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

As I mentioned, some pictures and confirmation of Emily’s guys has been posted already. I know that WetPaint had two of these guys they wrote about at the end of last week, plus, there have been people on Twitter saying they know people on the show. I’ve known about these guys since the end of January, but as I’ve done the past few seasons, I was not going to jeopardize these guys chances of getting cast by releasing their information early. If others wanted to, there was nothing I could do about it. But now that the guys are already in Charlotte, I can start releasing what I know. I currently have 10 guys names, pics, and info. Here are the first five I will give you. As more and more info comes, I will add to each one of their bios. (Hey, just out of curiosity, did Emily specifically request that every one of her guys be a musclehead? Geesh):

1. Ryan Bowers: 31, gym owner at Athelite in Evans, Georgia. You can read his bio here. Here’s an article written last June about Athelite Sports Training Academy. Played Div. II college football at Presbyterian College, and has played in the Arena Football League for the Indiana Firebirds, the Green Bay Blizzard and last year with the Georgia Force.


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2. Tony DeSarro: Senior Associate at KPMG Forensic Technology Services in Atlanta, Georgia. Basically he’s hired out by companies to check out their computers for fraud, etc. Attended Utica College of Syracuse University and got a B.S. in Criminal Justice. You can view his LinkedIn profile right here. That stuff is boring. Lets get to the good stuff about Tony. He dabbles in music. Was or is in a band called Nelson BrownStone. Even has his own site (www.DeSarromusic.com) which he doesn’t seem to have kept up much. However, if you wanna hear his mad singing skills, here are three cover songs he posted within the last year. Don’t quit your day job, Tony. Stick to computer fraud (Is it just me, or does this guy look like Robby D from Jillians season?):


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3. Joel Gilson: 25, Urbandale, Iowa. Medical sales rep for Stryker. Played football and graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2010. Has a younger brother Chad currently enrolled and playing football there as well.


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4. Doug Clerget: 33, Tacoma, Washington. Graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2000. Is a Vice President at Kidder Matthews in Seattle, WA. You can check out his bio here or check out his LinkedIn page. Also is a philanthropist and started a website with his cousin called DollarPerMonth.org which you can read about more right here. He’s a father to an 11 year old son named Austin (pictures courtesy of his Facebook page which has since been taken down).


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5. Travis Pope: 30, Madison, Mississippi, account executive for the Clarion Ledger newspaper. Graduated Mississippi State University in 2004. The interesting stuff is who he was previously engaged to. Lauren Jones, CEO of Lauren Jones Footwear, that you can Wikipedia right here. They were engaged about 2 years ago before breaking it off roughly 6 months later. I remember this chick from that “Anchorwoman” reality show a while back. I’m guessing once the season starts, if Travis lasts long, the tabloids will be all over this girl looking for info. Also, her and Travis were pitching a reality show together called “Chasin Dreams with Lauren and Travis.” The video below is from a photo shoot they did for “Bride” Magazine when they were still together.


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Back tomorrow with your finale column.

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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