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Bachelor Ben H. Spoilers

Update on “Bachelor” Filming, More Teasers, & The Rest of Ben’s Girls

This will be the last column for the week. Heading to CA tomorrow morning for Halloween weekend and won’t be writing til next Tuesday. However, only your hometown dates will be happening during this time, so follow me on Twitter and I’ll be posting or retweeting any pictures from hometown dates that begin filming tomorrow. The schedule that I laid out last week of Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, and next Tuesday, with the rose ceremony Wednesday is the schedule they’ll follow for hometown date shooting. They essentially stick to the same format every season. Now the next thing to figure out is where they are headed for overnights and final rose ceremony. I’ve heard one place this season, but haven’t gotten it confirmed. I heard they were going to Greece. Unconfirmed at this point, and considering other locations I heard before the season (Miami, Boston, Bahamas, and Denver), only one of them they ended up going to, I’d say it’s just speculation at this point. But this is what I heard back in August. So we’ll see. When/if I hear solid confirmation yes or no, I’ll let you know. I know Ben had said in an early season interview he wanted to go to Greece, but that’s not where I heard Greece from.

Welp, I waited as long as I could. I wanted to get this column up today and was hoping I’d have the final four solidified, but I don’t yet. Of course with my luck, I’m sure soon after this post goes up I’ll end up finding out. When I do, I will be tweeting your confirmed final four. Might be in 20 minutes, might be in 2 hrs, might be tonight. I never know when I’m gonna find out stuff. But I do have your final 5. I can tell you that yesterday, Ben and Emily had a 1-on-1, he took her to his parents house, and afterwards he sent her home before the rose ceremony took place. Not surprising at all. Which leaves a final 5 of: Amanda, Caila, Becca, JoJo, and Lauren. One of them was eliminated at the rose ceremony last night, and I’d be pretty stunned if it wasn’t Caila. But weirder things have happened. Stay tuned.

Anyway, since we’re at your final four now, figured now is a good time to give you the rest of the girls cast on Ben’s season. Here are some small facts to know:

-There were 28 girls the first night
-Yes, there’s actually a FOURTH Lauren on the show this season (see today’s list)
-Since Lauren Bushnell and Lauren Barr both would be “Lauren B.,” Lauren Barr actually went by “LB” on the show
-There are two Amanda’s as well, but the Amanda I’ve confirmed today went by “Mandi”

These are definitely the rest of the cast, but since you guys already know the top 9, I really didn’t spend a whole lot of time putting together these girls’ bios. Some went home the first episode, some the second, and some even lasted til the third. You’ll know once I release the episode-by-episode spoilers in November. So here are the rest of your girls for Ben’s season. They’ve been added to the Ben’s Girls page in the navigation bar up top.

18. Lauren Russell: Houston, TX. Well, I know one thing about her. She got eliminated the first night. Then came back in later on that night to talk to Ben. And still got eliminated. So there’s that.

Facebook – Lauren Russell
Instagram – ll_a_u_r_e_n


And hey, looks like she already found herself either someone new (or old) since she’s been back. Happens quite a bit…


19. Isabel “Izzy” Goodkind: 23, New York, NY. Freelance Graphic Design Artist. Graduated the New England School of Art & Design in 2013.

Facebook – Isabel Goodkind
Instagram – igoodkind_
LinkedIn – Isabel Goodkind


20. Jami Letain: 23, Vancouver, Canada. Friends with Kailtyn as they used to work at the Cactus Club together back in the day.

Facebook – Jami Rose Letain
Instagram – Jami Letain


21. Tiara Soleim: 27, Dental assistant in Redmond, Washington. Love of chickens according to her Instagram.

Twitter – @lowandslow00
Instagram – mizz_minxy
LinkedIn – Tiara Soliem



22. Jackie Dion: 23, Los Angeles, CA. Graduated from USC in 2014 where she ran track all 4 years. Grew up in Newport Beach, CA. Very involved in community work winning the TAPA Community Service Award her senior year. Contributing writer to the, a site that helps people find companions in their life.


23. Samantha Passmore: 26, Jacksonville, FL. Law clerk in Jacksonville, Fla. Attended the University of North Florida and graduated Florida Coastal School of Law this May. Here’s her resume.

Facebook – Samantha Passmore
Instagram – sampass


24. Laura Esselman: 25, Louisville, Kentucky. Graduated Xavier University in 2013 with a B.B.A. in Marketing. Works as an account exec for Scoppechio, an ad agency.

Instagram – lesselman
LinkedIn – Laura Esselman
Pinterest – Laura Esselman

Vine page


25. Jessica Moser: 23, Boca Raton, Fla. Graduated with an Accounting and Finance major from Central Florida University in 2014.

LinkedIn – Jessica Moser

Twitter – @jmosee (de-activated as of 10/26)
Instagram – jessicamoser


26. Shushanna Mkrtychyan: 27, Salt Lake City, Utah. Her VK page has a ton of pictures (whatever that is).

Instagram – shushanna_mk (set to private as of 10/26)
Pinterest – Shushanna Mkrtychyan


27. Amanda Kremer: 28, Portland, Oregon. Dentist at Aspen Dental. Here’s her online profile. Graduated Oregon St. University with a B.S. in Pre-Med. Got her Doctorate in Dentistry at Oregon Health and Science University.

LinkedIn – Amanda Kremer

Well, here was her audition video. Actually pretty clever:


28. Maegan Miller: 30, Weatherford, Tx. Originally from Visalia, CA. You know what happened in Visalia, CA? Jack Bauer took Nina Meyers there in Season 2 of “24” to extract information from a source, then on the flight home, Nina intentionally tried to kill herself and crashed the plane, only to hold Jack hostage and try and get pardoned by President Palmer for the murder of Jack Bauer. Good stuff. Oh yeah, back to Maegan. Works at a CPA firm. And here’s your first teaser answer – Maegan was the one who brought the pony on the first night that stayed for the whole cocktail party (picture below).

Facebook – Maegan Miller


So I’ve already given you these teasers for the season…

-There is a movie promotion tie-in this season for one of the dates
-Someone brought a pony on the first night that stayed for the whole cocktail party (Maegan)
-A couple of world famous athletes were part of a date
-A couple of repeat dates that we’ve seen from previous seasons – one a group date and another a 1-on-1
-The Vegas group date, each girl had to perform a “talent.” One was declared a “winner” by the crowd. That girl did not end up getting the group date rose

Here are a few more…

-At least 4 people were eliminated or left before a rose ceremony took place
-A parent was involved at some point this season (not referring to Ben’s)
-Chris Harrison “planned” one of the dates this season
-There is a 2-on-1 this season, but unlike last season went Chris booted Kelsey and Ashley I., Ben does keep one over the other
-Somebody got two group date roses

You’ll have those answers shortly. Today I’ll fill you in on what each of the girls did on the group date in Vegas.

Lauren H. – Wore a chicken suit and sang the “Old MacDonald” song
Rachel – She made a balloon rose
Lauren B. – Juggled
Amber – She did a roast of the other girls using a puppet like Terry Fator
Leah – Wore a clown costume and jumped on a pogo stick while Ben threw M&M’s at her
Jen – Hit tennis balls
Olivia – Jumped out of a cake
Amanda – Hula hooped
Jubilee – Played the harp and was really good
Caila – Did a Bollywood dance
Hailey & Emily – Danced an Irish gig

Lauren H. was declared the “winner” by the crowd but did not get the group date rose.

The repeat dates from previous seasons are a group date in episode 3 in LA, and a 1-on-1 in episode 5 Mexico City. Granted, a lot of these dates are somewhat repetitive or off shoots of dates we’ve seen before. But those two were direct copies of dates we’ve seen before.

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  1. kmannone723

    October 27, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    I wonder if maybe they are going to groom Becca for bachelorette have her ejected before overnights this time keep her virgin for the first ever virgin bachelorette. Might be an interesting storyline.

  2. yellowcrayon

    October 27, 2015 at 11:11 AM

    Noo, no. I can’t stand Becca. She has already ruined this season for me. I thought I’d have to deal with her for a few episodes, but now we’re at her home again and possibly overnights. If RS is right about Jojo, I wonder why’d they go with unemployed Becca over her. Jojo gives me some Andi vibes, but I’d still take her over Becca. That’s how much I’m over Becca.

    Any guy wanting back on the show better start chatting it up on SM after Thanksgiving. Apparently we can’t go a season without returnee drama. Your chances are good.

  3. vessel

    October 27, 2015 at 12:01 PM

    What guys would we like to see as returnees on the next Bachelorette? Hmmm, no one stands out.

  4. angelfish

    October 27, 2015 at 1:43 PM

    Agree, @vessel. None of Kaitlyn’s rejects really stand out to me as compelling enough to be seen again or convincing enough to have a good story. The ones people would remember, like Clint and Ian were too obnoxious for a “redemption” tour, lots of the “j’s” went to BIP2, Tanner is engaged, Brady & Cupcake probably wouldn’t do it. The rest are just unmemorable. They need to cut their losses and forget about a retread for the next Bachelorette cycle.

    However, Ben Z was a sweet guy and handsome. If any got dragged in, he’s the one I’d pick.

  5. rob22

    October 27, 2015 at 2:21 PM

    Kaitlyn’s season was all about Alf and Nick. Part of the reason is that the guys were not compelling. That’s how Peter Brady ended up getting the lead this time. He was the only marginally interesting guy…. I say marginally, because he wasn’t really THAT interesting. But at least he wasn’t a buffoon like some of the others. Once it became the Nick/Alf show, everyone else took a back seat.

    You did have a few a** clowns that went on to BiP, like Hillbilly Joe & Captain Jack Sparrow, who lost any credibility and self respect that they didn’t already flush down the toilet with their Bachelorette antics. So, no repeats, for sure. Kaitlyn’s season was fun in a white trash, trailer park brothel sorta way. But, Ben was probably one of the few that escaped with a decent reputation.

  6. vessel

    October 27, 2015 at 2:23 PM

    I thought of him too, angelfish. If I have to see a familiar face I’ll take him. In fact a lot of people seemed to be interested in him being the Bachelor so if they must do it they should probably offer him a spot.

  7. vessel

    October 27, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    Does going on BIP cancel any opportunities for future shows? I ask because I just thought of Jared, definitely also a fan fave.

  8. angelfish

    October 27, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    I don’t think going on BIP rules them out completely, but there’s the overexposure risk.

    Twice is ok, but by the 3rd time a person shows up, looking for “love” from this franchise, the vibe shifts for open and optimistic to desperate and fame-whoring. It’s a fine line.

    I’d be ok with Jared, but would prefer somebody new.

  9. rob22

    October 27, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    Jared,aka Captain Jack Sparrow. No. The third time you’re on the show, you’re Butt-kowski or Erica Rose. I realize I’m saying Becca will become The Bachelorette and also appear for the 3rd time. What can I say? I have double standards. Where Becca might pull it off, and we’ll kill her for it, even if Captain Jack shows up groomed like a human being, he’s still remembered for being a scruffy faced loser who slummed it on BiP. I forget, who’s sloppies did he get on that show? It’s so hard to keep up with these things.

  10. angelfish

    October 27, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    Oh, PRAISE the baby Jebus, Steve just tweeted that Becca was eliminated. Yippeeee!

    Sadly there are still going to be too many episodes with her.

  11. kmannone723

    October 27, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    @angel just because Becca got eliminated doesn’t mean doodle that just means now they can possibly groom her for bachelorette film promos and what not with her and no would suspect anything especially if they frame it to her like spend time with your family we’re going to groom you for bachelorette.

  12. angelfish

    October 27, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    The only “grooming” Becca is going to get is a new collar and a flea dip. She’s not going to be the next Bachelorette.

    She’s already a two-time loser and no way ABC is going to pour money into a season with her bland and boring personality. She’s got nothing substantial to offer a guy.

    Poke her with a fork, she’s done!

  13. kmannone723

    October 27, 2015 at 7:42 PM

    It’ll be interesting to see who they pick for bachelorette with Whitney single and Becca just getting eliminated anything is possible.

  14. wavecatchingmom

    October 27, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    Jared has zero personality, so I can’t quite see him as Jack Sparrow, sparse facial hair notwithstanding. Too bad Becca stood him up, but now they can sit together and watch paint dry. For the love of Pete does anyone know WHICH Lauren and which Amanda make it to the final 4? I am NOT going to comb through RS meandering posts… why on earth doesn’t he sum it up in today’s blog? too many pre-halloween beers. Sad for him that his own sister doesn’t even read his stuff yet he spends half his life being the rad uncle. She must be a bitch, what kind of family support is that? He probably thus only likes bitchy women who don’t support him…

  15. kismetyen

    October 28, 2015 at 3:49 AM

    Now on twitter Becca is gone 🙁

  16. pacificedge

    November 2, 2015 at 1:42 PM

    Want some more info on Tiara…..

    The guy in these photos..she was dating seriously for a few years until she left for her 15 minutes of fame.

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