Bachelor Pad 2

Important Announcement Regarding Expansion of the Site, “Bachelor Pad 2” Info, & More Ashley Stuff – 5/23/11

For all your episode-by-episode spoilers of Ashleys season up through the final four, either click on the “Bachelorette Ashley Spoilers” link at the top of the page, or click here. Once I have the remaining breakdown of everything else, I will post it immediately. However, there will still be spoilers posted throughout this column. You’ve been warned.

I wanted to first make a major announcement regarding the site. We are expanding. It took me a while to finally come around to the idea of this, but, I will be adding new writers to the site. I’m still going to be doing exactly what I’ve been doing for 8 years, I just need other people to cover shows I don’t watch, but that I know are popular with the fans. There are just too many reality shows out there, most of which I don’t watch, that people like to read funny, insightful recaps about. I don’t have time to watch all those shows, let alone write about them, so I’m opening it up to anyone that’s interested. I want to make RealitySteve.com your #1 stop shop for all things Reality TV. I’m not looking for people to just recap a show. I won’t know what I like until I read it, but I know in my mind what I’m looking for. Funny, smart, self deprecating, sarcastic, etc. You’ve seen the way I write my columns. Maybe you don’t need to be as wordy, but the point is, I want writers who make you think, make you laugh, and make you look at shows in a way that maybe the average viewer doesn’t look at them. But in the end, funny wins out. I don’t take very many reality shows seriously, and that’s what I want my writers to convey to the readers.

So here are the shows I’m looking to have people recap for me when they roll around:

-Amazing Race
-Big Brother
-Jersey Shore
-Any of the Real Housewives seasons
-Keeping up with the Kardashians, Khloe & Lamar, and whatever other spinoff the Kardashians have. I’ve lost count.

Those are the only ones I can think of now, but I’m sure there are more. “Survivor”, “Celebrity Apprentice”, “Idol”, and “X Factor”, I will be covering like I normally do, even though this past season I did kind of slack off. Sorry. That will change come Fall. But I don’t really watch any of those other ones, so I’d like some help. Let me be clear right off the bat: This is not a paying gig. However, your name will be posted on every story you write. If you have a blog/twitter account/facebook page/business website you want to link to, I will include those as well. There are plenty of people out there who love to write and maybe even have their own blog already. However, to build traffic on your site, which in turn builds revenue, you need exposure, and that’s what my site will be giving you. Eight years ago when I started writing, I wrote recaps that I sent out in an email. I had a list of about 5 names that received my recaps. Those people started forwarding it on to friends and strangers, and the email list grew to about 300 names. I then started posting on a reality TV recap website, and it grew even more. Eight years later, I have a site that garners around anywhere between 600,000-700,000 unique visitors a month. It takes a while to build a readership fanbase, so I look at this as an opportunity to start somewhere if you’re interested.

Start sending in your samples immediately. Send me in one writing sample of any of the above shows, or even a random show you watch that isn’t on the list. I’ll be able to tell from your writing regardless of the show if I feel you’ll be a good fit writing for the site. Email all writing samples to: steve@realitysteve.com with a subject line of “Sample – (name of show)”. Just give me a little background on yourself and what shows you watch and might be interested in covering. I’ll get through them as fast as I can, and I will start getting recaps of other shows up as soon as possible. Looking forward to expanding the RealitySteve.com brand and making this site more than just where you come for all your “Bachelor/ette” and “Bachelor Pad” info and spoilers. Good luck.

Still no update on who the other guy in the final 2 is, but I will let you know when I hear. I think it should make for a pretty interesting season. Sure, it’s the same exact thing season after season after season, just with different people, but that’s their formula that they stick with because they know it works. I find it funny how many people are saying, “Ugh, why Ashley? I’m not interested in watching her. She’s whiny and annoying.” Great. No one cares that you’re not watching because 10 million other people will. How many people said the same thing about Brad’s season? They got more backlash once he was announced as the “Bachelor” than any previous lead in history. “Why him?”, “Couldn’t they find someone else?”, “Isn’t he the guy that chose nobody the first time?”, etc. Yet, the ratings went up basically every week and the show dominated its timeslot on Monday nights. So save your emails and tweets and Facebook posts about you don’t like Ashley and won’t watch. Exactly why do you have to announce publicly you’re not watching the show? Is some award being given out? Does it make you feel better about yourself? Never understood that one.

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 1,000 times, people don’t watch this show to see who the lead is and if they can carry a show. I mean, what has everyone been talking about since the promos have started running? Bentley’s antics, Jeff with his mask, and drunk Tim on the first night. That’s why you watch. Not for Ashley, but for the 25 new characters you’ll get to dissect, and comment on who’s hot, or who’s crazy, or who starts drama, or who you’d want to have your baby, etc. If you’ve watched this show for the last few seasons, saw Ashley is the new “Bachelorette” and said, “Oh, she’s boring. I won’t watch her”, I call B.S. Yes, you will. You watched Brad didn’t you? You watched Ali didn’t you? You watched Jake didn’t you? This season will be absolutely no different than those seasons, except there will be new people. You watch for the travel, and the drama, and the dates, and hold out on one last sliver of hope that there might actually be a love story at the end.

The other thing I find utterly hilarious from the response after Friday’s post on who the final four is, is that everyone’s made up their minds already who they like or don’t like, or who they think Ashley picked, or why the final four guys all seem so different from each other. People, we haven’t even seen one minute of the show yet. How in the world can you start making assumptions about the guys from a single head shot they took two months ago? You realize how ridiculous you sound? Unless you’re a family member or a friend, I hate to tell you this, but you don’t know a single thing about JP, Constantine, Ben, or Ames. They all could be great guys. They all could be giant jerks. They all could’ve fallen madly in love with Ashley. They all could’ve been using this show to enhance their career. Lets tap the brakes a little and let the show play out before determining who you think is right for Ashley. Unreal. You should see some of the emails/Facebook/twitter responses I’ve gotten since Friday. These people act like they already know what every guy is like. Totally bizarre.

Let me briefly give my thoughts on contestant West Lee and the story that RadarOnline had last week regarding his ex wife’s death that you can read here. In a quick summary, Wests ex-wife died back in 2007 drowning in their tub while West was home. Now, four years later, Wests ex in laws are quoted in the story saying they think West had something to do with it and essentially tell Ashley to watch herself with this guy. That’s so preposterous on so many levels, it’s ridiculous. Look, I know they lost their daughter and they’ll be grieving forever. But aren’t they basically selling their soul to make a cheap buck to give on the record quotes to a tabloid four years after the fact? I know nothing about this case. I wasn’t there. West was the only one home I believe. I’m guessing when police arrived, West was the first one questioned and was their #1 suspect at the time. He had to be. Wife is in the other room, drowns, and West is home. Of course he’s a suspect. But four years have passed, and West works in the freakin’ Attorney Generals office in South Carolina. I’m guessing this guy isn’t getting hired if he’s got a “convicted murderer” rap in his past. Her parents should be ashamed of themselves. Let it go. To a tabloid? Really? Hey, maybe that’s the way they feel about West, and they have every right to. But to bring it up four years later is just wrong. I’m sorry. He doesn’t deserve that.

Now, if you want to sit here and debate why West even did this show and/or why ABC cast him in the first place? That’s a fair argument. Knowing that every single thing in your past will eventually get found out once you go on this show, I guess my question would be why would West even subject himself to this stupid dating show? He had to know it was going to get out. Did he think his ex in laws would sell him down the river to a tabloid for a quick buck? Probably not. But he HAD to know his dead ex-wife’s story would get out there. Why even bother with the hassle by going on a nationally televised dating show? I don’t get it. And ABC is just as much to blame. With the extensive background checks they do on their contestants, you know they knew about it as well, and still decided to cast him. I’m not West. I don’t know a thing about him. No idea what makes him tick. But if I were in his shoes, I would’ve never done the show in the first place. Nothing good can be gained from it, and now he’s got to deal with people bringing this story up for the next couple months. Not worth it if you ask me.

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9 Comments

  1. penguinfan01

    May 23, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Hi Steve:

    I just wanted to say don’t be so quick to defend West. I don’t know him or anything about him, but look at the cop from Chicago who’s wife drowned. It was only after the next one disappeared that they exhumed the 1st ones body and discovered it was murder. Her family said all along that they thought it was him, and no one listened to them. Usually you have a good sense of people when you are around them enough. I hope that this is wrong for Ashley’s sake and whoever follows her, but we can’t start defending him without the facts. Love the blog, keep up the good work.

  2. divrdwn41

    May 23, 2011 at 9:14 PM

    Hmmm, interesting that you include Ames’s name initially as unlikely to be on BP when mentioning the guys who were eliminated later in the process. Even though you later included him among one of the choices she has available.

  3. TMcLovin01

    May 24, 2011 at 5:35 AM

    Dear Penguinfan,
    You’re right, you don’t know West. Steve is absolutely correct, and what was done to West through the tabloids was hateful and hurtful. West is a great guy and no innocent person who lost their wife deserves to go through this. Perhaps he shouldn’t have gone on the show, but I can tell you he has the personality ABC wanted, which is why he was chosen (and had no problem undergoing the background check and psychological testing ABC does before selecting their contestant). The facts are clear as day, and just because you don’t know the story doesn’t mean you should jump on board with the accusations. As I said, he’s a great guy and his world fell apart when she passed.

  4. drudydavis

    May 24, 2011 at 8:08 AM

    As excited as I am that The Bachelorette is back, I think I am even more pumped that we’ll get to have coverage on some of the other gems of reality tv out there. I’m sure whoever is writing about the real housewives will have tons to work with.
    I’m keeping my fingers crossed that RS likes my entry!
    http://www.secondaryembarrassment.com

  5. bruinsfan1711

    May 24, 2011 at 8:25 AM

    West said his wife had a seizure disorder…I know of someone who also had the same type of disorder and tragically drown because of it. If her parents are aware of her having this disorder and are selling out to the tabloids then shame on them!

  6. ontheroadmo

    May 24, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Finally had to comment. Anyone who can quote “Sixteen Candles” is OK in my book. Rock on, Farmer Ted!!!

  7. laurak

    May 24, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Congrats RS.. USA Today online has an article today about last night’s Bette ratings and provides a link to your website for spoilers! mainstream! :)

  8. rockstar10ten10

    May 26, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    This season is going to be so good!!! Great recap Steve. Keep it up!!! I was laughing at Chris when he acted like he didn’t know about Bentley too!!! Too funny!!!

  9. tellinthetruth

    May 26, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    During the period of time leading up to his wife’s death, West was frequently intoxicated at work. I witnessed him unable to walk a straight path such that he literally bounced off walls as he entered the building. I couldn’t tell you what he was taking, but I can tell you that it was so bad I even expressed my concerns about his driving to and from work to our employer. Only a few days before his wife died, I was among several people who witnessed him smash into several parked cars in the employee parking lot one day. I don’t know West well but I do know that he had some sort of substance abuse problem at least during this time. I wish him well but I wouldn’t want my daughter to be involved with someone with had such an abuse problem as he seemed to have. Good luck to Ashley.

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