Do you realize that after next week, we’ll be at the halfway point of Colton’s season? How great is that? It just started, and yet, it’s almost over. Nothing has been made official by ABC yet, but knowing when WTA is filming, and it not looking like we’re gonna get back-to-back episodes at any point, AND the WTA will air in its own week, things are pointing in the direction of being a 10 episode season, which is one less than every other season for the last 8 years or so. And that fits exactly into the spoilers as to why. There’s so much less footage at the end that this season doesn’t have compared to other seasons. I brought it up in the episode-by-episode spoilers, I just don’t see how they could’ve squeezed 11 episodes out of this with: only 2 overnight dates airing (Tayshia and Cassie’s), no final 3 rose ceremony, no final two each meeting his parents, no final two each getting one last date, no meeting of Neil Lane, and no final rose ceremony. Makes all the sense in the world why we’re only looking at 10 episodes this season. Still waiting on official word from ABC, but it looks like that’s where we’re headed as predicted.
Get your “Reader Emails” and “Dr. Reality Steve” emails in for the week. A little low on both of them right now, and I’m sure you have some thoughts on last night’s reveal. Not to mention, I fully expect some people to disagree with my take on how the Caelynn stuff was handled last night, which you’ll see on page 4. I have no problem with her story and her telling it. I’m glad she did. I’m just a little put off by the hype the show put around it and how Colton’s virginity somehow played a role in it.
Tonight don’t forget episode #3 of “Temptation Island” airing on the USA Network at 10/9 Central. Couples go on their second dates this week and things start to heat up. Nell Kalter will have her episode 3 recap up tomorrow along with an exclusive clip from episode #4, and as always, I will have Kaci Campbell on my podcast Thursday at the end. As for this week’s regular podcast guest, this is going to be a story you don’t want to miss and I’m glad they’re telling it. More on that later. A quick clip from tonight’s episode as Wynn and Kady ride horses on their date and Wynn’s horse, ummmm, is excited?
One thing I wanted to point out because I thought it was one of her better ones yet, is Sharleen’s episode 3 recap. For those who truly don’t understand who editing can make anyone look any way they want, click on that link and read how badly they edited episode 3. And almost all of it was editing that made Hannah B. look bad. Just always something to keep an eye on.
As you saw last night, the Caelynn/Hannah B. feud seemingly has been put to bed and these two looks like they’re gonna move on from it. It was a big discussion all week, and as I told you on the podcast last Thursday, it’s the tabloids job now to fuel the fire of what caused this riff. Vulture had this piece that came out over the weekend which seemingly pits Caelynn as the villain. As I’ve told you from the very beginning when I first found out back in October they didn’t like each other and weren’t friends anymore after being roommates at Miss USA, I’ve heard stuff coming from both sides. Have I heard more negative about Caelynn than Hannah B.? Yes. And what is in this article is pretty much exactly what I heard. You might ask what makes this Austin Ryde guy credible (he who is quoted most in the column), and all I can say is when I was doing the digging back in October for info on this, his name came up a lot. He’s dialed in to the pageant scene. Knows a lot of the contestants, and in an ironic twist, his girlfriend just won Miss Utah USA. So he’s not just some random. And even props for attaching his name to his quotes, which basically we never see in stories like this.
So does there seem to be more sentiment behind the scenes for Hannah B. than what’s being shown on TV and on social media? Absolutely. Whether it’s true or not is an entirely different story. Austin, according to the story, is a 10 year friend of Caelynn and who just recently had a falling out with her. So could there be bad blood? Sure. Depending on who you talk to is going to determine who you want to believe. But lets not mistake one thing here after what we saw last night with Caelynn. Her story is tragic. Absolutely horrible she went through that and you don’t wish that upon anyone. But just because you feel bad for someone who went through that, doesn’t mean they aren’t capable of doing the things she’s being accused of. Kinda like with Colton. It’s great that Colton does charity work to help out kids with Cystic Fibrosis. I applaud him for that. But that doesn’t mean I don’t think he’s a complete phony when it comes to this show, his intentions, and half the sh** he’s uttered on TV. I’m able to separate the two. So whether you believe Caelynn or Hannah B., just don’t let what you heard last night sway your opinion. It shouldn’t. She suffered a horrible attack in college. No doubt. But that doesn’t mean she couldn’t have made Hannah’s time at Miss USA a not-so-positive experience like the claim being made.
Of course the other big story in Bachelor Nation over the weekend was the fact that it was publicly announced, by her own employer I might add, that Chris Harrison and Lauren Zima are dating. Lauren came on the podcast Nov. 8th and didn’t make mention of it, but I wouldn’t have expected her to. I certainly can see how something like this came to be. Lauren is a super fan of the show and has interviewed Chris on tons of occasions. Not at all surprising people in TV date each other. The only thing I found interesting about this is Lauren’s husband filed for divorce 4 days (1/23/19) before this announcement was made, as I viewed records online. Now obviously Lauren and Chris have been seeing each other for more than 4 days, and Lauren has been separated from her husband for quite a few months now, I’m just saying I’m guessing the timing of the announcement finally being made official coming 4 days after her husband filed I don’t think is coincidental at all. I also don’t think it’s coincidental in the least bit that Lauren hasn’t returned a text of mine since December. I guess I have my answer why now.
January 29, 2019 at 9:28 AM
SO BORING! One of the many things about Colton that drives me crazy is the way he has the same smile on his face regardless of the situation. The whole time Caelynn was talking about her awful ordeal, it appeared that he was smiling. It seems like he’s auditioning for a role on a reality show……..oh wait, he’s already on the show!
January 29, 2019 at 9:33 AM
I watched most of last nights show. I don’t know why. Usually despite the ridiculous plot lines, there are 3-4 girls that do seem to be developing deep feelings (no doubt influenced by alcohol and exotic locales). Maybe it’s because I haven’t been watching closely. And maybe it will still happen. But I’m not seeing it, and the ending implies that Colton had limited interest as well. Idk. Maybe I’m just not paying close enough attention.
January 29, 2019 at 11:32 AM
Sounds like Tayshia might have just killed her chance to be the Bachette. Huge social media mistake. LOL. I’m pulling for Hannah G for that anyway. I’d watch her. And my guess is that she will be it.
Colton is super dull. Makes Sean Lowe seem exciting.
January 29, 2019 at 12:42 PM
I fully agree with RS about the confusingly underwhelming response Colton gave to Caelynn’s story. Ok, he dated a sexual assault survivor and intimacywas difficult. But to then start talking about his virginity out of the blue only to say, literally, “its complicated” as to the reasoning behind it was a total facepalm moment. He could have said anything, how much stock he puts into it because of the frat culture (and sports culture) objectifying women , that would have made me see him in a different light somewhat. Dude has all the eloquency of a brass doorknob. Chris Harrison is ridiculously full of it for hyping that conversation from Coltons standpoint to this extent but what else is new from this show, ugh.
I do hope RS is wrong and Hannah G gets the Bachelorette gig, she’s adorable. There’s something about Caelynn that rubs me the wrong way, the pageant “on-ness” perhaps. I hope being genuine and likable outweighs a good “story” this time but knowing how this show works, I worry RS’s prediction is spot on…
SNL did a fantastic spoof of this show this past weekend:
Behold “Dolton” from “Turd River, Colorado” ?
January 29, 2019 at 1:52 PM
Disappointed because Tayshia seemed normal and old enough to actually understand marriage. Hannah G is about as interesting as a piece of toast and seems pretty non-verbal. I don’t get why anyone would want to watch that aside from her looks of course.
It’ll be interesting to see how bad the Bachelorette talk was between Caelynn and Cassie and whether or not that’ll hurt her chances. I wouldn’t mind a throwback to Danielle Maltby. I’m sure her POS publicist is drooling over the chance but Danielle seems nice and normal enough.
January 29, 2019 at 2:51 PM
@realitynyc….yes I saw the SNL skit with Dolton. What a perfect name for him.
I agree with everyone else here that Dolton is a total dud. He is incredibly boring, has zero intelligence and just overall the most basic jock 101 dude you could find anywhere. To say that he’s less interesting than Sean Lowe is saying a lot!!!
I think Hannah G. is adorable but she’s very young and seems too girl-ish. Can we have a real woman on this show or a real grown ass man? C’mon!!! These young girls and their silly drama. I can’t handle Demi. She is a complete moron.
January 31, 2019 at 10:59 AM
So far I’m agreeing with most of what Steve says, and with so many of the comments on here too.
I’m only up to episode 3 (I’m a week behind America), and it seems all the episodes are merging into one; they are so boring. I thought Arie’s season was lacklustre and Nick’s too, but this one is sleep inducing…maybe I’m becoming more cynical each season…who knows! So many of the girls appear to have a tagline or theme that’s bought up at almost every camera opportunity, I’m British and if I was mad enough to go on this show, that would be played to a boring death, if this season is anything to go by. That’s not forgetting Colton’s virginity…it’s becoming an infantile joke, it’s sooo overplayed, please no more.
Demi is indeed this season’s Corrine, and the original wasn’t fun to watch the first time round, her S&M scene with Colton was toe curling embarrassing, and to top it off, there’s far too much of Hannah and Caelynn’s feud, they are as bad as each other, more over I’ve given up caring (if I ever did), it’s so tedious to watch. So many of the girls this season seem very immature..23 plus going on 17. Colton comes across as bland and truly doesn’t have anything interesting or memorable to say, and doesn’t appear to have any real chemistry with any particular girl, he just seems to be going through the motions of being with each each girl and being The Bachelor.
I haven’t read any spoilers and only accidentally read who he picks. I have no idea why viewing figures have increased, maybe there’s a lot of insomniacs watching, and need the show for sleep inducement.
January 31, 2019 at 2:34 PM
I meant to add that I throughly recommend reading Sharleen Joynt’s blog (see Steve’s comment), I’ve been reading it for a while, but this season I’ve read it after I’ve watched each episode. It’s spoiler free and really adds a great insight how behind the scenes and editing is done and works. Sharleen’s experience and knowledge makes you see how both contestant’s and viewer’s are manipulated.