For all your episode-by-episode spoilers of Ashleys season, either click on the “Bachelorette Ashley Spoilers” link at the top of the page, or click here. Also, your episode-by-episode spoilers for “Bachelor Pad 2″ are now also in a link at the top of the page, or or click here. You’ve been warned.
A lot of little things to get to in the final column of this season of the “Bachelorette.” It’s kinda crazy to think back to the beginning of March when I was just starting to confirm contestants for this season and now it’s all over. I remember the first guy I confirmed was Ben C. Then I went on to confirm 19 of the 25 contestants before the show even put out it’s press release. One of the guys I never really had any info on other than his name was J.P. Kinda funny how that works. So from all the contestants, to pictures from dates in Las Vegas and Hong Kong immediately after they happened, to the episode-by-episode spoilers released before the season started on May 20th, to telling you she was engaged to JP on June 1st, I’d say this was a successful season to say the least. People doubted, people kept telling me I didn’t know what I was talking about, people wanted explanations as to how I knew it was JP – and for exactly 3 months I’ve tried my best to hold it all in. But hey, it’s part of the game. I just nailed an entire season of spoilers, and I’m sure some people STILL aren’t satisfied. Oh well. They don’t matter to me. “Bachelor Pad” starts next week and I’ve already spoiled all of that one too. I remain humbled because I’m only as good as my last spoiler. So I will continue to prove myself time and time again that nobody gets the information I do, and frankly, no one’s close. A little bit more on this in a second.
However as you know, the finale column is not like all the other columns. I don’t recap the episode per usual because, well, in the finale all that matters is what happens at the end. Got a lot of little tidbits to cover before even getting to discussing things about this season and some quick thoughts on everything we saw last night.
First let me repost the link I tweeted and Facebooked on Friday while in Vegas for an interview I did with WetPaint.com (And yes, for the record, had a lot of fun in Vegas. Got to have a nice dinner with Jessie Sulidis and friends, got some pool time in, a massage, gambled, and ate at an unbelievable steakhouse at the Palazzo called Carnevino. And oh yeah, a shout out to Lauren and her group of friends out for their Bachelorette party that I got to meet up with at the Monte Carlo. Sorry I couldn’t see you at Haze. I’m not a chick with DD’s and a short skirt that gets in with no line…ha ha). Don’t get me wrong, I really liked how the interview turned out, but even the headline of it is a tad misleading because, yes, at some point during the interview I did say, “I don’t care about these people…” but that wasn’t the full answer. I feel like Bentley now. Or Wes. Or Roslyn. Or Rego. If you didn’t read the interview, here’s the link:
Also, as you can see down the right hand column, for the next couple months we are running and ad where you have a chance to win a trip to Fiji, courtesy of “Down Under Answers” and former “Bachelor” Jason Mesnick. All I can say is you a freakin’ crazy if you don’t at least give yourself a chance to win this thing. Just sign up, answer periodic questions, and then the winner gets an all-expense paid trip there. Are you kidding me? Where do I sign up? And since I know there are so many people so many people who find things so difficult to find on my website, I’ll even put the ad right here for you to click on. See? So simple. Enter for a chance to win. And who knows? Maybe you’ll see me there.
As for the next “Bachelor”, I’m going to try to put this as succinctly as I can: Please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, don’t send me any more emails or tweets asking, “Who’s the next ‘Bachelor’?” The “Bachelor” doesn’t start filming until mid September and ABC won’t announce it until it can be in conjunction with “Dancing with the Stars” second episode. Well, DWTS starts Sept. 19th, so my guess is ABC will “officially” announce the next “Bachelor” on the second episode, the 26th, with filming having started a couple days before. That’s exactly what they did for Brad’s season and this show is a creature of habit with the way they run their ship. Have we all forgotten last seasons chain of events already?
-I announced Brad was going to be the “Bachelor” on Monday, Sept. 20th.
-US Weekly had an “exclusive” on Wednesday the 22nd that Brad was the next “Bachelor.”
-Filming started for Brad’s season on Sat. night, Sept. 25th
-Brad was “officially” announced as the “Bachelor” during DWTS on Monday night, the 27th.
Expect more of the same this season. They are not even close to picking who they want as the “Bachelor” yet, so no need to ask. No decision has been made. I mean, I can pretty much tell you that I’m 99% sure it’s going to be either Ames, Ben, or Ryan. I’d be shocked if it wasn’t one of those three. And yes, Ames and Jackie are not dating anymore, so he’s definitely a candidate. Especially after the reception he got at the “Men Tell All” taping. Not to mention show producers and the Bachelor.tv website asking fans to vote on their poll who they’d like to see as the next “Bachelor.” They’ll definitely listen to the audience’s response. So anyone who emails me and asks, “When are they announcing the next Bachelor?” or “Who is the next Bachelor?” will be referred to today’s column. And you can bet your ass I’ll still get emails about this.
Since they changed things up this year with the “Men Tell All” airing the night before the finale, there wasn’t any way I was doing a full recap on that show. Especially considering there wasn’t a whole lot of material to work with. However, here are my impressions from what we I did see on the MTA:
-This is never the most exciting show and is usually a whole lotta nothing, and Sunday night was no exception. Especially with no Bentley. That was really the only thing that could’ve caused any drama. A lot of the same stuff they do every season, but with less fanfare.
-Without a doubt, the best part of the MTA was the “Bachelor Pad” trailer. Good stuff. Even though you already know what happens, just like you do for the “Bachelor/ette” shows, it’s not gonna prevent you from watching it. You still want to see the process.
-It’s quite obvious from the trailer that the Kasey/Vienna/Jake angle will be a major storyline for the first three episodes until Jake gets voted out. What’s funny is, Gia is obviously on Jake’s side during all this, something I never would’ve expected if you asked me this about 9 months ago. But that’s the fickle nature of some of these people.
-When you see Kasey in an ITM talking about, “Everyone says Jake is a famewhore, but she’s just as much a famewhore as him,” they wanted you to think he was talking about Vienna behind her back. He wasn’t. He was talking about Gia. Kasey addressed this on Twitter maybe 4 seconds after that part of the trailer aired.
-Michael/Holly/Blake triangle of love will also be interesting to watch. Michael obviously still has feelings for Holly, we heard him say it, but Holly (after two early dates with him), latches on to Blake and they’re dating, yet Holly has to go back in September and try to win the money with Michael as her partner. Something tells me that’s gonna end up costing them the money. If they have the 14 other cast members vote for which “team” they’d want to have the money, then I’m guessing Michelle and Graham will get the majority of the votes. What happens after that is anyone’s guess.
-As for the guys on MTA, I know that Ames is quite possibly the most bizarre dresser this show has ever seen, but is there a reason every other guy was pretty much in a suit and Ames decided to wear his Sunday church polo and jeans?
-Either the Nick we saw on the season was very quiet and shy, or he just got bombed before he went on stage cuz he was a chatterbox up there. Not to mention, he liked clapping his hands a lot when talking to make his point. I think Nick might’ve been a little toasted up there. And his hair got darker.
-I find it hard to believe William when he says he only watched one episode this season. If that was the case, how would he have known everything they showed he said? Kinda funny when they were replaying his clips the guy wouldn’t even watch the screen. The guy hates watching himself on TV so much that he agreed to “Bachelor Pad” and wants to be a stand up comic. Oh, ok.
-I think the most bizarre thing about the MTA was that everyone in attendance is shown the overnight date episode before they bring the guys on stage, so, they were all aware Constantine eliminated himself and Ryan returned in Fiji for another chance. NONE of this was ever mentioned once. Constantine, once again, was pretty much a non-factor in this episode, and Ryan gets called up to the hot seat, yet not once was asked about his return, why he did it, did he regret it, etc? Very, very odd. They always address overnight date stuff on the MTA episode.
-Not only was Ames completely underdressed for the part, but, did he really have a pink/fuchsia watch on that night? Well, I guess they’ll match his new boxing gloves.
-When I first told people that Michelle would be coming back to the MTA to talk about the texts to Bentley, you should’ve heard the response. Pretty much all centered around her craving attention, and what is she doing there, etc. I love people’s overreaction sometimes to the littlest things. Michelle’s appearance wasn’t all that big of deal, she kept it pretty short, and all she did was confess to giving Ashley a heads up. She never said, “The minute you see Bentley, go running the other way. He’s the worst human being alive.” All she did was give Ashley a heads up after hearing what his ex-wife, who was well aware of what Bentley was doing on the show, had told her.
-The Ali, Jason, DeAnna segment was pretty much what I expected it to be, which was a time kill, but it’s necessary for the franchise to roll these people out once in a while, so I get it.
-I wonder if running the “Tell All” show on the Sunday before the finale will become the norm now. I realize that the only reason it was on a Sunday this season was because they had a repeat during the season when the 4th of July fell on a Monday, but it will be interesting to see if they think since the episode is such a throw away episode, if it’s worth going back to wasting a week of programming on it.