So last night as I’m sitting watching the show, I couldn’t help but think back to Aug. 5th of last year. That was the night of Des’ finale and we all know what happened then. You would’ve thought I was murdering people’s family pets the way the reaction went on Twitter when she ended up engaged to Chris and not Brooks like I had said. Absolutely 100% dead wrong on the ending last year. It was my mistake. I’ve never gone into detail about it because, well, I don’t really know the details. I came here the day after Des’ finale and ate crow. I was wrong. There was nothing to hide behind, no one to blame, and I took full responsibility for not knowing Des’ ending. And to this day, I still don’t know what happened. I THINK I have an idea, and if I ever meet Chris & Des I would ask them about it, but other than that, it’s water under the bridge. And it’s why it made last night so satisfying on many different levels.
I mean, I’ve been right before about the spoilers. Outside of a few seasons, I’ve been right on basically 90-95% of the spoilers I give you. Des’ season was the only ending that I had dead wrong and never corrected. Ali and Brad 2.0 were corrected before the finale aired. But this season was different. Sources were great, and they were spot on throughout the whole season. There are plenty of you reading my site today for the first time because you found it in a Google search, or have heard my name through social media or whatever and wanted to see what I had to say today. To you I say, “Welcome Aboard.” My name is Reality Steve. I’m the only site on the internet that consistently spoils the “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” season in and season out, and my track record proves that. I think what made this season so fun for me, was not just the correct spoilers, but the timing of them. Do you remember this column from Oct. 22nd, where I gave you who the final four were before they even started filming the hometowns (Clare’s was filmed on the 23rd, and she was first)? Or this column six days later on the 28th, while they were still in the middle of filming the hometown dates, I gave you my “prediction” of how the final four would play out. Considering everything you know now and what you watched, do you honestly think I was guessing at that? Or this column two days after the Final Four rose ceremony in Miami took place I told you who the final three were and they were headed to St. Lucia.
Trust me, I could go on and on and on about when I revealed stuff to you this past season and how all of it ended up being right, but I won’t anymore. You get the picture. The finale took place Nov. 13th, I gave you the episode-by-episode spoilers on Nov. 20th, and it all turned out to be right. Every contestant, date, rose, elimination, and even saying back then I thought Andi would be the next “Bachelorette” was spot on. It’s the earliest I’ve ever had that much information in the site’s history, and I hope it continues. For whatever reason, that makes people mad. Like, really mad. People hate the fact I know stuff before them when it comes to this show and I’ll never understand that. However, I do know that I’m only as good as my last season. Every season is different unto itself. Maybe I’ll have some of the same sources for Andi’s season, maybe I won’t. I don’t know. But my sources for Juan Pablo’s season couldn’t have been more dead on, and I appreciate all of them. They know who they are, so thank you. I am never vindicated in my spoilers until the finale airs. Waiting from Nov. 20th until last night was a looooooong time, but there was never any doubt this season. Seriously. None. Too much information that I had seen with my own eyes and heard through sources proved to me that Juan Pablo had chosen Nikki but didn’t propose. Honestly, I can’t tell you how easy this season was. Lets hope all future ones are just as easy.
Now, if you’re looking for a recap of last night’s episode, forget it. Go to my Twitter feed if you wanna see my thoughts on the first 90 minutes. Because really, the first 90 minutes of the finale are fluff. All that matters in the finale is what happens in the end, so after it’s all said and done, does it really matter what Clare said to his family, or how the family reacted to Nikki, or what was said in the suites during their last dates? Not to me. But last night’s finale obviously brought up a lot of questions that people are asking about everything that went down. More so than in season’s past, just because it’s the first time since Brad 1.0 that the season didn’t end in an engagement. Juan Pablo is certainly the most controversial “Bachelor” we’ve ever had, for numerous reasons that are quite easy to point out. All stuff we’ve been talking about for the last 4 months. And even knowing what the ending will be still gave us some WTF moments last night. I mean, I’ve been bombarded on Twitter and email since last night in regards to three major things:
1) What did Juan Pablo say to Clare in the helicopter?
2) What surprise was Chris Harrison promoting all show that never happened?
3) What happened two weeks ago that gave Juan Pablo and Nikki a “change of plans” in their relationship?
I’ll get to all of those eventually, but I first wanted to throw some support out to Clare for her performance at the finale and then on the ATFR. For a girl who’s taken a beating all season for seemingly saying all the clichéd lines during her ITM’s, we thought all season she was headed for a meltdown once she didn’t get picked at the final rose ceremony. But over the last couple weeks, something was telling me we were going to get the opposite. I mentioned it on the live video chat last week, and then even tweeted it again last night after I saw her last date with him in the suite. She wasn’t happy. And I felt that once she didn’t get picked, rather than boo hoo over it, she would actually go off on him, and that’s exactly what she did. Lets be honest, that was the greatest exit ever by someone dumped at the altar. She was honest, blunt, held nothing back, and basically saw right through the guy. Although it took her way longer than the previous girls this season, at least she finally came to realize it. For that I commend Clare. I didn’t think she had it in her and she owned it last night. Kinda like how “Friday Night Lights” should never make another movie because the TV series ended so perfectly, Clare followed up that performance in St. Lucia by saying she didn’t want to confront Juan Pablo because she already had her closure. If she would’ve sat next to him on the couch last night, it would’ve made her St. Lucia a little tainted. I know Clare wasn’t a lot of people’s favorites going in to last night, but you can’t not be impressed by her standing up for herself.