Not a whole hell of a lot today, just some news and notes to get to regarding the show and I decided to also throw in a couple “Dr. Reality Steve” emails since I’m a tad backed up. Thursday’s column will be a “Reality Roundup,” “Reader Emails,” and “Dr. Reality Steve” column, so get your emails in to email@example.com. Heading into the holiday season, with the show about to wrap filming and the premiere not until Jan. 7th, that’s about 7 weeks of nothing going on, so the column will probably be few and far between. But once the season ramps up, it’ll be back to normal. Obviously sometime between now and Jan. 7th, I will have your episode-by-episode spoilers. I know a lot of you get “spoiled” and want me to have the information 2 seconds after it happens, but it just doesn’t work that way. Go look at past “Bachelor” seasons and you’ll know that filming always ends right before Thanksgiving, and then I don’t give out the episode-by-episode spoilers til usually the first or second week of December. The last couple of seasons I’ve had the ending before I had everything, I expect much of the same this time around. I’m pretty sure I’ll have your Final 4 breakdown before I have all your episode-by-episode spoilers. Be patient. You’ll get em. Just like you do every season. Before Jan. 7th, you’ll know everything you need to know about this season, no worries.
Wanted to go off topic here for just a second and give a little public service announcement real quick. The internet is a fascinating world. With FB, Twitter, Instagram, etc there are a lot of brave people who feel they can get away with saying whatever they want about whoever they want with zero repercussions. That’s just the way it is now. I get it. But having done this site for the last 9 years, and with popularity in the site increasing exponentially in the past three, obviously that makes me a target for some people. Absolutely, 100% understand that. That’s what I signed up for. Call me names, say my site sucks, say I have horrible grammar, whatever you want. I’m fine with it. Cuz that’s all just opinion. Just know there are a lot of crazies out there who will take it further and say anything about anyone just to get a rise out of people, even if it’s not based in fact at all and it’s not an opinion. So I just wanna say this: Unless you see me address it myself, I wouldn’t believe anything you see written about me publicly. If something’s out there, probably a chance I won’t even see it. So if you want to ask me about it, go ahead. Just consider the source. I know, I know. Amazing that in today’s day and age, people still believe everything they read on the internet without doing any fact checking, but trust me, it happens. Crazy people out there, I tell ya. Lunatics. Back to our regularly scheduled programming.
I noticed that WetPaint ran a story last week that I forgot to address about Sean possibly getting engaged on his birthday, Nov. 16th, which is this Friday. They were close. Missed it by one day. The final rose ceremony taking place in Thailand will actually be this Saturday, the 17th.
I also saw yesterday where they ran a story about a Twitter account that had a picture of finalist AshLee Frazier, in a Thailand hotel with a show producer. That hotel is the Rua Rasada in Trang, Thailand. Was news to me until I saw the story, so that means that AshLee obviously made it past hometowns and at least to the final 3. What I can say is that the picture is from either where she’s staying or where her overnight date took place, since the final rose ceremony is definitely not taking place at that hotel or in that city. Once the final 3 head out to the final location, each obviously gets an overnight date but they are always in three different places within the city that they’re in. So AshLee’s looks like hers was there, or she was just staying there, since they usually separate all three in different hotels as well. But the final rose ceremony is not taking place in Trang or at the Rua Rasada Hotel.
Can we PLEASE put an end to the “Cheryl Burke is gonna be the next ‘Bachelorette'” talk? Enough already. Cheryl obviously wants to do it since she won’t shut up about it and tells anyone who’ll stick a microphone in her face that she’s met with producers and she’d be interested. Let me fill you in on something Cheryl that maybe you’re unaware of. Do you know how many people they “interview” to be the possible lead for the show every season? More than you think. And of those people, do you know how many actually really have a chance? Three. The three people who finish 2nd, 3rd, and 4th of the season that just ended. Since they started recycling contestants as leads (Sean will be the 9th consecutive season they’ve recycled), every lead finished in the top 4 of their season, with the exception of Jake. They’re talking and interviewing people all the time for this gig, but it’s just them doing their due diligence. They’ve said it 100 times that they don’t plan on ever going out of the family again to cast the lead, and with 9 consecutive seasons of them sticking to it, I don’t see that changing anytime soon. This is no different than the stupid Ryan Lochte rumors that started over the summer. Just because they talk to you doesn’t mean you’re actually a serious candidate. I don’t know who is gonna be the next “Bachelorette” because we’re still 4 months away from them starting filming, but without knowing, I can pretty much guarantee you it will be either AshLee, Catherine, Lindsay, or Desiree. I’ll go with the odds and the track record of this show. And oh yeah, one last thing Cheryl: With all that said working against you, there’s the other major factor that no one wants to see you as the “Bachelorette” anyway. So there’s that too.