Another day, another set of rumors, innuendo, and speculation. Gotta love it. At this point, nothing I say is gonna convince anyone of anything since I have no details of what goes down in Antigua. It’s a whole jumbled mess with US Weekly’s cover story of “Rejected!” that hit newsstands today which I’m sure will lead to another influx of emails asking me what happened. If I knew, I’d tell you. All I know is the final result and I’ve said that for weeks on end. I guess maybe I should’ve gone back and changed the spoiler section of my site with updates, but since I’d been saying it every week since the first promo aired showing clips from the end of the season, I guess I felt I didn’t need to. But I guess that’s confusing some people. Oh well. I’ve stated time and time again in the last month I do not know any details of what goes down in Antigua. Never claimed to. I’ve just stuck by the information I’ve been told and things I’ve seen that have all led me to the spoiler that Desiree chose Brooks in the end and is with him to this day.
ABC’s press release for next Monday’s episode came out yesterday, and it made things a tad clearer. Not much, but maybe just a little. Here’s what it particularly says about Brooks’ date:
” Meanwhile, Brooks is back with his family in the U.S., torn between his strong feelings for Desiree when he is with her and the insecurities he feels when he is not. His mom and sister offer heartfelt advice about the tough decision he is facing. Desiree is everything he would want in a wife, and there is no denying their emotional and physical attraction to one another. Brooks wants to make sure that, if he is the last man standing, that he has the confidence to put an engagement ring on her finger.
After his mother and sister express their fondness for Desiree and their thoughts about her being a perfect fit for their large, boisterous family, the bachelor, now with the reassurance he needs, boards the plane for Antigua.”
So after the “US Weekly” story today, coupled with this press release, and clips that we’ve seen, here’s my opinion of what I think happens. So I think it’s pretty clear that once Brooks gets to Antigua, he never leaves and comes back. Do I think on his date with Desiree he drops whatever bomb this is on her (he’s not ready for marriage), she leaves crying, and the date is cut short? Probably. I think it’s pretty safe to assume Brooks doesn’t get to the overnight portion of his date, and he leaves during the daytime. Doesn’t mean he leaves the island, goes home, and is never heard from again. Just means he leaves the date, and that’s where the cliffhanger lies. “US Weekly” specifically states today that one of Desiree’s men leaves during their date, and trust me, “US Weekly” is in bed with ABC and gets their stuff directly from people on the show. They work hand in hand with them every season and ABC basically lets them release what they approve them to release to build a storyline. Hence the reason the cover story today is to make you think it’s doom and gloom for Des, she’s rejected, and ends up alone. All this week’s issue is doing is seemingly setting up next Monday’s episode, and nothing after that. I think the episode is going to end with Desiree having her conversation with Chris Harrison that we’ve seen in the clips of him asking her “What do you want to do?”, and her crying and saying she wants to go home. The average fan will think that the guy she wants just left her on her date, she’s devastated, and now what’s gonna happen? And that’s around when the episode will probably end leading into the finale where Brooks “returns” at some point. That’s my best guess at this point. Could I be way off? Sure. But the picture is starting to become a little clearer for the time being.
As for the reports yesterday about Juan Pablo being “offered” the Bachelor gig, let me explain something to you. The word “offer” when it comes to this franchise is a very loose term. They “offer” the lead to many different people every season. I’m sure they are talking to Juan Pablo about it in a, “Hey man, the audience really loves you. Lets chat about possibly having you as the Bachelor next season.” He’ll be flown out to LA, he’ll meet with executives, be given on screen testing, etc. But all the while, they’re doing the same thing with other people as well. The last five “Bachelors” haven’t been officially announced until September right before filming begins, so we are a ways away from knowing who gets cast as the lead. Not to mention, negotiations have to begin, lawyers get involved, etc. I’m sure Juan Pablo is in the running. Just like Lesley Murphy and AshLee last season were “offered” as well. “Offer” basically just means they’re interested and you will meet and talk with them about the gig. Then after gathering everybody’s interviews, and talking to potential candidates, they’ll sit down and make a final decision. The report from E! that came out yesterday is a bit premature since I know they are talking to other people as well. Once it’s all said and done, I do not think Juan Pablo will be the next “Bachelor.”
Seems like if you’re a former contestant on this show and your name isn’t Melissa Rycroft, your best way to extend your TV career is to go on over to HGTV. We know Chris & Peyton Lambton have their “Goin’ Yard” show on there. Jillian I believe is doing something for that network as well having to do with houses. And now Juan Barbieri from Jillian’s season and “Bachelor Pad 1″ is now on an HGTV show called “Power Broker” which premiered last night. You can read about it here. I don’t watch HGTV, but maybe it’s time contestants of this show with a housing background start applying since that network seems to be a feeding ground for this show.