Trust me, this is really weird for me this season not knowing who’s going home when yet. At least in the early stages. I’ve got your final 6 on, but don’t know the exact breakdown from 30 down to 6. I tend to think a lot more of you care about me getting the ending right than who got eliminated in episode 2. I get it. But still for me, I’d like to have it all. So it will be interesting for at least the first 5 episodes to navigate through everything while not really knowing exactly who’s going home every episode.
But every Tuesday afternoon, ABC posts the press release for the following week’s episode which states who gets what date. So my Tuesday columns won’t be posted until that press release goes up so I can fill you in on what to expect in the next week’s episode. Granted, I won’t know for sure who is going home, but I’ll have a better idea and be able to deduce who it probably is. Or I might end up getting all your dates and eliminations at some point, and it won’t matter. But until/if I do, I will be sure to include the ABC press release in all of my Tuesday recaps. They just might be posted a little later than usual since ABC doesn’t have a set time as to when that is posted. Usually it’s between 1:00-2:00 EST, but it varies. I’ve seen it earlier and I’ve seen it later in past years. Lets just play it by ear and see how it goes.
Since I don’t have your episode-by-episode spoilers yet, I will give you every spoiler that I have up to this point. Some I’ll specify as I know it happened, and some I’ll say is what I heard but not 100% confirmed. Here’s what I can give you based on the extended trailer and things I was given:
-The final 6 (in Des Moines), are Becca, Whitney, Kaitlyn, Jade, Britt, and Carly.
-The 1-on-1 dates we know for episode 6 were: Whitney (the mural painting), Jade (Chris’ HS alma mater FB game), and now I can confirm that Britt had the third 1-on-1 date. Meaning the group date was Becca, Kaitlyn, and Carly. Becca got the group date rose and was assured of a hometown date.
-I’ve been told that Britt eliminated herself in this episode. Felt there were other girls there that were a better fit for Chris, so she went home on her own. I guess that answers my question of how Britt got a group date rose in South Dakota, then somehow went home the next episode. Not to mention, if you watch that extended preview, there is a few shots of Britt sobbing uncontrollably. At this point, my guess would be that was around the time she exited the show. I don’t know if she did it during her 1-on-1 date with Chris or later on in the episode, but I was told she eliminates herself and I have every reason to believe it’s true. It would make a hell of a lot of sense since she was a front runner, and he’d given her the group date rose the episode before, so seemingly he wanted her to stay.
-Not to mention Britt leaving on her own is a hell of a good set up for her being the next “Bachelorette.”
-Just because in the extended promo, Chris says “I am in a position with 3 different amazing women right now, and it’s 3 people I can see myself marrying” doesn’t mean there are 3 girls at the final rose ceremony. There aren’t. Kaitlyn was eliminated in Bali. Becca and Whitney are the final two. He’s engaged to Whitney. There will be doubters, I understand because I don’t have everything finalized in the first 5 episodes, but if you followed along while filming was happening once it got down to the final 4, and the info I was giving you as it was happening, you’re aware I was dialed in as to what was going on. Once again, I won’t truly be vindicated until the finale airs, but I’m not the least bit worried the ending is wrong. It isn’t.
-The girl in the promo who’s taking off her bikini bottoms and jumping into the water is Kaitlyn.
-The girl who says “I would rather chew glass and wash it down with a bag of hair than lose to her” is Kaitlyn. I believe she’s talking about Kelsey. Kelsey is very much an outsider and a sh** stirrer in the house this season.
-The person unzipping the tent and walking into it is Kaitlyn. Ummm yeah, Kaitlyn is involved in a lot in that promo.
-Whitney doesn’t have any parents. They have both passed away. I don’t know how long ago or how it happened, I just know her grandmother is pretty much the main person in her life. Would explain why her hometown date was in Chicago and not in Kentucky where she’s originally from.
-In South Dakota, Megan is on the group date, and at some point during that episode, Megan eliminates herself. Megan has a dude back home that she was essentially dating before she left, a musician named Dakota Bradley. You do enough Instagram searching, you’ll see how close these two are. Not sure if she uses him as the reason for her leaving, but just know that he was because I’ve been told they are back together. Or were. They have one of those weird ass on again/off again relationships. But I’m pretty sure he’s the reason she leaves the show. A clip in the promo shows Chris sitting with Megan saying “This is not easy.” I’m assuming that’s when she tells him she’s leaving.
-The “Cinderella” date early in the season where Chris’ sisters pick someone to get dolled up and go out with him goes to Jade. Ha ha, now that’s funny. I mean, I don’t remember the last time any “Cinderella” also went spread eagle for Playboy showing everyone her lady bits. I don’t know what episode this happens in, but I’m pretty sure it’s before they leave LA, so either episode 2, 3, or 4.
-Amber, Trina, and Tracy I believe are eliminated in episode 3. I know they don’t make it past that episode, so I guess there’s a chance one, two, or all three are gone in episode 2. I just know none of those three are still around after episode three.
-I don’t have the number of people that are gone in every episode, let alone who they are. But if you are to believe the “brackets” they’ve released on ABC.com, they are saying it goes like this (the episode, followed by the number of girls remaining at the END of that episode):
Episode 1 (LA): 22 girls
Episode 2 (LA): 18 girls
Episode 3 (LA): 15 girls
Episode 4 (LA): 12 girls
Episode 5 (New Mexico): 9 girls
Episode 6 (South Dakota): 6 girls
Episode 7 (Des Moines): 4 girls
I’ve never kept track of the “Bachelor Bracket” on ABC.com in the past since I haven’t needed to because the spoilers were already out, so I have no idea if this is accurate or not. I guess we’ll see as the episodes progress.
-Pure speculation, but if there are 9 girls that do go to South Dakota, and we’ve already seen a group date with 6 girls on it, then it looks like there’d be a return of the 2-on-1 date this season since that’d leave 3 girls remaining with only 2 dates left in that episode. And by the 6th episode, everybody left gets dates. So it’s all a matter of how accurate ABC’s “Bachelor Bracket” is. I have no clue.
-Ashley Salter leaves the show in a blaze of glory. I believe it’s before they start traveling to, but I’m pretty sure she does not get eliminated at a rose ceremony. She’s the crazy one this season and apparently goes off on Chris and production about what a farce everything is when she leaves. You’ll see a little of her crazy tonight when she starts becoming obsessed with onions.
-As you’ve probably heard or read, Jimmy Kimmel “takes over” the episode for Chris Harrison in episode 3. I know he comes and wakes Chris Soules up in the morning and basically mediates the dates that episode.
-The group date up in San Francisco where 6 girls run in a mud race for charity in wedding dresses looks to be in relation to the annual MuckFest for MS. The actual race took place on Oct. 11th last year, but Chris was already in New Mexico on October 11th. There’s Instagram evidence of that. So the girls didn’t actually run in the actual MuckFest for MS, but I’m guessing the charity they ran for had to do with that. Only reason I say that is because there were no pictures on social media from this group date. And we all know if there’s a mud race people are doing, yet there’s 6 girls in wedding dresses competing along with Chris in it being followed around by cameras, you can bet SOMEONE would’ve taken pictures of it. There weren’t any, so it makes me think this group date was done in private.
Any more news I get about dates/eliminations I will post as we move forward and will just keep adding them to the Spoilers page. Until then, keep your questions/emails/comments coming. This week we’ll have “Reader Emails,” and “Dr. Reality Steve” on Thursday, with your live video chat returning Thursday night. But starting next week, “Reader Emails” will be on Wednesday, with “Dr. Reality Steve” having it’s own column on Thursday and the live chat Thursday nights.
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