Nick Viall is this season’s “controversial” Bachelor. Granted, that word is somewhat exaggerated in this sense, but the fact ABC is already promoting it that way pretty much goes to show they went more for shock value this season, rather than this BS company line of “We just kept coming back to Nick. He deserved it.” Nick didn’t deserve the lead role any more than the next guy. That’s a cop out and they know it, but at the time of the announcement back in September, it was considered “controversial” so they went with it because they knew it’d get people talking. And it did. So filming started Sat. September 24th in LA and ended in a little under two months, wrapping up this past Friday, November 18th in Finland. Pretty much the exact same schedule they’ve used for the “Bachelor” for the last 8 seasons or so. Nothing’s changed. This is the same show and always will be, albeit with just different cast members each season. People are still going to watch, just like they would’ve if Luke was cast. Or Chase. Or whoever. That doesn’t change. But Nick definitely gives them some talking points heading into this season just based on his past with the show, being the bridesmaid twice, etc. Nick was chosen because he had a better backstory to sell, not because he was any more deserving than anyone else. That’s laughable.
Wanted to update you on one thing before we get started, and that’s the podcasts. They’re happening. Hopefully as early as next week. My equipment is arriving tomorrow, gonna get it set up as soon as I can, and hopefully will be up and running and have something for you next week. There will be no more live video chats. Too much hassle, too many glitches, and it just got too frustrating. Radio is my background and podcasts are the way to go. My goal once the season starts is to do a weekly podcast, probably on Thursdays, but I’m sure that will vary. I’m looking forward to it, I’m hopeful to have some interviews (not necessarily Bachelor people), and just try to build this podcast as big as I can. I will keep you updated when the first podcast is ready to listen to.
Now lets get to what you all came here for. On Nov. 10th, I gave you the final four girls. What happened from there? Who got eliminated and when? Were my sources correct in telling me it looked like Vanessa was going to win? Here’s your breakdown from the final four on…
Corinne Olympios 24, Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Filmed Sat. Oct. 29th)
Rachel Lindsay 31, Dallas, Texas (Filmed Sunday, Oct. 30th)
Raven Gates 25, Hoxie, Arkansas (Filmed Tuesday, Nov. 1st)
Vanessa Grimaldi 29, Montreal, Canada. (Filmed Thursday, Nov. 3rd)
Rose Ceremony Elimination: Corinne Olympios.
This really wasn’t a surprise at all. It’s funny, the day I posted Corinne in the final four on Nov. 10th, she made changes that day to her Instagram account which hadn’t moved since she left for filming. Woopsie. Not to mention, my sources had told me they were shocked she even made it as far as she did. Remember when I told you a month ago there is a villain this season? Ladies and gentleman, Corinne Olympios! Yeah, she’s going to be the talk of the season and it starts rather early when during a group date, she takes her top off during a photo shoot and takes Nick’s hands and puts them on her breasts. And yes, Nick was aware Corinne wasn’t liked by a lot of the other girls. But yeah, Nick took this whole process seriously. There’s more about Corinne which you’ll see once the episode-by-episode spoilers are posted, but rest assured, she will be the most talked about girl this season for her antics. Hot. Mess.
Episode 10: Finland (3 down to 2)
Every season I get the proverbial, “So does the Bachelor sleep with all three girls” question, and every season my answer is the same: “It differs every season.” Some Bachelors have slept with all three. Some have slept with two. Some have slept with one. And some have slept with none. This season, in case you didn’t know, Nick Viall is the “Bachelor.” After the revelation reported here earlier this season that Nick slept with contestant Elizabeth Sandoz at Jade and Tanner’s wedding (which is brought up on the show before he eliminates Elizabeth), that now brings his total of women from the franchise he’s slept with to 7. Don’t ask. If I wanted you to know, I’d tell you. Just know the number is 7, and that’s only the ones that I know, which means there’s a good chance there’s probably more. I don’t know who Nick had slept with in Finland. Might’ve been all three. Might’ve been two. Might’ve been just one. Might’ve been none (bahahahahahahahahaha). Lets just keep in mind, we’re talking about Nick Viall here. Nick. Viall.
Rose Ceremony Elimination: Rachel Lindsay.
Episode 11: Finale (Raven Gates vs Vanessa Grimaldi)
So roughly two weeks ago when I gave you your final four, I told you that by everything I was hearing, he was going to pick Vanessa. I hear a lot of things every season, and most of them end up turning out to be true. Halfway through Ben’s filming I told you I heard he was going to pick Lauren – he did. Last season, I told you I heard it was the Jordan and JoJo show and she ended up picking him. So safe to say the intel on that stuff has been pretty solid the past couple of seasons. Was the information I was given this season right again? You bet.
Nick is engaged to Vanessa.
Please excuse the fact it took me a whole four days to get your spoiler. I technically could’ve spoiled this on Saturday when I found out, but I don’t post on the weekends. And yesterday I had a case of the Monday’s. I feel like a broken record now, but I’ll repeat it again. There are exactly ZERO outlets reporting this spoiler. E!, TVGuide, US, In Touch, Hollywood Life, Life & Style, CNN, MSNBC, Yahoo, Drudge Report, Yahoo, EW, Perez Hilton. On and on and on I could go. So if you run this spoiler, please credit this site is all I ask. Thank you. From this point forward, you will see promos, teasers, hear rumors, yada yada yada making you think all sorts of different things that aren’t the ending of Nick is engaged to Vanessa. It’s all just background noise. Pay no attention to it. The show and tabloids will do whatever they can in the next few months to make you think it’s an ending that’s different from what I reported. “Nick walks away!” “Nick ends up alone!” I can see all the headlines now. As I say every season, this isn’t a guess. This isn’t speculation. This is what happens. People can choose to believe this information or not, and there are always those that will doubt and are entitled to their own opinion – however wrong it may be. To be honest, this was the easiest season in recent memory to spoil, and I pretty much knew it would be going in. Too solid of sources this season to ever be worried about being wrong.
Will they last? Probably not. Despite everything that Nick claims, he did this season to strictly promote his career. No different than any other lead. He’s been taking acting classes in LA for a while now, so if Vanessa is even considering this relationship to be serious, she’s gonna have to move to LA for this to work. Sorry, but Nick is not moving to Canada. Nor is he moving back to Chicago. That’s not what he wants. He acts and models now. And oh yeah, practically begs to be on DWTS, which he would do in a second if they wanted him. So expect that talk to heat up come spring. He’s wanted that gig for two years now. So already with the relationship starting in LA, and Nick being bitten by the Hollywood bug, it already is starting out on the wrong foot. Plenty of time before any of this comes to fruition, but too many things about Nick that I’ve heard that absolutely have me 100% convinced he’s not interested in marrying anyone from this show.
I’m sure now that the attention will turn to who the next “Bachelorette” will be now that you know how the ending played out. The show has really changed things up the last two seasons when it comes to announcing their lead as we know. Two seasons ago, they went to Ohio to film Caila’s intro video, only to give the lead to JoJo. Then this season, they basically led Luke on thinking it was him, so much so that the guy was set to leave on a plane to LA until getting a call the night before telling him they decided to go with Nick. So there’s absolutely nothing set in stone in terms of who the next “Bachelorette” will be, nor will there be for a while. Here is what we know about the “Bachelorette”:
FACT: In the 12 previous “Bachelorette” seasons, every one of the leads finished in the top 4 of the “Bachelor” season they were on.
FACT: There has never been a black woman who made the final 4 of the “Bachelor” in 20 previous seasons before Nick’s.
FACT: Rachel Lindsay is black.
Does that mean that Rachel is gonna be the next “Bachelorette?” I don’t know. This show is capable of anything at this point. She’s obviously a serious candidate, that’s a given. For a franchise that’s taken so much sh** for their lack of diversity, to finally have a black girl make it to the final 3, if Rachel ISN’T the next “Bachelorette,” you gotta start thinking if it’ll ever happen. And I’m just looking at this purely from the standpoint of them actually having a viable black candidate for the lead. Maybe Rachel doesn’t want to do it, I don’t know. But based on how far she lasts, the likability factor, coupled with being 31 and a career woman, seems like she’d be a perfect candidate, no? She’s going to be the girl everyone probably expects will get it, but after what they’ve pulled the last two seasons, I will believe it when I see it. So my answer to the question of who will be the next “Bachelorette” is quite simply, “We’ll know when we know.” Might not be the answer you want to hear, but it’s true. Nothing is ever set in stone anymore in terms of the next lead after what they’ve pulled. If they finally decide that next season is when they’ll have their first black lead, then she will be. If they don’t, then she won’t. She’s obviously in the running more so than any previous black contestant. It’s just a matter if they decide to pull the trigger on it.
I’ve already had emails sent to me inferring that, “Well it’s obvious Rachel is gonna be the next ‘Bachelorette.’ Do you think Nick purposely brought her that far and agreed to do it for them?” I mean, I don’t know how I’m supposed to answer a question like that, not to mention how irresponsible it is to make such a claim. Sure, if Rachel ends up being the “Bachelorette,” sounds like people already are convinced it was because Nick was told to take her that far, so I guess it’s pointless to try and convince those people otherwise. Problem is, you have absolutely no way of proving that, nor would Nick ever admit to such a thing. If you wanna believe that, and Rachel gets the gig, I guess more power to you. And if Rachel isn’t the next “Bachelorette,” your theory was never true to begin with. It’s all guessing and speculating at this point. To me, it’s way too early. If you go strictly on a 12 season history of the “Bachelorette” franchise, then the only real candidates are Corinne, Rachel, and Raven. And I’m telling you it’s not gonna be Corinne because she’s this season’s villain. So that leaves Rachel and Raven. Who knows what they’re thinking at this point? But I feel it’s so far away now (that decision isn’t made til March), that it’s pointless to have a back and forth. Rachel is their first serious opportunity to cast a black lead in any of their shows. It’s up to them whether or not that’s what they want to do next season. We’ll know in 3 months.
Gonna take the rest of the week off, enjoy the holidays, and I’ll return Monday with your “Daily Links.” Happy Thanksgiving.
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