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.
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.
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.
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.
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.