Hey Steve, love reading your spoilers!
Question for you: after the final rose and the women go back home, are they required to lay low or do they go back to work and “normal life?” I would imagine it would be hard to go to work without the press being all over that person.
Comment: Yes, once you leave the show you back home and resume your normal life. As much as some people want to believe these are actual “celebrities”, they’re not. And remember, at the time they’re getting kicked off, 95% of this show’s audience has no idea the show is even filming, and nor do they care. So they don’t even know who these people are yet. Not until the bios and pictures come out, or the promos start running, do most peoples brains turn on and say, “Oh yeah, the ‘Bachelor’ is starting up again. Gotta set my DVR for Mondays.” Obviously I’m well aware of filming schedules and recently have started confirming contestants while the show is filming, but such a small percentage of their viewing audience even follow that.
If you go on this show, and last one, two, maybe three episodes, the press aren’t “all over you”. As much as it’s tough for these contestants to believe, most people don’t care that you were on the show, especially if you didn’t last long. If you introduce yourself to people by saying, “I was on the Bachelor/ette”, you really need to re-think the priorities in your life. Now, are people like Chantal, Emily, and Michelle getting more attention since they’ve gotten home? Sure, because they’re the most talked about people. But it’s not like they are Jennifer Aniston going to Starbucks with 25 paparazzi losers outside the window taking pictures. It’s a reality show, and a fake one at that. It’s not that big of a deal.
Thanks for your hysterical insight, Steve
Here’s my question: When that waitress from Lake Worth, Fla. (can’t remember her name but she was pretty crazy) was in an on camera interview during the show, she said that she had quit her job and had to buy scads of clothes for the show. If a contestant doesn’t have the budget for long gowns, etc., do the producers supply wardrobe? I’m not talking about shopping sprees on one on one dates or a goody bag with some essentials given at the beginning of the show. Even in the beginning limo meet and greets, they’re wearing some serious pageant wear.
Comment: No. Most contestants borrow from their friends, along with bringing dresses they own themselves. I’m guessing Melissa (the Applebee’s waitress you were referring to) was exaggerating when she said she had to buy tons of clothes for the show. I think she was just making her exit more dramatic than it was considering she was gone on the 2nd episode crying hysterically. And I would say the dresses on the first night vary in terms of who’s wearing what. Some are more extravagant than others, but most women seem to be wearing sexy cocktail dresses.
I was wondering, since you’d posted that Brad and Chantal had spent Thanksgiving together with her parents in Palm Springs, did anyone see them at the Seahawks playoffs games since her step-dad is a former player? I know the Seahwaks didn’t go on in the playoffs, just curious if Brad and Chantal were spotted around Seattle at that time? It would seem to me, with Mike O’Brien’s contacts, and the Dallas, TX/Brad TX connection to the Super Bowl, that a sighting of them at the Super Bowl might be imminient. Any information about that?
Thanks, and I do appreciate all the work you put into your columns. As a former newpaper columnist, I know what you do is time consuming, detailed and dedicated.
Comment: All the time Brad and Chantal have spent together since the show has ended has been under ABC’s supervision, and completely secluded from anywhere else. They don’t get to go out and do stuff amongst the public, uhhhh, that would kind of give away the ending. As I’ve said, the Thanksgiving dinner was put together by ABC and the producers, they were never out in public, at the time no one even knew who Chantal was or what her last name was, so they had no reason to go looking for them. It wasn’t that hard to pull off, I’m just sure none of them thought that ME of all people would find out about it.
So to even suggest they were here for the Super Bowl is ridiculous. Those private getaways are so closely guarded, you’d think the President was in town. These two are picked up separately at the airport by ABC personnel, driven to a “safe house” somewhere in Southern California, spend “x” amount of days together, and they’re not allowed to leave. You can go in the backyard of the house that has a pool, but that’s it. So basically all there is to do is sleep, cook, watch TV/movies, play board games, and have sex. You’re holed up in a house for 3-5 days with someone you still barely know. Kinda weird actually. At no point can you just wander out into public and risk being seen. So no, they weren’t chilling at a football game with 60,000 people.
You’re columns never disappoint. Here is my off-topic question/suggestion: a Reality Steve app for apple products. You could link your twitter account and it’d be like a one stop shop for all things Reality Steve. That actually turned out to be 0% question. Sorry about that. Nonetheless, love the columns and keep up the good work!
Comment: I don’t know what I would need an app for. I write a column twice a week. Sign up for the RSS feed and you’re notified when a new column is up. I think that’s how it works. I don’t use that stuff since I pretty much just go to the same sites every day anyway. In terms of “all things Reality Steve”, there isn’t really anything else besides this column. Haven’t had merchandise in two years and probably never will again, so, I don’t really see the point of having an app. It’s just me, the website, and the column. And Maddie.