Quite a few things to get to before today’s recap, and I use the word “recap” lightly because as is the case every season, the “Tell All” episode isn’t a regular long recap. There just isn’t enough material to work with since it’s mostly a recap show and hearing the women say stuff we’ve already heard them say on the show or in their exit interviews already. So the last two columns of every season (the “Tell All” and the finale), aren’t normal recaps where I break down the episode in real time. It’s more or less my overall thoughts on the show. However this week, there’s A LOT of news and information to get to before we even get to that portion of the recap, all of which I’m sure you’ll be interested in, including a fun new game for you to play to test your “Bachelor” franchise knowledge that I created. I’ll talk about that on the next page.
First off, gotta start with the news that most of you are most certainly interested in, and that’s who the next “Bachelorette” is. At this point, it doesn’t seem like much of a secret anymore as “E! News” broke it on Friday that the deal was 99% done to being finalized. Well, it is. Desiree is your next “Bachelorette.” She will be announced next Monday during the live ATFR show after the 2-hour finale airs, and she begins filming Sunday night, March 17th. I’m getting more guys confirmed for her season as we speak and will be releasing some of them probably next week so you will be the first to see which guy will possibly be her future ex-fiance. Good times. The announcement of Desiree being the next “Bachelorette” has me on the edge of my seat waiting in anticipation for one thing – the return of Nathaniel Hartsock to my television screen. Sure, we won’t see her brother until her finale when the family flies to wherever the final rose ceremony location is, but man, what an anticipated return to TV that’ll be. You think they won’t have him locked and loaded ready to come all guns blazing on whatever two guys make the finals? I don’t think I’ve been this excited about someone’s return to television since, well, ever. Holla!
As for the disclaimer I give every season regarding fan reaction to the announcement of who the new lead is gonna be, save your emails. I don’t care who/why you think someone else is better than Desiree, and you’re not gonna watch anymore, and why don’t they cast fresh faces, blah blah blah. Same thing every season. You don’t like the lead, then don’t watch. Don’t tell me about it, since I’m not the one who cast her. I’m perfectly fine with Desiree as the lead, and pretty much assumed it’d be her once I found out that Lindsay was out of the running. Still don’t know the reason behind it, but whatever the case, Desiree is your “Bachelorette” and no matter how much whining and crying and bitching anyone does, it’s not gonna change anything. You’ll still watch, you’ll still talk and tweet about it, and that’s all they care about. You can make a case for about 4 girls this season that could’ve been the “Bachelorette” but they can only choose one. They chose Desiree. Deal with it, and lets move on.
In case you missed it, WetPaint.com revealed today that the person who wrote the letter Sean receives at the final rose ceremony is Catherine. I haven’t been told who wrote the letter, but it certainly makes sense it would be her. I never thought it was the mother, nor did I think it was AshLee since she doesn’t make an appearance in the finale, and a letter just wouldn’t make sense for her. It was really only between Catherine and Lindsay, and Catherine seemed to make the most sense. I guess we’ll find out next Monday, but I’m pretty sure that report from WetPaint is accurate. I’d be shocked if it wasn’t Catherine’s letter.
Also, in horrible, tragic, earth shattering news that broke on Friday, Selma and Arie decided to end their 2 week long “relationship.” Man, if these two can’t make it, how is there any hope for the rest of us? So in the last four months, Arie has had a fling with Courtney, one week after her year long engagement to Ben ended, and had a two week “relationship” with Selma, that started while she was still on the show. Nice. I wonder who is next on his list. I just let Arie’s actions since the “Bachelorette” ended speak for themselves and back up everything I had told you about the guy during his season. He’s done nothing to disprove the image I gave you. Not one single thing. Hey, when you’re right, you’re right, and I really appreciate Arie and his efforts to follow through on everything I said about him. Good man.
Chris Harrison did his conference call with the media last week setting up the finale and talked about the season in general. Kind of like the “State of the Union” he gives for every season right before the finale, but after he tapes the “Women Tell All.” Nothing too crazy in this interview (there are two parts so click the link once you get to the bottom of the interview), but I did find this most interesting:
When I talked to AshLee Frazier earlier this season when she was still in the running with Desiree Hartsock, she said she wasn’t sure the girls remaining were ready for marriage, a it’s become obvious that AshLee was on a different, more mature level than the other girls. Do you think that Lindsay and Catherine really were ready for marriage, particularly with Catherine whom we’ve seen Sean have concerns about how she had plans to move to New York and pursue career goals?
Chris Harrison: I mean, I don’t know if I’m qualified to say, you know, if they’re ready or not. I know you know I definitely think AshLee was. And when I look at that last Rose Ceremony, there was definitely, you know, that old — was it Sesame Street, one of these is not like the other? You know, you could definitely tell she was a standout.
And just what I mean by that is she was a little older, a little more mature, and I think it’s what Sean probably aspires to have someday, and then I think at the end, he realized he’s not quite there yet. You know, I think he would have to come up to her level, whereas with Catherine and Lindsay, I feel like they’re all on the same level, where they are in their life.
They’re a little bit more youthful and just — they are just kind of, I don’t know. It’s a little bit more relaxed when you see them together. They laugh a little bit more at practical jokes and all that. So I think those three are definitely at the same place in life.
And I think it would have been tough for him to make that leap into where AshLee is. So are they all ready for marriage? I don’t know. I really don’t. I hope if that’s the path any of them choose, they’re ready. But you know, we’ll see.
That answer sounded to me like, “AshLee is at a point in her life where she’s ready to get married now, and I don’t think Sean, nor Catherine, nor Lindsay really are.” I mean, he specifically said, “he realized he’s not quite there yet.” Not quite where? To get married? Then why is he engaged? I think Sean and Catherine will take these next few months together to be that engaged couple from TV, Sean will do DWTS, they will do the talk show rounds and the whole couple thing with media tours and the like, and then when that wears off, I think it will end. As I’ve said all season long, I just don’t see it between these two as a married couple. I’m sure they enjoy spending time together, having fun, laughing, giggling, etc. I just think these are just two completely different people in terms of their lifestyles and I just don’t see it being a long term fit. She’s his girlfriend now, nothing more, and they will eventually break up.
In fact, I think I give Julie from “Burning Love” more of a chance with whoever she chooses. Since I posted so early on Thursday before I left, I never got a chance to embed that day’s episode. So here are Episodes 6 & 7 of “Burning Love.” Awesome. For those who missed season 1, the only way you can watch it is on the E! channel on Monday nights. It’s no longer online. Enjoy: