So today is a first. A few months back, Olivia and Nicholas’ school had an auction and my sister put up a “Lunch with Reality Steve” for bid. That lunch is happening today. I don’t know the women who purchased this thing (although my sister tells me I’ve met one of them before) but they’re all mothers from the kids’ school who are fans of the site. This should be interesting. Looking forward to it though since I need to prep myself for the questions that’ll be thrown my way this coming weekend in Vegas I’m sure. I’m always up for when people ask me questions about the show. Especially when it’s “Why is the driveway always wet.” Those are my favorite ones. Hey, at least it’s at South Coast Plaza today, since I need to go to Nordstrom’s to do some shopping before the trip tomorrow. Now I get to kill two birds with one stone. Win Win!
Speaking of Vegas, since I’m leaving tomorrow, as I mentioned yesterday the live video chat will be happening tonight at 9:00pm EST/6:00pm PST, so join me tonight as we talk about all things “Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise” related. Unfortunately, Olivia will be at soccer practice so she won’t be joining tonight, and Nicholas has the attention span of a fly, so I doubt he’ll want to come on. Olivia is much more interested in this anyway as Nicholas still doesn’t fully comprehend what I do. All he knows is “Reality Steve” and that’s about it. He just thinks the whole thing is silly – which it is.
I know a few of you have been asking about “Bachelor in Paradise” recently, and having been in CA since last Friday, I’m kinda out of the loop on latest news. What I do know is contestants are already down in Mexico and they arrived this past weekend, even some arriving Monday. Which to me means the show begins filming today or tomorrow. All 4 summer shows they’ve done (Bachelor Pad 1-3, Bachelor in Paradise last summer) all began filming the first week of June, so this is right on track with those). As far as I know, it looks to be somewhat of the same format as last season where they’ll be an original cast, then people will join the show throughout the process as others leave. It’s impossible to pinpoint who the original cast is because everyone that’s there right now might not be on episode 1. They could be arriving in ep 2 or 3. So here’s a list of names that I’ve heard will be on the show at some point this season. Obviously subject to change, but here’s what I have so far:
Jade Roper (Chris’ season)
Ashley Iaconetti (Chris)
Megan Bell (Chris)
Carly Waddell (Chris)
Ashley Salter (Chris)
Jillian Anderson (Chris)
Tenley Molzahn (Jake’s season, Bachelor Pad)
Cassandra Ferguson (Juan Pablo’s season)
Chelsie Webster (Juan Pablo)
Jaclyn Swartz (Ben’s season, Bachelor Pad 3)
Jonathan Holloway (Kaitlyn’s season)
Joe Bailey (Kaitlyn)
Tanner Tolbert (Kaitlyn)
Joshua Albers (Kaitlyn)
Jared Haibon (Kaitlyn)
Justin Reich (Kaitlyn)
Kirk DeWindt (Ali’s season, Bachelor Pad 2)
Mikey Tenerelli (Des’ season)
Michael Garofola (Des)
Brian Osborne (Andi’s season)
That’s 20 names. Last season, I believe 25 different people appeared at some point, so there’s obviously more that will be showing up. These are the ones I’ve heard so far but have no idea who’s part of the original cast. Other names I’m hearing being thrown around are Cody, Brooks, Clare, Erica Rose, and Chris Bukowski (yes, Chris Bukowski again) but I have no idea how solid that info is. Practically everyone who’s ever been on this show gets asked, so you don’t know until they actually show up on set if they made the show. Mikey Tenerelli was flown out last season and stayed in a Mexican hotel for a week thinking he was gonna be on then they changed their mind and sent him home. So yeah, just because someone might be out there doesn’t mean they are guaranteed on the show. As we move further along, I’m sure I’ll start hearing more names and what happens. I always do. For the time being though, please refrain from the “But what about this person. I heard they were on” emails. Every name I just mentioned are the ones I’ve heard. We will all know soon enough who’s in the original cast and who came on later.
Now on to “Reader Emails” and “Dr. Reality Steve”….
Is JJ really a douche or did producers encourage that speech he gave? Also, the articles about Kaitlyn refer to her as a former dance teacher. Is she seeking fame now or did she just find a new job? Seems like a lot of people use the show as an opportunity to quit their job and then find something better based on the notoriety they get from the being on tv.
Comment: I’m forgetting which speech of JJ’s you’re referring to. The one about his daughter?
I honestly don’t know what Kaitlyn does for work, but yes, a lot of them have jobs that are easily quittable and hope to capitalize on what being the lead could bring them. Kaitlyn is no different.
Happy Birthday Steve, Hope Vegas treats you well.
A couple of questions.
1. When Nick comes back, have you heard if he comes off as a complete d**khead to the rest of the guys and the audience again like last season? Or will he just be hated because of last season. I know he whined to because he got “hazed” so I am guessing he acts the exact same as last season. He’s immediately not well liked just because of who he is and the guys not really agreeing with Kaitlyn he should be allowed on the show. I’d be bothered if I were one them. Not just because it’s Nick, but why should he get to join after the show has already started when most others always say, “It’s just not fair to the rest of them.”
2. I know you’ve probably heard enough of Ryan. But you mentioned that there was a ton of footage of him doing / saying even worse stuff than what was aired. Do you happen to know what any of that was? I can imagine it was probably offensive but also probably very funny.
Comment: Apparently it was just stuff he was saying. Sexual comments directed towards the women and what not. Not to mention being so hammered to the point where he couldn’t stand up. Go look at the group shot of the guys and Ryan on the end. Ryan was not in good shape during that picture.
I usually write in for Bachelorette stuff but I like your sports analysis. Big Warriors fan here and I’m a little pissed they couldn’t close things up on Monday. I actually watched the game instead of the Bachelorette, I can’t stand Kaitlin and I will only read your site for spoilers and recap this season just like I did for Andi because I couldn’t stand her either.
Anyways, my question is what are your playoff predictions? Warriors have a chance to close it up today. If Warriors win the West who do you think will win the playoffs and why? Cavs or Warriors? If a miracle occurred and Houston came back to win the West (God forbid) do you think they have a chance?
Comment: Yes, I think the Warriors will win it all. A fully healthy Cavs team I think could’ve given them a run, but with a banged up Kyrie and no Love, I don’t see where they stand a chance. I think Warriors win in 6. They’re too good defensively and are the best passing team we’ve seen in a while.
Happy Birthday! You and I share the same birthday :).
Do you think they’d ever actually make Amy Schumer the Bachelorette? It would probably break the ratings records!
Comment: Not going to happen.
So I am new to the “Survivor” fan base, and have been watching some old seasons. I swear Parvati Shallow is Kaitlyn’s long lost twin! She reminds me so much of Kaitlyn. And I agree that Kaitlyn should really do stand up, her bit was so much better than the guys (and actually made me laugh). Thanks for the spoilers-I really enjoy reading your commentary.
Comment: Yeah, I can see the Kaitlyn/Parvati resemblance. I think it’s the cheeks when they smile.
Like so many others, I have no problem admitting that you make the show worthwhile… sort of. Meaning I actually don’t even watch the show, just read your column and check out the clips. That’s more than enough Bachelor/ette for me.
I’m curious about the ratio of ‘real’ contestants vs model/actor/performer. It seems more and more of the contestants already have some professional something on their resume – modeling, music videos, whatever. And some contestants you tell us are friends of someone involved in the show (on occasion anyway).
A few years ago they did Bachelor Pad – with all prior bachelor/ette contestants and then added one “fan” to the mix that was basically ignored and shunned by the others as though she just wasn’t good enough for them, but supposedly they were once in her shoes… since it’s supposed to be just people looking for love.
So I’m wondering how many of the bachelor/ettes are actually just your average person who goes through the process as advertised when they put out the ‘looking for contestant’ pieces vsthe c-list “celebrity” – someone who has already has some level of show biz background and possibly sought after by the show?
Comment: Actually on “Bachelor Pad” they cast 5 or 6 fans not just one – and none of them made it past the 4th episode. Yeah, that experiment failed. They tried something different, but if you’re not already part of this show’s clique, you’re not gonna fit in.
I still say most of the contestants on this show don’t have IMDB pages or have prior acting experience. But they will keep people on file for seasons and seasons and seasons and keep asking them if they really want them.
STEVE WHO ARE THE LAST THREE AND WHO WINS. I AM A FAN OF YOURS.
Comment: Larry, Mo, and Curly. She chooses Curly in the end and they have a baby on the way.
I have been a fan from the beginning and look forward to your spoilers for the different shows. So I have to ask you. Did you have any idea that two of the bachelors on the bachelorette this season are in love? Clint and JJ? I have to say Kaitlyn’s season is looking like a huge mess. Can’t wait to see what else happens!
Comment: You didn’t really believe that promo, did you? Oh wait, yes you did.
It’s editing. JJ and Clint weren’t in love.
Longtime reader, since about Brad 2.0 and hearing the Kidd Kraddick in the Morning endorsements. In my opinion, yours is the only credible spoiler site on the web – especially since you’ve corrected yourself the 2 percent of the times something was wrong.
Anyways, I blame you for why I “care” to vent – kidding. I know you can’t speak to the minds of Andi or Kaitlyn, but is anyone able to explain why would either woman have an attraction to let Nick get so far? He’s not attractive. During Andi’s season, he looked like he had denture paste coming out of his teeth; and then he has the personality of a weasel, or maybe that’s his beady eyes. So what is it? Is he that financially stable they think they can overlook his doucheness, but it proves too much? While irked he weasels his way into Kaitlyn’s season, the only solace I find is your spoiler stating he doesn’t make it to the end. Thank Baby Jesus. Any Cheeto videos when Kaitlyn sends him packing? Did he hoard all his roses like in Andi’s season? God help us up there’s another picture book … Maybe he has some level of intelligence for being able to weasel one not one but two seasons of this franchise.What producer’s butt is he kissing? Geez, why can’t his 15 minutes be up already? Then again, I don’t comprehend how Chris Bukowski slithers his away around either. * End rant*
Side notes on this season’s look-a-likes: JJ looks like Luke Wilson, Clint favors Green Bay Packer Clay Matthews, and Ben H. looks like a young Donny Osmond.
Comment: Different strokes for different folks. Attraction is purely subjective.
Was just reading this week’s emails in your column about whether Josh wanted to be the Bachelor and it reminded me that he was on a local morning show here in Toronto a few weeks back saying that he would do it. Skip ahead to 4:10 into the interview:
Also, my opinion of how “serious” Kaitlyn is about the process is actually enhanced by the fact that she didn’t pick anyone. Instead of going along with someone just to please the show, she followed her heart. Good for her. And good for her for sleeping with as many guys as she felt was necessary to figure out what/who she wanted.
Curious: do American viewers really think she has a Canadian accent?
Comment: It’s why I’m enjoying her so far. She doesn’t give robotic, canned, PC answers in her ITM’s. You know exactly what she really thinks of guys. That’s refreshing to see. Not to mention she went through the process and didn’t feel the need to get engaged to anyone, which is the smart thing to do.
I can’t speak for all America viewers, but I can definitely notice the Canadian accent. I mean, it’s not like it’s thick, but it has its subtleties that I can definitely pick up on.
You always get it right especially when you stated early on that Chris Soules was not there to marry anyone on the show….It had to be something other than the track record, although abysmal as it is, that you were hearing? They played it out until after the start of the new season of Katlyn/Brit which they know now does not end well either. It just cannot be pleasant to play the contract game when you are not feeling it??? I mean, I’ve heard things over the last year but it’s not stuff that I can share unfortunately. Some things I’ve been told about this show I’m loyal to my sources on. If I could, I would. But I can’t on this one.
I am not watching the new season, could not care less…just need your column and that is it…Not too many Sean Lowe’s and Jason Mesnick’s out there…Chris Soules was so unappealing and actually came off as a phony baloney anyway…not a good dancer either…If Whitney had watched the show, she would ended it at the finale….What a dopey guy with a dopey laugh…
Comment: Ok. Thanks for reading.
Love reading your site! I’m curious who you’re employed by. I keep thinking you are hired by abc to draw more attention to the show. Am I way off???
And Happy Birthday! Wish I could be there for the fun!
Comment: Yes, you are way off. I’m employed by myself.
Still amazed I get asked this question after all these years and two lawsuits against me.
Every season we always have that one contestant that gets totally drunk and acts like a fool (or mcdill’ed as youd say). But have you ever heard of the Lead getting absolutely drunk to a point where a cocktail party or a date had to be canceled or rescheduled?
Comment: To that point of canceling their own rose ceremonies? No. Never heard of that. I think Jillian self admittedly drank the most as a lead.
So I read this article when it first came out 3 years ago, but I re-read it today after I saw it pop up on Cracked’s Facebook page and wondered if you had ever read it. It has some of the same insight that you give in how “real” reality tv really is. They specifically talk about The Bachelor in it too.
Thanks for doing what you do!
Comment: Yep. That’s about as accurate as you can get. Yet, there will be people that still believe this show is on the up and up and every audio clip they hear is genuine and authentic. The phrase “Well you said it, so it couldn’t have been edited” is about the farthest thing from the truth that I’ve heard people say about the editing. Sure you might’ve said it, but it could’ve been answering a question that had nothing to do with the context that it was shown in. And if the context it was shown in is done to embarrass or defame you, then yeah, that proves the statement wrong.
With that said, 30 seasons in if you don’t know what you’re signing up for by now, that’s your fault, not the show’s. The show is manipulative, vindictive, exploiting, and every other word you can think of that’s not nice. They know they are but that’s what earns them their paychecks so they do it. It’s why UnREAL is so interesting because it dives into the moral compass of some of these producers like Rachel. Yeah they know what they’re doing is morally questionable, but they still do it because it’s almost like a rush.