Episode 8: Hometown Dates
Tia Booth 26, Jonesboro, Arkansas (Filmed Thursday, Oct. 26th)
Lauren Burnham 25, Virginia Beach, Virginia (parents live there) (Filmed Saturday, Oct. 28th)
Becca Kufrin 27, Minneapolis, Minnesota (Filmed Monday, Oct. 30th)
Kendall Long: 26, Los Angeles, CA (Filmed Wednesday, Nov. 1st)
Here’s here playing the ukelele:
Rose Ceremony Elimination: Tia Booth.
Episode 9: Cusco, Peru, Overnight Dates
When I had spoiled that Kendall was getting the 4th hometown date back on November 1st, I said I was hearing that she never had a 1-on-1 date. I can confirm that’s true. She never did. Yet somehow made it into the final 3. Good for her, I guess? We rarely see that. Since the show has gone to an 11-episode season where episode 8 is hometowns, and episodes 2-7 are all your 1-on-1’s, group dates, and 2-on-1’s, I don’t remember anyone outside of Corinne getting a hometown date without getting a 1-on-1 during the season. But Corinne got so much screen time and alone time with Nick (bouncy house, whip cream on her chest, winning a 2-on-1, sneaking over to his room in St. Thomas, etc), it just seemed like she did. It’s not like she went unnoticed the whole season then randomly got a hometown. But as expected, someone that just doesn’t get a 1-on-1 all season is never going to win. And this is where her journey ended.
Rose Ceremony Elimination:: Kendall Long.
Episode 11: Finale (Becca Kufrin vs Lauren Burnham)
Just like very few people who never got a 1-on-1 rarely get hometowns, I can’t remember the last time that someone who got the first 1-on-1 of the season actually won the season. Off the top of my head, I think the last person this happened to was Ian on Meredith’s season, and that was AGES ago. Becca got the first 1-on-1 of the season back in September. We saw the pictures from TMZ of her on the motorcycle, and then the Bachelor’s first promo of the season show her again on that date. There was more to that date than her just on the motorcycle, and I’ll tell you about that when I post the rest of your spoilers. So did it end up being a curse? Negative.
Arie is engaged to Becca.
Again, as I say every season, you can choose to believe that information or not. After being wrong for 3 weeks last season with Rachel choosing Peter, you certainly have a right to. I’m just telling you you’re going to hear me reference Becca all season as the winner, and yes, they are engaged. Will it last? Who knows? My guess is no because Arie is really no different than previous leads, but much more like Nick in that he was never doing this show to find a wife. He’s here to build his brand back up, he lost sponsors racing because he never won, and now this is a way to put himself back on the map. I even heard he’s gotten a new racing sponsor for next season already. The thing is, I just feel bad for Becca. I’ve heard nothing but good things about her this season. Obviously she’s got a backstory with her father dying of a brain tumor 8 years ago and her mother being in remission from breast cancer. So already people are gonna take to her and it’s gonna be hard not to root for her.
But yeah, I just feel bad. She was in fantasy land for 2 months, I’m sure Arie threw on the charm that he’s done with numerous women over the last 5 years (you know, since the last time he claims he was in love with Emily), and I’m sure she’s riding that high right now, in the honeymoon phase, and nothing she hears or sees about Arie will affect her. She has to stand by him. He’s her fiancé. But unfortunately, not everything is as seems with him. Hopefully sooner rather than later, she’ll realize who she got involved with. I don’t give it much time because I have zero faith in this guy and his intentions. Why? Because he’s given me no reason to over the last 5 years. Oh there are stories galore. I’m sure more will get out once the season starts. But until then, and probably through the season, I’ll just keep saying I feel bad for Becca. Buckle in, Becca. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but this ain’t gonna be a smooth ride. Safe to say I’m not too worried about forking over money for a wedding gift with these two. Good luck.
UPDATE 1/23: Arie had a change of heart. To read everything that’s happened post show, click here.
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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