I.Q. of 50, they would have voted Rob off at the very first counsel. My 9 year old son even figured that out from the get go.

    WHY ISN’T ANYONE LOOKING FOR OR ASKING ABOUT THE HIDDEN IMMUNITY IDOL??!!??!!?? Seriously! No one has even mentioned it except Rob. They have to know it’s out there somewhere. Surely they are smart enough to know Rob wants them and would do whatever it takes to find them because he lost all the times before, supossedly, because of the hidden immunity idols. No one from Ometepa has looked for, asked about or mentioned anything about the hidden idols or the clues to find them. WHY NOT?!?!

    Personally, I’m hoping Matt takes it all. I don’t know when they go to jury and if they are allowed to watch the entire season before voting but if they do, I would hope that they can see how sly Rob is and how he played them all the entire time. Matt was honest the whole time with his tribe and I would hope they would never give Rob the money but on the other hand, Rob played the “mental” part of the game way better than Matt. Matt played the “mental moron” role but he played the physical role way better than Rob. He was one of the first voted off and backstabbed by his tribe but hung in til the finale so cuddos to him!!!

    One last question I want to add to my novel is…Can anyone tell me where in the history of words/vocabulary (including slang and ebonics) has the word “crazy” ever implied the “N” word? I’d be really interested to know which part of the governement Phillip worked for and would like to ask the heads of that branch if he is really the type of person America wants representing our nation/government. If our governement really employs people like Phillip, our kids and grandkids (and-so-on) are in a lot of trouble!!! I realize racism still exhist today and I am totally against it and don’t understand why anyone is racist or thinks they are better than anyone else because they have a different color of skin, religion, gender, ethnic background or whatever reason they come up with but Phillip’s remarks about being crazy meaning the “N” word was the most absurd thing I have ever heard. It just goes to show that some people (not any race or class, but people individually) can not let go and move forward in society. People like Phillip love to play the role of victims of racism even when it has nothing to do with race what-so-ever! Again, I am Native American myself and could consider myself a minority but my great great great grand pappy (or should i say my mom and God’s word) taught me that ALL people are created equal by God, therefore i don’t consider myself or any other person to be a minority but rather God’s equal creation. It’s attitudes like his that keep racism alive. I am sure there are some really uneducated bandwagoners that felt the same way he did but as I said, uneducated selfproclaimed victim bandwagoners. He is crazy, ” and i don’t mean the N word crazy!” He is very unstable! He is a time bomb ticking away and it has nothing to do with the color of his skin. Anyone who acts the way he has would be considered CRAZY by any standard regarless of physical characteristics. I hate racism and hate that people choose to be racist but I hate it even more when people pull the race card when race is irrelevant!!! It’s a pathetic excuse you use when you are in the wrong and don’t want to admit it. Inasmuch as racist should be ashamed of themself, those who pull undue race cards should be even more ashamed as their ancestors know the true meaning of racism and I am sure they would have rather been called crazy because of their uncontrolled outburst than what they were actually called and how they were actually treated. So Phillip, on behalf of all the world, PLEASE SHUT UP for the love of Pete!!!

    Sorry Steve! I had to get it all of my chest. Thank you for your blog. I enjoy reading and find your approach humerous. Peace out.

  3. Steve… isn’t it kind of sad that Survivor has a better track record than “The Bachelor(ette)” of proposals that actually wound up with marriages?
    Plus no one is surprised about Brad and Emily… he made the wrong choice!

  4. Steve, I have a question. Now that we know that the runnerup is a near certain pick for the next bachelor, I would think that some guys would think this to be an even bigger prize than winning Ashley’s hand. Do you think any of the final four is playing it to make the next bachelor?

    Thinking about what Ashley did with Brad right at the end, someone else could get the same idea but plan it from the beginning.

  5. Hi Guys,

    I’ve never posted to a blog before, but I can assure that Ashley and JP are very much together and living a normal life here in NY. They live in my building. A building that could care less about famous people or reality stars. Must say… she really is tiny and not a standout in this kind of building, but JP is MUCH more handsome in real life. I’m 5’10 and female, and without heels, he’s a touch taller than me. Anyway,. thought you would like to know that they are actually doing what they said they would do. Live in NY together and figure it out. Cute.

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