Reality Steve

Bachelor Pad 2 Spoilers

Ella’s New Body, More Links, Exclusive “Jean Jammin” Footage, and “Reader Emails” – 9/8/11

Hi Steve,

To add to your list of international fans, I’m from Melbourne Australia and had to tell you how much I enjoy your site. I would like to think of myself as a person of reasonable intelligence with an unfortunate weakness for car crash TV and of course the Bachelor group of shows fulfills that need perfectly!!

My question for you is how many of the contestants are selected from the general ‘casting call’ that is advertised at some point every season and how many are specifically cast by the producers from others sources such as modelling/talent agencies? How many applicants do they get from the casting call and how do they do the cull?

Wouldn’t it be great if they showed an Idol type montage of some of the delusional hopefuls? If some of these people are the best of the bunch, I’d LOVE to see the worst!

Thanks again Steve – you are proof that Yanks can be cynical AND intelligent AND funny (who knew?)

Comment: I don’t know the exact number. Too hard to pinpoint. I definitely think quite a few are. But there are also contestants every season that are referred to by agencies, former contestants, etc. That’d be neat if they showed people’s audition videos. I think the only one I really remember seeing footage of was Ali’s. They showed it during that 20/20 special.


I really love your blog, probably even more than I enjoy watching the actual shows.

I agree with you when you write about Jake being a reality whore. Who do you think from this season of BP will try to cash in on their notoriety?

Thank you for the entertainment!!

Comment: That’s an easy question: All of them. In some form or another, every single one of them will use their appearance on this show and try to parlay it into something else. Whether it be acting, or doing something locally in their hometown, or modeling, plastic surgery, etc. They all will try to capitalize, as they should. It’s just some are more delusional than others and think that being on a summer show for 6 weeks somehow means they’re a bigger deal than they really are. It’s what the show has become now. Every single person who goes on “Bachelor”, “Bachelorette”, or “Bachelor Pad”, is definitely doing it for the free vacation and the travel, but deep down knows that A) they’ll get more attention when they go back home from members of the opposite sex and B) it could possibly lead to something else. The show has become the #1 reality show in the tabloids, and that plays a HUGE role in why people are doing it now moreso than they used to.

First off, I love your column–so funny & true. Wondering about Vienna & Erica’s friendship. Erica is constantly calling Vienna trailer trash but Vienna made it seem like they were friends in her plastic surgery story that appeared in US magazine. What gives?

Comment: Erica knows how to work the camera. She says a lot of things for effect, and it was no different than what she said about Vienna. If there was really bad blood, Vienna wouldn’t have gotten a nose job on the house by Erica’s father. These people aren’t actors in real life, but you gotta hand it to some of them, they are actually pretty good in front of the camera in terms of giving us good sound bites and stuff to talk about amongst friends the next day.

Hey Steve,

I started with the Bachelor straight out of college so I’m 32 now. I know Gwen did her stint on Bachelor Pad last season and everyone gave her a hard time about being “old” which is a bit weird since most of these contestants are late 20s/early 30s. No 1990 babies here.

But I really want to know is what are the “original” contestants up to? Like Charlie from Trista’s season or Helene from that 2nd Bachelor dude or Tina from Firestone’s season. Or even Shannon from the very first Bachelor. Those are the ones I am curious about.

But I guess ABC only caters to seasons not more than a few years old??

Anyway I guess a deep Google search will have to do though I did try hard to find stuff on Charlie Maher from Trista’s season and come up with nada.

Comment: No idea about the people you mentioned. And sorry, but I don’t really care either. The minute the season ends, unless someone is constantly staying in the news, I tend to forget about them. I’ve already moved on to spoiling Ben’s season, so what Charlie Mather is doing now really is of no importance to me. I don’t even know who Shannon is since I never watched that season.

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  1. quesara

    September 8, 2011 at 8:22 AM

    Wow, my opinion of Ella just changed 100%. I always thought she was the most genuine and naturally beautiful woman on the show, loved that she was more voluptuous and “real” than all the other size 2 girls. Now she has the same straight nose and big fake boobs as most of the rest of them. SAD…

  2. kimone

    September 8, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    I wouldn’t be that judgmental of Ella. Steve couldn’t have said it better and he’s absolutely right…what woman would turn down FREE plastic surgery? Some, yes, but not a lot. Women are too critical of themselves to turn down a free opportunity to look better. It’s just a fact of life. Women don’t see what other people see. They only know and believe what they see in the mirror and most don’t like it. My only problem with Ella was like everyone else said, one minute she’s crying about needing money, next minute goes and has plastic surgery. So knowing it was free cleared up that for me. I say more power to her!

  3. ILoveRS

    September 8, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Oh, Ella. I was JUST WATCHING last Monday, thinking, WOW- Ella is REALLY PRETTY and I hadn’t noticed it when she was on Jake’s season. Now, I learn that she’s altered her appearance..? I’m so sad. She was truly a natural beauty. She’s just not who I thought she was. Bummer. Let’s all be grateful when we look in the mirror and see our beauty…. and remind our daughters too!

  4. SherryfromD

    September 8, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    I thought she was really pretty too. I never noticed anything wrong with her nose.

  5. elhe

    September 8, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    How long before reports begin to surface that Holly is pregnant and that is why Blake proposed after about three months of dating? BabyPad?????

    That revelation would explain why the vote was so skewed towards Michael and Holly instead of Michelle and Graham as I feel personally (from what was shown) the cast was closer to Michelle and Graham as a couple than Michael and Holly, given the obvious Michael/Holly/Blake triangle. Obviously, I only know what I was “suppose to see” (thanks to Fleiss) to assume that dynamic.

    With that said, if Holly is pregnant and the BP2 cast knew that, I could see why they would pick Michael and Holly as to help out Holly with upcoming life changes and for Michael because he is a quality guy, from what was shown and how others have spoken of him.

    In my opinion from only what I saw each week and not Steve’s spoilers or TwitterPad, Michelle and Graham have played the game strategically, genuinely without backstabbing or drama thus far as of Blake and Erica leaving. If I remember correctly, Steve alluded to his assumption being that BP2 cast would not favor Michael and Holly over Michelle and Graham because of the collective mood/inter workings behind the seasons towards Holly because of the Michael/Blake drama.

    Yes, my first post and also email to Steve directly is an out-there conspiracy one! I just can not help but wonder if this glorious shock of a proposal that will be flaunted in all our faces at Michael’s expense for ratings is truly because Holly is pregnant and not solely because these two individuals are deeply and unconditionally in love and found their soul mate.

    Something is off. BabyPad? Thoughts?

  6. DawsMA

    September 8, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    elhe, I just don’t see that being the case, although crazier things have happened in this franchise. If she ever is pregnant, we would know about it. How? Because Steve would know about it if the cast/crew knew about it. Simple as that!

    Ironically Holly and Blake knew each other longer than other Bachelor/-ette couples prior to getting engaged. They’ve been together in the “real world,” unlike couples like Ashley and JP.

  7. zabbadoo

    September 8, 2011 at 9:33 PM

    She looks really different in the face for only having had her nose done.

    At some point during Ashley’s season, I remember hearing Ben introduce himself with his last name. Maybe it was meeting her family? It was only uttered once though – I thought it was FLAJ-nik too until I hear that.

  8. Tiffany_Michelle

    September 9, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Ben pronounced his last name on the show when he introduced himself to Neil Lane.

  9. nora j

    September 9, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    RS….I think you said no woman would reject a free boob job…I wouldn’t get a boob job even if it were free. It’s superficial and fake and I’m scared to be cut open..there’s a risk to all major surgeries and to go through that risk just for bigger boobs seems very superficial.

  10. JenJen

    September 10, 2011 at 12:00 AM

    Nora, what Steve ACTUALLY said was that no woman who WANTED a boob job would turn down the free surgery. He didn’t say all women want surgery. =/

  11. poddington

    September 10, 2011 at 8:30 PM

    the free Neil Lane ring puts a whole new spin on the Blake- Holly-blindside poor Mike on TV thing. Blake and Holly are narcissistic and dreadful and we are supposed to be happy for them? Things like octomom and this make me fear civilization is coming to an end.

    Did Ella have the surgery pre or post BP? I though she was looking a little “lusher” than on her bach season, but assumed she had gotten lip injections and maybe a boob job only.

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