Seriously Steve, I really want to know how you find this $hit out. It’s crazy. I laugh every night when the show ends and sure enough you’re right.
Comment: Well, let me tell ya’. First……yeah right.
I was wondering if the girls are ever “coached” on what character they play for the season, or if it’s just by random chance that the editors make them look that way? For example, is it possible they told Courtney that she was to play the crazy character this season? I’d guess there might be a few that are brought on specifically to act out roles on this show.
Do you know if they ever need to film the final proposal several times to get the right shot? After the proposal filming is done, what happens next? Do they fly home that night? Do they have a wrap party? Or do the winners go straight to the safe house? I think that’d be the most awkward time, you just accepted a proposal from someone you’ve known only 6 weeks, you can’t tell anyone, and the party is basically over.
Comment: No. These editors basically look at all the footage, then start editing people the way they want to. Nothings laid out in advance because you don’t know what footage each person will give you. Then again, this show has the ability to make the biggest asshole seem like the nicest person, and vice versa. I know so many of you find that hard to believe, but the things they do in editing on this show, and the stories I could tell you would blow your mind. However, I can’t get into stuff like that. It’s too deep.
Yes, the final couple usually gets to stay 2-3 days extra in that location to hang out and have lots of sex. There is a wrap party as well, but, I’m guessing the final couple wants to get the hell out of there as quickly as possibly so they can start knocking it out immediatley.
First of all I am obsessed with your blog! Love watching the show with my family and knowing who wins but they don’t!
I have a couple questions and i know you probably answer the same ones but hopefully you will answer me
1. Who picks the 25 men or women to be on the show and how do they decide?
2. How long do they stay at each place?
3. Are the contestants allowed any contact with family or friends?
4. How much do the girls or guys get paid to be on the show?
5. Are there cameras everywhere the girls go?
6. Does Ben pick who he wants to go on each date or is that already decided?
Comment: 1. The casting department, which also includes producers input. Certain producers sit in during the in-person interviews.
2. 5-7 days
3. Nope. For the 100,000th time.
4. Nothing. If you get to the final four, you get to go shopping with your handler to buy clothes and that’s paid for . But just to be on the show? Nothing. “Bachelor Pad” is different. You get $750 for every episode you’re on.
5. Yes, excluding the bathroom I believe.
6. That’s already decided.
And since you sound like a complete virgin to my blog, let me also let you know the driveway at the mansion is wet because they hose it down for TV purposes, Ben chose Courtney this season, and Emily Maynard is the next “Bachelorette.” Glad I could help and I won’t have to answer that again until, oh I don’t know, probably next week.
Are they contractually obligated to use the word “journey”, “right reasons”, “very real” etc constantly on this show? (i notice they have backed off on “values” this season…very glad.) is it strongly encouraged? is it all just a weird coincidence that almost every contestant and bachelor/ette happens to talk that way? is it to help out those crazy kids who drink every time they say these things? The over-use of certain words/phrases has gotten to the point of ridiculous, the people on the show have to realize everyone makes fun how much they all say “journey,” i was just wondering if there was some reason they continue to say these insane taglines over and over every season.
Also, i know you hear this a lot but i wanted to thank you for all that you do to keep us entertained and informed; you are hilarious, spot on, and the only reason many of us are still watching this borderline dullsville season, myself included. Thanks!
Comment: No, they’re not contractually obligated to say anything. But that’s the formula for the show that works, and most contestants have seen the show before, so when talking about the other person, “journey,” “connection,” etc just seem to come natural.
First, I love your blog and your Bachelor/ette spoilers and recaps are the reasons I still love the shows!
I have a question. Of all the shows you do recaps for, which one is the hardest to make yourself watch and recap each week?
Comment: I recap “Bachelor,” “Bachelorette,” and “Bachelor Pad.” I don’t write for any of the other shows on my site. I’m guessing if you’ve read any of them, you never actually got to the last page where each column says, “Written by…” and then the name after that isn’t mine.
So this person actually thinks I write episode recaps for, what, 10 different shows? Uhhhhh, my head would explode if I did that.
Back-to-back questions essentially asking the same thing…
Sweet blog! Question, it seems like the final four girls always come from affluent, picturesque backgrounds. Have there ever been any dates that were brought home to like a trailer park or the projects? Do the girls have to have a certain socio-economic background in order to be cast?
Big fan of the blog. Your Wookie comment last week had me laughing for a good 5 minutes.
Quick question – it seems like everyone who makes it to the hometown dates comes from extremely wealthy families with perfect homes (except maybe Viena and her swamp house). Is there a requirement to have a nice home, or is it just the luck of the draw that each contestant has a beautiful family home??
Comment: “Extremely wealthy” families? Really? By watching Monday’s episode you came to that conclusion? Chantal O’Brien’s family was “extremely wealthy.” Hell, we saw their mansion had pillars in front of it. But Lindzi, Kacie, Nikki, and Courtney? If those homes came across to you as “extremely wealthy,” I guess we have a different opinion of what that means. I thought all four women came from good, middle class families. Nothing too extravagant.
First of all, I love your blog. I was so mad when my sister found you during Jason’s season and spilled the beans about the ATFR debacle. Since then, I couldn’t help but peek at your blog and find out the ending. Now I have given up totally and follow religiously. By the way, why is the driveway always wet and where was the funeral for the tarantula? Hahaha!
As I sit here watching the Bachelor tonight I am struck by how several of the girls have used the term “boyfriend” this season. I don’t recall contestants giving the lead the distinction of “boy/girlfriend” in previous seasons. I think this is completely idiotic. Doesn’t the term imply an exclusive relationship? How can someone be your boyfriend I they are openly dating three or four other women? Just something that bugged me from this season.
Also one “for my amusement” question. Even though you have repeatedly said that you would not ever be the bachelor and I completely accept that, let’s just play for a moment that you were. Let also say that Courtney has made it this far. What is your fantasy of how you send her off the show? Looking forward to your answer to my obscure question. I am sure it will be hilarious as you always are.
Comment: I did notice a lot of them were calling Ben their boyfriend on Monday and it did dawn on me that was kind of strange. Don’t really remember hearing much in the past, so not really sure why it was so prevalent this season.
Courtney just wouldn’t make it that far if were on the show. Sure, she’s very good looking, but I can’t imagine she would’ve had the p***y control over me like she does over Ben. I just couldn’t see that happening.
Hey Steve – I love your Bachelor recaps and video blogs. So great. (And I love how Maddie runs away when you give her a treat. Funny girl.)
A quick question about past seasons of the Bachelor/Bachelorette:
I only started watching last season, so this may have been something that’s happened frequently, but have there been any (many?) seasons where they bring a contestant on who’s actually a friend of the lead, and who’s sole purpose is to keep tabs on others in the house to report back to the lead?
I guess this would only be helpful to the lead if the lead was ACTUALLY interested in finding a mate, rather than selling themselves or a product. And I’m not sure if that has happened recently. Or ever.
Again, thanks for all your info and commentary. Hilarious.
Comment: The only season where I remember that happening was Jesse Palmer’s season. He had a female friend that stuck around for I think the first two or three episodes and reported back to him every night, even though the women thought she was there to date him. Not sure why they haven’t done that again. It definitely could work.
1. Do the leads get any say on certain types that they absolutely do not want cast? Like smokers, women with children, no divorcees, etc? I assume most don’t care about the women with children since one or two seem to be thrown in every season but just curious if they get any say.
2. Do Ben or the ladies have a chance to brush their teeth of somehow freshen their breath during these things. I can’t imagine after a day of eating, drinking or kissing (multiple people on Ben’s part) that their breath stays fresh.
3. You never really see these girls eat,( I understand that is boring TV) but since they are not allowed out do they just send a handler to get what they want from a store or restaurant? Or is someone there that cooks for them? What about when they are traveling and only in places for a short amount of time?
4. When they are on the dates, do they pick out the extravagant meals that we always see on the tables? What if someone is a vegetarian and they give them a big steak meal?
5. When we see the shots of the girls sitting around talking about Courtney or whatever the subject may be, do the producers have them do that or are they really just sitting around with each other like that all the time?
6. I think you mentioned this before but I can’t remember your response: on the HTD, are the girls seeing their parents for the first time when they walk in with Ben?
7. William tweed “They are driving Kacie around for no joke about 2 hours making sure she cries…. trust me 2 hour minimum…. whoa wtf happened” Will they really drive them around that long? That’s Crazy!
Comment: 1. I think they generally sit down with the lead before the season to ask what they look for in a mate and the casting people take it into consideration, but, their job is to cast a reality show, not find the 25 most perfect candidates for their lead.
2. There’s no gum chewing allowed, I do know that. My guess is breath strips or tic tacs or whatever that are consumed when the camera isn’t on them.
3. In the house, food is supplied by the handlers and they cook for themselves. Usually there’s always someone in the house that’s a cook, or a couple people, and they make stuff for everyone else. And I’ve heard occasionally the handlers will go out and get stuff already made like pizza.
4. The meals are all picked out in advance. They don’t have a say in what they eat. Other than telling them, “I’m allergic to this,” or “I’ll never eat that,” they are served what the show decides they’ll serve. But it’s such an insignificant part of this show, I don’t really know what’s been served in the past.
5. They are put in situations and told to start talking about things that they know will generate a reaction. Not much is spontaneous on this show, if anything.
7. They’ve driven people around for 5-7 hours before. Their single goal once you get eliminated and are in the car leaving, is to get you to cry. They will bring up anything and everything to get you to that point, and it usually has nothing to do with just getting dumped. Your ugly dress, why are you still single, do you think you’ll ever find love, tell us about your dead grandma and how much she meant to you, what about your dog that died last year – on and on it goes. They have a whole file on you and what’s happened in your life. You had to fill out a 1,000 question survey about yourself, so they know exactly what buttons to push.