Back with another live video blog tonight at 9:00pm EST/6:00pm PST. I think we’re gonna cut these by about 15 minutes now. An hour just seems a bit too long to me, so I’m gonna aim for 45 minutes. If it means I can’t get to every question, so be it. Get your questions in early. You can start posting questions as soon as I put the link up which is usually around 4:00pm CST by just clicking the blue “question” button on the screen. You don’t have to wait until the show starts to have questions start loading in the queue. Then again, what questions could you possibly have that weren’t asked in today’s “Reader Emails.” Close to 60 emails today, the biggest batch we’ve had so far this season, and there were two underlying themes to these: 1) The Honeymoon Suite Cam was unnecessary 2) So was all the sex talk at the wedding. Yep. Couldn’t argue with either. Just be prepared that a lot of people seem to mention it in this week’s emails. Plus, we’re working on the technical glitches we had last week and hopefully they’ll be resolved tonight. See you then.
Ok, it’s been 3 days and I’ve come to a realization. No joke here. I think the Kpop group date on Monday night was one of the best group dates this show has seen in recent memory. If you don’t have 2NE1 on your ipod by now, then there’s something wrong with you. However, I must apologize for my ignorance. I asked what “Nega Che Chala Ga” was in my column and on Twitter, and plenty of you responded that it means “I am the best.” Thank you for that. What I didn’t realize was that was also the title of the song they sang. I just thought the group was chanting that at the beginning of the song to get the crowd fired up. Didn’t make the correlation that was the title of the song. So once I learned that, I pulled up their music video to the song…
…to which I then realized the dance that the group taught the girls is straight from their video. I just thought they taught them anything so they wouldn’t go up on stage and freeze. Nope. Straight from the video. Although once the choreographed part was over, the girls pretty much did their own thing. Like Kat. Work it, girl.
Good news. Yesterday I taped Jason & Molly’s podcast, and they will be posting it tomorrow, so I will tweet it out when they do. Another great talk where we dove a little deeper into the production side of things including how the whole “safe house” visits work with the final couple. How often? Where? How it comes about? Etc. Don’t miss it. If you don’t follow me on Twitter or my Facebook Fan Page, I guess you’ll have to wait til Tuesday when I put it in next week’s column.
Sean’s sister recapped her family’s time at the wedding last weekend on her blog the last two days, detailing things you might not have seen, along with tons of behind-the-scenes pictures if you wanna check it out. Some interesting stuff on there on how everything went down, and thank god, it’ll shut the conspiracy theorists up that the wedding wasn’t live. Anything for those people to move on to something else.
And finally, in Tuesday’s column I shared my disappointment that two of Lindsay Lohan’s SNL skits weren’t on YouTube or Hulu anymore. Well, at least I couldn’t find them, but admittedly, I didn’t really look as hard as I should’ve. It didn’t take more than 10 minutes for a reader to send them both in to me, so here you go. The Disney World “Debbie Downer” sketch where everyone involved breaks the 4th wall and can’t stop laughing, and the “Harry Potter” sketch that centers around her boobs. Damn, what happened to Lindsay?
This was a great email exchange I had last Friday and Saturday with someone. Kinda gives you an idea of some of the “tips” I deal with at times.
I have a photo of an airplane banner saying “Danna will you Marry me? <3 Juan Pablo". I took it in La Jolla CA yesterday. Is that something you would be interested in? Me: What does that have to do with Juan Pablo the Bachelor?
It could be a coincidence that it was a different Juan Pablo, but the way the plane kept going back and forth appeared that they were filming many takes and right when it stopped we saw several boats come in that could have been camera crews.
Me: The show finished filming 2 months ago. And there’s no Danna on the show.
Ok didn’t know they were done filming. Just another Juan Pablo I guess.
Comment: Yeah, if you’re shaking you’re head at that one, just wait til you get to the one later on in this column at the top of page 2 from someone convinced Sean & Catherine’s wedding actually took place on Saturday. It’s a doozy.
This one I had to include the subject heading in the email that came since this is all the email said…
Subject: Kim of Queens on Lifetime
I would love to know what you thought of this weeks episode. I was in shock.
Comment: Yeah, me too. Totally couldn’t believe what happened. Like when that guy did that thing, and Kim got all mad and upset and was crying, but then she did that one thing to get back at him, and he go all upset and butt hurt, and then they made up and all that. Yeah, totally couldn’t believe that. I was comatose.
I’ve never heard of this show.
Just wanted to comment on your statement: “Sharleen is the next Pele if Pele had two left feet.”
Pele was actually really good with his left foot. I heard somewhere when he was a boy, his dad would tie his right leg to a tree, to make him use his left foot. So, Pele with two left feet is still 100% times better than Sharleen.
Comment: (Shaking my head) Is this what the next 50 or so emails is gonna be like?
RS, Really wanted to watch your live blog last night, but when I tried to get on a blank page would open up saying “screencast unavailable”. Bummer! But I got to at least watch this morning. When u took those 30 sec breaks, I didn’t see the ads, just saw u sitting there. Just a heads up in case u do something embarrassing thinking no one can see you!
1). Do u think Kacie B from Ben AND Sean’s season would do Bach pad? I really liked her. Also u said u think Christy would do it. Isn’t she dating someone from the Bears? Do contestants have to be single for that show? I never saw it before so just curious.
2) you were asked a question asking if there was a lead that the contestants weren’t really into. I was wondering if Dez’s guys were really into her. I wouldnt think so, She seemed so bland. Cute, but not knock out gorgeous like some of the girls that are on JP’s season. Her guys, with the exception of Chris and Drew, all seemed like a bunch of meatheads.
3). I would love to see Sharlene as the next bachelorette. Class the show up a bit. Would they ever cast a lead that eliminated him/herself? Nobody thought JP was gonna be the new lead, but because he was popular the show went after him. I wonder if they would do the same with Sharlene.
Thanks, LOVING the live video chats (even if I couldn’t see it live). Did you know that Chris and Dez were doing a live chat on Spreecast at the same time you were? They only had like 300-400 hundred views, where you had something like 280,000!! Pretty funny!
Comment: We are hoping to correct that ad problem for tonight’s show. We think we know the problem. Technical stuff that would just bore you.
1) No. Kacie has had a boyfriend for over a year now. His name is Rusty Gaston. He’s in the music industry in Nashville.
2) I think most leads have ones that really liked them, and ones that didn’t. I don’t think Des was any different.
3) Sharleen will not be the next “Bachelorette.”
First off, just wanted to thank you for the gift you gave us by recommending Couples Therapy. Oh.my.god. That show is a freaking train wreck but hilarious and soo entertaining. I’m addicted. Farrah is well on her way to becoming the most hated person in reality tv. Although, I shouldn’t give her the credit of being that well known, because she certainly isn’t. When she said she never did porn, I almost died. Trying to tell us she had no control over it and had no idea it was gonna be released is just flat out bull****. “I didn’t do porn, I did a sex tape that I sold the rights to.” Uh, correct me if I’m wrong, but that’s called porn, honey. Steve, am I wrong? Please give some more Couples Therapy insight.
On the subject of sex, I’m really sick of hearing about Sean and Catherine’s “consummation” on their wedding night. I like their decision and biblically agree with it but why does it need to be talked about EVERY day on EVERY interview? Can’t anything remain private? I understand mentioning it once when he was Bachelor because he’s trying to be a Christian example but jeez, stop. Now we all are picturing what is happening Sunday night after their wedding and I’m sure there’s gonna be countless “never leaving the hotel room” honeymoon tweets afterwards. We can only hope they shut up about this after they finally do the deed.
Thanks for doing what you do!
Comment: Farrah is delusional. It’s clearly obvious to everyone except her that her sex tape was pre-planned and there was nothing “leaked” about it. But when you’re that mind warped, you begin to believe your own BS.
Well, you saw Sunday’s episode. Outside of the 40 min ceremony, everything else was focused around sex, sex, and sex.
Hey Steve got a couple questions for you since you seem to be good friends with Jason and Molly now
1. How did they get started doing these podcasts ?
2. Do they make money off doing these?
3. Do they have jobs outside of doing these?
4. And lastly are they really close with Desiree and Chris like what was perceived in the special shown on tv? Or is this abc exaggeration of them getting together few times?
Was wondering since it seems other than letting people know how unreal this show is and how manipulative and the producers could care less about contestants, what do they have to gain from speaking out about show now? Thanks for your column love the insider info and spoilers!!
Comment: 1) I’m not sure. I should’ve asked.
3) Not sure about that either.
4) Yes, they both work. Molly works for OnlineShoes.com and I remember being told what Jason does but I forgot.
5) I know they have hung out with Desiree and Chris on more than one occasion outside of show related stuff, so yeah, I think they are friends with them.
I think they just like talking about the show and their experience and ultimately, it gives people insight to really know what’s going on. Listen to tomorrow’s podcast. We talk about a couple of those things briefly. The producers are well aware of their show, they listen, and they don’t mind what they’re saying. I know, weird.
Love your blog! It’s what’s kept be interested in the Bachelor/Bachelorette since about Jake’s season, I think.
Just listening to your video blog (I live several time zones away and therefore don’t listen live) and had a theory about what ABC could do if they wanted to make Claire the next bachelorette (not that I really care, not sure how I feel about her yet, kinda annoying). What if they:
1. film the ATFR segment where she confronts JP in advance, like they did for Jason’s season,
2. play the segment in at the beginning of the ATFR episode in March and preface it by saying when it was filmed
3. have Claire come out later in the show and announce her as the next bachelorette
That way it establishes that she was sad, but is now ready to move on (since time has passed). Just a theory, it doesn’t matter much to me either way, I’m sure I will still watch next season regardless of who they choose.
Also, I’m a Canadian living in England so you can add me as part of your “international audience”.
Comment: I mean, is that something they COULD do? Sure. Will they? No. Clare is not going to be the “Bachelorette.” She’s too crazy.
Steve, you said in your spreecast that they’ll probably bring back some big-name contestants to be on the next season of Bachelor Pad (Courtney, Arie), so do you think there’s a chance that Jef Holm will be on it?
Comment: It’s possible, but I haven’t heard his name yet. Although if Arie is on it (which I’m sure he will be), and considering the ridiculous bromance between him and Jef, I can see them going on as a team. The Jef/Arie bromance is literally bordering on more pervert.
Thanks for all the good work you do! I don’t always watch the show (I can only take so much of the same small talk every date every season), but I love reading your takes on the behind the scenes details of how these things work.
After seeing the letter from the woman whose sister’s ex was recruited, I had to share my own second-hand story on that front. My cousin had nearly the exact same experience a year or so ago. He’s a good looking six foot something guy who was out at a karaoke bar with some friends after work when the group was approached by a producer with basically the same pitch. Once they found out my cousin was doing graduate work in sports management and working part time for a well known professional team, they were all over him. He didn’t even give the guy his card, but they hunted down his work number and called and called and called.
They totally tried the same line about being a shoe in for the next Bachelor, all the women would love a tall athletic and professional guy like him, he’d go at least to the final four, get to travel fantastic places, blah blah blah. The ladies and camera would love his baby blue eyes, and he’d really stand out from the crowd – especially if they could film at his workplace and show how exciting his job is. They brought up Dancing With The Stars and other things contestants had gone on to do that would definitely be an option for somebody who was as good looking and likable as him. He toyed with them a bit to see if they’d put any of it in a contract. The excuses spooled out about rules, appearances of fairness, and legalities, but they were sure he had what it took to be a real star for their franchise and beyond. They met him for ten minutes in a bar, but he was absolutely going to be Mister American Heartthrob Star of Everything on ABC! It was completely insane if you looked at the situation at all critically.
He declined and stopped taking their calls. Now it’s one of his favorite jokes he tells at parties. If this show goes on long enough, everybody’s going to be one or two degrees from somebody who has had this happen to them. I have to wonder how many people they pursue so aggressively to get enough to make the show each season.
Comment: It’s what they do. They tell everyone the same thing and are just looking for the suckers they think will buy it. The ones that do, get cast.
Great podcast! Just had time to watch it. Good for you for running ads–seriously.
You mention a lot that Juan Pabst had no intention on finding a wife or proposing. Did he tell producers this? Or is ABC just realizing that he’s just seeking fame now?
Totally unrelated–how does the number of visitors of your site compare to the viewers of the show? For example, do 15% of viewers visit your site?
Comment: I think they had to have an idea. I mean, when the guy is on Des’ season and tells the other guys during a group date “It’s just show business guys,” then they knew from the beginning he was just out to put on a good show.
Those numbers are hard to pinpoint, but lets just say there are way more people that don’t know who I am than do.
Do you know if the bachelor franchise has ever had any deaf or hearing impaired men or women on the show? In fact, do you know of any contestants with any kind of disability? I am a hearing impaired woman with the help of hearing aids and lip reading function quite well in life and society. I have a degree, job. friends and totally normal by all accounts. However, in social situations I do miss some parts of conversation and don’t hear well with people talking across the room so I do require some patience and accommodations once in a while. So I would imagine, it might make for an interesting dynamic in the bachelor house with other contestants if someone was partially deaf.
Now that I think about it, I would discourage anyone with any disability from going on the show. People can be unintentionally or intentional insensitive to any kind of disability that they don’t understand. Most people take of advantage of something they never gone without. I would cringe if the show manipulated some kind of storyline or made fun of any contestant for any kind of impairment. The way you talk about the integrity of the producers and the show, I would not put it past them!
Comment: Well, I’d say Sarah on Sean’s season had a disability. That’s the only one that comes to mind. If someone on this show was ever partially deaf or what not, it’s never been made into a storyline.
Wasn’t the whole excuse as to why Peta Murgatroyd wouldnt be at the wedding was that it was just going to be close friends and family?! Well isn’t it interesting that DWTS castmate Lisa Vanderpump is there? (as well as her husband, daughter and son-in-law.) I find it hard to believe that Sean is closer to Lisa than Peta.
Comment: I have no idea what the reason was for Peta not being at the wedding. Seeing Lisa and Andy Dick there kinda makes you scratch your head. I’m sure Sean became friends with them over the course of filming, but better than the woman he spent multiple hours with every day for two months? Hard to believe. Something obviously went on that the public hasn’t bee made aware of. The “Catherine was jealous” stuff is the only story that’s ever been printed on that, but I’m not sure I believe that was the reason.
I know this email is a little early – do you have any spoilers on ATFR. Not sure if it has even taped. I don’t see Nikki being too happy on camera that she is not engaged and doesn’t have a huge ring on her finger. You said that her bitch episodes are coming so I’m thinking she is going to show some of that on camera and her resentment that she is not engaged.
Or will the whole topic not even be addressed.
Love your blog!
Comment: The last 3 seasons have had a live ATFR that aired right after the finale ends. I’m guessing they’ll do the same this season.
I honestly have no clue what Nikki’s thinking about all this. Maybe she’s so in love and wrapped up in her own little world, she’s oblivious to his antics. I have no idea. But she’ll learn soon enough.
A few questions:
1. I’m curious what you buy the couples who get married. What did you get Sean and Catherine for their wedding? Do you indicate who you are when you send it?
2. Why do you think so many couples recently have made it work? There was a streak where no one lasted and now it seems everyone stays together. I’m sure JP will end that streak but just interested to hear what you have to say.
3. Don’t you think Sean is the most genuine Bachelor they have ever had? After watching the wedding and seeing his family I feel like they hit a home run with him!
4. You’ve said JP was a pretty bad bachelor but don’t you think Ben was equally unliked by producers, etc … His season was pretty bad. He did not seem sincere and was one of the more unattractive bachelors in my opinion.
5. Did you see that Jake is on a new reality cooking show? Guy vs. Celebrities or something like that. He just won’t quit! At least Ali and Melissa have steady jobs that are respectable.
Thanks! Love the column!
Comment: 1) I don’t reveal what I’ve bought any of the couples. I don’t think it’s relevant. Yes, I include a card with all my gifts and say who it’s from.
2) “So many” is only the last two, Sean & Catherine and Des & Chris. I guess eventually a squirrel finds its nut.
3) Impossible to say who was the most genuine because I really don’t know any of them, but I actually think because of Sean’s upbringing and his faith, he was probably more open to the process as opposed to others, who were just going on there to hook up with as many chicks as possible and parlay that into getting laid outside of the show.
4) Ben was not well liked by producers, correct. Not sure why, but they really didn’t have nice things to say about him after the fact.
5) I’ve never seen any reality cooking show in my life, so I’m certainly not gonna watch one with Jake on it. No interest.
Don’t you think it’s pretty peverted (in the normal sense, not the JP sense), that they keep showing the live cam of the wedding night suite? Freaky. Um, no thanks, ABC. We don’t need to see that. Hope that Sean and Catherine sweep the room before they get down to business. Or better yet, do the deed somewhere else where America can’t picture it.
Also, this “grown sexy” theme – bizarre! No one got it, either! I would hard call zillions of pink roses sexy. Pink roses are for little girls after their dance recitals. And baby pink is not a sexy color! It is a pure and innocent color. Sure, it’s liked by women, little girls, gays (JP’s perverts), and metro-sexuals, but I don’t know any straight (non-metro-sexual men), who would look at something colored light pink and say, “Wow, that pink [whatever] is SEXY!!”
Didn’t Des say a while ago that she wasn’t going to be attending Sean’s wedding? That it would be weird for her to attend and she couldn’t see a reason that Sean would want it there?
I’m sure you saw this over the weekend, but here’s an article about all of the current/lasting Bachelor/Bachelorette/Bachelor Pad couples. Anyone missing? That guy from Ali’s season (Ty?) and the crazy girl from Bachelor Pad (Elizabeth?)??
Take care, Steve!
Comment: It’s pretty telling when most people’s responses about the wedding are constantly focused on the “grown sexy” part, and the amount of sex talk. Probably not what they were going for.
I thought I remember Des saying they were just waiting for an invite and at the time she was asked, they hadn’t gotten one yet. Or maybe she knew the whole time she was going but didn’t want to say anything when she was asked. Look, if you’re a couple from this show, and there’s a wedding, you’re going to be there. That’s their chance to trot out all the success stories and they’d never pass up that opportunity.
I didn’t see that article, but yes, Ty and Elizabeth are together. And engaged.