“Bachelorette” Contestant Eric Hill in Critical Condition and Pictures from Josh’s Hometown Date

We’re almost done with hometown dates. Nick, Chris, and Josh’s hometowns already filmed, with Marcus’ happening today in Dallas. But obviously if you read my tweets yesterday, that’s certainly not the most noteworthy news happening within this franchise. Contestant Eric Hill, who got the first 1-on-1 date of the season, was severely injured in a paragliding accident this past Sunday and is currently in critical condition in a Utah hospital. Thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family for this terrible incident. Definitely puts a damper on things since the show is still filming, yet Eric has already been eliminated and ABC has yet to even release this season’s cast. So for those who asked on Twitter, no, this accident did not happen during the filming of this show. Eric has already been eliminated. Obviously his health is first and foremost of importance, but this definitely brings up a situation the show has never faced before, and that’s a cast member seriously injured before the show even starts airing. Very interested to see how the show handles this since this in uncharted waters for them. It’s why you haven’t seen any members of production tweet about it yet, because technically they can’t since the show hasn’t acknowledged that he’s a contestant yet.

I know the story link from the Utah TV station doesn’t identify him by name, but his sister took to her Facebook page yesterday and essentially confirmed it was him. Then last night, a few of his friends took to Instagram to gather support for Eric.

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From everything I’ve been hearing, this is not a good situation all around and thoughts and prayers are definitely needed at this time in hopes that Eric pulls through. Horrible tragedy especially considering the circumstances surrounding it, and the subsequent fall out that will ensue should something drastic happen. Brings up a lot of questions in how this whole thing will be handled even now while filming is still going on, and in the future once the show airs. Stay tuned.

No real good way to transition from that story, so lets just get to it. Josh’s hometown date was filmed this past Sunday in Tampa and once again, I was sent a few pictures of what the scene was like when Josh introduced Andi to his family.

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Who knows? Maybe I’ll have pictures of Marcus’ hometown date being filmed today as well? You never know…

I’ll be back here on Thursday giving you some spoilers and things to expect this season on the “Bachelorette.” First impression rose, who left early and why, limo entrances, and a few other tidbits.

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7 thoughts on ““Bachelorette” Contestant Eric Hill in Critical Condition and Pictures from Josh’s Hometown Date

  1. You are absolutely right, Steve. This is definitely uncharted waters for the franchise and I, too, hope they will do something appropriate to acknowledge, with the families approval of course, Eric’s current state and the prayers going out to him and the entire family. Life is uncertain and while the “program” and the secrecy surrounding it is important to them, life is far more important and we have to be mindful and human first! I hope they read this and do something sooner rather than later! But above all, please, everyone pray for Eric!

  2. TPTB definitely need to say something. I imagine the media is hounding them to make some kind of comment. In fact, they might as well release the cast list and be done with it.

    I’m confused about the comment his friend Heather made (2nd screen shot) about a 24-hour fast. Is that to aid in some type of prayer ritual? I’ve never seen that before.

    Definitely sending positive vibes out to him & his family. Really a sad situation for everybody. But obviously he’s a strong & healthy guy, so that can only help his recovery.

    I bet Andi is beside herself with worry. What woman in her position wouldn’t be thinking “What if I hadn’t sent him home?”.

  3. @angelfish, I thought I would answer your question about fasting. It is something that I am familiar with in my faith as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    It means to voluntarily refrain from eating or drinking for the purpose of drawing closer to the Lord and requesting his blessings. When individuals and groups fast, they should also pray to understand God’s will and to develop greater spiritual strength.

    Hope that helps. ????

  4. Thanks Angela, now it makes perfect sense!

    Eric is lucky to have so many people that care about him. That’s powerful stuff!

  5. Prayers to Eric’s family and friends during this hard time. Prayers to Eric for a full recovery.

  6. I have sent his sister Tracy a message of hope and faith via facebook. May Eric be restored to good health and a full recovery through Christ Our Lord. +amen+
    May all of us, of all different faiths be united in prayer & support for Eric and his family through this difficult time.

  7. @angelfish: I might add that fasting is also used in a sacrificial way in the sense that one can offer up their fasting with prayer for the benefit of another, such as Eric, or a cause etc. I think it’s a beautiful way to express concern, as well as it being good for the body and spirit.

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