Man, is this it? Is this really it? The whole season Ben is now over? In case you didn’t check Twitter last night, JoJo’s season started filming last night as the cocktail party happened with the first rose ceremony concluding early this morning. Obviously it’s way too early for me to know anything, but just know that JoJo’s season is officially underway, today will be an off day as the guys move into the mansion and dates will begin tomorrow. So check Twitter and Instagram this whole weekend for any dates that people might post pictures of. If I see anything I will retweet it. Or if I’m told of any dates, I’ll let you know on Twitter. I don’t post columns on the weekends, so come Monday when “Daily Links” starts back up, I’ll recap any news from dates that happened this weekend. Again, this is the most fun time of the season for me as I get information on new guys, and start filling in the puzzle pieces to the show. I have another 8 guys right now that I’m pretty sure on which will be released over time. Then again, you know I always hope that zero dates get spoiled publicly. I don’t even consider public dates spoilers since anyone can see those. So technically it’s a spoiler, but when everyone has access to it, it certainly isn’t a secret. I will fill you in on everything that doesn’t get out on social media as the season goes on. Already working on something regarding one of the guys.
All your “Survivor” links for your viewing. As you know, Bryan Fischer is not recapping for us this season but I expect him back next season. Here are some ones to hold you over for this season that will be here every Thursday as long as they’re posted by the time my column goes up:
EW.com: Dalton Ross’ recap
EW.com: Probst answers Dalton’s questions
People.com: Unfortunately at the time of this posting, Stephen Fishbach’s weekly blog on People.com hasn’t been posted yet.
Reality Blurred: Andy Dehnart’s recap
You see this interview that Jillian Harris gave to People? Pretty interesting in talking about how she wish she didn’t allow herself to be controlled so much by the show, and how she barely spent any time with Ed during filming. Nothing I haven’t beaten you over the head with a million times, but coming from someone who got engaged on the show, goes to show you why it’s so difficult for these relationships to work in the real world.
So I mentioned about Emily Maynard’s book and saying I’d skim through it if I was at Barnes and Noble. Well, apparently I don’t have to do that now since I received an email yesterday from someone who read the book and gave us all the Cliff Notes version. Here you go:
I recently read Emily Maynard’s book and jotted down a few things, and I figured I’d send you a few of the main points regarding the actual Bachelor stuff. Some of this may be stuff you already knew from spoiling the show as it happened. But I figured I’d send it anyway! So, getting started:
-As someone already posted in Reader Emails, when Emily was in casting interviews, they asked her who she liked from the previous season and she said nobody. When they asked who she liked from the whole series, she said Brad. The producers looks surprised and intrigued. (Maybe they were already considering him at that point and knew he was a possibility? I doubt they picked him JUST for her.)
-Contestants can’t approach the lead until a producer tells them to or gives the okay. Nobody on the show is REALLY “stealing” anybody away. (So Olivia’s constant need to be first was most likely a producer play this season.)
-They asked countless questions in ITMs, as we know, and one of the questions producers asked Emily was “What does Brad smell like?” (I suppose this is how they get the “crazy girl” edits. Girls just playing along and answering questions in full sentence format.)
-Brad was very uptight all the time and once, his brother talked about “poking the bear” to Emily. When Brad said he couldn’t wait to be a stepdad, Emily “poked the bear” by reinforcing that it’s not always easy and it’s not always fun. The conversation just circled around over and over until he got fed up and walked away, and only came back to give her a stiff hug and say goodbye for the night.
-After the proposal, Brad scooped her up and said “Wow, Em, you’re a lot heavier than you look!” Which hurt her feelings. (Great start to a relationship, right?)
-As expected, the days after the proposal were awkward but polite. They barely knew each other. Brad was uptight the whole time and they didn’t have any fun.
-Brad first broke up with Emily by CCing her in an email to the producers, saying “Sorry but things didn’t work out with Emily and I. It wasn’t the fairy tale I thought it would be.” He didn’t bother to tell HER first. Their relationship was stiff, not lovey dovey and not comfortable. They broke up and got back together many times.
-She actually met her current husband, Tyler Johnson, BEFORE her turn as the Bachelorette and he made it known he liked her. As much as she claims in the book that she didn’t want to do the show, she did it anyway instead of going out with him. (Hm… Odd.)
-The producers and Chris Harrison brought their kids for Emily’s earlier shoots and Ricki loved having playmates around.
-Emily disliked Kalon immediately, from the first day. But she kept him around to make the show more interesting. She knew he’d bring the drama and sabotage himself.
-One bachelor named Alessandro took her on a cheesy vampire hunt with crosses hanging from the trees and a fog machine. He went on all these long rants about vampires. She was furious that he was turning the show into a big joke and wasting her time, and yelled at him. This scene never aired.
-At one point she thought Jef was flirting with a producer on a one on one date.
-Before a rose ceremony she accidentally mixed up a sleeping pill for a pill she needed for a skin condition. She was exhausted and loopy for the cocktail party until she downed a few Red Bulls. Between that and getting sick from the cold weather in Bermuda, she had a rough time of things!
– They made it seem like she was over finding out Arie’s ex was one of the producers, but she never really trusted him after that. It still bothered her that he wasn’t honest with her.
-Jef jumped off a hotel balcony and onto another and was nearly kicked out of the hotel. She was attracted to this “bad boy” side of him. Now she sees it as a red flag in hindsight.
-She told Jef and producers she did NOT want to get engaged on the show and everyone said OK. She was completely blindsided with the proposal. But she said yes because everyone was counting on her for a good show.
-Jef and Emily actually had fun in the days following the proposal, and they clicked better than she and Brad did.
-Arie’s friend Christina showed up at her door out of the blue after filming concluded, and said Arie was in his car around the corner, and asked if she would see him. They talked briefly on the phone. The next day Arie rang her doorbell and dropped off his journal in an envelope and asked if she would read it. She didn’t read it and sent it to the producers without opening the envelope.
-Emily became obsessed with the cruel gossip about her after the show. Jef tried very hard to be helpful and tried to get her to not take it seriously and to start ignoring it. But she didn’t, and she became very depressed.
-She and Jef fought a lot but she doesn’t say what it was about. They saw a Mormon marriage counselor but it didn’t help. Eventually they broke up after one final fight, but she doesn’t say what it was about. (I respect her for that, actually.)
-Her now-husband Tyler Johnson had a really beautiful, low key proposal at her home in Charlotte. They are a really great match.
All in all, I enjoyed the book but for some people it can be a tedious read. There is a LOT of God talk and introspection, which I think is great but not everyone will relate to. All in all there’s not that much information regarding the show in comparison to Courtney Robertson’s or Sean Lowe’s books. The Brad breaking up over email thing was the most interesting part to me. The book paints him as kind of an odd dude!
Hope this wasn’t too long of a read! Congratulations on another season spoiled!
Well there you go. Now I won’t even bother skimming through the book unless I have a ton of time to kill at the mall waiting for my table at Cheesecake Factory.