What is Chris Harrison’s Announcement Tonight, More Emily Info, and 5 Guys Confirmed for Emily’s Season

The day I’ve been waiting four months for has finally arrived. I can tell you til I’m blue in the face (which I have), I can give you details of safehouse visits, I can give you pictures from the final rose ceremony, and I can give you ATFR spoilers which confirm they’re together, but nothing makes it more official than the finale airing and you get to see it for yourself. What you’ll see tonight has been a forgone conclusion since I was told about the finale 3 or 4 days after it happened back in November, but had to wait until Dec. 14th to announce it. I’m just glad you will all get to see for yourselves officially tonight.

Lets get to a few news and notes regarding Emily’s season before I reveal five guys confirmed for her season. As I stated on Thursday, Emily’s season is going to be a bit different in terms of spoilers since the first few episodes are being shot in Charlotte, and already, there are plenty of twitter accounts and local Charlotte people who have witnessed filming, seen the mansion, etc. And I’m sure once the dates begin filming at the end of this week, more and more stuff will be getting out. I will break stuff when I have it, but since I don’t write everyday, when I do, it’ll be summary of what’s been reported to me, or what I’ve seen on some of the local Charlotte news sites and Twitter accounts. The guys have arrived in Charlotte and filming begins Wednesday night the 14th at the mansion on 16424 Marvin Road. Other notes:

-Chris Harrison tweeted last week that there’s a big announcement tonight during the show that will have all the fans happy. Then this morning, he tweeted again that after tonight’s show “Bachelor fans will have homework to do.” Well, I can tell you now what this announcement will be. It concerns “Bachelor Pad.” Basically, they are going to rip off what the “Real World/Road Rules” franchise did years ago. In addition to having the “Bachelor Pad” cast having former cast members on it, they are going to leave a few spots open to “outsiders,” and anyone can apply. Kinda like how Evan, Kenny, Eve, Diem, Laurel, Cara Maria, and Big Eric are all household names in the “RW/RR Challenge” franchise, but were never actually on “Real World” or “Road Rules” before.

I think this concept could work, BUT, they’re gonna have to go all out. If you cast 3 or 4 “newbies,” do they really stand a chance under the current rules we’ve seen in the first two seasons? They won’t know anybody going in and they wouldn’t be able to form pre-show alliances. If they really want it to work, I think they have to do what the RW/RR Challenge did, and make half the cast former contestants and half the cast newbies. That seems to be the most fair thing to do. But then again, this show isn’t about being fair so who knows if that’ll happen. So that’s the announcement. The public will be able to apply for spots on “Bachelor Pad.” I do not know how many at this point.

-Emily’s season will consist of 3 or 4 episodes shot in Charlotte before traveling begins. I have been made aware of some of the places they will be heading, but I don’t know in what order yet, and I’m waiting for more confirmation and details before I tell you. Once I get what I need, you will know.

-Still a lot of speculation regarding Bentley making an appearance on the show. It’s all speculation at this point. I could see it going either way. I’m under the impression right now that Bentley is not going to show up, but things could change. I can see why they’d bring him on though. He’d never last, Emily would never choose him, but I can see him coming on to try and repair his image. I will let you know once I hear something concrete.

-There is a date that’s been done a few times before that is being looked at again for Emily’s season. Also, the Charlotte Motor Speedway will NOT be holding any dates at their track or in conjunction with the show, so it looks like they are staying away from the NASCAR angle. Good.

-Expect one of Emily’s dates to be at one of the hundreds of wineries in the Charlotte area. Haven’t confirmed which one yet.

36 thoughts on “What is Chris Harrison’s Announcement Tonight, More Emily Info, and 5 Guys Confirmed for Emily’s Season

  1. Again, another great bit of research and info culminating in a fun read.
    Thanks for adding to the entertainment of The Bachelor franchise.
    Clearly more fun to enjoy with you Steve!

  2. Going to have to root for Ryan Bowers, since he’s from Evans and I live in Augusta. :)

  3. Hmmm. At least 3 of those 5 are classically good-looking guys… much better than the freakshows they cast for Ashley’s season! I’m guessing that, unlike other seasons, they’ve known that Barbie was their Bachelorette for a while now, and made sure to cast a lot of Ken dolls so that they could wind up with the ‘perfect’ couple at the end. Let’s hope they don’t all have plastic personalities to match!

  4. Anyone remember how old Emily is? Joel is just 24 and Tony looks kind of young to me to…. If she was with Brad who was in his mid 30′s I would guess she likes guys that are a bit older. Probably because it offers her more security for her and Riley, and that guys in their mid 30′s should be done with the party phase of their life and ready to settle down. Just a thought….

  5. I’m really looking forward to Em’s season but I don’t know how much of “little Ricky this, and little Ricky that” I can take! Wonder if Emily has stopped calling her Little Ricky. After all, the kid is like 6 or 7 years old now right? Please… little ricky grow up so mama will stop with the little Ricky. Have I said little Ricky enough yet?

  6. I expect a pretty dull season with Emily as Bachelorette. Yes, she is pretty, but she is also boring as can be, and did not come across as too exciting, witty or intelligent. Just saccharine sweet.

    They should have picked Emily O-Brien. That chick is very attractive, intelligent and has personality. TPTB blew it on that Emily M. choice, Ugh. Dull.

  7. Dianne on March 12, 2012 at 12:06 PM said:
    May help if you spelt her name right, miss..it’s “Ricki”, not “Ricky”:.

    May help if you spelled “spelled” correctly. LOL!

  8. emily got some very good looking guys!i wish her a good journey and hopefully a good man for her and her daughter.she deserves to be happy!

  9. I’m more excited about Emily’s upcoming season of the Bachelorette than I’ve ever been before. I always liked her and I’m so excited to have the season begin in Charlotte as opposed to that mansion in LA (which is best suited for Bachelor Pad). I’m betting it’ll be the most-watched season of the Bachelorette ever, even though Ben’s season of the Bachelor ranks up there as one of the worst (although Lorenzo and Matt Grant’s seasons were more boring). I do agree that Emily from Ben’s season would’ve made a great bachelorette b/c she isn’t afraid to speak her mind, she’s fun, and yet she’s intelligent.

  10. @ missannmcd – LOL!!! I know I “spelled” her name totaly wrong as well (My cousin’s kid is named Riley and it’s her birthday today, that’s why I did that probably) and that I said that Joel is 24 not 25. Oh well. I know what you mean about grammer police! LOL!!

  11. I saw your error but didn’t say anything b/c I’m not the grammar police. However, the other poster called me out so I was compelled to reply… it was just too tempting considering she missed something trying to correct me! sigh… Isn’t life fun?

  12. Emily is young, but maybe she likes older guys. I just hope these guys take it seriously, because of Ricki and the whole situation being what it is. They will be stepping into quite the family environment, which is great if they’re up for that but could be terrible if she picks someone too immature.
    I couldn’t see the video for Bride’s – anyone else have trouble too? It says it’s private.
    Good looking guys -whoo hoo! Can’t wait for the eye candy – bring it on!

  13. RS: Thanks for the scoop on tonight’s show. Now I can watch The Voice in peace.

  14. P.S. I really needed to vent today so thanks for the freedom to post my own sarcastic, slanted and even rude comments. America is great!

  15. OMG!! This was bound to happen at some point because there are less than six degrees of separation with Reality Show contestants these days but I totally went to college with Ryan and even took him to one of my sorority functions. Holy Cow! If he is anything like he was in college he is a really great guy.

  16. I like tony he’s cute. Can’t wait to see emilys season even though I wasn’t a huge Emily fan when she was on brads season. I didn’t have a problem w/ her but kind of dole. I’m looking fwd. to seeing all the hot guys.

  17. I’d be willing to bet they will go to The Hendrick’s winery- she already has a connection with them obviously. They are pretty much royalty around here.

  18. LOL at both of you. “Spelt” and “spelled” are both correct, although the former is most often used in British speaking countries and is therefore “more” correct since they did, you know, speak English long before American English was invented.

    As for this column… Steve, relax. No one is going to stop calling you the Spoiler King just because a few sites got the word out first.

  19. Yes, this is slightly off topic… but I swear I read that Courtney’s mom called 911 drunk and said she needed a man– however, a google search doesnt turn anything up… I think I read this in national enquirer (yes, I admit i read it)… did anyone else see that?

  20. It’s clear watching ATFR that Chris doesn’t believe a word Ben and Courtney are saying.
    And how the hell does she have the nerve to play the victim saying I don’t know if I trust him? She is such a narcissist.
    Good luck Ben, What an idiot!
    On to the questions for Steve:
    Ben’s sister said to Courtney I hope you are telling me the truth. How does she feel now knowing that Courtney did lie?
    Where was Lindsy at the After The Final Rose?

  21. Whether or not Chris Harrison or any of us believe Ben and Courtney have a chance at lasting love, isn’t really the issue now is it? They’ve given their pound of flesh to us for our entertainment, now they should be given some peace and privacy to live their own lives.

  22. Hahahaha, love it! I am a creeper, read the drama, hesitant to post most of the time………..I never doubt you and you are awesome!!!!

  23. The funniest thing is…..the amount of money ABC spent to do Internet advertising……what a bust!

  24. So funny tonight…while watching the finale for Ben’s season my 7 year old nephew came walking in right when Lindsay was getting into the helicopter and said “They let them fly the helicopter after they get dumped?” I think that ABC should make that a rule from now on…you don’t get the final rose but you get to fly this helicopter!! I bet most would choose the helicopter then.

    Also when Courtney’s helicopter flew around Ben, why was there an camo army tarp in the background? Maybe he was playing airsoft or something? Anyways, glad you were right about him choosing Courtney…she wasn’t that bad you know…the show makes them all out to be something they aren’t.

  25. Attending a Bachelorette filming event on Friday night in clt. Will try to get some pics for you!

  26. Excuse me, miss. In Canada, “spelt” is the correct grammar. We don’t use “spelled” in the context that my original message was in.

  27. Looks like it will be alot of big muscles and good looking guys! I can say I know one of those guys listed, went to school with him and used to hang out with him, he is a big goofball but a really nice guy!

  28. As a parent, I would be very upset with you posting my kid’s picture on a public website. You could get in trouble if you’ve used that picture without parental consent. Might want to take it down.

  29. A few thoughts from this post/the finale:
    -Miss Emily better watch out for Ben S. Look at those pictures. Homeslice is batting for the other team. Seems more likely to go for a fellow contestant than the Bachelorette.
    -The reason Lindzi was wasted on her final date was b/c she’d already gone through most of a bottle of wine waiting for Ben to show up. Check it out when he sits down and she pours for him from the already opened, almost empty bottle. Heck I would be driven to drink too if I had to listen to a bunch of producers coaching me “No matter what, don’t say ANYTHING INTERESTING. Only TELL HIM YOU LOVE HIM. Like, 1000000 TIMES. And be sure to grab his hair when you make out so he doesn’t get away!”
    -Someone please tell me how on earth, after being dumped for the whole world to see, Lindzi had the lack of common sense to tell Ben “if it doesn’t work, call me” and then proceed to hug HIM as he buried his face in her shoulder??? I mean really? Girl, you’re giving Jamie (see: WTA) a run for her money on this season’s Race to the Bottom of the Pride Barrel.
    -RS, how could you not comment on Ben’s facial hair at ATFR??? It is appalling the outfits/hair fiascos ABC has allowed this season. I mean, why go for the beard if you clearly can’t grow one? When he cried he looked like an alcoholic bum.
    -How the heck did Chris Harrison wind up with the ring? So transparently a ratings ploy…you know that even if Courtney took that thing off ain’t no way she’s giving it to anyone.

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