In case you missed my tweet this past Saturday night, it’s official: Chris Soules will be the next “Bachelor.” Official in that I’m reporting it. Not sure when ABC plans to make their announcement, but it’s a done deal. Chris signed his contract last week, and film crews were in Iowa over the weekend filming him. He was filmed at the Franklin Hotel/Restaurant in Strawberry Point (where production stayed), a bar in Arlington called the Wagon Wheel, and was also filmed at the Iowa State Fair this past weekend. I appreciate the shout out by the Des Moines Register but, ummmmm, “he allegedly gets his information from…show’s producers.” Not quite. But hey, if people wanna think that, go right ahead. Now, some of you might say, “Yeah, but didn’t production film Arie last month in Arizona?” Yes, they did. Chris is your “Bachelor.” Just like pretty much every other spoiler I give you, if you doubt it, I guess you’ll have to wait til ABC makes it “official.” I’m just telling you it’s him. My guess is they won’t announce it until sometime in September much, much closer to when filming begins.
Of course with that tweet, it has elicited numerous responses as does the announcement every season. Some people love it, some people hate it. Here’s where I stand: Considering I told you Chris would be the “Bachelor” back on May 13th, I can’t say I’m surprised. I’m fine with it. I mean, it’s my job. No matter who they cast, I’m still going to spoil and write about it. So it’s pretty insignificant to me who gets the lead role. I guess I’m more surprised that Arie was even brought into the mix, when honestly, I don’t think he was ever a serious candidate. I think that was more or less to just make it seem like there was a competition for it since Chris had been on everyone’s mind from the beginning when I said it would be him. And what better person to jerk around than Arie, who is DYING to be the “Bachelor” so badly, he’s willing to believe their BS every year when they come to him and say, “Hey, would you want to be the Bachelor?” Oh well. I guess it’s back to Cracker Barrel for Arie to try and make new friends. Hey, anyone want to take a guess how many times Arie is gonna visit his new pastor friend after getting passed over yet AGAIN for this gig? My guess is zero. His failed attempt at convincing everyone he’s a changed man with his guest column on Sean’s blog was ridiculous, and I’m guessing he’s got a plethora of barely legal skirt he’ll begin chasing immediately. Good luck to him.
As I say every single season with this show: it does not matter who the lead is. People are going to watch. There’s plenty of people out there who reacted positively to the news that Chris is the “Bachelor” and can’t wait to see him. This argument of, “Who wants to move to Iowa and be farmer’s wife” is completely irrelevant. Sure, they’ll cast a bunch of girls who aren’t interested, and I’m sure the cattiness in the house will surround exactly that point, but it doesn’t matter. First off, all it takes is one, and secondly, this show has never been about finding someone a spouse. Never will be either. It’s a television show meant to entertain. So regardless of what you think of Chris, I’m pretty sure if you’ve watched this show for years, you’re going to continue to watch and that’s all they care about. For all those who say, “Ugh, I hate Chris. I’m not watching next season.” Guess what? No one cares. Because you announce you’re not watching a show, is that some earth shattering event that’s going to change the course of television forever? Like I said, no one cares, and for all those that won’t watch, they’ll be plenty of others that will.
Making a social media announcement that you’re not going to watch a television show because you’re upset it’s Chris only emphasizes, at least to me, that you WILL watch because you will want to comment on social media on how much you hate him as the “Bachelor” and would’ve preferred someone else. People are so transparent sometimes. As for the Arie crazies who got kicked in the nuts yet again, well, it couldn’t have happened to bigger bunch of lunatics that deserved it more. Thank God I won’t have to talk about him for at least another year, you know, when inevitably the “Bachelor” announcement rolls around again and his obsessive nut jobs get tricked into thinking he’s got a chance. Bahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.
On Thursday’s video chat, someone asked about the E! special that aired back in 2010 that I was on called “The Bachelor: Then and Now” and what happened with that whole thing since they removed my parts after the first airing. RealityBlurred.com covered it at the time, and I
wrote a piece breaking it all down. Pretty funny to look back on now that the higher ups at ABC went to that length to take me off a TV show that had already been filmed. Someone emailed me after the chat on Thursday and said they still have my episode on their DVR and are finding a way to get it to me. Once I get it, I will post it. I haven’t seen that thing in years.
Ratings are in and I’d pretty surprised the show kept its audience from last week. Usually after the premiere, a show like this will lose a little of its audience until the end when it picks up again, but it delivered the same 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demo and 5.1 million viewers overall. I guess people are enjoying this train wreck.
Get your “Reader Emails” and “Dr. Reality Steve” questions in the next couple of days. Right now, the mailbag is fairly light for a Tuesday, so I can pretty much guarantee your email will make it in Thursday’s column if you get it in today or tomorrow.