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“Reader Emails,” “Burning Love” Episode 4 & Tierra’s Twin Sister Gets Booted from Idol

I get asked quite a bit about my job and how I got into this and what keeps me going after all these years writing about a reality show. I could write for days about this, but I just did an interview yesterday with someone that I’ll post the link to once it comes out that addresses this very topic. I think too many people take every single word I write much, much too seriously. When it comes to the spoilers (which are factual based), then yes, you can take those seriously. But some of the off handed comments I make about this show and the people on it, it’s weird to see some of the reaction to it. Remember, I’ve been writing “Bachelor” recaps for 10 YEARS. It’s not like I just started getting spoilers and snarking about the show. I’ve written an episode recap for every episode this franchise has ever done outside of seasons 1 & 2 of the “Bachelor.” That’s 15 seasons of the “Bachelor” and 8 of the “Bachelorette.” Been doing this a loooooong time and have always said my column isn’t for everybody. Just sometimes, people seem to take what I a liiiiiitle too seriously. The show is silly, and I’m a sarcastic ass that likes to make fun of it. If you go into it with that mindset, maybe some of you won’t get so worked up over every word I say. It’s ok. Breathe. It’s just a TV show. Moving on…

Episode 4 of “Burning Love” is now up. Remember, come Monday, the E! channel will be running season 1 of “Burning Love,” which is the reason you can’t find it anywhere on the internet now. So if you want to get caught up on all the genius you missed from that season, start watching Monday night. Here’s episode 4 of season 2. Episode 5 comes out tomorrow and I will tweet it out once it’s posted.

Pretty much every email and tweet I got last night concerning “Idol” was how similar contestant Brandy Hotard looked like Tierra. And I’m not even talking about “Ohhh, they kinda look alike.” No, these two could be twins. Whether you watch the show or not, here’s what I’m talking about. The girl on the top is Brandy and the bottom is Tierra.


Holy crap! That’s scary. Brandy even went with the big loopy earrings last night. Is Tierra her fashion idol or something? Crazy. Unfortunately Brandy got eliminated and is no longer on the show. Oh well. Probably a good thing because even though I just posted this, it would’ve been a given that every week Brandy would’ve lasted on that show, I would’ve inevitably gotten an email that said, “Ummm…yeah…like I was watching Idol last night, and there’s this girl on there that totally looks like Tierra. You have to see it.” You know, kinda how I’ve gotten the “If Sean picks Catherine, why have they barely shown her this season” a 1,000 times already.

And finally, wanted to share this email with you that I received yesterday. Didn’t want to stick it in with the rest of the “Reader Emails” because I didn’t want it to get lost in the shuffle. This should surprise no one.

Hello Steve,

On Nate Hartsock’s Facebook Page, he states that producers told him he should berate Sean during his second sit-down.

He had conveyed to the producers his feelings, and they encouraged him to express it to Sean in as dramatic way as he can. Nate says that during the filming, he looks right up at the producer on the steps when he calls Sean a playboy.

Nate has since removed this post from his wall.

In an unrelated point, Nate also has this exchange on Twitter:

@kellyryanobrien: des’s bro should be the next #bachelor that would be entertaining !!

@nate_hartsock83: @PrivyDoll @kellyryanobrien yeah right, I wouldn’t do it, the producers asked me to be on the bachelorette, I said no way.

Well there ya’ go. Shocking to find out the producers egged him on to confront Sean. Gee, that NEVER happens.

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  1. stephne10

    February 21, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    That’s funny you say that about Brandy. I was watching when they picked the top 20 girls and they scanned the crowd real fast. I was like that Tierra on Idol how did Reality Steve miss that. Then I rewound it a few times and realized that it wasn’t Tierra just a look alike.

  2. ironside

    February 21, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    I agree that the final five girls, Lesley, Desiree, Catherine, Lindsay and AshLee are the best final five I’ve seen on this show. But 1-25? Nah. Not to sound discriminating but, four black contestants, a one-armed contestant and a returning contestant really helps narrow the field rather easily. But i give Sean credit for correctly picking the all the best girls this season except for maybe Jackie who I thought never got a chance but also seemed high caliber to me. I’d put AshLee one wrung below the others, but I get it that she adds a lot of drama to the show leading up to the finale, so she had to stay. Lindsay and AshLee both seem to have higher romantic expectations than Catherine who appears to be hoping for romance and keeping her options open to the potential of falling in love.

  3. velatria

    February 21, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    I’m beginning to like Cat more and more as I read most of the opinions posted here both negative and positive. Maybe that’s what attracts Sean to Catherine–her upbeat and fun personality? From the little airtime ABC show of her, I noticed that she gets along well with the ladies there. She didn’t act possessive of Sean like the others do.

  4. maxi

    February 21, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Catherine a lesbian??? So stupid. Whoever wrote that: your jealousy is shining through. Get a life.

  5. jen224

    February 22, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    @ironside just because a contestant is black does not make the contestant unworthy

  6. topazgold

    February 22, 2013 at 6:33 AM

    @ironside: Not to sound discriminating?? Everything you’ve typed after the word “but” is not only ignorant but exactly how you feel so own it.

  7. jann

    February 22, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    I thought that when Sean picked up Catherine with the snow bus on their 1:1 date, their hug and greeting were more than I expected. It made me think that they were closer than the producers had lead us to believe.

  8. ironside

    February 22, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    To the politically correct police…

    Bite me!!!

  9. topazgold

    February 22, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    @ironside: You wish! NO ONES interested

  10. serene

    February 22, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Okay that letter has a major point about Catherine discussing her father’s suicide attempt with no emotion. I, myself, have a father that also attempted suicide in front of me and my sister and mother, but I would never ever discuss this on national television because it only makes the situation worse. The only time I would think of a girl even dreaming of talking about this on national television to a guy she has barely known for a few weeks (2-3 months tops?) is to garner sympathy points to make him feel bad about leaving her. I wouldn’t even mention this to a guy I have been dating until he has met my mother and sister a few times, for the very fact that I do not want a pity party or guilt trip. It is frankly no one’s business.

  11. serene

    February 22, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Oh- I also read that blog by Catherine that the reader mentioned regarding sex toys and being frisky. Sean also described her as sexy. I think there is A LOT that is going on between them that the producers are editing out so they can maintain the image they have for Sean, which is the “virgin bachelor”. Catherine is clearly not one and is more frisky and free than Sean, but I think the ending will be edited in such a way to show that he will still be able to maintain that image. She will pretend to be “traditional” for the overnight stay, but in reality it will only be done to please Sean and the producers.

  12. serene

    February 22, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Once again, just want to have a disclaimer here: I am not bashing Catherine, I neither like nor hate her. But since she is the announced winner and most of these emails are about her, naturally the focus will be on her. But I don’t think these contestants on this show are much different from one another.

  13. serene

    February 22, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Guys, do you ever wonder if the girls actually did gang up on Tierra to provoke her? Idk, this show has been known to be heavily edited, just wondering.

  14. Dianne

    February 22, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Wow, serene, TMI regarding your dad. So, you think it’s not okay for Catherine to discuss her fathers situation with Sean on television, but it is okay for you to post your situation with your father here for who knows how many people to read? mmmmm.a tad hypocritical on your part, wouldn’t you say?

  15. iheartvino

    February 22, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Dianne has a point. Serene weren’t you saying yesterday that Catherine should have told Sean about her dad “in private?” Is this your definition of private? Granted we don’t know who you are or what your real name is, but still… I can see the hypocricy in the situation.

  16. randais

    February 22, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    I’m not taking sides on this one, but actually, while I may or may not agree with ANYone sharing their personal information regarding a family member trying to commit suicide in any format, I don’t think what Serene said is the same as Catherine sharing on national tv. I’m not calling out either one but NONE of us even know who Serene is AND although it’s growing, RS’ audience doesn’t EVEN compare to a tv show that is aired nationally. I must respectfully, disagree that her anonymously sharing that info on this blog is hypocritical with regard to how Serene has disagreed with Catherine’s chosen method/timing of sharing her own experience. Not judging either one, just saying I don’t see the similarity nor do I see the hypocrisy.

  17. jessica1

    February 22, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    serene – I’m really sorry that happened to your family, that sucks.

    To the whack-job that suggested Catherine is a lesbian bahahahahahaaa!! You are an idiot my luv. I drive a subaru and you would too, if you lived in a city where, when it snows, they NEVER have budgeted for snow removal. And I used to work in an office where we could watch whales migrating by. It was AWESOME. They arrive every Christmas/New Years. So fun.

    And I. Am. No. Lesbian. Tho’ I have been hit on by lesbians.

  18. serene

    February 22, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Hm too bad no one knows my dads name ^^ lol moot point you got there.

  19. serene

    February 22, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    @randais and jessica1- thank you, unfortunately it is a very common situation I believe.

  20. jillbeau

    February 22, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Jessica1…I was going to ask if you live in Philly because we have the same problem here with snow removal. It just doesn’t happen in some neighborhoods…you just have to wait until it melts. BUT there’s definitely no whale watching around these parts, so I guess not. However, quite a few of my co-workers drive Subarus to deal with the terrible roads. Most aren’t lesbians.

  21. elizabeth82

    February 22, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Second week in a row that I’m really questioning why RS includes such flat-out stupid reader e-mails! If these are all the e-mails he’s getting, either make the column shorter or combine it with Dr. Reality Steve.

    I don’t think Steve ever told us enough about why he’s so convinced Lindsay will be offered the position of next Bachelorette over Des. Des would be a far better Bachelorette and it’s not like she got eliminated as far back as Sarah so why does Lindsay have a better shot? History with the show proves they will go with anyone in the final four. (I would like to see Sarah, too, btw, but Des would be awesome!) Maybe once the next Bachelorette is announced Steve will give us more insight into the process of choosing the person but I doubt it.

  22. lcs85

    February 22, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    jillbeau- We just got a big snow storm where I lived, and people were freaking out that the roads weren’t clear in the middle of a white out blizzard. I too have lived places were they have the let it melt attitude towards snow, so now I always find it funny that people are angry that they had to wait till the morning after the storm to drive on perfectly cleared roads.

  23. jessica1

    February 22, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    jillbeau – I have family in Philly and boy, you folks really got a bit of it weather-wise over the last year! Sandy did a number up and down. But no, I’m not there now – west coast.

    lcs85 – wouldn’t you expect folks to be so glad to stay OFF the road and just wait it out? I feel so bad for those stuck on highways in big blizzards for ages. My mom has good plows in her county but they get 6-7 ft drifts….stay warm wherever you are!

  24. jessica1

    February 22, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    funny how the subject turned to weather here =)

    I’m watching Friday Night Lights per RS suggestion and enjoying it. Tapping my fingers until the next Scandal, Good Wife and Nashville….yes, I’m bored lately.

  25. iheartvino

    February 22, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    jessica- I LOVE Scandal! It’s my second favorite show right now, with Revenge topping it at first. I’m so used to Scott Foley playing a good guy, but so far he’s doing a great job playing the mysterious guy who is secretly an Olivia creeper. I have been meaning to watch Friday Night Lights too. My brother gave me Season One on DVD for my birthday last year and I just haven’t had time to start watching. I definitely trust RS’s taste in shows seeing as he was a huge Lost and 24 fan too. One of these days I’ll sit down and watch it. I like Nashville too but noticed that my DVR didn’t record it on Wednesday- I hope it was a rerun and that my DVR didn’t miss a new one.

  26. maxi

    February 22, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Elizabeth82, I agree that Des is the best choice for the bachelorette. IMO, steve is just purely guessing when he says Lindsey. After how he was incorrectly so sure it would be Roberto as the bach–“1000%” and “signed sealed delivered”– i think be has no clue. Sure it could be Lindsey, but just as easily Des could get it, and yes, I think she’d be awesome and is the best choice.

  27. randais

    February 23, 2013 at 5:38 AM

    iheart – Nashville was not a rerun but you can catch it online if you don’t catch it on demand.

    Jil – hello neighbor, we live about 1 1/2 away from Philly. I was just in Philly a couple of weeks ago for jury duty :\, The Schuykill made us about an hour late (typical) but fortunately it was ONLY jury duty and all I missed was the snoozefest of a “welcome to jury duty” film, they show. Ended up getting out of doing any actual “jury”, so I got paid for a day in Philly with my hubby! Having said all that, I drive a Toyota with 4 wheel drive so I’m never afraid of driving in the snow, rather like it actually when all the numnuts stay home, whew guess that means I won’t be accused of being a lesbian?

  28. randais

    February 23, 2013 at 5:40 AM

    P.S. I watched the whole Friday Nights series when it originally aired, LOVED that show. I’m still unclear why it ended.

  29. picklesmcgee

    February 23, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    If we didn’t have Brad 1.0, just think: we would have been spared Melissa turning into a fame whore, Ryan Callahan would have kept his job, we would have never have had Jake as the Bachelor, Holly would have never married Blake, and Little Ball of Hate would have never been exposed to us. Then again, Jason and Molly can thank Brad 1.0 for their baby, and Ashley and J.P. can thank him for their marriage.

    If Brad 1.0 never happened, Deanna probably wouldn’t have been the next bachelorette. In which case we might not have had Jason on the show and as the next bachelor, which means Melissa wouldn’t have been the winner/shocked dumpee (& therefore fame whore). Jillian wouldn’t have been the next bachelorette leading to Jake being cast and then the next bachelor…and so on and so on. Honestly Steve Im a little disappointed you didn’t get any of what that person was saying 😛 🙂 they just meant that each decision every bach/ette makes leads to where we are now (which goes without saying I think..) (although I have no clue who Callahan is…)

  30. shel

    February 23, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    They totally looked like twins!!!! Maybe it’s a trick! Minus the big talking crater on Tierra face!! Meteor shrapnel landed on her face maybe??

  31. iheartvino

    February 25, 2013 at 6:57 AM

    Randais, are you sure Nashville wasn’t a rerun? There isn’t a new one on OnDemand. The most recent one available is the one from 2/13. From the previews ABC is showing, it looks like the next one picks up where the last one left off. Glad I didn’t miss an episode. 🙂

  32. randais

    February 25, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    iheart – sorry I thought we were talking about the episode on the 13th. Must have missed a week, wonder where it went :D.

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