So the voting takes place and it was a landslide. Nick and Rachel had the overwhelming majority. Needing only nine votes to win, they ended up getting 13 of the 16 votes. Only Kalon, Erica, and Dave voted for Chris and Sarah. Kalon because he’s boys with Chris, Erica because she’s best friends with Sarah, and Dave because, well, I don’t know why Dave voted for Chris. Especially after he even got to speak to him on camera and told him “It looked like you enjoyed hurting those women.” But whatever. It didn’t matter. It was a forgone conclusion the minute Nick and Rachel took Chris and Sarah to the finals who would win.
So now lets talk about Nick’s decision. First off, for those that didn’t watch the show, or for those that kinda tuned out to Nick’s speech after Rachel had chosen “SHARE,” I made sure I copied all of it. Here’s what Nick said before he revealed his decision:
“Nobody sitting up there in the cast, nobody in this audience right now, and nobody sitting at home watching right now would have put their money on me to win this. It’s crazy though to sit up here and watch the last episode, and see Jaclyn say that I don’t deserve to be here. And see Ed say that I’m just an anonymous guy in the house. It’s like, ouch, thanks Ed. I was on nobody’s radar, nobody was ever on my team. And I did this all myself. Nobody ever cared how I was going to vote. Nobody cared what my plan was. And I feel like I’m an outsider, and I got here by myself, and I did this all by myself.?Rachel never wanted to be my partner. She didn’t. As a matter of fact, she told me that she backed into this partnership. And she tried to leave on me three times. You tried to leave on me three times. And, knowing that it would screw me over. But it didn’t matter. You knew it was going to screw me over, but it didn’t matter. And I had to talk to you, and Jaclyn talked to you, and you know what you said to me? You said it was Jaclyn’s words that kept you here, not mine. I was like, really, wow? Never once did you say, ‘You know I’m gonna stick it out for your sake, Nick.’ I had to bring it up. You wanted to do it for Michael. You were on the phone with Michael. You wanted to see Michael. And you know how bad it sucks when you’re in the final competition to sing together and you tell me that ‘if Michael and I were to be in this competition together, we’d win this for sure.’ But I was your partner. You sure did, and so I decided to keep.”
Look, I’m well aware that there are people who hated what Nick did. And you’re entitled to your own opinion. I’m not going to try and convince you otherwise. All I’m going to say is please refrain from emailing me why you think he’s a jerk because it’s falling on deaf ears. I’m just going to give you my reasoning why I don’t have any problem whatsoever with what he did. Tell me exactly what in that speech that Nick gave was incorrect? Everything he said was dead on. Why did he owe Rachel anything? And amazingly enough, Kalon ended up being quite the voice of reason in this when even he said after the fact that people on stage don’t know what the definition of “deserve” is. Who’s to say Rachel deserved to win anything? Because why? For the first five episodes, she was in the power alliance with the guy who essentially was the power player in the game in Michael. So technically you could say that she rode Michael’s coattails for the first five episodes. And it’s not like Rachel killed it in challenges. She won one – the last one. I’ve stated it twice already, and I’ll state it again a third time for the record, and that’s that I think Rachel is the hottest girl they had on the show this season. But I’m able to separate her looks from what happened in the game. Just because I think she’s hot doesn’t mean I think she deserved anything. Why would she be more deserving over Nick, who she didn’t even want as her partner? Not that I didn’t feel bad for Rachel, because I did, but it’s a game show. This isn’t the “Bachelor.” This is “Bachelor Pad” where you are playing for $250k. Nick said it best on Twitter last night. Here’s what he wrote:
Nick Peterson @PeetysTraining
In regards to all of the comments from tonight: I went on Bachelor Pad 3 to play the game, not to find love or make friends. #BP3 #Winner
So he basically did what he set out to do. Obviously Rachel was more into the emotional, relationship aspect of the show. Which is fine, but, it doesn’t mean you’re going to win.
As for Rachel’s argument, “You are here because of me,” I couldn’t disagree more. Actually, Nick was there because of Erica and there’s no denying that. If Erica takes Chris home on her episode instead of Michael, then Nick is forced to pair with Sarah (since the only people left were Ed & Jaclyn, Blakeley & Tony, Lindzi & Kalon, and Michael & Rachel would’ve been together still), and the next challenge they don’t win, they are gone at the next rose ceremony. Rachel is NOT the reason Nick made it to the end, Erica is. Yes, they were partners, but it was because of what Erica did, not because Rachel wanted to be his partner. For the love of God, even Chris Harrison is defending Nick’s decision:
“Bachelor Pad is a game. From the moment you arrive at Bachelor Pad the fact that you are playing for a quarter of a million dollars is always on your mind. Nobody, especially nobody in Rachel’s alliance, gave a damn about Nick. Not only did they not care about him, but they didn’t think he had a chance to make it to the finals. Nick was expendable and he was being used. Rachel, Michael, Jaclyn and Ed were only keeping Nick around until it was time to put him out of his misery and vote him off the show. As soon as he wasn’t useful anymore he was going to go…at least, that was the plan. Even while he was sitting on the stage, nobody in Rachel’s alliance felt he deserved the money or even to be up there. The only problem with that thought is whether you think somebody “deserves” it or not, he was there. I thought Kalon really put it in perspective when he told the other contestants that they didn’t really understand the true meaning of the word ‘deserve.’”
Man, when I start taking Chris Harrison’s side on things, you know something isn’t right. But I’m sorry, there isn’t a single person out there that can convince me that Nick did the wrong thing. Read what he told everyone before revealing his decision, read what Chris Harrison wrote, then tell me why you feel that Nick owed anybody anything? If he was there to win the money, and admittedly didn’t care about making friends or finding a relationship, what’s wrong with what he did? Just because it’s something you personally wouldn’t have had the balls to do, doesn’t mean he was wrong, or it was a bad decision, or he’s a terrible person. I just never thought anybody in this show’s history would ever have the stones to pull this off, but Nick did. I think Nick explained himself as well as he could because he and Rachel were never close. I never thought a couple that wasn’t close would ever reach the finals to begin with and win, and yes, I do think Nick would’ve chosen “SHARE” if he was up there with someone he cared about or that he was dating. But he wasn’t, so I’m guessing it made his decision that much easier.
I know a lot of who didn’t have a problem with his decision are still saying, “But he was acting like kind of a dick up there rubbing it in.” Fair enough, but let me ask you this: What was he supposed to say? Nothing Nick said in that moment was going to make Rachel feel any better. Sorry? You really think Rachel would’ve been like, “Oh, ok. Well now that you apologized for what you did, all is good.” Of course not. That’s why Nick basically just kept repeating the same thing over and over and shrugging his shoulders. The game was over. Nothing was gonna change at that point. He had pulled the wool over her eyes and his plan worked. What was there left for him to say that would’ve smoothed anything over? The fact that the audience cheered, and the fact that it seemed like most of the cast agreed with Nick’s decision (outside of Rachel’s friends), seemed to solidify he had nothing to apologize for. Rachel was gonna be miserable regardless. As I said when I posted the spoilers two weeks ago, it was not a good night for her. And yeah, I do feel bad for what happened, but it’s a game. I felt much worse for what happened with Michael in last season’s finale getting blindsided by seeing his ex fiancé now engaged to his biggest enemy. No, Rachel did nothing wrong, but sometimes bad things happen to good people. Rachel’s biggest mistake was letting emotions getting involved this much on a game show. Nick played the game, Rachel didn’t, she lost, and unfortunately those were the consequences she suffered. Doesn’t make Nick a bad person, and doesn’t make Rachel a bad person. But it’s obvious this game wasn’t suited for her and Nick outplayed her because he absolutely had her convinced he was gonna pick “SHARE,” when he knew all along that he wasn’t. He lied to her which is what plenty of people do in this game. Nick just did it better than anyone else and is $250k richer because of it.
Already I’ve gotten a few emails along the lines of, “Do you think Rachel will be the Bachelorette now that everyone feels bad for her?” My answer: Rachel is in pretty much the same exact boat as Michael was after last season’s “Bachelor Pad.” Granted, she didn’t have her ex fiancé propose to her rival on national tv, but I’m talking the same boat as a lot of people want to see her find love now. To answer the question though, no, Rachel is not going to be the next “Bachelorette” just like Michael was never going to be the “Bachelor” just because of what happened to him on “Bachelor Pad.” The “Bachelorette” doesn’t start filming for another six months. I’m sorry, but fans are so fickle, they won’t care about Rachel the minute the next “Bachelor” starts filming in two weeks. So I certainly don’t think they’ll care about her in six months. Not to mention, I don’t think Rachel will have a hard time at all finding a guy after this. She doesn’t need this show anymore. It’s already given her enough grief as it is. Why torture yourself?
And for the record, People.com should be embarrassed by their coverage of the finale last night. Really? Nick Peters? It’s not like they called him that once. They called him “Peters” FOUR TIMES in the article, and called him “Peter” once.
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