Reality Steve

Bachelor Pad 2

More “Reader Emails”, Michael’s Excellent Post Show Interview, & What Does a “Bachelor” Acceptance Letter Look Like? – 9/15/11

What will happen with your site when they end the Bachelor series? Will you reveal how and from who you have been able to get all the spoilers for all these years when they quit making the show?

Comment: No. I don’t see myself ever doing that. I don’t see the point.

Hey Steve,

I was just curious, do you think there is any chance at all that the producers convinced everyone to vote for Michael and Holly? I know people probably felt bad for Michael, but with Michelle’s family stuff and Graham’s charities, I can’t see how that wouldn’t win out. You’ve been predicting that Graham & Michelle would win since day one, as have many other sites (although maybe they stole it from you). I’m sure it’s probably totally illegal, but it’s not like the show hasn’t done some other shady stuff this season to get the outcome they wanted, and if they felt like their ending would be predictable if Michelle & Graham won, maybe they pulled a few strings to get Michael & Holly the victory. Or maybe this is just a really dumb theory.

Comment: I don’t put anything past this show in terms of manipulation and coercion, but no, I don’t think they told people to vote for Michael and Holly. As I said on Tuesday, I think Graham and Michelle’s fate was sealed when Blake proposed to Holly. NO ONE wanted to see Michael leave that show empty handed. And if you read either Holly or Michael’s exit interview, they both pretty much said they thought Kasey, Vienna, Melissa, and William would vote for Graham and Michelle (which they did), and they knew they had 4 solid votes for them. It was the other 6 people that they weren’t sure of, and they were surprised that all 6 voted for them. And I think it all had to do with Michael getting embarrassed and blindsided by the Blake/Holly proposal. Without a doubt.

Hey Steve,

I’m sure you’ve probably answered this in the past but figured I’d ask anyways:
Are the contestants on the “Bachelor/ette” given an itinerary at the beginning of the season or before shooting begins telling them the cool, exotic, once-in-a-lifetime trips they’ll be taking (given they make it past the 1st few weeks)? Or is it all genuine surprise? Everyone always seems like they have no idea so thought you may know if they have any kind of insight as to where the could possibly go.

Sorry if you’ve answered it before but it’s been bugging me! Keep up the good work!!!!! I love reading your blog every week!

Comment: You wanna know what the letter that each participant receives regarding their acceptance onto the show and what to bring looks like? Voila! Here it is (I’ve “x-ed” out cell phone numbers to protect the innocent. You all can thank me later, Lacey, Sarah, and Elan):


Congratulations! You have been selected to be a part of ABC’s prime time series “The Bachelor.” We are very excited about your participation and look forward to seeing you in Los Angeles. You should be ready to be entertained in the most unforgettable places, dine in a style reserved for the elite, live in a luxurious mansion and embrace exotic, high-action adventures. This experience could take anywhere in the world, so please come prepared for anything!

You will be with us for at least five days and/or up to nine weeks. Since there will be no time for shopping and tending to personal errands, we need you to be ready for any and all circumstances. We have put together a list of items you should bring on the next page. You will be participating in a multitude of activities—you might go to the beach, or the theatre, or both. Therefore we ask that you bring everything mentioned in the attached packing list, AND we ask that you put it all in two suitcases only.

Should your family or co-workers need to reach you while you are with us, they can contact either of the following people (please have them call Lacey first):

Lacey Pemberton, Casting Director
***-***-**** cell

Sarah Jane Fuchs, Production Supervisor
***-***-**** cell

Elan Gale, Co-Producer
***-***-**** cell

We thank you very much for your involvement with “The Bachelor.” We’re looking forward to getting to know you better and hope you have a great time!

Warmest Regards,

The Bachelor Staff

What Should I Bring?

· Photo ID & Passport (must have)
· Cell Phone
· Evening Gown/Cocktail Dresses
· Dressy Dinner Clothes (At least one outfit should include pants.)
· Casual Evening Clothes
· Casual Day Clothes
· Work-out Clothing for indoor and outdoor Activities
· Comfortable Outdoor Clothes
· Comfortable Traveling Attire for possible long-haul flights
· Coats and Jackets for dressing up and dressing down (it may be cool in the evenings)
· Clothes for all types of weather; snow, rain, sun and wind
· Tropical Resort Wear, i.e. shorts, tank tops, ensembles for semi-casual outdoor dining
· All types of Shoes; dressy, hiking boots, comfortable, exercise, casual
· Sun Hat
· Several Bathing Suits and Cover-ups, if desired
· Robe or Cover-up and Slippers, if desired
· Pajamas and Under Garments
· 1 Pair of Sunglasses (Sunglasses are not to be worn on camera only off camera)
· Sun Screen
· Prescription Medications in original bottles, refilled
· Any necessary Over-the-Counter Medications
· Personal Items including: Make Up, Skincare Products, Body and Hair Products
· Anything you can’t live without


What shall I leave behind?

· Cameras (Absolutely NO cameras—they’ll be confiscated!)
· Clothing with exterior logos or labels (e.g. Nike, Guess, etc.)
· NO iPod or other music devices and compact discs.
· NO Computers or iPads, etc.
· VERY IMPORTANT: Before boarding your plane to location you MUST close your myspace account and deactivate your facebook & twitter accounts. This is imperative. You will be able to re-open your account when the finale of the season you are on has finished airing.

Comment: This letter is so funny because you can tell how much of a form letter this is. It could’ve been sent to any contestant whose ever been accepted over the last 8 or 10 seasons. You can tell because at the end it says you “MUST close your myspace account.” Huh? Who the hell still has one of those? Actually, if you remember back to last season, Frank Carpenter had a MySpace page and that’s where I got most of his pictures from. Funny stuff.

I bet you wanna know whose name was written after the “Dear” in the beginning, don’t you? Here’s a hint: It was from three seasons ago.

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  1. mkc1

    September 15, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Oh my gosh, I SWEAR I noticed the Vienna smiling at Jake/Kasey hugging thing and I was gonna email you to ask if you had seen it, but I forgot. I can’t believe you noticed it too! I paused and went back like 10 times just to make sure I wasn’t seeing things.

  2. lexasmygirl

    September 15, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    First of all, anyone who doesn’t realize that reality shows are manipulated must be living on Mars. Even talent shows like American Idol are manipulated.

    So on to that master manipulation…Vienna’s look to Kasey when he and Jake were hugging. Does anyone really care what they all think of each other? Love or hate…don’t like anyone of them nor do I care. A bunch of loonies, if you ask me.

    Michael is a class act. He is lucky to be done with Holly. She’s immature and IMO she’s in love with love. He got off lucky.

  3. morrigan0

    September 15, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    Is it just me or did Ben look MORE like Constantine in the introduction video? I can only assume it’s because they weren’t together to compare.

  4. realitybiteth

    September 15, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    The reason the women move to the man’s town is because they tend to pair up younger women with older men.

    Older people tend to be more established in their careers, so it’s easier for the younger party to move.

    For the last 3 seasons at least, a 100% reliable predictor of the preferred female was the YOUNGEST ONE.

    Ages that I recall (may not be 100% correct):

    Molly was around 24 (Melissa was TOO OLD at 25, which Jason realized right after he picked her). Jason 32, +8 years, and had a son he couldn’t move away from shared-custody parent, and was an account executive. Molly was a department store buyer.

    Vienna was 23. Jake 31, +8 years. He was a pilot with a house near the 4th busiest airport in the WORLD. Vienna, no career.

    Emily was 24. (Chantal WAY too old at 28) Brad 38, +14 years, owned brick-and-mortar business. Emily was an event planner.

    Ashley was 26 and not done with schooling yet, so she is *starting* her career in NYC. JP was 34, +8 years again.

    Remember Ali, she picked her career initially over the bachelor and left. When she became Bachelorette, didn’t she quit her job? Roberto still had his. And San Diego is a lot warmer than SF anyway!

    And I’ve read they paid Brad $500,000 to be Bachelor so apparently if you get the gig, you’re not gonna be hurting for money for a while. Ali could afford to not have to work.

    I don’t know about DeAnna. Did anyone move in or was it over too fast?

    Holly and Blake: Blake is a year younger but he just BOUGHT a dental practice. Holly is a “children’s book author”, much easier for HER to move, plus she has the $125k (before taxes).

    Jillian moved to Ed’s town because her career ambitions were easier to relocate than his (restaurant interior designer vs. an executive at Microsoft). Afterward she got gigs on US television which is a little easier when you live in the US.

    If they ever have a 35-year-old career woman AND she chooses, say, a 25-year-old grad student, I’m sure he’d move to where she is.

    But that is unlikely to happen because successful women almost ALWAYS marry a MORE successful man. If she’s a neurosurgeon, she’ll marry the *head* of neurosurgery.

    Katrina Shreiber was the first woman admitted to the largest neurosurgery residency in the world at Uni. Pittsburgh, and she married Andrew Firlik, an established neurosurgeon, who became a Venture Capitalist (re: RICH) and also is on an advisory board AND an advisory council at Cornell, where he was ALSO an assistant professor at NYU medical.

    The woman with the highest IQ (Marilyn vos Savant) of anyone on record, of either gender, married the *inventor of the artificial heart*, Dr. Robert Jarvik.

    JK Rowling is SO rich, finding a RICHER guy wasn’t an option, but whereas she wrote children’s books, she married a doctor who’s also an anesthesiologist. He has vastly more formal education and saves lives directly. If one of them had to relocate, he is established at a hospital while she writes in coffee shops.

    So the answer basically boils down to the fact that women are attracted to more successful men, because successful men can better support offspring, and it takes time to be successful so they tend to be older; PLUS men are attracted to younger women, because younger women would be more successful at *having* lots of healthy offspring. And a successful man is probably already living where he wants to (Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, NYC) while a young woman is often living wherever her parents happened to move to have kids, often smaller towns that are better for kids but worse for career prospects. *Cough* Chico. Poor Shawntel.

    tl;dr: Biology

  5. kimone

    September 15, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    Crazy…I think Lacey Pemberton was one of the card dealers on Card Sharks back in the 80s. She seems so sweet on that show. Who would’ve thought years later she’d be in such an entangled web of deception.

  6. colson521

    September 15, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    I caught that smile/frown edit and tweeted about it on Monday night. The other thing I found is this picture from the finale that shows Jake and Vienna hugging. ABC needs to get over this story line. I am sure they were keeping up the fight in the house because that’s what producers wanted but they are really past it.

    Picture of the Jake Vienna hug….

  7. jcrb

    September 15, 2011 at 7:45 PM

    For the record, Roberto moved to California to be with Ali; they moved to a neutral city.

  8. kimone

    September 16, 2011 at 5:27 AM

    You would think after ABC rips you apart in editing that you wouldn’t want anything to do with them anymore. IE: Rego. He might be a bad example since his ego is obviously much bigger than his pride, but Vienna…you would think now after getting such a bad edit, she’d be done. They said they were gonna lay low for a while, but I doubt it. I would be livid if ABC edited my story that way and made me look like a biotch at the finale, knowing that wasn’t the case at all. People will do anything for fame, I guess.

  9. DawsMA

    September 16, 2011 at 6:34 AM

    3 seasons ago? So Brad’s season then? I’ll guess Marissa; she seems eager to have a role in the Bachelor/ette/BP mix. I’d be surprised if it was anyone in the top 3, although maybe Emily. Chantal seems so far removed from the spotlight.

    Actually it is probably some obscure random who was let go the first night or something.

    I can’t believe people still bother to email Steve and ask who his sources are or why he doesn’t like Holly. He has been pretty adamant about keeping those things private. Particularly the sources; I mean, don’t these people realize if he said who they were, the spoilers would likely stop coming?

  10. Momma2

    September 16, 2011 at 8:28 AM

    Thanks Reality Steve for your blog – love it and have shared it with many friends!!
    Just thought i’d let everyone know that Steve’s prediction about Mark Ballas was soooo on the money! He and Pia Toscana broke up just recently…well whatdya know!?!?! Since he and Kristin have started rehearsals for DWTS, now he’s got his eyes on her!! Go figures!

  11. luv it

    September 16, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Here’s a quote regarding Jake’s decision to appear on BP….from

    And Jake, meanwhile, came off pretty well.
    Harrison: He came on for one reason and that was to rehab his public image. He accomplished exactly what he set out to do.

    Wish Jake would just admit he wants to be an actor; and let the chips fall were they may in the unemployment line.

  12. mommyof2

    September 16, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Thanks for the form letter, Steve! Very interesting. I noticed a long time ago that the contestants never wear sunglasses and are often squinting on camera when the sun is in their eyes. It was really obvious during Ashley’s season b/c she was always shielding her eyes with her hands. She must have eyes that are really sensitive to light, like me.

    Also, I loved Mike S.’s interview. He is such a good guy. He says in it that he’s giving 10-percent of his winnings to his church, too, paying off debt, taking a much-needed vacation, and then what little is left will go into savings. Sounds very rational, so I’m happy for him. I love how open and honest he was about his thoughts and feelings. I don’t fault Holly so much for all of this as I do Blake. She and Michael were broken up and she developed feelings for Blake (who knows why, though). She still stayed loyal to her partnership with Michael, which is good. I doubt she had anything to do with the proposal, so that was on Blake. The only thing is that she should have called Mike ahead of time or refused to go on stage for the finale until she spoke to Mike privately first. Blake, however, is another story. He could’ve waited to propose AFTER the finale to spare Mike the shock, hurt, embarrassment, etc… But, Blake was just thinking about Blake. I doubt he and Holly will last. He seems to be too obsessed with “winning” and himself. Maybe I’m wrong, but this is just my opinion.

  13. Sunnyside422

    September 17, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    Of course Fakey Jakey came to Bachelor Pad 2 to rehab his reputation. Also to get some much needed camera time in the hope he can actually get a real acting job. NOT! Say what you will about Vienna, she knows what he is and what he is all about. Nothing that comes out of his smarmy mouth is to be believed. He is still in love with himself and telling that he still doesn’t ahve a relationship going with a woman. Here’s hoping he disappears once and for all. Don’t want to see shrimpy ever again!

  14. JenJen

    September 17, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Twit pic of Jake and Vienna hugging

  15. MizSazzy

    September 18, 2011 at 1:00 AM

    Did Bryon move to Mary?

  16. jdub

    September 19, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Congratulations ON the Kyle CHANDLER win.

  17. mermaidadrift

    September 19, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    curious why no one is talking about holly’s integrity? she played both guys pretty well and no one has commented on that. maybe she and blake are suited to one another….

  18. karynr

    September 21, 2011 at 7:44 AM

    mermaidadrift….no one has commented on Holly’s LACK of integrity, as anyone who would want a relationship with Blake, after watching HIS apparent lack of integrity, probably doesn’t place a lot of importance on it, which tells you all you need to know about both of them. How any woman could do what she did to Michael on national television, plus watch how Blake treated Melissa and still want to be with him, is beyond me. She seems like she might be a nice person, but she is sure messed up about what she wants out of life. And to move across country to be with someone she has only know a couple months makes her look needy, desperate and unable to be on her own, without a man. I wold love to know what her friends and family think about that slimy man. I was hoping she would watch him on BP and run the other way after that, but the fact that she didn’t speaks volumes about what is important to her. Holly gets her sleazy man and Michael can now move on to someone who actually has integrity.

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