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The Bachelor 23 - Colton

The “Bachelor” Colton – Episode 7 Recap, “Bachelorette” Talk, & A Case Made for Hannah B.

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What an absolute sh*t show of an episode last night. We basically went around in a circle for two hours with no resolution. Granted, if you looked at social media last night, there were definitely winners and losers in people’s eyes. But kinda hard to say that when none of us know what was actually said. More on that later since it basically takes up the whole column today. Not much to break down on the dates because all anyone wants to talk about is Tayshia/Kirpa vs Caelynn/Cassie showdown. I do my best to try and break it all down for you today with what I know, what I’ve heard from past contestants, and what we were shown on TV last night. There’s a lot at work here and anyone who thinks this was easily a black and white issue is dead wrong. It’s not. A lot was left open to interpretation last night and I will explain today. What I do know is that I don’t think anyone would’ve thought in a million years that Katie would be the key to the whole season, but she basically is based on what we saw last night. Come Friday, we may all get the answers we’re looking for.

Why do I say come Friday? Because this Friday the WTA is filming. It’ll air Tuesday, March 5th after the overnight date episode airs the night before. So the audience in attendance this Friday will be shown TWO episodes (next Monday’s hometown dates, and the following Monday’s overnight dates), since if they didn’t, they wouldn’t know what the hell was going on. So there’s a good chance I’ll be able to have at least a little bit of a clearer picture of what is actually shown on that Monday, March 4th episode where all hell breaks loose. But yeah, if the first question asked to Katie isn’t, “What did you hear, when did you hear it, and what context was it said in,” then Chris Harrison isn’t doing his job because that’s ALL anyone is talking about today.

In case you didn’t see this yesterday, the guy that Tayshia was with in the Bahamas two weeks before she left to film “Bachelorette” spoke out. I will have more to say on this tomorrow as I spoke with Chase on the phone last Wednesday, and had a conversation with someone else last night as well. I just need to gather all my quotes and thoughts before I speak out on this, but in a nutshell, yeah, Tayshia’s credibility on this show is shot.

I asked a poll question on Twitter over the weekend, because I really wanted to see who people wanted to see as the “Bachelorette.” Here are the results so far:

So as of this morning, Hannah G. is leading with 32%, Caelynn is 2nd with 27%, Tayshia is 3rd with 22% and Hannah B is 4th with 18%. I can tell you before last night’s episode aired, it was Caelynn at 26% and Tayshia at 25%. So Tayshia’s performance last night didn’t win many people over, nor should it have. However, the reason I did it was to see if there would be a giant difference between first and second place, and there really isn’t. 32-27-22% isn’t enough to make you go, “Wow. They REALLY want Hannah G. that much more than the others.” Yes, she’s leading, but I did the poll to see if one of them was gonna get like 45-50% and be 20-25% ahead of the second place vote getter. Nope. Which goes to show social media really doesn’t matter all that much when they make their choice.

Oh sure, the show will claim that “we listen to our audience,” but that’s the biggest crock of shit they sell every season and I can’t believe they still run with that. Why? Because go look at all the comments underneath that poll. There are positive and negative comments being made about all 4 choices, AND, plenty of people saying they’d want none of those four. So the show can choose whoever they want, then cherry pick all the positive responses from social media and say, “Our audience really gravitated toward so-and-so” without ever providing any proof. “The guys in casting were asking for her.” Bullshit. Another horrible lie they tell. Really? You mean after Rachel’s season, when they were bringing in women for final casting and asking them who they liked, a majority of the women were asking, “Hey, how about Arie? You know that guy from 5 years ago that no ones talking about right now. I’m into him.” Of course they weren’t. Yet they chose Arie. So quit insulting our intelligence by telling us whoever you choose was the one the audience wanted most or your contestants were most asking for because it’s a flat out lie. They will choose whoever they choose based on whatever criteria they deem necessary to fit their narrative, and then they’ll back it up with whatever they want to knowing that every contestant has a fan base they can claim “wanted” them. It’s ridiculous.

The other thing I found interesting about the poll is how many people threw out the ol’ “why don’t they bring someone in from another season” take. Which is popular every season, and every season the show ignores it. But for the sake of argument, I will humor those people for a second. Lets take a look at the last 3 “Bachelor” seasons, which I think is fair, and lets look at the final four from each season and if they could even be a possibility to be the “Bachelorette” like so many of you are clamoring for.

Arie’s season:
Lauren B – married
Becca – engaged
Kendall – in a relationship
Tia – in a relationship

Nick’s season:
Vanessa – in a relationship
Raven – in a relationship
Rachel – engaged
Corinne – in a relationhship

Ben H’s season:
Lauren B. – in a relationship with the biggest douchecanoe on the planet
JoJo – engaged
Caila – in a relationship
Amanda – in a relationship

So that eliminates the top 4 finishers in any of the last 3 years. 12 women who are arguably the most popular from each of those seasons, and none of them can be the “Bachelorette.” So to humor you guys even more, lets even take it out 3 more places on each season (5th, 6th, and 7th place), and here’s the crop you’re pulling from (and even some of these women are in relationships):

Arie (Bekah, Seinne, Jacqueline)
Nick (Kristina, Danielle Maltby, Danielle Lo)
Ben H. (Becca Tilley, Twin Emily, Lauren Himle)

So be honest with yourselves. Do you really think that come March 12th, they’re going to make the announcement of the next “Bachelorette” and it’s going to be someone who finished 5th or worse on a season as far back as 3 years ago? C’mon. Even you guys don’t believe that, do you? The only two names that anyone’s even mentioned from that group are Danielle Maltby and Kristina. Just because Danielle Maltby is appearing on Kimmel’s “Matchelor” doesn’t mean she’s gonna be the “Bachelorette.” Trust me, she’s not. And neither is Kristina, no matter how thirsty she is for it. She’s not getting it either.

I know some have even mentioned, “Well, they pulled Arie and Nick out of left field, you never know.” True, you never know, but here’s what I do know. The “Bachelorette” announcement is different than the “Bachelor” announcement in that for 7 years in a row now (with the exception of Emily who they announced earlier during the “Bachelor” seasons airing), they make the announcement at the “After the Final Rose.” The “Bachelor” announcement isn’t made for another month after the “Bachelorette” finale airs, which is why I believe when we see the “Bachelorette” named, it’s always someone from the season we just watched. Those women are fresh on everyone’s minds, the whole finale is centered around the season everyone just invested time into, and it just makes sense to name one of those women as the “Bachelorette.” That’s why I say it really makes no sense that on Tuesday, March 12th, after 4 hours of Colton’s finale spread out over two nights, they’re going to make this big announcement of the “Bachelorette” and have it NOT be someone we just watched. Nobody in the franchise has more buzz than Colton’s women right now. Of course, anything can happen, I’m just thinking of this logically and how they’ve always done it, and there’s a reason they always pull from the season that just aired. So all those clamoring for someone from a different season, I think you’re way off base and you’re being biased in your answers because you may like someone. Think about it from a TV/ratings/interest standpoint. Then go look at who are even possibilities and you’ll realize there isn’t a large crop to choose from.

Actress Kelly Johns is back with her impersonations of the women from Episode 6 and it’s another good one. Since these come out on Wednesday nights, they’ll always be 6 days behind when I put them in Tuesday’s column, but I will retweet them tomorrow night when she posts episode 7’s video. Enjoy:

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  1. dogmomma

    February 19, 2019 at 10:24 AM

    My husband was in the room when Caelynn was having her meltdown and using the F word left and right about the accusations by Tayshia. His comment was “I’m surprised that a girl who represents her state would use that kind of language on national TV. I bet the people of North Carolina are very proud of her”. She did not come off very well at all. My impression of Hannah B in the beginning was that she seemed silly and maybe a little immature, but after last night I thing she would be a fun bachelorette to have and my vote is for her 100%. She seems more genuine than most of the other girls.

  2. iampunka

    February 19, 2019 at 10:28 AM

    Tayshia came off looking really bad, Kirpa did too for doubling down on it, and then both Cassie and Caelynn had deer in the headlights looks like they knew they got caught. Only girl who didn’t look awful was Hannah G. since she pretty much stayed out of it. She made some generic comments, but didn’t go to Colton to talk trash.

    Not gonna lie. I really don;t see Colton and any of the girls with a serious connection. Yes he has great chemistry with Cassie and Hannah G, but that is it. No real depth based on what has been shown. The format isn’t set up to let that happen though, so by the end it just sin’t really ever there anyway.

    Speaking of format, they need to switch it up. Do hometowns with the leads family at the final 4 to help narrow it down, a normal but crazy elimination at 3 because hometowns are next, then hometowns with the final 2 girls so he isn’t asking 4 dads for permission to marry the daughter(which is absurd)and fantasy suites on location at final 2 and let the lead family see them again. Extend the end and allow for more real connection, get rid of the silliness of the beginning and downsize quicker to accommodate. Make it seem more real that way, at least.

    If Cassie does bail, and some of the girls said to Colton she is not one of the ones ready, then they did call her out right on that though, didn’t they. Regardless of how they got there, they read her right. Because it’s obvious Colton digs her the most, but that she is conflicted. Because she’s not ready. Peter Pan kid.

  3. meredith1972

    February 19, 2019 at 11:55 AM

    I am going to bring up something I hope to be of interest. While Colton got assurances of “being ready” from the other girls he questioned, I think I only heard Cassied tell him that she was there for him.
    Notice all the foreshadowing and editing which back up the spoiler RS gives of Cassie leaving – Cassie, the obvious frontrunner, the one he wants. Therefore, while there may NOT have been specific talk of the Bachelorette, there may well have been talk that indicated Cassie just simply was not ready for all this.

    I agree with Reality Steve’s friend. They have now given Hannah B a story and an edit that would fit the next Bachelorette.
    (The truth is probably that his family liked her, but that would make him look really bad, and wasn’t needed, so we didn’t see that.)

  4. ladyjane747

    February 19, 2019 at 1:23 PM

    What’s hilarious is that we now know those other girls were correct. Cassie ISN’T ready, which she demonstrates by bolting. So, she must’ve said something or acted a certain way or the other girls just guessed at it, but whatever, they were spot on. And now Colton’s going to look like a fool for picking the one who isn’t ready (not that he is – such a man child). And Caelynn came across so poorly. My God, that language and calling another girl a dumb B. Not a good look. It’s pretty clear now that she was the instigator in the feud with Hannah B. She’s awful and those fake teeth! I hope Hannah B gets the Bachelorette gig. She’s expressive and animated and funny and a little insecure and goofy. She’d be a great lead.

  5. SeaDub

    February 19, 2019 at 1:37 PM

    Time to get back to women and men in their 30’s. This is a sh1t show.

  6. adelina

    February 19, 2019 at 2:09 PM

    I appreciate Kelly Johns’ effort but I just don’t find her schtick that funny or entertaining.

    Any woman/girl who goes on this show to “warn” the lead about the others is always making a mistake. The way that this comes off as “I care about him/her and don’t want him/her to make a mistake” is so silly. So what if they get engaged to the wrong person? Let them figure it out for themselves. I don’t care how producer led it is, you always come off as petty.

    I wish they’d choose a 30 or older lead for Bach’ette. If they choose Hannah G it will basically be a show about an American Girl Doll who came to life and went on tv. Please no.

  7. rob22

    February 19, 2019 at 5:23 PM

    Does it make me a bad person if I don’t know who Katie even was? Referring back to some long gone, rando who most of us don’t remember, as the key to who’s there for the right reasons is exhausting. If Colton had anything left of his CTE damaged brain, he would have simply stated that Katies not here and that he wasn’t going to listen to 2nd hand information from contestants with clear incentive to take down the front runners. Sh*t show avoided. Geez though, he’s as dumb as a sack of hammers!!

  8. corn29

    February 19, 2019 at 7:38 PM

    Wow! The Women Tell All is going to be such a catty bitch fest.

  9. ladyjane747

    February 19, 2019 at 9:01 PM

    Katie’s not exactly a long gone rando – she just left in the previous episode. She was the African-American other NBA dancer (Sydney was the other one). Thing is though, this time all the rumors among the women were right! He was warned about Cassie, chose her anyway, and she wanted to leave and not get engaged. Good job, Colton. You had one job to do on this show and you blew it!

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