Gonna do something a little different today. I’m releasing today’s column in two parts. Frankly, I haven’t even written a word of my recap yet. I’m gonna do that on the plane. Last night was such a mess of gathering information all while trying to watch the show and take notes, this stuff I’m gonna give you now took precedence over the column. I’m gonna to post this right now, write the recap on the plane (which honestly won’t be nearly as long as usual just because I didn’t think much happened at all last night), and then just add the recap to the column later. I’ll tweet and FB post when the recap is added, but I figured before I headed to the airport, the least I could do was give you what you’ve been waiting for all season. What a great guy.
A few things to get to before talking about yesterday’s announcement. First off, gotta wish Olivia a happy 8th birthday today. Uncle Titi will be there in a few hours. Lets hope by the time I arrive she makes up her mind which movie she wants to see this week.
As much as I love the “Burning Love” franchise, after it was brought to my attention on Thursday’s live blog that a couple people had experienced some Crackle ad that popped up while visiting my site (I had never heard of it nor seen it), I did some research this weekend and found the root of the problem. My webmaster had informed me that none of our ads run any pop up ads, so it wasn’t coming from them. We realized that by embedding the “Burning Love” episodes into my site, it was then causing the Crackle pop up ads to appear. So unfortunately, I can link to the “Burning Love” videos, I just won’t be embedding them into the site anymore. It is a Yahoo! Web series, so it makes sense that they’d try to capitalize on viewers who were watching the episodes without logging on to their site.
In case you missed it, Doug’s exit interview with the media is now posted. He really didn’t say much, although it seems like he’s joined the long list of exited contestants that think Sean is the best fit for Emily.
The biggest news of the week came yesterday when ABC announced the finale date has been moved, and that the After the Final Rose will now be a live one hour show after right after the finale airs. So just to clear up any confusion, the actual 2-hour finale that was taped down in Curacao will go on as planned, just on a different day. The only “live” part will be the ATFR, which will air right after it. So next week, July 9th, is the episode of the overnight dates. The following week, July 16th, is the “Men Tell All” episode (which tapes this Sunday). Sunday night, July 22nd, the 2 hour finale will air followed by a live ATFR.
Since the announcement yesterday, a lot of speculation about why the live ATFR and what does it mean? Is Emily going to make her decision live on TV? Will there be a live wedding? Is there going to be a live breakup? Are they trying to keep spoilers from getting out? Why isn’t this done more often? Do all final three guys show up so she can give them her answer? I’ll get to all that in a minute, but here’s what I can tell you. After 6 weeks of getting sent more information that you can shake a stick at, I’m finally able to tell you with 100% confidence that:
In Curacao, Emily and Jef got engaged.
Now, you’re probably gonna ask me who finished second and who finished third. I don’t have that answer for you. What I do know now is that Emily and Jef left Curacao as an engaged couple and are still engaged today. Not sure who went home after the overnights (if anyone), not sure who (if anyone) met Ricki, not sure if the final rose ceremony has one, two, or three guys proposing. I just know that Jef definitely proposed in Curacao, she accepted, and they are engaged. Yes, it took me six weeks to get it confirmed, but by golly, I’m finally glad I did. So the live finale will NOT be Emily making her final decision, or pulling a Jen Scheft and choosing no one, or saying “no” to Jef. What happened in Curacao happened. They’re engaged. Of course no details are coming out about the ATFR, but if I had to speculate, here’s what I’d say:
-Most ATFR shows have the rejected ones on because while the fans may be happy Emily and Jef are engaged, they still want some closure from the guy(s) she didn’t choose. And since Sean and Arie were both kept around in Curacao until after the final rose ceremony filmed, makes me think one, if not both, will be at the ATFR to talk to Emily.
-I’m told Arie and Sean will both be in LA this weekend. Does that mean they’ll both be on the “Men Tell All?” I don’t know. Maybe they’re just going to hang with their boys at the after party. I just know they’re both going to be out there this weekend. Haven’t heard either way regarding Jef.
-Since the engagement happened in Curacao, and there won’t be any sort of live proposal at the ATFR, it makes me think they are doing this for one of two reasons:
1) a ratings ploy and they just didn’t want spoilers getting out because the audience in attendance would know what happened
2) Emily and Jef have an announcement to make. Whether it’s a wedding date, a pregnancy announcement, or maybe Emily’s moving to Utah. I don’t know.
I tend to lean towards #1. I think this is just all a ratings ploy to get more people to tune in, it’s something different to go live and have it on a Sunday night a la “Survivor,” and with “Bachelor Pad” premiering the next night, it’s another way for them to promote their other show. If Emily and Jef do have an announcement to make about something regarding their lives, then great, I guess that would be a bonus. But I think you can rule out a live wedding. I know that it was talked about last season with Brad and Emily, but do you really think Emily and Jef would have a live wedding, in one hour, with commercial breaks? No way. ABC would want to make a much bigger production of it, have edit control, etc. That’s just not gonna happen. I guess we will all find out on July 22nd exactly what will happen, but my guess it’ll be just like any other ATFR show with the exception of it being live. They’ll bring the rejected guy(s) out, they’ll ask “When did you know,” they’ll bring Jef out, Emily and Jef will talk about their relationship, and that’ll be that.
Back later on today with the recap of last night’s episode. Trust me, it’s not going to be nearly as long as a regular column. Too many normal people in the families last night. Dammit. Quit disappointing me.