Reality Steve

The Bachelorette 13 - Rachel

The “Bachelorette” Rachel Episode 1 Recap, Including Major Podcast Announcement, & “Paradise” News

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The Reality Steve Fan Appreciation Party in Las Vegas is a little over 2 weeks away. There were a couple cancellations in the last week, so some spots opened up. If you want in, contact me immediately. It’s first come first serve. I have about 6-8 spots left. If you’re flying, show me a flight itinerary and you’re in. If you’re somewhat local and can drive, I just need to see a hotel booking. The party is Friday night, June 9th at Mandalay Bay. There will be an open beer and wine bar all night, along with appetizers. The 3rd Annual Reality Steve Trivia Contest will also take place (that those at home can follow along with live on Periscope) with prizes going to the first and second place finishers. It’s been a fun event the last couple years, and I’m sure it will continue in the future. If you can’t make it this year, there’s always next year.

I know one question a lot of you have had these last few weeks has been about the “Paradise” cast. I will have a column next week letting you know everything I’m hearing about “Paradise” this season. There are definitely at least two things I know of right now that will be part of the show. As for the cast, SOOOOO many people are thinking they’re on it, and unfortunately, some of them aren’t going to make the final cut. There’s a lot of smoke screens going up, but, contestants leave for filming middle of next week with filming beginning shortly thereafter. The first 3 seasons were around 18 days of filming, so I don’t see why this one would be any different. I’m going to give a lot about what I’ve heard regarding some “couples” heading in to “Paradise” so you can keep an eye on whether or not that couple sticks with the narrative, or it’s never addressed on the show. Never before heading into a BIP season have there been so many side deals being made and hookups that have already happened. This is sure to be entertaining.

Two recent spoofs of the “Bachelorette” you may have missed. SNL did another one when Chris Pine hosted a couple weeks ago, but unfortunately it never made air. It was from dress rehearsal and didn’t make the live show. But it was still funny nonetheless. Here it is in case you missed it:

Also, you remember Molly Hawkey from her very funny videos during Ben’s season where she kept inserting herself into his season. Once the Ben & Lauren break up happened, you knew she’d find a way to make another one, and she did. Check it out:

And yes, Molly will be back this year as a “male” suitor looking for love on Rachel’s season. Keep it right here all season as I will be posting those weekly.

It may not be James Corden, and I may not being doing any singing, but the local CW news channel here in Dallas had me on as part of their “Commuter Convo” segment that aired last night talking about my job. Enjoy me in the passenger seat:

Ratings are in from last night, and compared to last season, last night’s premiere came in a little lower. It drew 5.7 million viewers and a 1.8 rating in the 18-49 demo. Last season JoJo’s premiere drew 6.7 million viewers and a 2.0 rating. Not a huge drop off, but I’m sure this will have the naysayers cheering saying this is the end of the franchise. Not quite.

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  1. crushonspivey

    May 23, 2017 at 9:29 AM

    Steve, I know math is not your thing, but dropping 1M viewers is actually huge. Most times it is a few hundred thousand. But 1M is massive and a red flag. The show lost 15% of its viewers from last year. I don;t blame it on Rachel though. I just think the formula is getting played out, much like American Idol did.

    And per usual, the early episodes are way too overproduced to give us ridiculous contestants, like Whaboom. We all know Elan made her keep him, and it simply is not believable that she would have. And that Whaboom he did after getting his name called was not funny, it was obnoxious and cringeworthy, and I was embarrassed they made Rachel say his name. What a joke. Time to stop with the fist night producer plants that are jack@$$e$ for attention. It seriously is dumb. This show has enough crazy on its own.

    Congrats Peter. Alfred E. Neuman is proud of you. Now got make some adorable gap toothed babies.

  2. rob22

    May 23, 2017 at 11:31 AM

    @crushonspivey: agree totally. The first night was completely unwatchable. Outside of snickering at Wah-boom, there was nothing there. And obviously Wah-boom was really stupid. The show is becoming a caricature of itself. The contestants come in with an agenda to sell something, get attention, audition for BIP or build their brand and it’s no longer even hidden. You have a professional wrestler, a guy who’s already hyping suits on social media that he wore the first night and Wah-boom, who I assume is shooting for a BIP appearance and some fun travel. I didn’t look up enough to notice much more. Yeah, I would have thought it would have played out before now, but there’s an expiration date for everything. Maybe a little too early for panic, but not too early to push it to DEFCON 4, maybe DEFCON 3.

  3. ctrealitygirl

    May 23, 2017 at 12:15 PM

    I couldn’t agree more. And what’s with adding more to the typical 25 suitors?? I think I read that there were 31 and all but one or two are forgettable. Like you rob22, I skipped watching most of the show. Set my DVR and may scroll thru to see if I missed anything, but doubt it. If they continue to make the first episode such a sideshow their numbers will drop even more. Between Wah-boom and the ventriloquist guy (not to mention the tickler), I was so turned off. What a group of losers Rachel got. So disappointing.

  4. RaRa

    May 23, 2017 at 12:41 PM

    On the show, Willie’s “Urkel” quick change routine was supposedly to help her remember his last name (“Urquelle” or something like that). But the profiles show Willie’s last name as “Gaskins.” I’m confused.

  5. kimmyfromdablock

    May 23, 2017 at 12:47 PM

    The WHABoom dude was embarrassing. Acting like that is not appealing to any woman on this earth.

    I thought Rachel was beautiful and charming.

  6. rob22

    May 23, 2017 at 2:07 PM

    @kimmy, I agree that Rachel was great. I’m sure a couple of credible guys will emerge to make the show somewhat interesting. But to the point that RS always makes, the contestants make or break the show. That’s a bit concerning from what we’ve seen so far. I’m really not sure why they needed 31 guys, unless they were so desperate to find something entertaining that they threw some things up against the wall to see what might stick. It definitely feels like the shotgun approach to casting this year. Quantity over quality and hope you get some footage out of a few of them to make a show. Remember how much they milked the Corrinne story line last year & how Nick went along with it. I wonder if Wha-boom makes it through another show just to offer some footage for the show in Episode 3.

  7. elizabeth82

    May 23, 2017 at 6:04 PM

    Astrid was the one telling Rachel about guy who’s a player, not Whitney. Whitney was still a mute. Surprised Steve got them confused since Whitney was one of his favs on Nick’s season.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the Adam Jr. shtick, ha.

  8. melanie88

    May 23, 2017 at 10:07 PM


  9. shenanigans

    May 24, 2017 at 5:19 AM

    I think they cast 31 guys (rather than 25) in order to have a diverse group that would appeal to Rachel. As Steve noted, they had already cast most of the guys before Rachel was announced as the Bachelorette. Then, I suspect they added a few additional African-American men to round out the cast.

    Think about it: would they bring on more than 10 African-American guys to compete for a white Bachelorette? They haven’t in the past.

  10. abpbach

    May 24, 2017 at 8:41 PM

    Love your podcasts! They are well thought out, entertaining, and clearly natural conversations, which I value. Your guests are phenomenal – you either have guests that I want to know more about (Sharleen, Courtney, Michelle, etc.) or those that I didn’t realized I need to know more about (Ashley, Natalie, etc.). Thank you for bringing intelligent people on and keeping me entertained. Only thing I hate is having to wait an entire week to hear more! Can’t wait to hear what you and Sharleen come up with!

  11. sprinkles

    May 28, 2017 at 8:11 PM

    Did not like Lucas on his last reality show. He was a total douchebag…why they would cast him is beyond me.

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