The “Bachelorette” Andi’s Final Four Breakdown & Who is She Engaged To?

I gave you your episode-by-episode spoilers up to the final four last Thursday, and the remaining portion of this column will be added on to that. Here is the remainder of how the season played out after Hometown Dates.

Episode 8 (airing July 7th): Hometowns Dates (4 to 3)

I posted the final four before they started filming them, and had exclusive pictures from 3 of the 4 hometowns. I’ll use these pics for each of them now. Once the ABC bios & headshots are posted (if they aren’t posted today, then it’s not coming til next week), I’ll use those instead since they are the most recent pictures of each guy.

Nick Viall (Milwaukee, WI) (Filmed Wed., April 16th)

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Andi & Nick had drinks at the Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee before going to his parents house in Waukesha. I posted exclusive pictures from the parents house the day after the date happened.

Chris Soules (Lamont, IA) (Filmed Fri., April 18th)

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Josh Murray (Tampa, FL) (Filmed Easter Sunday, April 20th) I posted exclusive pictures from filming at his parents house the day after it happened.

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Marcus Grodd (Dallas, TX) (Filmed Tues., April 22nd) I was told filming of Marcus’ hometown would be at the Highland Park Village (only about 20 minutes from me), so I drove down there and watched what I could. I documented it all on Twitter and then posted the next day what went down.

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Rose Ceremony Elimination: Marcus Grodd.

Episode 9 (airing July 14th): Dominican Republic Overnight Dates (3 to 2)

Lets get it out of the way now so you all won’t be asking on July 14th. No, I don’t know how many of the guys Andi slept with on the overnights. In the past, some have slept with all three. Some have slept with two. And some have only slept with only their final guy. It differs every season. I’m sorry I’m not able to report to you how many of the guys Andi gave it up to. But I’m sure it was wonderful. Go hit them up on social media. Maybe they’ll tell you. If I ever find out stuff like this, it’s usually not until the season is long over and no one cares anymore. And yes, Courtney does talk about her fantasy suite time with Ben in her book and doesn’t hold back. Hey, if you like gossip, and you like reading trashy tabloid magazines, and you especially like reading trashy tabloid magazines that cover this show, I don’t know why you wouldn’t want to read Courtney’s book. It’s right up your alley. I get nothing out of promoting her book, but I’m telling you, it’s better than you probably think it is.

Rose Ceremony Elimination: Chris Soules

Episode 10 (airing July 21st): Men Tell All

Episode 11 (airing July 28th): Finale, Dominican Republic, Nick Viall vs Josh Murray (2 to 1)

So will the curse be broken? Only one time in the recent history of this show has the person who received the first impression rose ended up being the final one in the end, and that was Roberto on Ali’s season. As we know, Nick got the first impression rose this season. Or did she go with Josh, the guy who when I confirmed his as a contestant the day after Juan Pablo’s season ended on March 11th said she’d either pick him or he has next “Bachelor” written all over him? Well, for all things Travis Stork & Sarah Stone, it’s now official…

Andi is engaged to Josh Murray.

Why did I mention Travis & Sarah? Because that was the last season where the lead chose someone who lived in the same location as them – and those two were broken up before their finale even aired. But rest assured, especially after reading Chris Harrison’s summary of the season yesterday, we already know that the Josh/Andi storyline will be they traveled all over the world to fall in love with each other when they were right in each other’s backyard and didn’t even know it.

I’m sure already some of you conspiracy theorists will assume Josh and Andi already knew each other before the show, that this was some sort of set-up blah blah blah. Trust me, I love a good conspiracy theory more than anyone, but sorry to burst your bubble. It’s not the case. Andi and Josh did not know each other before this season started. Is Andi’s dad a huge UGA fan? Yes. Had Andi heard of Josh’s brother before the show? Yes. Did she send this tweet out back in January once Juan Pablo’s season started airing? Yes.

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But that’s the extent of it. She didn’t know him before the show, they hadn’t had any contact before the show, and this wasn’t pre-arranged. Obviously Josh living in the same location as Andi probably played a role in him getting cast, but hell, they cast a few girls from Juan Pablo’s region (Spanish speaking ones as well) and he got rid of them immediately. You like who you like, and Andi liked Josh Murray enough to get engaged to him. Reading into it any further is an effort in futility. Even though Travis & Sarah failed miserably, I will say for the first time in a while, I’d actually give this couple a chance. You know me, one of my biggest things with this show is throwing strangers into this setting, having them barely get to know one another over a span of 7 weeks, essentially make them get engaged, then throw them back into the real world again and start their life in a long distance relationship as an engaged couple. It’s just not realistic. So I think the proximity of Andi & Josh’s current places of residence will definitely be a lot easier on them than past couples that’s for sure. How can it not be? These two just look like two people who’d be dating. To take it one step further, hell, they look like they could be brother & sister. Although Andi went to LSU & Josh is a UGA grad. This could get ugly during college football season.

Probably won’t ever get an answer to this, but definitely interesting to see how this season handles the final couples’ safe house visits. They live close to each other. Will they really need to fly them to LA and put them up in safe houses in Malibu, Palm Springs, and Hollywood Hills every other weekend? Will all the safe house visits just take place somewhere in Georgia? Do they mix and match? Obviously Andi & Josh aren’t stupid enough to be caught seen in public in Georgia, but how do these two NOT discreetly meet up with each other in “non-approved” ABC visits? I certainly would if I were them. Or maybe the show knows they’re gonna do it, and just tells them to be careful and not to make it obvious like, oh I don’t know, her car parked out in front of his place. Just something to think about.

Now the next question from people will be, “Who will be the next Bachelor?” All you pretty much need to do is read Chris Harrison’s “5 Guys to Watch” and know he’s already pumping up America for good ol’ country boy millionaire, Chris Soules. Not too hard to figure it out. Just like I said with Andi before Juan Pablo’s season started, I’ll say the same thing with Chris: this is his gig if he wants it. Sure the show will do their song and dance and ask their audience who they’d like, who are their favorites, and they’ll talk about what a tough decision they have. It’ll all be just to drum up interest in the franchise. It’s Chris’ gig to lose. So any ladies thinking of applying next for next season, or have already made it through any rounds of casting, pay attention to him during Andi’s season because that’s most likely gonna be your guy.

Of course with every season ending spoiler, I have to say what I always say: believe what you want. I’m never truly vindicated until the final episode airs but I’m not worried. Of course people will doubt the spoiler. Happens every season and, every season (sans a couple), the spoiler turns out to be right. Everything I’ve given you in the episode-by-episode spoilers, every rose, date, elimination you will see happen. If you want to knock yourself out over the next two months trying to come up with theories about why it’s wrong, and so-and-so said this, and I saw so-and-so doing this, and yada yada yada – knock yourself out. It’s a waste of time. The spoilers are right. Again. You’ll realize that all season long as each episode passes. Was I wrong on Des’ season? Absolutely. Then I came back last season and nailed every single detail of Juan Pablo’s season 6 weeks before the first episode aired. This show has a much quicker turnaround time since it’s less than 2 weeks from the time filming ended until the first episode airs – and you still got every spoiler for you laid out on a silver platter. Glad I could be of service. And with the “Bachelor” franchise getting renewed for a 19th season just recently, well, you’re stuck with me for another year. Yippee!!!!

As for my tweet on Sunday night where I mentioned that I got information this year that I’ve never had before, yes, that is the case. And I will share it with you. Next week. Trust me, you’re gonna like this one. Until then, enjoy the spoilers, congrats to Andi & Josh and as always the offer still stands that if the final couple ends up getting married, I will buy them a wedding gift.

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31 thoughts on “The “Bachelorette” Andi’s Final Four Breakdown & Who is She Engaged To?

  1. No surprise on the result. What’s the purpose of watching this season, again? I’m not an Andi fan, but I don’t think she’s going to douche it up like JP-Blow. Will there be some asshats on the show to keep it somewhat interesting? Well, someone will get the bad edit, whether they deserve it, or not. It’s hard to imagine the ratings holding up on this dog of a season.

  2. 29 year old with a Degree in Mechanical Engineering, byt working as a bartender on a ski resort= loser. Max age for jagging off like this is about 25. After that, whenever the parents are asked what you’re doing these days, they fake a heart attack.

  3. The only thing I might find interesting about Courtney Robertson’s book are her thoughts about Ben Flatdick. I’m going to guess she completely throws him under the bus and claims to have never had any genuine feelings for him…..in fact, I find it improbable that she feels much of anything since I find her to be about as deep as a puddle.

    I wish all the best for Andi. I think she’s a tough broad, but probably a decent person. We’ll see how she plays out as the lead. I’m just relieved to not have to sit through another season of Juan Pablo-esque behavior.

    I don’t give her relationship any better chance of succeeding with Josh because of their proximity to each other. In the unique case of starting a relationship after this show, I think there are pros and cons to having distance vs. living in the same town.

  4. Sad reading the bio of Eric. Looks like a LOT of the guys are into snow sports, surfing and the beach. Kinda hard to do those in Georgia, but then most of them like to travel a lot too….*LOL*

    I definitely think Josh M is the best looking of the bunch, but Emil the helicopter pilot is seriously tasty looking too. Unfortunate he’s booted the first night. I would have enjoyed the eye candy.

  5. I thought she’d go for the millionaire once she found out about his $ – otherwise thought it would be Josh.
    I hope they show what happened with her and Eric – no sympathy for a guy that brutally bludgeons a screaming pig to death to impress a village and posts the video on his website. ahole

  6. Probably the same people that gave all of the various “Real Housewives” their innumerable book deals. There are scads of them, along with crap churned out by other reality show has-beens.

  7. BFW: you’re right. The only thing Courtney could possibly have to offer a “publisher” (term used very loosely) is the willingness to push everyone she knows off the subway platform. Ben Flatdick is perfectly made to be thrown under the bus. In fact, in Webster’s Popular Phrases, next to the phrase “Thrown under the bus”, there is a pic of Flatdick’s size 6 penny loafers & shaved legs peering out from the #9 at the corner of Polk and Castro.

  8. FYI, Josh & Andi do NOT live in the same town. Josh lives in Athens & Andi lives in Atlanta. They are an hour and a half apart. Still close enough to make it work, though.

  9. Also, there are PLENTY of small towns between Athens & Atlanta where they can meet up & people would never know. She is one lucky girl…he is GORGEOUS! I’ve lusted over him during many games. lol! He has a great family, too. Hopefully they work out.

  10. I clicked on the link for the bios, and my gosh, Cody looks like Sean Lowe’s long lost steroid pumped gay twin brother.

  11. Wait. Didn’t she have the most ALONE time w Nick.. and barely any ALONE time w Josh until the very end?
    Am I missing something?

    So, they’ve spent a total of maybe 72 hours together?
    Congrats!

  12. It was so obvious that she would pick Josh and I didn’t even need RS’s spoiler. She was probably star struck when she met him because of his brother. It will never last. He can do a lot better than Andi. He was playing to “win.” She has an unattractive body and an abrasive personality. I see a guy like this going for an Emily type. His brother’s girlfriend is super hot – he ain’t gonna settle for Andi!

  13. Wow…It will never last??? How do you know? Do you know either of them? and SHE was star struck? They are both a catch. Haters unite, right? Everyone has something mean to say. He was playing to win??? That’s what you think of the kind of human being he is? You have no clue! She is NOT unattractive and because she stood up for herself with an a-hole like JP, she’s abrasive? I applaud her! AND I wish them both a lifetime of love and happiness! I can’t stand all the negative, miserable and unsupportive people who post.

  14. LJ: I agree with you completely. Atlanta is a Dawg Crazy universe. When I heard that Aaron Murray’s brother was on the show and found out that Andi’s Dad was a huge GA Bulldog fan, it was over in my mind…. and I made comments to that effect several RS blogs ago. Whether it will last, or not, is to be determined. But, I agree it’s unlikely. Josh Murray has his pick of thousands of girls far more attractive and far less abrasive than Andi (she’s a lawyer, remember, not a cheerleader). The only shot they have together is if Andi is going to pick up her legal career & put together a pretty nice lifestyle for the two of them. If Josh can sit by the pool and play golf most days, he might sign up for the ride. Otherwise, not happening.

  15. jacquibk: I’d agree with you on Andi, but the “Andi moment” with JP-Blow was a complete producer fabrication. I’m sure she was upset with him, many of the girls were, but that facial that she delivered was completely scripted. Entertaining, yes, but not spontaneous in any sense of the word. It’s also true that some Bachelorette couples have, in fact, gotten married. So, hold out hope. It could happen. We’ll have to assess Josh and Andi more. But, typically guys are into it for the ride, some booty and the chance to be on TV. Andi is in it for the fame & future career potential, largely. I say this because there was never any chemistry between her and JP, yet she hung out and faked it right into the final four. Why? She wanted the Bachelorette gig badly. Very few are really in it for “the right reasons”. If it happens to work out, then it’s pure luck, because few are there to find their soulmates. There are some who are there find a spouse, but I don’t see Andi in that way. She’s looking to gain notriety and launch her career. Josh, I don’t know, but the odds are that he’s not in it for Andi. He’s got a (locally, at least) famous brother. So, take his name, sprinkle in a little TV exposure & the sky’s the limit. He completely gets that unless he’s a total moron… and I doubt that he’s that, at all.

  16. rob22: He is definitely not a moron, and at 29 years old, he may be in it to find love. And maybe he did. He hadn’t before this time and maybe he had his pick, but he didn’t find her. Finding “the one” is hard for a lot of people. Some NEVER do. I hope for both of them, they did. My issue is with people who are immediately mean, judgmental and hateful. The Murray family are amazing people; honest, loving, kind and generous. And to say that Andi has an unattractive body is mean, too. Just because an unflattering picture was published as she was descending a slope on the beach does not make the totality of her unattractive. I doubt many people walking in that situation would want a picture of themselves published for the whole world to insult. I think she is beautiful. And she stuck it out with JP to give it a proper chance. She probably saw moments with JP that made her think it could work. Thank goodness it didn’t. He wasn’t the right one. People will always be judgmental, but I am not cut that way and it bothers me. The more I see of it, the more I like myself. Regarding the scripted nature of Andi’s delivery, I believe you. I do realize that a majority of the show is scripted, but there have been (quite a few now) couples who have found love and are together making it work and having children and THAT is not scripted. I say, GIVE THEM A CHANCE!!! Life is tough enough without every naysayer being mean. My own father said that about me and my husband…it will never last…and 29 years later and 2 adult kids…well…love is work, and we choose…and everyone else can just have their miserable existence. I’m happy and I hope and pray they will be too!

  17. Jacquibk: nobody on earth is against love. All some are, yes cynically, saying is that most people do not come on this show for love. In Andi’s case, RS was seeing that Andi was being primed and presented throughout JPs season to become The Bachelorette. So, not only was Andi sticking around to win the Bachelorette gig, but JP may have been encouraged/told to keep her around. Cynical? Absolutely. But this is a cynically produced show where the producers engineer scenarios and outcome to drive ratings. So, why would I buy into the “finding your soulmate” story line when the show itself doesn’t believe it?

    There are some who have actually been in it for love…. And the Dancing with the Stars gig and the paid for wedding, and the paid appearances….like Sean and Ashley Hebert. And maybe some purer than that. But nobody can argue that Huan Pah-Blow was one of those people, and I don’t see Andi being one of them either. As for Josh, I guess we’ll have to see. Maybe he’s Sean 2.0. In it for both love and the goodies.

    In the end, what are we at? 3 or 4 weddings out of 30+ seasons? That doesn’t speak to the show being the place people are finding love.

  18. I’m not sure why, maybe I’m just super picky but most of these guys that come on the show just don’t excite me. I like a guy with a few flaws. Not into pumped up chisel faced dudes. Josh- ehh, does nothing for me.

  19. Wow, Jacqui, “The Murray family are amazing people; honest, loving, kind and generous” Are they your next door neighbors or something? Relax – I think you’re a little too invested here!

  20. Jacqui – word of advise..be careful what you say on this site. There are a lot of haters that will have nothing good to say, no matter what you say, or how you put it. And you’re making it overly obvious that Josh is either your son, or a very close relation. Trust me..if you don’t want to read the negative responses, best to keep a lot to yourself :)

  21. Jacqui-I have to agree with Dianne. If you know Josh/his family personally it’s in your best interest to stay away from this site and its comments section as people don’t hold back judgment here. You’ll just end up frustrated and upset, I would guess.

    And I gotta disagree about Andi ever having one iota of genuine feeling/interest in Juan Pablo. I think she did the show to become the bachelorette and played it the best way she could to snare the gig. I have no issues with that, it had to be someone and of all his women I would have wanted to see her as bachelorette the most. Juan Pablo probably was an as$hole and she was fed up and gave him some of the honesty he kept yakking about wanting. To me that wasn’t “abrasive” that was her being human and self assured and refusing to just take his crap, beso his ass, and slink home quietly. Yeah a lot of that was rehearsed, no doubt, but she still got a big bravo out of me for it, but to each his/her own. Like Steve always says, they will never cast a lead who is universally liked.

  22. @Jacqui, well, at least you admit to being invested! LOL I just like watching the train wreck that is The Bachelor/ette and making fun of the contestants!

  23. Andi, if you are reading this or HY, if you are reading this….CONGRATULATIONS! I really hope it works out for you Andi. You guys look well matched and from equal type families….a lot in common.

    Just because Josh is a good looking guy, there will be a lot of haters saying he’s just in it for fame…blah blah blah.

    Well, I take into account Reality Steve’s opinion, b/c I know he gets his info from reliable sources and he genuinely thinks you guys have a good chance over the long haul.

    Good luck and enjoy the ride! I have been married for 8 years…together for 13 and 2 kids…we’ve had our ups and downs, but man is it a great life!!! It’s extremely rewarding to wake up and know your life has so much meaning and that you are the most important person in 3 people’s lives. xxx

  24. Who wins??? I am lost ! Never read the winners name! Did I miss something?

  25. Yes, gcast you missed something. George Clooney wins, he gets to marry a wonderfully smart lawyer.

    Read the damn column.

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