I’ve been a follower for a few years, but I’ve never written. After reading all the nonsense on this season and emails, I’m surprised no one mentioned (unless I somehow missed it), that everything seemed fake at the end because of the editing! Everything leading up to the finale was edited to make it look like Des had already made her choice/was in love with Brooks (and only Brooks) for a couple of weeks. They have never let that air prior to the finale before – in fact, quite the opposite! They always make it look like the lead is falling in love with more than one person (whether true or not). Even Chris H himself (not that you can necessarily believe anything he says) had written in his blog that Des had in fact talked to him of falling for Chris as well, but that it wasn’t aired — duh! How else do you keep the surprise? I am sure that Des wasn’t acting and was devastated that Brooks left on his own – rejection, and having the decision taken away from her – but I don’t think it was a sudden “turnaround” re: Chris. And if you ask me, she dodged a bullet with Brooks. Chris is the better man, and there is a glimmer of a chance it could work for them (though I doubt it… the odds are against it). It was also better that she dumped Drew before going through the pretense of meeting the parents and a proposal (a la Ashley dumping Ben at that point).
It’s very much like with Jason, who obviously had strong feelings for both Melissa and Molly, and was “forced” to decide between them within the show’s timeframe, and made the “wrong” choice! Everyone hated him at the ATFR when he “dumped” Melissa, but even at the time I actually admired that he had the guts to do what he did and come out honestly in admitting his mistake and ask Molly for a 2nd chance!
Keep on truckin’ Steve. You keep it interesting…
Comment: Sure, like I said, Des obviously cared about Chris and has feelings for him, but to say that they were stronger than those she had for Brooks? No. I’ll never believe that.
I am a fourth grade teacher who actually teaches 9 and 10 year olds to write poetry.
Chris’ poetry would be the WORST in the class. By far!!
No rhythm, rhyme, meter, alliteration, or other items vital to poetry.
His writings are more just simple journal entries.
Bad ones at that.
Comment: Well get used to it, because now Chris is even publishing his poetry according to Desiree’s Instagram page. I honestly thought that was a joke, but apparently it’s not. Man, there will ones of people lined up to buy that book.
Hi Steve! (Fourth time writing you!)
Ok so quick I have to agree with some of your reader emails- I read your site every season and I love knowing the spoilers BUT given how boring des’s season was- I agree- it kind of made it fun that you were wrong! My mother in law was like “good now you can stop reading them!” And I was like “no way!” Haha but it was fun for this time since her season sucked so bad! It was a nice twist in the ending haha
A few things- I know you know that the contestants (previous and current) read your blog. Duh… But! Did you see
1. Jenna Burke tweeted last week “what! Reality Steve was wrong!?”
2. Ali saying she knows the spoiler was out there and was glad it was wrong and
3. Brooks acknowledging that the spoiler was out and people thinking it was him the last 2 months was tough on him. Boo hoo
Haha the only reason I bring that up is because even the past and current contestants openly admit to reading your site!! I love it!!
Kind of a random question- if you had a serious live in girlfriend- would she be aware of your sources? Or would you always always always keep that private even from someone as close to you as a girlfriend, fiancé, wife etc. just curious!
Until JP’s season!!! 🙂
Comment: I didn’t see Jenna’s tweet. I’m surprised Jenna even acknowledged me. She is not a fan of mine after I relayed the story about her making out with Sean at the Real Beanz event last summer in NY when he knew he was set to be the Bachelor, but it hadn’t been made official yet. She was none too happy about that story. I guess the truth hurts. Just be glad I didn’t share the story that went along with her hookup with Sean that weekend which would’ve made the situation look worse. You’re welcome.
As I’ve said many times before, do past contestants read every single column word for word? No. But are they all aware of who I am and what I’m saying? I’m sure they are since they’re told by producers to stay away from me. They all know what the spoiler is that’s out there every season. Some acknowledge it, some don’t. It’s fine. I get what they have to do.
My question is simple.
I know that this probably varies season to season, but if you had to guess and give a percentage of what is altered, provoked, and downright fake… What would it be?
I think it’s probably 65% fake. Thanks!
I just started reading your blog this season, and I enjoy it. 🙂
Comment: I’ll go with 85/15 that it’s fake and manipulated.
Hey Steve, I don’t get how and why they cast Juan Pablo to be the bachelor of ALL other bachelor that have been on this show. JP being the bachelor has to be bleachable moment in this season. I honestly can’t stand him and I do not find attractive what so ever. I bet by the end of Juan Pablo’s season he won’t be nearly as popular as he was. Oh one last thing do you think they will cast Drew Kenney to be the next bachelor for 2015( I would love it) it he’s still a single by the time.
KEEP DOING YOUR THING,AMERICANS LOVES SPOILERS WHETHER THEY WON’T TO ADMITT IT OR NOT
PS I bet the haters will come back on your blog to see the contestants ( to trash them) and to see who JP picks
Comment: I’m sure everyone enjoyed that email. I certainly did.
(Insert gratuitous opening statement here about how much you love the column, blah blah blah. Or don’t).
1. What is the possibility that ABC spoiled your spoiler by deliberately manipulating the penultimate episode? Like, giving Brooks a little something-something under the table in exchange for bailing when he did, and being forever quiet about this. Or maybe he was a very well-trained and cultivated Venus flytrap plant, designed, trained and cultivated to ensnare the Des bug. It seems just so obvious, because he really did not give her what I would have considered to be a very good reason for doing what he did. I mean, come on. Who has a change of heart all of a sudden, just like that? Saying, “When I was away from you, I wasn’t feeling it?” Odd – because then why was he supposedly “feeling it” only when he was with her? See, Brooks was never in love with her in any way, but he did a great job leading her to believe he was.
I’ve considered perhaps it was a superb editing job, but the evidence weighs against this when you consider how genuinely Des reacted to his rather lame break-up reasoning. She can’t possibly be that good of an actress. And, to hold up this theory, they would have needed Des to be kept in the dark all along in order to be strung-along by Brooks.
One reason I didn’t like this season was because I saw Des as someone who is very gullible and easy to manipulate, but when you think about it, that’s exactly the type of person ABC needs to make a ruse like this work. I almost threw my frozen yogurt at my TV when I heard her rationalizing the Brooks fiasco by saying, “Sometimes love is unpredictable.” No Des, that’s not love. That’s a line that was fed to her by a very smooth psychoanalyst.
Of course, to ever suggest such an atrocious manipulation without proof is pretty libelous; and we’d both be digging out from under a pile of lawsuits faster than Brooks’ one-way flight from Antigua. So my disclaimer is that this is just speculation on my part.
2. It’s time to talk about the concept of spoilers, in general. What the hell is ABC’s problem with this? I actually like to know how a show ends before I watch the FIRST episode. I admit, I am a total geek about human nature and human relations, and knowing the end result gives me the perfect opportunity to analyze people’s behavior and determine why someone prevails and why they don’t; and why the hell they end up on a show like this in the first place. If ABC had half a twit of business sense, they could put you out of commission by simply putting on their own web page what the ending is, with a *** SPOILER ALERT *** warning, of course. Does ABC think people won’t watch if they know how it ends? Stupid. It might have a .001% reduction in the ratings. The people who don’t watch are not going to watch regardless of what they know about the end. For the people that do watch, they either do want to know or they don’t. Why not cater to everyone equally? So, thanks for manning up and doing what ABC does not have the balls to do and allowing me to indulge in an interesting pastime on Monday nights besides Ancient Aliens reruns on the History channel.
3. I’m personally glad she chose Chris and I do hope they make it down the aisle, the slim chance of success notwithstanding. I’m an Oregonian, and most of us are really decent people. Call me biased, but I actually think Chris is way too good for Des. There’s something in her past that she has not yet dealt with, and until she gets to a good therapist, I don’t think she has what it takes to sustain a long-term relationship.
That’s all for now. Thanks for listening.
Comment: 1) There’s been talk and speculation that Brooks was paid to do that, or they hired him to play the part yada yada yada. I’m not buying it. Based on what I’d heard about the guy (and something I even wrote in a column before the first episode even aired), that this guy was not ready to get married. And he basically proved that since that’s essentially the reason he walked off the show. Guess I should’ve listened to the info I was given yet again. Man, this whole season was right under my nose and I never saw it.
2) No program in the history of television wants to spoil their own show. It’s never happened. Sure, there are spoilers out there even for scripted shows, but it’s not like those shows are promoting it. Like, “Hey, this next season of ’24’ is gonna be great. Go to Fox.com to read all about what happens this season!” No way. So it’s not an ABC thing, it’s a TV thing. They would definitely lose viewership if the show themselves are spoiling it. If an outside person is, then it’s different. Only adds intrigue. There’s a major difference.
3) Hey, be quiet. Des is fully convinced she’s in love. Of course, if you listen to the voice of reason this season, Nate Hartsock, even he’ll tell you Des is just settling because she wants to be married so bad and has no problem telling the public about it.
Ok, so here is my funny story. I have watched every season of this ridiculous show. I started out thinking it was real and after Trista and Ryan, I was all in. Somewhere in the next few seasons, I realized that it wasn’t real and got smart. I still watched every episode and dvr’d the whole season. I still love the fantasy dates and love the dream of wow, I want to go on a date there with my hubby. That’s what keeps me watching. And the fact that I love watching people make out on tv, but that’s a whole nother sickness I have. Don’t judge me…
Any ways, on to the funny. My son is 17 years old and never watches the show, thinks its stupid. However, all his girl “friends” at school watch and think it’s real, hopeless romantics. So every season, I give him your spoilers and he pisses them all off by telling them who wins. It’s hilarous. They come over to my house and yell at me for telling him who wins. He and I get a bunch of laughs at seeing how pissed off they get over him spoiling the show. I guess it’s our torture of the 17 year old hopeless romantic teenage girls. So this year after the finale, he gets all these hate tweets from about 4 different girls about how he’s an ass and he was wrong. It was awesome!!! Funny sh*t right there.
I am sure he will keep getting the spoilers from me and keep pissing them off every season regardless of whether you are wrong or right. I guess its our Mother and Son bonding.. ha ha ha ha…
Thanks for making the season interesting (love your episode recap) and for being wrong and making the finale much more exciting..
Keep up the good work!!
Comment: Uh oh. Did I prevent your teenage son from getting some action? Man, tell him I’m sorry. Never get in the way of teenage love.
Great column – thanks for all your work. I only watch the show because of you.
Maybe you’ve gotten these questions before (if so, sorry!) but I haven’t seen them in the reader emails.
1) Did you see Ali’s E! Online Column, where she explains how she picked Chris as the winner? She said that she “dissect[s] the editing each season to try and figure out who the winner is,” which seems like her way of saying that she has no inside information. And yet, she also said (in answer to when contestents tell their family about the winner), “I know Desiree told her family right away as well.”
So, if she has inside information that Desiree told her family “right away” about the winner, doesn’t it seem like she would also have inside information about who the winner actually was? I am dubious that the editting alone led her to Chris. Just my bit of armchair detective work to share!
2) I’ve noticed that the show never has couples (or the contestants in the house) talk about normal things like college, work, politics, hobbies, movies, sports, etc. All conversations focus on past relationships and a little bit about family. If they do pull in work-related talk, it usually is to make the person seem super boring (like the solar energy guy from Ali’s(?) season) or weird (like the mortician). Do you think that the producers have specific “off limits” topics for all conversations through the filming and/or do they simply edit those topics out of the final cut?
Thanks again!! Keep up the humor and spoilers.
Comment: 1) It’s a known fact that Desiree and Ali saw each at least 2 or 3 times while the show was airing. So is it far fetched to think that maybe Desiree didn’t at least hint towards Chris? Of course not. Did she flat out tell her “I’m engaged to Chris?” Who knows? But I’m not naïve enough to think that considering Ali spent time with her, and constantly talked about spending time with her, that maybe she either knew something or picked up on something. People talk. Plain and simple.
2) They will tell them either going into a conversation, “Hey, you guys should talk about this” or “Ask about this,” etc. If the topic veers another way, they’ll just edit it out and get them back on track to talking about stuff they want them to talk about.
Hey Steve first of all i want to say i love your blog. It truly enhances watching the show.
It doesn’t matter if you are right or wrong about who ends up with who, it’s just a show and every time I read your blog i discover things i didnt notice the first time around.
1) Heck even in Des’ season and after following your blog I was pixel viewing my screen during the entire finale in some expectation to see Brooks’ hairdo hidden behind palm trees. Speaking of enhancing a show without Photoshop.
I bet thousands of steve fans (me among them) expected brooks to show up in the after the final rose show to admit he was wrong and he wanted her back etc…talking about a great blog!
2) they should start Reality Steve viewing parties. Steve crashing living rooms full of girls (and occassionaly some lonewolf guy) flying from town to town with private jets and live streams to the website.
cheers steve, keep on doing the great work.
Comment: 1) I’m right there with you. With 5 minutes left in the show I still thought somehow it was gonna be Brooks. That’s how confident I was in what I was told.
2) The only viewing parties I can do would be for the premiere and the finale. During the season it’s just too hard because the column takes forever to write. I have to start writing once the show is over or else I’ll never finish in time with as many distractions as I have, and if I’m at a viewing party, I’d be missing too much while it’s airing, then I’d have to come home and watch it AGAIN, which is something I have no interest in doing.
But hey, anyone wants to fly me around in private jets to crash estrogen filled watch parties, I’m all in. Where do I sign up?
Juan Pablo’s tweets..I can’t even handle them. We have to seriously listen to this guy all next season? I think I’ll just watch so I can hear your analysis each week. This is going to be the most ridiculous season ever.
Comment: It’s becoming more and more abundantly clear that this is going to be a 2 month vacation for JP and the last thing he really cares about in all this is finding a wife. All the more reason this could be a successful season.