Bachelorette Desiree Update, Where Have They Been, Who Got the First Impression Rose, and “Burning Love” Season 3 is Here

It’s been a little over 2 weeks since I last posted anything on what’s happening with Desiree’s season, nor have I tweeted much about it. Two reasons: 1) Pretty much all last week I was in California and it just wasn’t something I needed to instantly do every time I heard something and 2) I wanted to have a lot of it all together in one post. During the off season when the show is taping, my traffic drastically goes down, so, I don’t need to post every other day, or two or three times a week since, well, it doesn’t matter. My traffic and my income happens when the show is airing. Has always been that way no matter what I do. I don’t need to post just to post. I got a TON of information over these last two weeks and I didn’t post once because I wanted to put it all together with a nice little bow on it. So here you go:

Let me first confirm two more contestants for you. The first guy was really the only bit of info I’ve tweeted out in the last two weeks. I tweeted him out last Wednesday right before I left for California.
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14. Mike Garofola: 31 or 32, Florida, Assistant United States Attorney. I first tweeted him out last Wednesday before I left for California once I was notified this blogger had posted him. So a big thanks to David Oscar Markus on that one. He’s one of the two unidentified guys on the red team during the dodgeball date.


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15. Bryden Vukasin: 26, Missoula, Montana. Served in the Middle East for a year. Either still plays, or did play, for the semi pro Missoula Phoenix football team. He got the second 1-on-1 date at Ojai Valley that was posted by Johnny Jet a few weeks ago. He got a rose on that date.

MySpace: MySpace page
LinkedIn: LinkedIn page


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I can tell you now that the first impression rose went to Ben Scott. He had his 4 year old son Brody with him in the limo, Brody came out of the limo first and gave Desiree a rose, then Ben came out. So yeah, I mean, how do you NOT give Ben the rose at that point? That was too easy. So now we know the answer to executive producer Robert Mills tweet from the first night that said:

Robert Mills @Millsy11374 14 Mar We just had BY FAR the cutest limo entrance ever. #Bachelorette

There you go. It was Ben with his son Brody.

When we last left Desiree and I posted, she had just had a Mr. America group date in Atlantic City, NJ. Kasey won that “pageant,” Zak W. finished 2nd, with Brooks finishing in 3rd. There were 11 guys on that group date, and Bryden and Mike were both on it, so now there’s only 2 from that date which I’ve yet to publicly identify. Gonna hold on to them for the time being since I don’t want to give everything away just yet, but here’s what those 9 guys did for the “talent” portion of the competition:

Kasey: He did a tap dancing act. Didn’t take it too seriously since he didn’t know how, but it was apparently fairly entertaining. Must’ve been since he won it.
Bryden: Strip tease.
Chris: He came out in women’s heels, and hula hooped around his arms and waist.
Mike: He got the crowd fired up and sang “Fight for Your Right To Party” by the Beastie Boys.
Brooks: He played the ukuele to a song he made up. At the end of the song, he smashed his ukulele on the ground.
Ben: – He pulled a Frank the Tank from “Old School” and did a rhythmic gymnastics routine using the ribbon and everything. Good stuff.
Zack W.: He played the guitar and sang.
Zack K.: Only guy I’m not sure of what he did.
Juan Pablo: Played the mini drums.

The first 1-on-1 in Atlantic City went to Brad McKenzie. They went to an amusement park in a Rolls Royce and ate dinner. Also played games at the park where Brad won toys to bring home to his son Maddex. Dinner was at a lighthouse, but Brad didn’t get a rose on this date and was sent home. However, there is a little drama surrounding Brad’s exit. Maddex’s mother, Brittnee Nelson, has either a boyfriend/fiancé she’s been with for a while in Colorado. Apparently while Brad was away filming, Brittnee and her bf/fiancé had some sort of disagreement, and she decided to move back home to Texas where her family is. Obviously she couldn’t take Maddex with her, so before she left, she dropped him off at Brad’s mom’s house. This was all relayed to Brad during filming at some point, and Brad makes a phone call to Brittnee in front of the cameras to confront her on what happened. I’m not sure at what point during filming this happened, but I’m guessing it was still in CA and before they left for NJ. That would make the most sense and why Brad was given a 1 on 1 with her with the first date in NJ, because I’m sure Desiree was informed of all the Brad baby mama drama, and probably the reason she didn’t give him a rose. So as far as I know, Brad is in Colorado with his son Maddex, while Brittnee is still in Texas with her family. Fun times.

The Mr. America group date was the next day, then James had a 1-on-1 with Desiree the following day. Instagrammer Sophia4052 posted this picture that day to confirm it:


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From New Jersey, filming moved to Germany. A couple things in Germany:

-The group date in Germany had them sledding down one of the highest peaks in the country
-The 2-on-1 date happens with Mike and Ben. Apparently the vibe was that Ben played up the “Brody” card and Mike didn’t seem to like it, which caused these two to butt heads in the house. And whaddya’ know, these two got put on a 2-on-1 date together. Crazy how that happens, huh? Anyway, on this date, Mike got the rose and Ben was sent home.

From Germany, filming moved to Spain. Don’t have any details on any Spain dates yet, but I do know that three guys were sent home. So if you’re keeping track at home, the breakdown starting from NJ goes like this:

NJ – 13 down to 11
Germany – 11 down to 8
Spain – 8 down to 5

The five guys that left Spain are now in Portugal. I’m aware of who they are, and with any deducting skills, you could probably figure out a few of them as well. And for some reason, which seems odd, Lesley Murphy is out in Portugal now too. I know Lesley was obviously friends with Des’, but I thought she was a lot closer to others in the house over her. Whatever the case, she’s over there to see Des, so I’m guessing we’ll be seeing her on camera in this episode. Maybe it’s like when Shay visited Sean in St. Croix and it’s just gonna be for a pep talk or something, I don’t know. Seems odd, but not surprising at all they’d bring Lesley onto the show for moral support or whatever.

Right now, there are still 10 guys from Des’ season that haven’t been identified. Do I know some of them? Yes. Are any of those 10 still left? Yes. If/when ABC releases the bios on the guys, then I will share who I know about. But I can tell you, in no particular order, these guys are definitely home: Diogo, Zack K., Ben, Kasey, and James. Along with others obviously.

When you really break it down, you pretty much now have every date covered up through Germany except for one or two. There isn’t much left to reveal at this point since you’re being spoiled in real time. There are few other tidbits that I’ll hold on to until later on down the line since we’re still 6 weeks away from the premiere, but hometowns start filming next week, and usually that’s when social media will start back up again and word will get out of who’s filming a hometown, so be on the lookout for that. I guess I need to eat my words from last column when I said I’d be shocked if Kasey Stewart didn’t get a hometown date. He doesn’t. But you can rest assured Brooks and Chris are shoe-ins for a hometown date and look to be the front runners right now.

Since I was told there was a 90% chance they were going to Paris this season, and they haven’t been there yet, looks like that’s where the final rose ceremony might be. I’ll let you know if/when I get it confirmed.

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49 thoughts on “Bachelorette Desiree Update, Where Have They Been, Who Got the First Impression Rose, and “Burning Love” Season 3 is Here

  1. Well, so much for my F4 predictions of Zack K. and Kasey then! Surprising. Ten men yet to be announced–that’s a significant number. Out of the ones we know . . . I don’t know! Brooks? Mike?

  2. My Brad Womack and AshLee “I’m adopted” Frazier????

    NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!………………………………………………..fall into a heap…..and cut.

  3. I just have to say that Southern District of Florida Blog has to be one of the best (revealing) items I have seen on this site! Loved the comments! It ranks right up there with the video of Selma topless with athletic shoes draped around her neck. Thanks, Steve!

  4. This was a pretty weak update. RS better up his game or he’ll be back to selling vacuum cleaners door to door. Steve, maybe a couple fewer vacations and maybe a 20+ hour work week might help.

  5. Oh, and while you’re at it, maybe a few less self congratulations for your “charity appearance” (how nice of you to show up) and less pimping all of your “real time updates” and maybe more, oh I don’t know…. actual updates.

  6. Oh darn.. no Zack K or Kasey?! I think a bunch of us had them in our top picks. I must be really bad at this! But by figuring out who is left – I can see why they were eliminated.

  7. ok, let me try this again.. im going to stick to my original picks and just go with zak (he hasnt been eliminated, right?) and chris..

    i cannot believe ashlee and brad are dating! ewww… i liked brad! maybe they met at a therapy session? whats funny is that ashlee always reminded me a bit of emily… a pretty girl who was a little too uptight and serious for me..

  8. Rob22- Steve has said several different times that this time period in between seasons is usually very slow, and that he doesn’t really make much money from it. So if he wants to take a vacation he can take a vacation. Calm down!

  9. is anyone else having trouble logging in? i can only log in on my phone.. maybe rs blocked me bc of the f4 game? help!

  10. I finally got logged in. Not that I have anything interesting to say. Just glad that the people trying to get into WordPress’ admin accounts have been stopped or given up. Nasty botnets :( At least I was able to read this and other WordPress blogs.

    @ccrider I finally caught up on Splash. I didn’t want anyone to leave! I guess there are only 4 people I didn’t know: Drake, Rory, Chuy and Kendra. Oh, and the two hosts. But I do remember the hoopla when Lew Alcindor changed his name to Kareem.

  11. I don’t hardly ever (maybe this is my 2nd or 3rd time) posting a comment, but when I tried to log in last week to do so, I wasn’t able to log in either. Finally today after a couple tries, I was able to. Weird. Anyways, I wanted to respond to whoever was asking about Splash. I’ve been watching it and I like it a lot. Kendra was really annoying though, which sucked because up until that point, I really liked her. I just don’t get why go on a diving show if you don’t think you can force yourself to jump? I don’t have any major fears, so maybe I just can’t related.

  12. Hi hkhazzard….it seems like you, me and freeasabird are watching Splash. I totally agree with you about Kendra….if you’re afraid of heights then DON’T DO A DIVING SHOW! The aspect that I like about the show is that they all seem to genuinely care about each other. A show doesn’t have to have A List celebs for it to be a good show and this show is a perfect example of that. I have no idea what kind of ratings its getting but I, personally, am enjoying it week after week.

  13. I had problems logging in a few weeks back and ended up locking myself out, twice. I had to email RS and get him to reset it because the “lost password” option NEVER sent me an email. It was annoying.

    Did anyone else notice that Smash had a new episode on Saturday night? Strange right?

  14. Smash moved to Saturdays – to finish off the season. I believe it’s been cancelled.

  15. Anyone watch Dallas last night? OMG it is sooo very good!!! Don’t want to give much away for anyone who still has it DVR’d but it is left wide open to come back for a third season! YEAH!

  16. Jovi- I love, love, LOVE the new Dallas! It brings back so many childhood memories for me because my parents used to watch it and they’d let me sit in the living room with them while they watched it because I was too young to really “get” what was going on. I thought it was hilarious that they did a present day version with JR and Sue Ellen’s kid and Bobby’s kid and I wanted to watch it just to see what it was like, expecting it to be super cheesy. But it’s not, it’s actually really good! I didn’t watch the 2 hour finale yet (thanks for not spoiling it, I appreciate it!) and can’t wait.

    Regarding Des’s guys, bummed that my early favorite (Zack) has gone home, but at least Chris and Brooks are still in it. I had them listed in my final four pics.

  17. @ iheart – I would watch it w\ my parents too for the same reason. I didn’t “get” what was going on. I live in Dallas so I love seeing my city’s skyline in the opening credits. I am in LOVE with John Ross! He is so sexy in a dirty kinda way! Last night does NOT disappoint!!

  18. Also iheart, if you are ever in Dallas (I believe your name used to be CaliGirl so I guess you are in CA) you can actually go to South Fork Ranch (I believe it is in Parker, TX which is just outside of Plano and Plano is just outside Dallas) and go on a tour, walk around the pool. pet horses and long horns. It is funny b/c the driveway isn’t half as long as they make it out to be. Kinda cool what they can do w\ cameras!

  19. DWTS
    Kim wore not much more than a bow on her butt, was the costume department on strike this week? Ingor held his own, he wasn’t “awful”.
    Jacoby’s jive was awesome, he has great rhythm! He got his 9′s, well two of them anyway.
    Victor is never going to win this thing but he’s not as bad as the judges have been saying, either. His waltz was actually pretty good.
    They dressed Ally age and shape appropriately this week, that’s nice for a change. She’s a good dancer but she’s not sexy and they expect her to be….sadly. Sexy doesn’t become her.
    Sean, meh. He’s not the worst dancer on this show, but he’s clearly not the best. Whatever, he’s just old news. Even Len thinks he’s more of a pigeon than a swan. I concur.
    Kellie’s a natural…period.
    DL seems to march more than dance but he does ok. He uses the right foot at the right time, usually..Just doesn’t get the “grace” or the “musicality” aspects. He’s not a dancer, it’s not his fault, he does the best he can. His scores are NOT keeping him in this, that’s for sure.
    Zendaya, winner. No contest. First 10′s of the season and well deserved.
    Andy……the only resemblance to Zorro was the mask. Of course I’ve never seen Zorro dance so maybe that’s the problem.
    Andy or DL “should” leave tonight but it’s in the voter’s hands.

  20. Tom Bergeron announced on DWTS last night, that the wedding of Sean and Cat is scheduled to air this Aug….so a July or early Aug. date must have been set.

    DWTS Spoiler
    DL and Victor were in the bottom two, I would have thought DL and Andy, but no. DL got voted off, nice guy, not a dancer and taking Cheryl with him.

  21. @free and hk…..have y’all seen last night’s Splash yet? I don’t want to say too much but my goodness…..what a night it was!! I had tears in my eyes several times!!

  22. *Dallas*
    Jovi- I watched the finale last night. You were right- it did not disappoint! I’ve been impressed with Julie Gonzalo’s (Pamela) acting this season. She wasn’t all that well-known before Dallas- I had only seen her in minor role in Dodgeball many years ago and then Christmas with the Cranks (horrible movie, btw) but I thought her acting after (*spoiler ahead in case anyone cares lol) the loss of her unborn babies was phenomenal.

    I hope there will be a season 3, but if there’s not, at least we got some closure on what happened with JR.

  23. Randais- I think Tom Bergeron was joking about Sean and Catherine’s wedding date. I doubt he’d be the one to officially announce it anyway. He was just making a joke about how well Sean and what’s-his-name were getting along.

  24. *** Splash ***

    I’m glad I watch it on abc dot com as there are no commercials. Just finished watching it. Oh. My. Gosh. I had to pause it before the first dive as I was in tears! Every week it gets better and better. By the time of the last dive I was a basket case. I haven’t had a TV show do this to me since, ummm, since… I’m thinking… I think the M*A*S*H finale was the last time I was so emotional about a show. And M*A*S*H was “only a TV show.” This is real. No editing tricks in this one (except for the hosts diving.)

  25. ***Splash***

    I’ve never been much of a Louie Anderson fan but he is one class act and everyone on the show loves him! I can’t believe what he did last night…..class, class, class!

  26. Yes, Tom announcing the August date was a joke– mainly on Sean. They talked about it on Extra and kept showing the shocked/confused look on Sean’s face. Pretty funny actually.

  27. Wow, well I’m not going to lie, he got me too. I completely missed the punchline.

    **SURVIVOR**
    Wow Phillip finally got booted.
    Malcolm pulled off quite the plan. He’s aligned with the “fans” (only 3 of them left, but one is siding with the fav’s) and the “fav’s” know it so he was the biggest target. True to form, he finds the “other” immunity idol (he then had two). One of the fans won immunity and with Malcolm having two more he covered himself and the other “fan” and with the favs splitting their votes between the fans, only the fans vote counted….Phillilp gone.
    A more pompous, arrogant, egotistical player, I’ve never seen…some close seconds though :D .

  28. **SURVIVOR**
    Phillip was a rep for a short time last year that my company did business with. He was introduced as the new account rep representing our account, and my friend that had to work with him said he is NO DIFFERENT in person than he was on TV…pompous jerk. A few months later we were told he was no longer representing their company and we were given a new account rep to work with (only then did my friend figure out that he was the Phillip from Survivor). He knew he had recognized him, but he couldn’t recall from where at the time.

  29. **jodi arias trial**
    are my fellow trial followers still watching? what did everyone think of dr demarte? i thought the prosecutor was brilliant deciding to put her up on the stand following dr samuels and alyce..

    **the bates motel**
    i think i mentioned this a few weeks ago, but is anyone else watching this show?? its amazing!! its on a&e.. im 5 episodes in and hooked.. just as good, if not better than the following..

  30. **highest rated premiere a&e has ever had.. 5.4 million viewers for the season premiere.. hope someone else out there is watching it, too, so we can talk about it! if not, definitely worth checking out..

  31. I had a feeling Bergeron was making a joke about the wedding. Sean actually looked like he was about to get sick when Tom made the bogus announcement. I’m so tired of Sean. If I had to guess, I think we’re stuck with him for another 3-4 weeks.

    *Jodi Arias*
    The prosecution’s rebuttal witnesses are blowing the defense out of the water. The caliber/professionalism of the prosecution witnesses is so much higher!

    I’m so sorry I missed Dallas. I used to love that show!

    *Ready for Love*
    I caught the last hour of last week’s show and am not sure how I feel. It ddn’t grab me in any way.

  32. btw..ive heard ready for love has been cancelled.. not sure if anyone else has mentioned this yet..

  33. I keep checking to see if there are any updates or even more comments posted but it’s been at 39 comments since Sunday. So I’m posting something just to make it an even 40! :-) Everyone have a great afternoon!

  34. ccrider, I kept doing the same thing and sighed every time I saw that it was still at 39 comments. Too funny.

    On another note, last night was the first time I actually got to watch The Following while it was on. It was a great episode! I don’t want to say anything that would give anything away for those that haven’t watched it yet, but I’ll just say I’m excited for the finale next week and it’s going to be good.

    Kasey- I still haven’t had time to watch more of the Bates Motel. If you say it’s even better than The Following then I’m sure I’ll like it. I don’t really like watching shows online though but it looks like I may have to, because episode 1 isn’t available on OnDemand anymore. By now they’ve probably taken episode 2 down too.

    Hopefully we’ll get a new column soon. Based on RS’s recent tweets it sounds like 2 of my original final 4 picks are still in it- Chris and Brooks. I say Brooks will be F1. Why not. Lol

  35. Wow, I finally got logged on. Anyone else still having trouble? Guess that is a stupid question because if you can’t log on you can’t say.

    Steve tweeted two hometowns. Chris Siegfried on Saturday in Oregon and Brooks Forester on Monday in Salt Lake City. So much for my final four picks :(

    Can’t remember where I saw the article, but someone said ABC is getting cheap as it looks like they recycled the “Revenge” dress for Desiree’s dress. They just turned it inside out so the thorns were on the inside. The same article wondered why the excessive Photo-Shop of Desiree’s face as she doesn’t need it. That would go along with your thoughts, elizabeth82.

  36. ccrider, thanks for the comment.. i was getting sick of seeing my name when i went to look at the comments, too!

    free, i KNEW recognized that dress from somewhere.. i even texted my gf that des looked exactly like emily from revenge in that dress.. funny enough, emily van camp admitted that she never took that promo pic in that dress for revenge.. they super-imposed her face onto that dress from something else.. i assume they did the same for des bc it looks so unnatural. i guess abc is going green!

    **the following**
    LOVE this show, its gettng better and better..

    **revenge**
    finally will be back on sun for the last 4 episodes of the sseason.. the promos look pretty crazy.. i think its safe to assume that something BIG happens.. looks like we might be saying good-bye to one of the original characters :(

    **the bates motel**
    someone please give this a chance!! its soooo good, im begging! haha.. iheart, its definitely worth checking out the first episode online, then the rest u can catch ondemand.. u will LOVE it, pinky promise ; )

  37. please exuse the typos.. the comment section seems to have a glitch.. anyone else noticing it?

  38. Mine – Sorry to have taken so long to reply, haven’t been checking, but that’s really interesting and not surprising that he’s just as arrogant in real life.

    “Ready For Love” cancelled? Not surprised. I was very disappointed in this show. I heard they will air the rest of the season online, for anyone who cares.

    Kasey – Re: The Following, ditto and looking forward to seeing a new episode of Revenge, finally.

  39. So, Steve put this out on his Twitter yesterday – the suspense is killing me, lol!

    Big update coming tmrw. Final 4, Mr America group date pictures, more contestants, first night drama, & where they’re headed for overnights

  40. DWTS
    Only 8 left Monday night.
    Zendaya – NEVER disappoints and her flapper dress = perfection. I still see her winning this.
    Andy – ziplined in last week, this week he’s delivering mail. Sharna’s costume, very pretty. His dancing, meh.
    Sean – The judges liked his dance last week, But boy, does he look awkward during rehearsals. He bounces, literally. Taking off his shirt, didn’t help actually.
    Allie – job well done.
    Ingo – Wasn’t awful but didn’t look like a natural but he sure tries hard. Kim’s outfit, well she almost had a top on ;\.
    Kellie – She can clearly dance, top 3 should be a given.
    Victor – He is SO out of his element and has such a “little boy” look about him, I feel sorry for him sometimes but he sure tries hard. He did ok.
    Jacoby – Great lines, grace, rhythm . He’s the best male dancer this season.
    ***SPOILER****
    Victor went home.
    Yes, over Andy….Andy wasn’t even in the bottom two, Sean was though.
    Peanut, “I’ll see you at the after party”. HAHAHHAHAA

  41. Gabriel Mann (a.k.a. Nolan Ross) will be on Watch What Happens Live. Can’t wait!!!

    Revenge better get it ass in gear, I am tired of waiting. :)

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