One thing that I tweeted about over the weekend was the fact that final casting weekend for the “Bachelor” was happening. Even though they use the word “final,” it happens over the course of a couple weekends, so this weekend it’s happening as well. Inevitably this will lead to questions of, “How is it final casting weekend if they’re still doing open casting calls? Do those people even have a chance?” My short answer would be, probably not. But when it comes to this franchise, there’s instances where something isn’t black and white. We know (based on some of my former podcast guests) that they were late adds to the cast. Not everyone who makes it on the season is at one of the final two casting weekends in LA. Some people they want on so badly they just push through the process and as long as they pass medical and can get everything in order, and the show wants them bad enough, they’ll get cast. We’ve heard some of them on my podcast during the course of the last year and a half. I mean, I don’t want to burst people’s bubble, just know what your odds are if you’re going to an open casting call. Not good.
Yes, there were open auditions this past weekend in a couple cities. Could someone who showed up at one of those get cast on next season’s “Bachelor?” It’s possible – but not likely. By going to an open casting call, it basically just means you’re in their system, and they can contact you at any point and ask if you want to be on a future season. So not all is lost by going to one. But hearing so many contestants who weren’t cast through an open casting call, just know going in that if that’s how you applied, your chances are very slim of getting cast. They have recruiters year round looking for people to come on this show. They’re talking to agencies, they’re scouting out and about, they’re taking submissions from modeling companies, etc. And when they’re the ones casting and looking, usually those people have a better chance of getting on, since the people who show up to open casting calls aren’t people they ever went after personally. So just keep your expectation level low if you go to one of those then you won’t be disappointed when you likely don’t get cast. But hey, you get a nice “Bachelor” tote bag and some free pens out of it if you do go to one, sooooooo, score?
Our Nell Kalter has her “Floribama Shore” recap now up here. Even if you don’t watch the show, I suggest you read it. It might even lead you to wanting to watch the show, regardless of how back asswards that cast is. Holy moly. Also, get your “Reader Emails” and “Dr. Reality Steve” emails in for this week. I’m sure you have a lot of thoughts as we approach the finale next week. Not to mention, a ton of reaction to the Holly podcast from last week. The emails I posted yesterday were ones sent to her. Tomorrow there will be a few you guys sent to me. Can’t remember a podcast that generated that much positive response from the readers. Good to see.
Kind of disheartening to see this Becca interview with Glamour Magazine talking about the guys on her season. I understand Becca doesn’t want to rock the boat, and I get that she doesn’t want to sound ungrateful, but I don’t think anyone would’ve taken it that way if she would’ve at least said something, ANYTHING in regards to the Lincoln situation. Her response about Lincoln saying “He always treated me with respect. So yeah…” is about as tone deaf an answer as I’ve ever heard someone give. So because he didn’t grope/harass you, that means he must be a good guy? I don’t get what Becca was trying to accomplish with that answer, but that really was a sh***y answer to give.
Becca, you’re allowed to say what you did, but to not follow it with some sort of, “However, I was appalled by the recent Lincoln reports. I hated to hear something like that and I’m glad he wasn’t at the Men Tell All,” is perfectly acceptable. What’s wrong with saying that? Hell, Chris Harrison basically did in this interview. Not a good look for Becca on that one. “I still think those guys are amazing.” That’s great. But Lincoln isn’t, and it would’ve been ok for you to say as such. Lumping him in with “those guys” didn’t call him out at all. She should’ve. You don’t need to give a full speech on it. You don’t need to give him more time than he deserves. But acknowledging what the guy did and that he’s NOT part of your great group of guys would’ve done you a little good.
July 31, 2018 at 9:24 AM
Few things about MTA –
Agree with RS, that if Jordan was so confident he would not have to keep telling everyone how confident he is all the time. I was thinking last night how insecure he seemed, sad.
Love Jason’s response. He is very well spoken, thoughtful, mature, and intelligent. I thought a side of him showed last night that we hadn’t really seen before and it was a good look.
Love Grocery Joe and have no problem with him being quiet. I actually like the strong silent type; married one:). I’m most looking forward to BIP just to see how he comes across. I don’t agree at all with RS about Joe needing to go away; he can stay as long as he likes.
Thought Becca handled herself well enough. There was one moment though I forget who it was with, when she got up and hugged a guy and you could tell by how quick she broke away, turned around, and walked back to the couch she was done. Not saying I blame her, if I had to kiss and hug so many guys I fake liked I’m be over it too. Just something that popped into my head when I saw it.
As for Colton and Tia, who cares? Jordan kept on harping on it and RS too. Who cares what weekend they spent time together? Does it matter? They both have said it was only a few days, so what is the deal if he got the weekend date wrong? I don’t get the drama of it all. Becca was never going to pick Colton anyway, so move on. As for the virgin thing, for the love of God, quit making that a “thing” people. It is a personal choice for personal reasons and nobody’s business. I blame Colton for even bring it up and sharing it, his bad.
One final thing – I love the bloopers. Some are better than others, but I look forward to them. Frankly, they’re the best part of the show.
July 31, 2018 at 9:29 AM
Forgot to mention – I heard on the radio this morning that Luke Pell is going to be signing at the local zoo’s concert series. They were saying women could win a chance to spend “wink, wink” personal time with Luke. I wanted to gag. I guess I missed the part that he was a country singer.
July 31, 2018 at 10:36 AM
I think the whole Colton and virgin thing is well overplayed too. I think it was probably brought up as an added extra to his two/three day fling-ett with Tia…it was backdrop drama for the season. No doubt a trusty producer probably persuaded him to mention it on air, instead of waiting till it was necessary to tell Becca (in private). If she was going to pick him, it wouldn’t have mattered one iota to her. It’s a very personal decision of his and he should be respected for his choice, and not have someone like Jean-Blanc to be rather crude and mock it. 🙁
I might be the only one, but I liked Jordan he added likeable drama (without being the true villain) to this season, a complete show-off yes! However, him overstating how secure he is etc., usually denotes the opposite.
Going back to the overnights episode, I noticed Becca gave a short spiel about Chiang Mai and they showed her and the men arriving at their hotel. I don’t remember seeing that since Ben F’s season. I liked it. 🙂
July 31, 2018 at 10:37 AM
Wow, jlal…you and I always seem to be on the same page! Great minds think alike, eh?? I, too, thought that Jason presented himself well. He was so damn likable last night and he appears to be genuine. Especially compared to the rest of the bozos! And I believe it was her hug with him (Jason) that you’re referring to, as I thought that hug he asked her for seemed rather cool and very brief…and Becca seemed uncomfortable doing it. Which seemed odd seeing that they had just screened that gut-wrenching scene where she was bawling after sending him home. It’s not been that long since filming ended, so for all her professing that she was falling for him, it seems she had quite a turn-around…but been noticing that with all the leads on the MTA and AFTR shows.I think the leads act that way to preserve their new relationship with the person they chose.
I also wholly agree you about Grocery Joe. I loved that he was so shy…better that then a loud-mouth fame seeker like most of the people they cast. And RS should take into consideration that, unlike most the guys there, he had no virtually time before a camera, so it’s all very new to him…and especially being called up to the “hot seat” where the attention was on him. Of course he’d be uncomfortable. And that’s what makes him so endearing. I hope he has a good experience on BIP.
July 31, 2018 at 10:47 AM
With the overnights, Becca goes on about well her and Blake are so well suited and how she’s liked him from the start, blah, blah, blah, and we know who she picks. It’s done to throw the viewer off tangent to who the lead does pick. They do it each season.
July 31, 2018 at 3:45 PM
Tinyred I too kind of liked Jordan. Or at least found him humorous. I think David?, the guy who lied about him was way worse.
Right now my top three for bachelor are Jason, Blake and Joe. Jason moved way up, so will see how Blake comes across next week.
August 1, 2018 at 7:01 AM
I’m with both of you! Next to Jason, I thought Jordan made the MTA show! And I liked that Jason jumped in and defended him, pointing out that Jordan was never the one provoking – he just reacted to comments made by others, namely David, who I’ve come to thoroughly dislike! I found Jordan quite entertaining!
August 5, 2018 at 6:00 AM
I aggree with all of you about Joe. He seems a bit introverted and shy, but I found his answers endearing. He doesn’t seem fake and annoying like many of the others. Good luck in paradise Joe!