Just curious, what would have happened if say Ben had declined the rose or left the show the same episode as Constantine? Is this even a possibility or does ABC make sure that there are always 2 people at the end? Also, would it even be possible for the final 2 contestants to decline the bachelor/ette in the final episode, or again does ABC make sure this is not a possibility.
Please don’t berate me if these questions end up on your stupid list.
Comment: Won’t happen. Can’t happen. They’ll always be, at least, 2 people left in the final episode.
It’s certainly possible that in the end, both contestants say they don’t see a future with the lead, but I honestly don’t see that happening. Even if it’s how they truly felt **cough**Shayne**cough I don’t think producers would let them act on it. Not that this franchise hasn’t had enough black eyes as it is, but I think that wouldn’t sit too well with the viewers, even if it is realistic. These hopeless romantic housewives want to see a happy ending at the end, and that’s what the show usually gives them. Whether it lasts or not is a different story.
Who do you think made the biggest stink once Brad was the first lead to choose no one during his first season? The hopeless romantics. I applauded him and was basically one of the few who backed the guy for making what seemed like the most rational, logical decision in this shows history, yet, women across America hated him because he didn’t pick someone? Why? Who says he’s supposed to fake fall in love with someone and fake propose to one of them. The guy didn’t see a future with either girl, so rather than lead them on, he cut em’ both loose. Now one is married, and the other is engaged. Seems to me things worked out for the best. Just because they’re desperately clinging to living vicariously through these people that they don’t even know though, they had to take it out on somebody, so might as well have been Brad. So stupid.
Hey Steve, love the column! It keeps things interesting and makes watching the show more entertaining for sure. A quick question for you. While watching the hometown date episode, a friend made the comment: “Holy crap, do people really have that many plants and candles in their homes?”. Do you know if there much staging done by the production team (e.g. do they bring in furniture, paintings, etc) or are their homes really like that? Thanks for the answer and keep the blog posts coming!
Comment: I can honestly say I’ve never been into any of the homes of any of these contestants and I’m guessing I never will. I’m sorry. I can’t comment on the Feng Shui of these peoples houses that I don’t know.
I LOVE your column! When the Bachelorette’s family is flown to where the bachelorette and final 2 are how long do they get to stay at the destination? Do they get to actually do stuff or are they only there to meet the guys and just stay at their hotel?
Comment: No, unlike the contestants on this show that don’t get to sight see and stuff when they’re in different cities, the family gets treated like royalty and basically gets a mini vacation.
Sadly, I don’t have a stupid question prepared for you since I can actually read and think like a normal person. I´m a girl from Iceland and I have been watching the Bachelor/ette series for quite some time now ( I have to download it on the internet though because they don’t show it around here anymore…) I like this show simply because I can completely turn of my brain while I watch and have some quality relaxing time. However I’ve never enjoyed the show as much as after I came across your site! You are hilarious You’ve answered all the questions I´ve been wondering about for years and finally confirmed my theory: This show is the most fake TV program on the planet. But as I say, that doesn’t mean one can’t enjoy it!
Thanks for writing the columns every week and make me laugh out loud! I´m almost more excited about reading your recap of the most recent episode than watching the episode itself.
Best regards and hugs from Iceland
Comment: Iceland? Sweet. Did you happen to see Kasey alone on an iceberg around this time last year?
I just wanted to let you know how much I love your columns! I wanted to let you know that you have another 12 year old fan, and believe me you’re blogs aren’t too corrupting, I’ve heard worse from other 7th graders. I think your site is very easy too read and if I can navigate it anyone can!
But I do have a few questions:
1. Do you include all of the emails you get or just choice ones?
2. When will you know who the next bachelor is? I asked when not who like all the other annoying people. “Who’s the next bachelor who’s the next bachelor?” The stupidity of people
Comment: 1) No, it would take me forever if I included every email I got. Just ones that ask questions. Or ones that I find completely ridiculous and easy to make fun of. Basically, you’re emailing me at your own risk. Any email that’s ever sent to me has a chance to be put in the “Reader Emails” column. However, your name and email address will never be released, so it’s not like it’s a big deal if I rip your email.
2) That was answered on the first page.
Who do you think is the most in love couple from the Bachelorette:
Trista & Ryan? Jason & Molly? Ali & Roberto?
Comment: So, I’ve been asked about the plants, furniture, and paintings of the houses in the hometown dates. And I’ve been asked about the lack of sunglasses on dates. Now, I’m expected to gauge which couple is most in love? Really? I haven’t the faintest idea. If I did, that’d be kinda creepy.
Hey Steve! Love your blog. Hey, forgive me if you’ve covered this before, but in the year or so I’ve been reading your recaps and “Reader Mail”, I don’t think I’ve ever seen the answer to this question. My question is: does The Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise actively RECRUIT people for the show? Or are there plenty of crazy, naive, or fame-seeking folks out there to supply a steady stream of applicants?
The reason I ask is because I recently read an interview with one of the new contestants of Project Runway, and I was surprised to hear her say “the show approached ME and recruited me to be on; I didn’t seek out the opportunity” when asked why she applied to the show. Do you think there are people working for the show who meet attractive, single people and encourage them to apply for The Bachelor/Bacherlorette? Just curious – thanks!
Comment: Yes, they do. Not all 25 contestants you see on the show were just sitting home one night, saw the commercial to apply, went online and saw an application, then magically ended up on the show. Some of these people are models, have “entertainment” experience before, so they are pitched to ABC by their reps. Or plenty of times, talent scouts will be out at bars or whatever, see someone they like, and they’ll encourage them to send in an application because maybe they have a “look” they’re going for. So yes, it happens in all reality shows, not just this one. “Survivor” probably does it the most. In early days they’d just do it by audition tapes people sent in. Now it’s a who’s who lining up of friends of friends who’ve been on the show nominating buddies, and casting agents sending out emails looking for particular “types.” I hate the fact “Survivor” has gone that route, but, what are you gonna do?
1. Who cares where you got the spoilers from. People need to stop bitching at you for the most ridiculous reasons. No one should be bitching at you unless they personally know you- it’s just weird.
2. Those people on the boards are crazy!! I know you’ve mentioned before how weirdly into the Bachelor people get- but they all have screen shots of their favorite “character” and quotes and oh my goodness- I was legit freaked out. Needless to say I left that board after looking at one post. Can you imagine being the lead/contestant and going on those blogs? I felt uncomfortable for Ashley & JP myself and I clearly have never met them…
3. How do you deal with the crazy Bachelor fans? I’m sure those freaks must email you. (I’d like to think I’m part of the normalish crowd not weirdly obsessed with the show)
Anyways, just wanted to email you and say how right you were about the crazies and to keep on posting!!
Comment: 1) They can bitch at me all they want. It’s in one ear and out the other. It sure is strange though.
2) And you wonder why I don’t pay any attention to any of them?
3) There’s definitely different degrees of fans that watch the show. Not all of them are crazy. Just the ones that don’t follow this site because they’re pretty much uneducated on how the whole process works.
What’s the deal with you and Holly? It seemed like you guys used to be friendly–I remember you posting an interview you did with her. But now I see you writing that you’ll be happy as long as she doesn’t win the money.
Comment: Yeah, I did write that, didn’t I? No other comment about her.