Remember, for this seasons spoilers, click on the either of the two links under the banner above (Part 1 & Part 2) for all your answers regarding what happens this season.
Couple things to get to before we get started. I’ll first start with the #1 topic on email I’m sure to get this week. And even after I answer this question, I’m sure people will still send me an email asking about this. It really is funny that last week, I told everyone about the “flipped shot” of Justin’s cast on the wrong leg, yet there was my inbox filled this week with “Hey, did you see the shot of Justin’s cast. On one shot it was on his left leg, on another shot it…” Yes, I know. I addressed it. Just trust me people. I know I’m long winded. I know my columns are usually 5-6 pages. But I can guarantee you any questions you have will most likely be answered in them. You just need to actually read the whole column. Not skim it. Not read every other paragraph. Not read the spoilers and move on. I clearly covered the Justin cast issue last week, and yet I easily got over 30 emails this week asking me if I noticed it. Never fails. I’ve you’ve got questions that I haven’t talked about in the column, by all means, I’d love to answer them. But when I get the same stuff over and over again after it was talked about in the column, you can see where that might get old.
Anyway, I’m sure everyone this week will ask, “What is Kirk’s secret that he wants to tell Ali?” Well, when I wrote the spoilers originally, I didn’t know. It was never told to me. Either people forgot, or just didn’t think it was that important. I watched the previews for next week, knew that’d be a question you had, so I asked around and got my answer. Kirk suffered some sort of mold poisoning in his life and it got to the point where he almost died. That’s your answer. If I knew any more details, I would tell you. Don’t know what the hell that even is, how long ago it happened, or how he got cured, etc. But that’s his deal and that’s what he hasn’t told Ali yet. Mold poisoning. No idea what that is. I’m sure I’ll look it up tomorrow.
On to the “Bachelor Pad” cast list. This is 100% confirmed everyone that’s on the show, and that they’re filming at one of the mansion’s they’ve used on the show before. Probably the one we’ve seen the most. I think it’s on Kanan Ave in Malibu. Odd that they went with 19 people, and that it was eleven girls and eight guys. As I’ve reported over the last two weeks, these were 13 of the 19 I had:
Craig McKinnon – Ali’s season
Jonathan Novack – Weatherpud
Elizabeth Kitt – Jake’s season
Ashley Elmore – Jake’s season
Here are the remaining 6 contestants officially confirmed for the show:
Jesse Beck – Ali’s season
Jesse Kovacs – Jillian’s season
Michelle Kujawa – Yes, crazy Michelle from Jake’s season
Krisily Kennedy – Charlie O’Connell’s season (should’ve guessed this one considering she went from tweeting about 1000 times a day and returning my texts to doing neither)
Gwen Gioia – Aaron Buerge’s season
Peyton Wright – Andy Baldwin’s season
(Mathue Johnson from Jillian’s season, who I reported was on the show, was in LA to do the show, but was sent home before filming started. Not sure why, but that might have something to do with why there’s only 19 contestants this season. Seems like a rather weird number to have. Especially when the press release for the show said “20 of your favorite contestants from past seasons…”).
So lets break down the numbers, because they sure are interesting. Only eight guys on the show, but only from two different seasons: Five from Jillian’s season (Kiptyn, Wes, Dave, Juan, and Jesse K), and three from Ali’s season (Jonathan, Weatherdork, and Jesse Beck). Eleven girls, yet six of them were from Jake’s season (Tenley, Gia, Jessie, Elizabeth, Ashley, and Michelle), two from Jason’s season (Nikki and Natalie), and one each from three other seasons. So it seems like it’d be easy to go into this show with an alliance built. Don’t know any of the rules, how the game is played, or how the eliminations work yet, but I’m sure I will soon enough. They’re about a week into filming now, and filming goes a total of 15 days til the 22nd. So I’m guessing shortly after that I’ll have some info for you. Now, it’s not hard to figure out who’s already getting sent home and stuff. All you have to do is follow any of those people on Twitter or Facebook and watch to see if they post anything. If they do, you know they’re off the show. A couple already have, Juan and Jessie. So they didn’t last long obviously. Stay tuned.
This Saturday I’ll be at the Cubs game at Wrigley Field for a 12:05 start against the Angels. If you’re interested in going, or meeting up for the pre and post game festivities, and you didn’t receive the email I sent out last week, please notify me and I’ll send it to you. No real huge plans actually, just takin’ in a ballgame, and since I’m sure the game will be one giant drunkfest, plans for afterwards will be a fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants kind of deal. But if you want to meet up beforehand, email me and I’ll give you the details. Ok, on to last night…
-Without a doubt, when producers were sitting around deciding how they were going to slice and dice this episode, someone obviously threw out the brilliant idea of, “Lets have one episode in honor of ‘Glee’ and we’ll get as much singing as possible.” Holy crap. Seemed like there was more singing on last night’s show than talking. And bad singing at that. Talk about a bizarre episode. Kasey obviously took the cake with his performance, but man, why was there so much singing? Kasey was the center of this episode. Like, I thought the “Lion King” date was kinda dumb, had its funny moments, but not all that exciting. And she’s basically laid up in bed for Chris’ date, so that wasn’t all that exciting. Kasey, Kasey, Kasey is what last night was about. There are quite a few things to talk about with him. I guess the best way to describe it was, it was painful to watch. And embarrassing. And hilarious. And incredibly weird. Definitely some producer manipulation going on last night. Once again, ultimately it’s Kasey’s choice on what he chose to do, but if you think these producers don’t have some control over these contestants, let me share this with you.
Just last week I recently spoke to a former female contestant on the show. Not going to mention who it is or what season. Not important. However, my main question to her was kinda talking about how did they get them to do stuff that normal people wouldn’t necessarily do on a first/second date. Why do so many people do/say stupid things on this show? Why don’t you just tell these producers, “No, I’m not doing/saying that” when they poke and prod you to say stuff you normally wouldn’t say. Like Shooter telling that story the first night. C’mon, like any guy would ever admit that to a woman the first time he gets alone with her. So what power do these producers wield? I thought she gave a really good, detailed answer. Here’s what she said about her experience:
“”They manipulated the crap out of me. I like to follow rules, so I did everything they told me to. That was a big mistake. When you are in the moment, however, you don’t stop and think, “hmmm…how will this look on tv? How will they edit this?” So later, when it aired, I had plenty of “oh crap” moments!
For example, on one of my group dates, I said something I would NEVER say in real life. However, beforehand, a producer pulled me aside and asked if I would say it. When I refused, their response was, “well, if you don’t do it, then I will no longer give you one-on-one time with him, so he’ll probably end up sending you home since he won’t know you”. So…I did it.
They are VERY good at finding ways to get people to do things. Are you absolutely forced to do anything? No, but they have all of the power to harm you because of that (i.e. Not giving you one-on-one time, editing something to look a different way, etc).
There is NO handbook or “what to expect” class before going on this show. I had NO idea what I was walking in to. I just thought I was going on a tv show for the fun of it. In the moment, your mindset is very warped. You are living in a bubble, so it’s easy to get wrapped up in things.”
I think that’s pretty self explanatory and gave great insight. I guess it’s easy for us as viewers to sit back and say, “I’d never say something like that to someone”, or “My God, I’d never bust out and sing some crappy song like that”, but, at least you see now there’s a reason why this stuff happens. Promised roses, or that you’ll be in good standing, or if you choose not to, the threat of “Hey, well if you don’t do it, you might be going home.” This is just one former contestants example. And no, it’s not Rozlyn. I’ve heard stuff like this all the time for the last three years from contestants. The producers are very good at what they do, and it’s why there’s drama every season – they have a way of creating it. So yeah, Kasey embarrassed himself last night, but I guarantee they were putting stuff in his head making him think he almost HAD to do that to save himself. His fault for falling for it, he comes off as a complete weirdo, but I gotta think there was pressure on him to do that. Because lets face it, no one does what he did last night thinking, “Yeah, this is gonna make me look real good.” It’s a TV show people. Lets remember that.