You know I was fired up for last night’s episode. In the over 10 years I’ve been writing about this show, and all the numerous places they’ve been, never once had I ever been a part of filming. Not like I really ever would be since it’s not like I’d travel to any of these places just to see them, so when Marcus’ hometown date was filmed outside in a boutique mall 30 minutes from me, of course I was gonna drive down there and see what it was about. The only other time I came close was Emily’s season when I flew to North Carolina thinking they would be there. Since all I knew was that they were there, but not sure how long they would be there, I just guessed. And I guessed wrong. The day I arrived was the day they left filming in North Carolina and headed to Bermuda. So I just had myself a fun little weekend in North Carolina with no 1-on-1′s or group dates to scope out. I did go by the mansion they stayed in though. Nice area. And chowed down some Lorenzo’s pizza in the strip mall right behind the mansion. Very good pizza.
An update to the “Bachelor in Paradise” spoilers. I should’ve figured this was the case after I told you the producers essentially begged Chris Bukowski to propose to Elise and he didn’t. I mean, if they wanted him to propose, it only made sense they were looking for an engagement out of this thing. Well, they got it. Marcus and Lacy got engaged at the end of the show. So basically it became “Married At First Sight Minus Three Weeks.” I mean, this really isn’t that unprecedented when it comes to this franchise’s “summer” show. On “Bachelor Pad 2,” Blake and Holly got engaged in front of Michael’s face essentially, and they’re still married to this day. “Bachelor Pad 3″ saw Tony get engaged to Blakeley on the finale and they lasted about a month before she moved out. Hey, 50% isn’t bad. Hell of a lot better than their “Bachelor” or “Bachelor Pad” track record. That’s been added to your “Bachelor in Paradise” episode-by-episode spoilers.
The “Men Tell All” tapes this Saturday in LA. Not that you needed any more proof who the final two are, but Chris will be in attendance this weekend since he gets eliminated next episode. For those that don’t know how it works, they show the audience the episode first, then bring the guys out. Wouldn’t make sense for them to bring the guys out before everyone sees the episode because Chris hasn’t been eliminated yet. But he will be there, confirming your final 2 of Nick and Josh, something you knew months ago. And once it’s down to Nick and Josh, you have to be quite the conspiracy theorist knowing that those are the final two but you think she picks Nick, even after seeing the videos from the plane. It’s ok. We won’t hate you. I’ll just blame your parents for your idiocy.
Courtney’s book has made the NY Times Best Seller list. You think Melissa Rycroft, Trista Sutter, and Shawntel Newton were thrilled to see this? I’m guessing not. You know, cuz women hate women. And basically their book of life journeys, and inspirational quotes, and woman power couldn’t outsell juicy gossip. Unfortunately, that’s the world we live in nowadays.
I mentioned at the beginning of the season that for the finale this year, I would attend any viewing party if someone used the Crowdtilt link I provided and spend a minimum $500 budget. Well, it’s been done. On Monday night, July 28th, I’ll be in Armonk, NY at Fortina’s for a finale viewing party that has already raised close to $2,500 and has over 50 people already attending. Looking forward to this trip and the party. Still three weeks to go to raise money for this event as portions of every ticket purchased will go towards LiveLikeEric.com in honor of Eric Hill. If you’re in the area and want to attend, you still have plenty of time. Tickets are now $40, and that covers your entry into the party, along with dinner for the night. Or if you just want to donate to the cause, you can make your donation here. Thanks to everyone who’s already purchased tickets and/or donated. Look forward to seeing everyone.
Ratings are in from last night, and as expected, a pretty big jump from last week as we get down to the final few guys. 6.8 million people watched, which was a little more than 500k who watched last week. Plus, they went from a 1.6 to a 1.8 in the all important 18-49 demo. This definitely shows me that the finale will be in the high 7 million/low 8 million viewer range. With the ATFR probably drawing a tad higher than that like it usually does, because people want to see the final couple together for the first time.
At the time of this posting, the deleted scenes from this week haven’t been posted yet. I will include them in Thursday’s column once they’re up.