Episode 1: (airing Jan. 1st): (Los Angeles, CA) (29 girls down to 21)
The cast head shots and bios should be coming out next week, along with the first episode released online to the media. Next Monday, ABC is doing a 1 hr “Countdown to Arie” episode to give you a little background on him and show some of the girls intro vidoes. My guess is that’ll be the same intro videos we see on episode 1. Yesterday, they sent out a press release which they do every season, giving an overview of what to expect this season. A lot of the stuff on the first night I already gave you back in this post and this post, but for those that didn’t read those, here’s an update:
“A beautiful blonde wearing a mask proclaims that Arie is not the only “kissing bandit…” – Annaliese Puccini
“Another woman roars up on a miniature Formula One racecar, leaving a lot of jealous ladies in her wake…” – Maquel Cooper
“One sassy female gives Arie compliments in Dutch…” – Brittney Taylor
“…another sultry stunner whispers sweet nothings in his ear…” – Don’t know this one.
“The arrivals are almost stolen by a charming woman, who arrives in a cherry red ’65 convertible Mustang…” – Bekah Martinez
“Once Arie enters the mansion, the competition is on! He is swept away by a very assertive and mysterious bachelorette. She lands the first one-on-one conversation with the debonair Bachelor and a very romantic kiss…” – Chelsea Roy was the first to steal him away, so I’m assuming this is her.
“A hopeful TV host believes that her future with the Bachelor is destiny…” – Jessica Carroll
“Another gorgeous, thoughtful woman makes Arie dig deep about why he hasn’t found true love since Emily…” – Don’t know this one.
“A feisty lady uses a ukulele to serenade Arie…” – Kendall Long
“…and yet another challenges him to race riding miniature racecars…” – Brittany Taylor. And she gets to kiss him on this which I thought was the first girl to kiss him. But maybe Chelsea did first when she stole him away.
“Arie finally decides who to honor with the all-important “first impression” rose… – Chelsea Roy
“A nerve-wracking rose ceremony ends the journey for eight lovely ladies… – Don’t need to see the first episode to tell you who was eliminated on night one…
Rose Ceremony Eliminations: Olivia Goethals, Bri Amaranthus, Ali Harrington, Brittane Johnson, Amber Wilkerson, Jessica Carroll, Nysha Norris, and Lauren Jarreau.
The 21 girls remaining after night one are (in alphabetical order):
Episode 2: (airing Jan. 8th) (Los Angeles, CA) (21 to 18)
1-on-1 date: Becca Kufrin. The “Pretty Woman” date. Took a motorcycle ride, they went to see Rachel Zoe’s recent runway collection, he took her shopping and bought her expensive shoes, dresses, etc. Came back to the house with clothes and jewelry then left again for the night portion of their date.
1-on-1: Krystal Nielson. They took a private jet to Arizona and went to Arie’s house. Met his parents, met his dog, rode around in his car, went to his high school, etc. Then they flew back the same day and had the night portion of their date in LA. Remember when I told you I didn’t have the people mixed up just not the date? That’s because Fleiss tweeted this picture on Sept 23:
Vroom, vroom!!! #thebachelor pic.twitter.com/qDP9JSmqQs
— Mike Fleiss (@fleissmeister) September 23, 2017
Sept 23rd was actually the day of Krystal’s date. Becca’s had happened the day before on the 22nd. So that’s where my confusion lied. I knew it was Krystal who got the 1-on-1 to Arizona and then the night portion in LA because I was sent this picture that was taken at the Los Angeles Theatre on Broadway St. in downtown LA, where they had a private concert performed by Connor Duermit – whoever the hell that is.
Soooo yeah, kinda gave away who was on that date. But at the time I got this picture, I didn’t know that episode 2 had two 1-on-1’s and one group date yet. The previous 6 seasons had two groups and a 1-on-1 to start the season, so I figured they continued with that trend, and I thought the “motorcycle date” and “flew back to AZ girl” were the same person at the time. Wasn’t til two days later did I realize there were two 1-on-1’s.
And also I can add that Krystal Nielson is the girl this season that the others do not get along with. She was the, “I’m not here to make friends girl” this season, so expect a lot of drama surrounding her. I don’t think getting this date where she met his family so early helped either, but she definitely didn’t vibe with the rest of the cast.
Group Date:: Demolition Derby (Sienne, Valerie, Tia, Kendall, Maquel, Marikh, Jenna, Caroline, Bekah, Lauren G., Chelsea, Annaliese, Brittany, Jenny, and Bibiana). Pictures from this date were released by a couple of sites here and here.
Each girl had to spray and decorate their cars, then it was every girl for herself. Annaliese had a fear of bumper cars or something and was hyperventilating on the date and Arie had to take her aside to calm her down, but she did end up participating. Last car standing won. Seinne ended up winning and got the group date rose at the after party. Brittany Taylor ended up getting a concussion during the date and had to be taken to the hospital and missed the after party.
Four girls didn’t have a date this episode: Lauren Schleyer, Lauren Burnham, Jacqueline Trumbull and Ashley Luebke.
Rose Ceremony Eliminations: Valerie Biles, Lauren Griffin, and Jenny Delaney.
Episode 3: (airing Jan. 15th) (Los Angeles, CA) (18 to 15)
Group Date: Wrestling. “GLOB” – Gorgeous Ladies of the Bachelor.” The matchups were:
Bekah Martinez (Sex Kitten) vs Maquel Cooper (Lunch Lady) – Was told this was the best match of the bunch and the rest all sucked.
Marikh Mathias (Gold Digger) vs Lauren Burnham (Princess) – Match had a sexual overtone to it as Marikh pulled money out of Lauren’s ass and Chris Harrison made an “adult film” comment about it.
Tia Booth (Southern Belle) vs Bibiana Julian (Bridezilla)
Krystal Nielson (Cougar) vs Jacqueline Trumbull (Miss America)
Producers were telling the audience beforehand to cheer for Tia and to boo when Bekah Martinez came out. Arie wrestled with Kenny King briefly before these matches took place and Kenny made a comment about “this is for all the Peter fans out there.” In the end, they asked the audience to cheer for who they thought should win. Maquel (Lunch Lady) got the most cheers, but some chant started up for Tia so Chris Harrison made her the “winner.” Of course he did.
1-on-1: Lauren Schleyer. They went to a winery and she was eliminated on the date.
Group Date: “Best in Show” at the Grove in LA. 7 girls on the date were: Ashley Luebke, Caroline Lunny, Jenna Cooper, Becca Kufrin, Chelsea Roy, Brittany Taylor, & Annaliese Puccini. You can see pictures of that date here.
Kendall Long and Seinne Fleming didn’t have dates this episode.
Rose Ceremony Eliminations: Bibiana Julian was the only one to get eliminated at the rose ceremony. Brittany Taylor went home during the episode bc of the concussion she got back during the Demolition Derby date. Lauren Schleyer was sent home on her 1-on-1. UPDATE 11/15: Minor correction. Brittany didn’t get eliminated this episode. Arie eliminates Annaliese during the cocktail party of the rose ceremony. The other two eliminations are correct – Lauren S. during her 1-on-1 date, and Bibiana at the rose ceremony.
January 18, 2018 at 11:10 AM
When will we hear what the van at Laurens house means?
January 18, 2018 at 12:05 PM
I don’t normally comment but I can’t help but notice that the spoilers aren’t as detailed as past seasons. Steve must of lost some good sources since we’re getting the spoilers late and they aren’t as detailed. I still appreciate what info he has given us but I guess I’ve just gotten spoiled myself.
January 18, 2018 at 12:09 PM
I can’t stand when he says he has info or a spoiler and then not say what it is.
January 18, 2018 at 1:38 PM
I can’t stand when Steve does that either. I’m thinking that he throws a bone to us readers to keep us logging in every day.
January 19, 2018 at 7:05 AM
Exactly. It’s obvious he’s lost some sources. I still appreciate the spoilers we get, but it’s not like before. Hope he gets them back. He gets paid for every click on his site, so he he throw out something like the van, gets a lot more people clicking. The site is so clogged with ads now, it gets annoying. I’ve found a couple of other people with better recaps that aren’t so long. He gets so mad when people point out all the ads, but they’re gotten out of control. Can’t listen to the podcasts because of the commercials, get annoying. Then when someone pointed it out to him he lost it. Miss the days before the big money grab.
January 19, 2018 at 8:35 AM
I access the site on Google Chrome and get one pop-up add at the beginning that I just X out of. The ads on the podcasts are few and far between – maybe two per 2 hour podcast? I don’t find them annoying at all. He does this for a living and needs to get paid for it. He’s providing us a service and info that we don’t get anywhere else. You say you read other “recaps” but the other recaps don’t have spoilers, especially if you don’t follow Bachelor people on Twitter. I have no idea what they’re doing other than what Steve reports. Give the guy a break! I’m a romance writer and there is so much self=published junk out there that “authors” are giving away for free or charging 99 cents, that romance readers have come to expect freebies and cheap books ALL THE TIME! As an author, you get slammed for trying to promote your books and get new readers. It’s a business and Steve’s blog and podcast are his business. People have gotten so spoiled and entitled. If you don’t like the way he markets his business, go read those other recaps that are just that – recaps. Steve still has the spoilers.
January 19, 2018 at 8:39 AM
I suppose he had to make it known that he was aware of the vans at Lauren’s parents’ house, but I have to agree it seems like the sources must be drying up. Hope that’s not the case. Since BIP3, the shows just keep getting worse and worse. If the fun spoilers dry up, there will be zero reasons to watch.
January 19, 2018 at 9:14 AM
Whenever possible, Steve likes to control the narrative. And, most of the time, he is ahead of the story, which is how he likes it. He reveals what he wants, when he wants, knowing that no one else has the spoilers.
Well, he’s not controlling the narrative about Arie, Lauren, and the van at her parents’ house. Someone else posted that and ran with it – and now, Steve is trying to play catch up. He’s not posting more because he doesn’t know more at this point in time. As he said, he’s “heard things,” but he can’t get them confirmed. So, for now, we will have to sit back and wait until he finds a reliable source on this one.
January 19, 2018 at 3:11 PM
THANK YOU. Agree 100%. We all come here because Steve has the goods and he delivers!!! He is thorough and tries to get solid confirmation on information. People will never be happy. If he gets something wrong, they go on the attack (like saying Peter was the winner at first) yet if he doesn’t release information fast enough, people spazz too (I.e this new truck nonsense). People – this is a FREE information website. Let Steve do his thing. And I DO NOT see crazy ads on his site and I access via an iPhone. And his podcasts only have 2 ads in the middle. Honestly. Society of complainers.
February 7, 2018 at 12:16 PM
Great to hear your interview with Tori. Why do I have the feeling should could have said much more if it weren’t for her completely appropriate desire to protect her children?
Steve, hope you interview Cara Maria after the Vendettas finale.
November 26, 2018 at 4:22 AM
good to read