So because I’m out of town, things always seem to be screwy with my computer, and saving emails and what not. Not to mention it takes me even longer to type, so I shortened the emails today. Granted, there’s still over 40 of them, but there are about 20 sent since yesterday morning that I never got around to putting in today’s column. No worries, just means next week’s “Reader Emails” will be even bigger since we already have 20 to start with. Also, “Dr. Reality Steve” has been added today as well. Tonight will be another live video chat at 9:00pm EST/6:00pm PST, and now we can finally begin discussing in a little more detail what happens on BIP 2 since you have all your spoilers now. It’s yesterday’s column, or you can go to the navigation bar at the top of the page, click “Spoilers,” then “Bachelor in Paradise 2,” and whaddya’ know? It’s right there. It’s one thing to know what happens, but considering we’re gonna get 3 hours of it every week, you know there’s gonna be a sh** ton of drama that you’ll tune in for. Even though of the 3 remaining couples at the end, only one of them (Tanner and Jade) got engaged and are ones people can identify with since they’re most recent, still should be interesting. I mean lets face it, is anyone fired up over the Justin/Cassandra coupling or even Nick/Samantha? If they make it, great. But I think fans tuning in to this show won’t be as excited for them as they are for Tanner & Jade, regardless of if they last. The hopeless romantics get their “love story” at the end so that makes them all giddy.
Didn’t have Kaitlyn’s blog for People.com up yesterday due to it being an all BIP 2 column, so check that out if you want. Went into detail on a few of the relationships. Nothing too earth shattering but she’s definitely a little more vocal in her blogs this season than previous leads.
Now, onto your “Reader Emails”…
Insert RS praise…another UNreal fan here – I binged watched about 5min after you posted the links. I knew bachelor/ette was highly edited and unreal but the show unreal just brought about a whole new level that is pretty unbelievable in the “do u people have a conscious ” sense but I can totally believe that yes this is what happens when producing reality ty
Just a bunch of questions today not really having anything to do with this week’s episode as I’m sure enough people will talk about it:
1. Has a lead (or any contestant) ever given you information during their season? I’m assuming you’ll plead the 5th on who if anyone did. Best way to answer this is I don’t talk about who gives me information. If I said no, it’s not like you’d believe me anyway because you’ll say, “What’s he gonna say?” So lets just leave it at I get plenty of information from plenty of people that have nothing to do with the show.
2. You were very pro Brit last year, but it doesn’t seem like you have a fav for next bachelor (prob bc ur a dude lol). I know you say it doesn’t matter who is cast, but who is your vote for? Would they cast ben z? Ben Z. is not going to be the “Bachelor.” Ben H. is definitely a front runner now from what I’m hearing.
3. At what point do they have figured who is going on the 1-1 dates? meaning do the producers decide by the end of the first week who is going? Or can the lead actually have influence during the season – like how Aimes was put on a 1-1 because he was going home, but then Ali (?) decided to keep him..? The lead tells the producers in the beginning which guys they know they like, and then for the most part producers choose who will go on what dates and in what order.
And some non-bachelor questions..
-Do you think shows like SYTYCD, AGT, etc…are edited to the degree bachelor/ette is? Very highly edited, but probably less producer manipulation.
The voice – do you like it better than American idol and/or x-factor? I’ve only watched one full season of The Voice. I’ll always like Idol better. I wanted to like X Factor, but it was just too over-the-top for me.
DWTS – were U happy with the winner? Which format do u prefer ( strictly ballroom or do u like the additions of contemporary & hip hop)? Fav professional on the show? Kinda figured Rumer would win being the favorite from the get go. I like the later seasons of the show. After 20 seasons you have to do something to evolve, and they have. I’m all for it.
If u watch SYTYCD/AGT… any standouts you’re looking forward to watching? I don’t watch SYTYCD. Never have. And there are so many acts on AGT right now, I can’t remember who is who. Once we’re down to the live shows and like 48 people I’ll have a better idea.
Lastly I’m sad when they ended 24 the first time…never was a better show and never will be either…they can bring it back, but it’s not the same. I couldn’t even get into the season last year. I’ll still watch whatever season they choose to go with, but if they really decide to do a season without Kiefer, it will definitely be strange.
And ps Id love if unreal created a character based on you! Maybe next week’s poll question? Thanks for all U do!
Joyous in jersey (corny but the best I could do)
Hey Steve. First time emailing you, although I love reading your “reader email” section and rack up a ton of questions myself.
1) You probably don’t “like” either, but if YOU had to choose who would be the next bachelor, would you pick Josh or Ben H, and why? It honestly doesn’t matter to me. As long as there’s a season, that’s all I care about.
I notice Josh is rooting for himself, I can tell by his twitter
2) If Josh was chosen, what do you think Andi would do/think about it? I’m guessing she wouldn’t be a fan of it.
What if they tried to get her to go “win him back” before the end of the season (like Dianna with Jason) ? That would make for good ratings. Andi would never do that.
3) Now that Brady and Britt are done, do you think this is the last we see of Britt (besides more updates of them throughout the season)? Do you know if she will be on ATFR ? Or in the future have a chance at being the sole bachelorette (I mean, I feel like Josh was a few seasons old, why wouldn’t they want to give Britt her chance later on if they didn’t have any better choice with future female contestants) I feel that one, or both, will appear on the MTA or ATFR to address their breakup. There’s already some tabloid reporting that she’s the front runner for next “Bachelorette.” Not true.
4) In your opinion, with everything you know, do you think Kaitlyn and Shawn’s engagement will last? You definitely called Chris and Whitney’s and I was hoping you were wrong (although I’m not a fan of Kaitlyn and her season at all, so I don’t really care. Just wanted your opinion) No.
5) Do you think Kaitlyn will go down as the most hated bachelor/ette (next to JP)? Most hated? No. Most controversial? Yes. She did things this season that we just haven’t seen before.
6) Do you think Andi is just pretending to like Kaitlyn? Saw them on snap chat together recently. There’s no way she’s ok with the nick thing. Very hard to judge based off a few snaps. Who knows with these people?
7) IF Shawn and Kaitlyn don’t work out, what are the chances they will bring him back as the bachelor (like they’re thinking of doing with Josh now)
Comment: They’d have to break up awfully quick for that to happen. Even if they did, I don’t see him turning around and jumping right in to be the “Bachelor.”
Love your site, read it everyday!
I was just wondering, do you know why Kaitlyn’s family doesn’t meet the final two this year? I know it probably has something to do with the way the new hometowns work, but I still find it very odd that she says she’s so close to her family but yet they won’t meet the guys before they propose. Thoughts?
Comment: I’m sure they do. I just don’t know when. For 30 seasons the lead’s family meets the final two. I can’t imagine why Kaitlyn’s wouldn’t. Especially since we know she’s engaged. I’m guessing Shawn would want to ask for their blessing. Chris did. To BOTH of her dad’s.
Quick question about endings being spoiled via video. You said after Andi’s season was spoiled by a video someone sent you of Nick that you would never get something like this again, and it (accidentally) happened again! Do you think the producers will be stricter with the lead and their choice as far as phones in the safe houses in the future? Hard to speculate but pretty funny that two videos have surfaced regarding the ending. Thanks!
Comment: Yeah, difference was Kaitlyn’s was public and everyone saw it. The Nick video was sent directly to me. That’s what I meant when I said I’ll never get anything like that again. But as far as the lead, or contestants involved, blowing their cover on social media – it’s happened before and I’m sure it’ll happen again. These people are under a microscope once they get back from filming and I don’t think some realize that. That will ultimately lead to them being careless at some point.
i was shocked when i read that you said Michelle and cody are back together. i didnt believe it at first but i followed Michelle on snapchat and it definitely looks like they are. how long have they been together and how long do you think it’ll be before they break up again? or could they have a chance of actually marrying?
Comment: I think it’s been a few weeks, but yes, they’re back together. I don’t think he’s fully moved back to Utah yet, but I’m assuming that’s the plan.
I admit that I have been watching this season only because I heard about the San Antonio episode, and since I live in SA, I wanted to see how they portrayed the city and state. I was very proud that they didn’t make us look like cowboys, rednecks and hicks, like many TV shows do. I was happy the way they portrayed the city’s culture without making it look cheesy. Granted we don’t all mariachi every day, but San Antonio has a unique culture that I was happy was portrayed well on TV.
I too was pretty embarrassed when Chris Harrison mentioned that the Alamo was special because we were in his home state. I feel like all of Texas agreed to forget he was from here since he is such a disappointment to our state.
Since you have gotten me hooked on UnReal, I have a question for you about the show. I guess I have never really thought about producers talking to each other via head sets, but it makes sense. So when the producers are in different locations, are they still all talking to each other? For example, when Katilyn and Nick were in her suite behind closed doors, were the producers in her room able to talk to the producers with the guys and tell them what was happening? Or are things told to the crew after the fact and they just get sound bites and clips and edit them together? Most, if not all, of the main producers have earpieces and are talking to each other letting others know what’s going on.
Another question about reality TV. I know that winning the Bachelor/ette doesn’t really matter- I mean you win “love”, fame and TV appearances, but no money (at least not officially). So I want to know about the inner workings of reality TV shows that you DO win money on. For example, The Amazing Race. Is it rigged? Do the producers manipulate situations so that teams get eliminated? Do you have any insight into that? I don’t watch Amazing Race so I don’t know, but prize money shows aren’t supposed to be rigged because it’s a competition for money, but there can be things done and said to persuade people to do or say things that might help/hurt their chances.
Thank you for the info. That is what I enjoy about your site. The spoilers are nice, but it’s fun to see the inner workings of reality TV. How things are edited and manipulated all for the sake of “good TV”.
Thanks! Hope you have a good day!
Hey Steve ,
Can you elaborate on the incentives/ mandates that exist in the lead’s contract, as well as the contestants’ contracts, with regards to making/accepting a proposal? I know that producers encourage it, and the idea of an all-expenses-paid wedding/honeymoon/advertising from the wedding is incentive enough for most of these people , but is there a fine (or something along those lines) if the Bachelorette accepts nobody’s proposal ? Does she have to say yes to somebody ? Anything in the contract about the Bachelor having to propose (especially since JP’s season)? Thanks!
Comment: If there is a proposal, the lead has to accept. This season there were two, but as long as one of them is a yes, it’s fine.
Am I missing something or has there really been no deleted scenes for the bachelorette this season?
Comment: Actually there have been a few, I’ve just forgotten to post them. I posted the two comedy club ones earlier this season but I just keep forgetting to go back and post. Here are all the deleted scenes from this season: http://abc.go.com/shows/the-bachelorette/video/deleted-scenes
apologies if this has been asked and answered. Mock as necessary
The footage of a naked guy running off, presumably Nick after sex, shown in previews, what was that?
Comment: Just something that was shown in the season previews that will never make air. Happens every season on every show. I have no idea who it was or what context it was.
O.k., this is a “surface-level” question…..(comment?)…………yes, a Tony reference…………….but what is the deal with Kaitlyn’s hair?? Who are they paying to do it this season? Pinning one piece behind your left ear every day ain’t no hairdo. I don’t know why, but it drives me crazy. Who told her this looks good?
That’s it. Keep up the excellent work. Love your website!!
Comment: You mean that doesn’t turn you on? Can’t imagine why not.
(Subject): Really Anal UnREAL Show Question
Hi Steve, I love your column and am a faithful reader. I’ve watched every Bachelor/Bachelorette since day 1 and love your spoilers and the way you write! I am now hooked on UnReal and can’t get enough of it. I searched the internet for an answer to this question and couldn’t find it anywhere and I didn’t think anyone at Lifetime would ever get back to me if I emailed them. I know you have connections with them, so I thought I’d ask you and see if you could find out. I would love to know the name of the computer font that was used on the group date card to the Napa vineyard from the 6-22 episode (I told you it was anal!). I am one of those OCD people who loves using different fonts for emails and greeting cards, etc., and loved this one when I saw it. I know if there’s anyone out there who can find out it would be you. I appreciate it! Thanks so much for your website and for keeping us so informed every week!
Comment: Ummmm yeah, you’re right. That was anal. I wouldn’t have the slightest clue on how to find that out. Sorry.
Love reading your blog. I read it all the time.
I’m just wondering why more people aren’t commenting on the fact that Nick was the one Bachelorette cast member who said publicly on ATFR that he and Andi had had sex in the Fantasy Suites. I would think that he would get more backlash after this past week’s episode than Kaitlyn because he’s the one sleeping with more than one Bachelorette and both events have been very public.
The only mention of this I saw was that Twitter exchange between himself and Andi, and People did a brief article on it. But otherwise, this seems to have slipped peoples’ minds. I remember audibly gasping when he said it on ATFR because the unspoken rule is what happens in the Fantasy Suites, stays in the Fantasy Suites. Do you think his comment on ATFR was why he and Kaitlyn ended up with the edit they got?
Thanks! Peace and love.
Comment: Impossible to say for sure that’s why, but his actions this season with Kaitlyn completely make himself look like a hypocrite for what he said on the ATFR last season. Sex is “fiancé type stuff,” and now he goes and bangs Kaitlyn on their first date? Oh ok.
I just watched the Chris S. video you just posted. Chris’ response when asked if he was “really engaged to Whitney” was very lame and very telling. He said “technically yes, there was a ring.” That doesn’t even show a hint of an attempt to make it seem remotely real, unlike some of the other leads with dissolved engagements. You gotta at least try for Whitney’s sake.
Chris also threw Nick under the bus– apparently he’s after the limelight, but he himself is going after all these TV gigs. What gives? Well that’s why I say every season that the engagement at the end of the show means nothing. It’s done because they have a television show to produce. If any of these couples had their way, none of them would propose. But the show wants them to and they do. Doesn’t mean anything.
As for him saying Nick loves the limelight, well, he’s right about that. So does Chris. So do 95% of the people that do this show.
On another note, this season seems very different from previous seasons. There hasn’t been a “scary” date so far, and there’s a lot less talk about fairy tales, love, romance, etc. and far more drama than in previous seasons. It seems that things are more adapted to the Bachelorette’s personality than in the past. Does Kaitlyn have any more leverage than previous female leads, and if so, why?
So why would Kaitlyn have bird tattoos if she’s petrified of birds? Yes I know she said that crap about always going home and those birds always go home………. She said she’s afraid of the flapping. And tattoos don’t flap. Makes sense.
Did anyone else notice those horrendous wood beaded bracelets Nick had on? I think he was wearing about 7-8 bracelets. Urgh.
The guys definitely got brown cowboy boots in their swag bags this season. Most of them had them on at the Alamo rose ceremony.
Comment: I didn’t even notice. I was too busy looking for the basement.
Dear reality steve,
I was not shocked at all to hear that Britt and Brady called it quits. From the beginning, it was obvious that she would have never dated him in real life (without cameras and attention). Are they going to keep showing us these stupid 60 second clips of them at the end of the show? Do you think they will bring Britt on the ATFR to “officially” announce their split? I was surprised to hear that they wanted her in paradise and she did not go. I’m sure one or both will appear on one of the two shows, whether it’s the MTA or ATFR.
One random question for you. It was always obvious that Jef Holm loved all of the attention he got from the show and used it to get girls and followers on social media. Now he hardly ever posts to social media and seems to have distanced himself completely from this franchise. Are you surprised by that? It seemed so out of character. Do you know why he did that?
Comment: No idea really.