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“Reader Emails,” Paradise Episode 4 Mini Recap, Hannah/DWTS

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We know that Paradise is changing, and I’m not sure it’s for the better. This was always the show that didn’t take itself as seriously as the “Bachelor” or “Bachelorette,” it was light hearted, it made fun of itself, and was just an easier watch. A fun summer show. With how much social media is exploding and how it’s framing storylines for Paradise, it’s just not the same show it once was. I tweeted this out last night, but I’m beginning to think BIP doesn’t know what it wants to be. A fun summer show? Well, we’ve all watched these first 4 episodes. Is anything about this season a fun summer show? I’d say no. The original concept of this show was put all the rejects from the “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” on an island, give them a second chance at love, have them date each other, and see what happens. Those waters have been muddied now. Because if you date/hook up with more than one person while on the show, the other contestants start talking behind your back. I’m not even broaching the Blake subject, because we know how bad that’s infiltrated this season’s storyline. But just the fact that Nicole has gone out with three different guys, and that Hannah is deciding between two guys, somehow that’s frowned upon now. The show is more about tearing other people down for decisions they make rather than just understand what you’re a part of and accept it. I’m not sure how they turn this around and that could be a major problem in future seasons.

I’ve been saying for weeks in this column that I fully expect Hannah Brown to be part of the DWTS cast when it’s officially announced. Host Tom Bergeron said we should be expecting the cast announcement sometime next week. Not that it should come as any surprise, but I’m here to tell you that Hannah is absolutely gonna be on DWTS this year. That should surprise no one. She’s the most popular female contestant in the history of this franchise if we’re going off IG followers. She’s off one of the more successful seasons they’ve ever had, and lets be honest, it seems like Hannah and her personality are made for DWTS. I’m sure this will make Kaitlyn very happy that they finally cast a female lead (minus Trista who was in season 1 of DWTS). We all know how many they’ve passed over in recent seasons, that Hannah is kinda making a bit of history here. So anyway, expect her to be part of the cast when it’s announced sometime next week.

So a few notes about last night’s show:

-Caelynn did utter at the beginning of the episode when she was talking to others about Blake’s pre-show behavior, “He hasn’t shown he’s been committed to one person,” right? I heard that correctly, didn’t I? Just checking.

-Can someone explain to me exactly why Caelynn was crying before Dean showed up and said that Kristina was slut shaming her when she was talking to Dean? At no point did we really ever hear anything Kristina was saying to Dean, and there’s Caelynn in the background calling her a stupid bitch? And Kristina slut shamed her? Is Caelynn just creating things in her own head now? Geez.

-Here’s one thing Caelynn did right this episode. She asked Dean how exactly life is like living out of a van. Like, where do you shower? And he gave her the answer we’ve all been dying to hear. And she seemingly is unfazed by this. And I’ll continue to be baffled. So you have to go to gyms and the ocean to wash off. What about the bathroom? And women want to be a part of this? I give up.

-How drunk was Christian last night? I think in every instance back at the beach he was hammered. Talking to Clay, fighting with Jordan, etc. He was blitzed and it was clear as day.

-And speaking of Clay, is there a more level headed contestant this show has ever had. Someone confronts him and he actually uses logic and rationale to get his point across rather than just raising his voice and talking over someone as, well, we basically see any other contestant do when confronted by someone else. It’s somewhat refreshing. You kinda forget when you watch this show enough it’s possible to have a disagreement with someone without yelling over them.

-You’ve all asked it, it’s addressed in “Reader Emails,” but it’s worth saying again: No, there’s no difference between Demi coming on the show dating someone and anyone else from any other season doing it and receiving hell. None whatsoever. But Demi is treated with kid gloves on this show because she’s breaking barriers I guess, so that’s why it’s not as frowned upon. I’ve kinda thrown my hands up when it comes to her. People give her a free pass for whatever reason.

-I know you’ve all picked up on this by now, but Paradise is so much more about what happens on the beach than the dates. The dates are so pointless on this show, they might as well not even do them. There’s nothing exotic or romantic about them as they are on the “Bachelor” or “Bachelorette.”

-Blake visiting Hannah in Birmingham pre-show is not news. You’ve known that for almost 2 months. How Hannah handled it, and Blake for that matter, is questionable. She probably should’ve told Dylan earlier. Especially when they were sucking face a day into filming. She obviously liked both guys, that’s clear. They had to have known that it was gonna get out, and it ended up getting out because Hannah told Dylan. I’d be bummed if I were him too, but, knowing how the season plays out, I guess it’s not nearly as big of deal. After the next rose ceremony when Hannah chooses Dylan over Blake, it’s basically a non-issue going forward.

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  1. jeepers

    August 15, 2019 at 12:21 AM

    I just keep saying to myself over and over this BIP season, only 1 1/2 episodes in (I’m behind), “what show do you think you are on people?” It is so different than it used to be, especially evident this season. I miss BIP of old. The show has definitely lost its way.

    To the people saying Hannah put Tyler in a bad spot, I find it really hard to believe that it wasn’t a producer-nudge that made it happen and they both knew going in. The difference is that Hannah was excited about the idea and Tyler wasn’t. I understand her disappointment. Also, she has every right to be upset by the Gigi thing. She didnt choose Tyler, and I get that, but he could have said during their night together that he wanted to see what happened elsewhere, and let that be that. And have no doubt she would have been honest about it, if he did. Sure it would have stung, but it would have been easier for Hannah to move forward. I feel like he may have strung her along a bit. But I am one of the seemingly very few that just dont get the Tyler C mania. I just really do not get it. Feel free to explain, because I’m stumped.

  2. ctrealitygirl

    August 15, 2019 at 9:06 AM

    So, Hannah has a right to be upset by Tyler (who she dumped after allowing him to start to propose) because he started dating Gigi Hadid shortly after he met up with her? How about on night one of AFTR when Hannah gloated about having sex with Peter, not twice in the windmill, but 4 times. If Hannah was SO into trying to get back together with Tyler, why would she make that? She knew he was watching. If I were Tyler I’d take offense to that seeing as she shot down having sex with him in the fantasy suites. And, just the way she blatantly flirted with Peter spoke volumes to me. I’ve seen several interviews when it was ll said and done and every time she was asked if she would change the outcome and pick Tyler over Jed, she insisted she made the right choice at the time. This is NOT like Jason or Arie, realizing after the fact that they had picked the wrong person. It was Jed she wanted all along. I think Tyler was quite a gentleman to agree to meet her for a drink rather embarrass her on national TV and shoot her down. In my mind he owes her nothing!

  3. ctrealitygirl

    August 15, 2019 at 9:31 AM

    sorry for the typos! My keyboard did some weird things. Supposed to read, “I’ve seen several interviews with Hannah when all was said and done, and every time she was asked…”

  4. tinyred500

    August 15, 2019 at 10:30 AM

    Don’t worry about the typos. My phone has a mind of its own and completely changes a word(s) over and over again… it’s a farce, which I can’t escape. Lol I wish Steve had an edit button on his blog.

    Oh, I agree with a lot of your points. 😀

  5. dbntop

    August 15, 2019 at 2:41 PM

    I have an alternative theory about Demi. During Colton’s season, everyone—fans, contestants, producers, even Colton—were all hyping Demi as The Paradise Queen, or something. No one thought The Bachelor was her jam; everyone thought Paradise was in her wheelhouse. Unfortunately for the producers, Demi met someone in between WTA and the Paradise. They knew Demi was their biggest draw from Colton’s season for viewers. And they’ve also been trying to get an LGBTQ-positive storyline for a while and this was two birds with one stone. I think the producers should be blamed for making her go on, more-so than Demi. They have never knowingly pushed someone to appear on their show when they have a significant other and it’s not like Demi was hiding it from them. I think she was roped into it. Of course she can say no, so she’s not “blameless”, if you want to assign blame to it. I’m fairly sure her gf was involved in the decision. Of course it was pre-planned. You’re just blaming the wrong persons.

  6. dogmomma

    August 16, 2019 at 7:45 AM

    dbntop Yes, that is very possible. I think that so much of what we see lately is staged and pre-planned. In my opinion, the whole Hannah/Tyler “lets get together for drinks” on ATFR was totally planned. I don’t think she blindsided him and he was “too nice” to reject her on TV. I think they agreed to do it, I don’t think it happened organically. The producers wanted people to continue to talk about the show…. will they get back together or will this be closure for them??? And guess what, that’s exactly what we got. Tyler is in the news for dating a model, and Hannah is still processing her feelings and we all want to see her happy so we keep talking about them and they are all over social media. The whole Demi thing is so bizarre, too. I couldn’t stand watching her on Colton’s season because she was so obnoxious, but she was actually entertaining and a lot more toned down on Paradise, a lot more likable. This was definitely staged and they got exactly the outcome that they wanted. I hope that Derek was in on the scheme because if not, what a cruel thing to do to him and his emotions. The show has really gone down hill and not much is real anymore. It’s more like a sitcom where people are given a script and play a certain role. I’ve been watching since season 1 and I’m quickly losing interest in the show. It’s not even entertaining any more.

  7. jlal

    August 16, 2019 at 9:18 AM

    Caelynn and Jordan are both instigators. Caelynn is a drama queen on top of that.

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