A lot of stuff to get to today, and since there will not be a video blog tonight, I figured I’d cover as much as I could for you. I’ve got some stuff to take care of tonight and am rather busy, so I apologize that you will not have a video blog for the first time in the last 13 weeks. We’ll be back next Thursday which will be the last one before the show starts on Monday the 14th. And yes, we will continue them throughout Emily’s season on Thursday nights at 9PM EST/6PM PST.
Let me first begin by getting this off my chest since it was asked to me a lot this week on Twitter and on email, even though I answered it way back when the show was first announced. The answer is “no,” I will not be covering “Bachelor: Canada,” nor will I have spoilers for it. It doesn’t air in the states so I don’t see why I’d have any interest in covering it. I saw that filming has begun on that show and they announced who the guy was, but I didn’t even care enough to look at a picture of him or check his name. I know absolutely nothing about that show, so if we could keep the inquiries to a minimum I’d appreciate it. I can’t help in any way.
If you didn’t see my tweet from Sunday afternoon, then let me tell you what it said. Chris Bukowski got eliminated at the rose ceremony last Friday night in LA, meaning your final three guys are Jef Holm, Sean Lowe, and Arie Luyendyk Jr. Overnight dates were this week, and for the first time in I think four seasons, as of right now, I do not know where they were headed for overnights and the final rose ceremony before they took off. I’m hoping it comes to me any minute, and it might, but as of now I don’t know. I was told Madrid before the season started, and hell, they might be there for all I know. But I have no confirmation just yet. I’m actually kinda shocked no one on Twitter has seen filming anywhere and took pictures or posted something. So whether I find out in the next few days, or someone tweets something, you’ll know about it soon enough I would assume. They can’t possibly keep it under wraps for 2 weeks. But guaranteed Jef, Sean, and Arie are your final three.
If you saw ABC’s press release about the first episode, they kinda gave you a glimpse of what to expect by filling in the names of some of the guys and what they did. Here’s the snippet:
Emily, 26, a single mom who lives with her six-year-old daughter Ricki in Charlotte, North Carolina, meets 25 potential soul mates as she begins her own search for true love. In the premiere, “Episode 801,” 25 eligible men come from all over to try and win Emily’s heart. Immediately, the drama and the one-upsmanship begin: Emily is hit with a bad case of nerves, but that anxiety melts away as soon as the men start to compete to impress her. Tony makes like Prince Charming and presents her with a glass slipper. Jef, a successful entrepreneur, springs onto the scene on a skateboard. Party MC Stevie shows off his “can’t miss” dance moves. Travis offers a gift with a special meaning for Emily and her daughter. However Kalon is not to be outdone and lands in his private helicopter, much to the chagrin of the other men.
The battle for Emily’s attention and affection has only begun. Once inside the mansion, Kyle, a confident financial advisor, is eager to captivate Emily, but Brent, a single father of six, is busy showing off his voluminous collection of family photos. Chris, the handsome sales director, makes his mark with some custom bobble head dolls. But Arie, a professional race car driver, is nervous to share his career with Emily – fearing that it will remind her of her late fiancé, Ricky Hendrick. And Doug, another single dad, shares a tender moment with the Bachelorette, bringing with him a touching letter from his 11-year-old son.
After Chris Harrison reveals the first impression rose, the tension mounts and sparks fly. Stevie, the brash entertainer, confronts Kalon, the grandstanding wealthy suitor, accusing him of being selfish and insincere. Emily, unaware of the friction between the bachelors, is wooed away by the skateboarding Jef, who exudes a soft-spoken confidence that impresses her. Emily finally offers the first rose to a bachelor who was so charming that it would be hard for any of the men to argue with her choice.
One bachelor could relax, but 24 others are very anxious as the season’s first rose ceremony begins. Finally, Emily will have the 19 men who will move into the southern mansion.
I can tell you now that the first impression rose went to Doug. I guess going to the ol’ “I’ll get her by reading something written by my son card” worked on Emily. Hey, at least he got his first 1-on-1 date in episode 4 (Bermuda), and not episode 7 like our last first impression rose recipient from the “Bachelorette,” Ryan Park.
I can also tell you that Nate Bakke’s name isn’t Nate Bakke. It’s Jeff Maly. Jeffrey Colin Maly to be exact. Nate Bakke is the guy’s stage name, even though this is basically the first “acting” gig he’s ever landed. Growing up he was known as Jeff Maly, and all close friends know him as that.
I plan to have your episode-by-episode spoilers sometime in the next two weeks. Probably won’t be as detailed as in the past, and a lot of it you already know if you’ve been following the site the last two months, but I hope to have all your eliminations and most of your dates laid out for you hopefully by the time the show starts. If not, shortly thereafter.
And a quick shout out to Wes Hayden who released a new music video this week called “My Life.” I’d say I like this better than “Theeeeeyyyyyy saaaaaaaay love, it don’t come eeeeeeeassssssssy.”