Yesterday was a big day in my family. My sister had to tell Olivia that Santa Claus wasn’t real. To say Olivia didn’t take that well would be an understatement. A lot of you have seen Olivia on the video chats before and she’s quite the observant one. However, she was completely in the dark on the whole Santa thing. She’s starting 5th grade next year, and in the course of a recent conversation with one of her friends, the topic of Santa got brought up, her friend said, “You still believe in Santa?,” Olivia said yes, the friend actually went along with it, but once my sister was told the story, she felt it was time to tell her. And that’s when the waterworks came in. Olivia is kinda of like me in that she has a lot of questions about things, and this was no different. She didn’t understand where the presents came from, how she got things on her Xmas list if there wasn’t a Santa, the Elf on the Shelf phenomenon, etc. She even lost it even more when my sister had to tell her there’s no Easter bunny either. It’s like that was what officially sent her over the edge. “THERE’S NO EASTER BUNNY EITHER????!!!!!!” followed by more wailing I believe is how the conversation went. So lets all take a moment of silence as Olivia mourns the non-existence of Santa and the Easter bunny a few more days. Nicholas still doesn’t know and Olivia has sworn not to tell him. This should be an interesting Christmas.
Quite a few of you have asked me over time about how much money is spent on a typical season and how do they decide on locations, etc. This was a very interesting article that appeared in Advertising Age recently that has all your answers. I think the best part is how St. Lucia is essentially pissed that Juan Pablo didn’t propose, since it makes their location somehow seem “less romantic” so the next day after his finale aired, they put up a picture of a guy proposing to a girl, basically taking a shot at Juan Pablo. Funny stuff. I can tell you this: When it says in the article that some of the producers are looking for a final rose ceremony destination in possibly Japan or South America for future seasons, that’s not what I’ve heard specifically for next season. I’m still trying to get it confirmed but I heard a specific location about a month ago that they are looking at for the “Bachelor” final rose ceremony and it wasn’t either of those places. Definitely an interesting read though to see basically these cities/countries use the show for free advertising, yet they’re at the show’s mercy in terms of how their city is portrayed.
For the second season in a row, Lucy Aragon has made a YouTube video playing her ukelele recapping a season of the show. Funny stuff. And oh yeah, she’s naked again. Check it out:
Ratings are in from last night, and I’m actually kinda shocked that the “Tell All” did better than the overnight date episode. Pretty surprising. Granted, it was only by about 100k or so, but still. The “Tell All” is basically a filler show every season. I expect next week’s finale to be at least 7.5-8 million with the ATFR actually drawing more, since people will want to see Andi and Josh together in public for the first time.
Only one more today purchase a ticket for next Monday night’s viewing party in Armonk, NY at Fortina’s. Right now, we’ve got over 80 people attending and have raised over $3,800. Craziness. I appreciate everyone who’s purchased a ticket or donated and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone. I will do my best to try and get around to talking to everyone but it won’t be easy so I’ll apologize in advance. I’ve done a couple of these before and it’s tough to kinda watch the show all while talking to people who are there to meet me. I think what we’re gonna try and do is have a Q & A session over the PA system either before the show or afterwards. If you still want to attend, you can purchase your tickets here.