Get all your “Reader Emails” and “Dr. Reality Steve” emails in today because the column will be going up tomorrow. I’m headed to CA for the 4th of July weekend as I do every year (and also because my niece Olivia’s birthday is tomorrow). Now, you might ask “What do you get a 9 year old for her birthday?” Lets just say I already gave Olivia her bday present last month, when I was there for my birthday. You see, Olivia is obsessed with all things Selena Gomez right now. Like, OB-SESSED. We’re talking pictures on the wall, sings her songs all day long, and even uses my Iphone to download the 1:30 clip that Itunes lets you hear, even though she pretty much owns all her songs. So when her concert tickets at Staples Center for November went on sale back in April, that’s all she wanted, and kept bugging my sister for them. So I said I’d take care of it, but not to tell her and I’d give it to her on her birthday. Well apparently, my sister didn’t want to have 3 months of her asking mommy if she’d bought the tickets yet, so I swooped in and saved the day back in May. She had no clue I had bought them for her, and her response was priceless.
UPDATE: Apparently this video isn’t working since I got it off my sister’s Facebook page. She has videos set to public, but not sure why it’s not working. I’ll try and get it uploaded to YouTube when I get to CA tomorrow.
I’m not sure what’s more amusing about this video: Olivia almost passing out (when she gets that excited cry, she starts to lose her breath, yet we had no clue that’s what was happening when she was tapping her feet. We thought that was excitement), Nicholas asking her if those are “tears of joy,” or Nicholas handcuffing himself and not knowing where the key was. Even though the concert isn’t for another 5 months, I’m sure I’ll hear about it all weekend, or at least every song Selena sings. “When you’re ready come and get it, na na na na, na na na na, na na na na…”
Obviously, the biggest response I’ve gotten on Twitter and email since last night has been, “What’s the deal with that promo? It shows all five guys in a limo, and it looks like Drew leaves.” Lets remember people that EVERY season, they show promos that lead you to believe something that isn’t there. All they are doing is splicing together different pieces of footage to exaggerate a story that may or may not be there. With that said, here’s what I can tell you. After the first long promo of the season aired back in episode 1, I even tweeted that it showed me nothing I didn’t already know and that my work here was done. I was wrong. Over the course of the last month, I’ve been emailed numerous times by people saying the first promo of the season had Drew on a date with Desiree in Antigua, and how could that be the case if he left at hometowns. Obviously, I overlooked that part of the promo and wasn’t paying enough attention, and it was even further clarified last night that Drew was in Antigua when they show him talking to Des on the beach. So for the last month, yes I was made aware that Drew was in the final 3 but didn’t change the spoiler because I was trying to figure out why my Zak spoiler was wrong. The information I was told about Zak was so strong, I just didn’t see how he couldn’t have been in Antigua. Once I rewatched the original promo and saw Drew in Antigua, I was confused as to how this Zak info could’ve been so wrong. I’ve gone to a couple of sources and I’ve come up with nothing. Haven’t been able to get any clarity to it other than Zak did not make it to the overnights, and he was eliminated after the hometown dates, and Drew makes it to the final 3. It’s been updated in your “Bachelorette Desiree Spoilers” post. If sometime in the next month I get an answer to why I was told that, I’ll let you know. But since I haven’t gotten it the past month that I’ve been looking, then I’d be shocked if I get it going forward. It happens. That spoiler has been fixed.
What does this mean for the rest of the spoilers? Nothing really. So because I was originally wrong with the Zak/Drew elimination, could the ending be wrong? Sure. But it’s not. Chris and Brooks are still the final two guys, and she got engaged to Brooks back on May 8th and they are still engaged to this day, despite the promo wanting you to believe she picks no one. That didn’t happen. As for the Drew footage of them sitting on the beach, and him saying “This isn’t going to work,” Desiree crying, Chris Harrison confronting her saying “What do you want to do now,” I honestly don’t know what any of that stuff is. I know my ending is 100% solid with a Chris/Brooks final and her being engaged to Brooks, so it could be a whole bunch of nothing. I’ll see what I can find out and when I do, I’ll report it. But I wouldn’t freak out about what you see in promos. This is nothing new. They do this every season. Remember the letter last season that I didn’t know about which turned out to be a whole lot of nothing? Maybe Drew leaves early, maybe she eliminates him early, I don’t know. What I do know is that Desiree isn’t engaged to Drew, so any details surrounding his exit, while being played up last night as this huge thing, don’t have much of an effect on the outcome with her being engaged to Brooks. If/When I hear something, I will let you know. Still got 5 episodes to go before this is over. Lets not get too carried away off of a promo.
Which brings me to my point about the next “Bachelor.” By reading last weeks “Reader Emails,” you know the most asked question was, “Who’s going to be the next Bachelor” out of this group? Good question. Lets face it, Desiree’s ratings are the lowest this franchise has seen on the “Bachelorette” in 5 years. So if people don’t seem to care about Desiree and her guys, would they really be interested if one of her guys becomes the next “Bachelor?” I mean it’s simple: If we didn’t watch her season, why would we watch his? All valid points. I’ll say this: Regardless of the ratings this season being down, casting any guy from this season, whether it be Drew, Zak, or Chris, they’re still gonna have a bigger built-in fanbase going in to next season rather than an outsider. As much as people seem to be down on Des’ guys, each one of those three I have mentioned have PLENTY of fans out there that would watch them as the next lead. Outside of casting a celebrity, if you cast entrepreneur Joe from Colorado, besides whatever he looks like, what does any of the audience know about him? Nothing. Not how he speaks, how he acts, how he walks, talks, etc. So that’s their dilemma in trying to cast a complete stranger. The viewers have zero emotional attachment. And if the guy doesn’t light up the screen the first episode, they’re more likely to turn away.
Frankly, I just think that for the first time in about 10 seasons, the “Bachelor” producers swung and missed on casting. Is it all on Des? No. Is it all on the guys? No. It’s a mixture of both. I think this is the worst cast, from 1 thru 26, that they’ve had since they started recycling the leads. And you know what? It happens. You’re not always gonna hit a home run. The question now is, do they hit the panic button and change up the formula that’s worked so well for them over the past 10 seasons and cast an outsider as the lead, or do they chalk this season up to a poor job of casting and stick with the formula. I have no insight on who the next “Bachelor” is or which way they’re leaning right now, but in terms of are they going to stick with the formula and recycle from within the franchise, my answer would be “yes.” And based on what looks like an emotional Drew exit, and the way Chris Harrison basically blew the guy in this interview, it surely sounds an awful lot like how he was talking about Desiree during Sean’s season. I’ve said for a while I think Drew will be the next “Bachelor” just based off of his backstory, knowing that he got far, he’s a guy that they seem to like, and now seeing the promo from last night surrounding however he leaves the show, gives me even more reason to believe he’s being set up for it. Plenty of time before that decision is made, but as of now, that’s where I think they’re headed. On to last night…