First…one quick comment about Andi and Josh ….Ok initially I said I thought that there was no way josh would stay with andi because he would want a woman who wasn’t known to be a slut by the mass media …that he would want to go on and meet some sweet southern girl to go to ball games with his family…
But now I’m not so sure ….maybe he’s thinking it’s better for his career to stay with Andi and continue to be the “winner” on national tv with a tv wedding. I think she’s probably convinced him of this … We will see! If Andi is a slut for sleeping with more than one guy in the fantasy suite, then there’s plenty of others that are as well.
Ok now to bachelor In paradise ….I loved Lacy last night. Maybe because I know she ends up engaged. I didn’t care that she said 80/40 lol I still thought she was cute and sweet. She seems to come across that way in social media too.
Ashlee needs counseling! No doubt she has some serious attachment issues she needs to work through. Maybe this scrutiny is part of her therapy.
And one question for you Steve …
What would you tell someone is the hardest part of your job? You seem to have a great sense of self and besides the doubters (they do rattle you) you seem to truly not care what others think of you or write about you. How did you become so secure in your career?
Comment: My job isn’t hard at all. I’ve said that numerous times. It’s just time consuming. A lot more tedious than it is hard.
I’ve never cared what anyone who doesn’t know me thought of me. Completely irrelevant. And if they think they know who I am based on what they read, then they’re not all that bright, making it more irrelevant what they think. More people should live their life this way, namely the contestants in this franchise.
Forgive me if you had already said this, but I was just wondering if you knew what josh had lied about on the lie detector test or if you could find out. I am just really curious.
And I just love your website and your input on things.
Comment: I have no idea.
Do you know what that Tulum, Mexico property is? Hotel, vacation rental, etc.? Just wondering because it actually looked kind of crappy to me, and Jason and Molly said in their podcast today it was like 100 degrees and that place had no A/C. Why force uncomfortable conditions on everyone? It just seems to me this show always seems to have the budget for really nice suites, I was wondering why so rustic this time?
Thanks and take care!
Comment: Not sure, but I’m hearing basically nobody liked the conditions down there. Chris Harrison referenced exactly where they stayed in his last blog, but I can’t remember the name.
I’m a long-time reader, and have emailed a few times. I’m oddly fascinated by the “behind the scenes” aspect of the Bachelor franchise. Some questions for you about Bachelor in Paradise:
1) For the couples that “make it” at the end (Marcus/Lacy, Cody/Michelle, Chris/Elise), do any of them live in the same city? Is the franchise sponsoring any “safe house” style visits, in the same way that they do for the Bachelor/ette? I would assume that they must have to (particularly given that Marcus/Lacy are engaged). However, this show seems to be considerably lower budget than Bachelor/ette, so I was wondering if they would cut back on this as well? None of them do, and Chris and Elise are already broken up. From what I’m hearing, Lacy is planning on moving to Dallas and Cody has already closed up shop at his gym in Chicago and is moving to Salt Lake City. I don’t know if they’re giving them safe house visits, but if I had to guess, I’d say no.
2) Again for the couples that “make it”, do you think they will get the same type of treatment that other “successful” couples get? i.e. if Marcus/Lacy do eventually get married, would they televise it do you think? Would they be invited to other shows to give advice?
Comment: I highly doubt it. This show is like the “Bachelor’s” red headed step child. I don’t think it really matters to them if these couples stay together or not.
Firstly, I’d like to say your recaps of anything Bachelor related is absolutely fantastic. The humor in your writing is brilliant. I mean I usually catch up on your blog at work and at times I have to control myself from laughing. Haha. Anyways, the question I had was how do you keep yourself so informed on most of the postings about the Bachelor Franchise. I mean the article you posted of Arie was amazing. Amazing in the sense it was so fake and definitely an audition to the Producers for the Bachelor.
Do you follow blogs from previous contestants or do you have people letting you know if they hear or see anything posted on the Bachelor. I just love the research you put into your work.
Great job and keep on spoiling
Comment: Other than skimming a few of Sharleen’s recaps this season, is there anyone else from this franchise that writes a weekly blog? Most people don’t want to put the time and effort into it. Not to mention live tweeting is the way to go now. That’s what most do.
I agree with you that bachelor pad was more entertaining. Chris Harrison has been ranting and raving about this new show as the best show they have ever done, stating he had a problem with the competitive factor that was on bachelor pad. It seems like a free for all, and anything goes. My question is, do you at least think this new format on bachelor in paradise is more conducive to contestants finding a real connection with someone? Not really. You’re spending 3 weeks with them total. No different than on “Bachelor Pad.” Essentially the same concept except for no challenges or money. Just date, hook up, and see what happens. Then at the end, if you really like someone, producers will strongly encourage you to get engaged. They did it for Blake and Holly on BP2, and they did it for Tony and Blakeley on BP3. They even tried to get Chris to propose to Elise this season and he turned them down, so they went to Marcus.
My second question is that Ben Flajnik announced last week that he’s out of the wine business for good, and he’s started a new company called Gratci. I wondered if you know what this is all about?
Outstanding spoilers this season, your best ever.
Comment: I saw he tweeted that out, but I haven’t looked up what Gratci is.
Holy crap bachelor paradise! Ashley Fraizer – desperate much? Is it just me or do they seem to be showing more of the girls’ personalities on this show? And on Bachelor/ette the contestants always seem to look flawless. On BIP they seem to look more real – bodies not as perfect. Do you think it’s the way the shows are filmed? It’s definitely the format. 25 girls chasing one guy is completely different than this show. BP and BIP have always been different than the “Bachelor/ette” shows.
Have they ever has any bisexual contestants? Do you think they ever will? I think it would be interesting to see a few contestants wanting to hook up with eachother instead of the lead!
Comment: Krisily Kennedy is bisexual. Granted, she came out with that announcement AFTER she had done the “Bachelor” and “Bachelor Pad,” but she definitely is. As far as I know, no one else has officially come out as gay or bisexual, but you can rest assured there are few that are.
I get that Lacy is hot and has huge boobs, but this first night of BIP was really the Lacy show in many ways. Her edit was pretty outstanding for someone unknown who was eliminated night 1 of her season. Do you know if producers cast her on Juan Pablo’s season thinking she’d make it pretty far (top 4), but then (shockingly) JP was an idiot and didn’t follow their expectations by letting her go?
Comment: I don’t know what they thought of her. But obviously she is going to get a lot of air time on BIP because she’s one of the two successful couples at the end. That shouldn’t surprise anyone. And oh yeah, boobs.
Thanks to Lacy for giving me one – make that two – reasons for watching this otherwise horrid show. Before she showed up with her pink bikini, it was 80/40 whether I would even continue to watch at all.
Comment: What two reasons are those? I have no idea what you’re talking about. Please explain.
This is the first season I’ve paid any attention to social media. Is all this hate mail and backbiting against Andi typical??? Every season people will complain about something. It’s the media world we live in now.
I thought Andi was a good bachelorette. She was fair – she gave all the guys a chance, she kept up the suspense for the show, had two guys at the end as they want (maybe by hook or by crook), she answered all reasonable questions on the MTA and ATFR, and got engaged. What more does the show want? Apparently her blood.
How were the ratings for Andi’s season compared to others? What I saw for her season looked good to me, but you’ve got the history.
Comment: Her season was solid in the ratings. Certainly wasn’t the best, nor was it the worst.
Count me in as one of the people that will be very disappointed if Chris isn’t the next Bachelor. After last season, I would think they would want someone exactly like Chris. Down-to-earth and wanting to find love. Not a player yet again like last season.
I would imagine some of the woman who tried out will be upset if it isn’t him either.
When is filming supposed to start? When will we know? At least unofficially.
Comment: I would expect it will be spoiled fairly soon. Filming for the “Bachelor” for the last 6 seasons has started mid/late Sept. I expect the same again.
Is it just me, or does Lacy have shifty eyes? It seemed like she was looking up at something over in the corner rather than into the eyes of whatever guy she was talking to. Annoying.
Comment: I haven’t noticed Lacy’s shifty eyes. I’ll try and pay attention next week.
I counted at least three times during BIP where a random producer/handler/crew member was obviously and fully visible. I can’t remember really ever seeing that in Bachelor/ette episodes, outside of the shadow of a boom mic, etc. Is it because of the lower budget? The setting? Because ABC just doesn’t give two hoots anymore?
Just how many crew members are on set during filming? It just seems like there’s much more interaction with this show than regular seasons.
Thanks for all you do!
Comment: Maybe they’re starting to break down the fourth wall more. “Real World” did it this past season and it changed the whole show. Probably something they should do. In recent seasons, even though it hasn’t been a lot, we’ve heard a few instances where you hear the producer asking the question in an ITM before the person answers.
So now I’ve changed my mind. People have asked a lot in recent weeks in this column and on the video chat what’s one thing I would change about the show if I could. There’s your answer. I’d show more of what the producers are asking in the ITM’s, rather than they just let us hear their answer. However, they’d never do that either.
I think I may be a bigger fan of the ridiculousness that is Bachelor in Paradise than of the other shows. I certainly understand why you like the strategy of Bachelor Pad, but if I want to see women in bikinis planning strategy and scheming against others, I will watch Survivor (which I do, but after awhile, the unshaved armpits and legs gets a little turnoffish.)
One of the reasons I both liked and disliked Bachelor & Bachelorette were the over the top emotions the contestants showed, but here you get the less romantic , more down and dirty version of what is really going on… Its more “Happy Ending” than “Fairy Tale Ending”. When Elise says “I had an instant attraction to Dylan”, it basically means, “yeah, I’m going to jump him the first chance I get.” There isn’t talk of a future together (maybe in later episodes though), and getting to know the real person, blah blah blah.
Though it is definitely contrived, it seems as though ABC accepts the show for what it is… an absolute clusterf—k of humor. The original shows would never edit an episode to make it look like AshLee is venting to a raccoon. Speaking of the raccoon, I think even he knows that she defines the expression “Hot Mess”. Attractive, but seriously… she is “cook your kids rabbit” crazy.
And besides “I don’t know what a Vista is, but we had a beautiful one” and “I’m 80/40 split”, there was also someone (Claire?) using the word “Conversating” Cracked me up.
Besides Lacy’s enormous bikini stretchers, I kind of see her as a cross between Nicole Richie & one of the Olsen twins… with huge boobs.
And last, here’s the obligatory compliment, I also think this show lets you be even more sarcastic and humorous.
Comment: I do agree. These summer shows are completely different than the “Bachelor/ette.” However, in comparing BIP to BP, I’d still take “Bachelor Pad” for the reasons explained in Tuesday’s column, and for what I said today on page 1.
Love your column!
I was wondering if you think they are just stringing along either Arie or Chris, or if the producers might be planning something interactive for selecting the next Bachelor. It seems strange they would hire trainers for both of them, but maybe they are just trying to keep the decision from being spoiled.
I could see them maybe asking Bachelor Nation to vote on who they would like to see next, or perhaps (though less likely for the reasons you’ve pointed out before) have the women decide on the first night.
What are your thoughts?
Thanks for your time!
Comment: There aren’t going to be two “Bachelors.” Nor will it be voted on by BachelorNation. There will be one. And it’s more than likely going to be Chris.
Is it just me or is Marcus give you a weird and ungenuine vibe. He loved Andi week 3 and when he got sent home he said “you were everything” now 3 weeks later he’s already head over heels with Lacy and he’s known her for 48 hours. To me that is SO fake. Then he gets engaged to her in 3 weeks?! common. What a joke!
Comment: Makes no sense to me, but hey, not my life.
I know I’m bringing up old stuff and this may have already been asked but if Ali Fedotowsky was supposedly close with Gia and with her ten days before her death, how come she wasn’t interviewed for the tribute? Do they not like Ali anymore?
Comment: There were plenty of other close friends of Gia that weren’t interviewed for the tribute. It’s not like Ali was singled out. That tribute was only 5 minutes long or so.