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“Bachelor in Paradise” – Episode 7 Recap, Reunion Taping Today, & Peter as the “Bachelor”

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So the big news will be made official soon, and that’s that Peter will be the next “Bachelor.” I tweeted this out on Sunday night after getting the confirmation I needed. I’ve been telling you since Hannah’s season ended I thought it would be him, but, that I had no idea for sure nor did I know when the announcement was coming. But two things that I did harp on was that Mike wasn’t going to be the “Bachelor,” and within the last week, neither was Derek. I know other outlets were reporting Peter was a “front runner” or “most likely” to be the “Bachelor” towards the end of last week, so even though I’m not saying anything like that, nor am I saying this is my prediction or that I’m guessing, I figured just to not piss those people off, I left off the word “EXCLUSIVE” (even though it technically was). But it will be him, and I expect that announcement within the next two weeks.

Of course once I sent the tweet out, all the critics started rolling in saying they wanted Mike, Peter will be boring, they’re not gonna watch, blah blah blah. I say the same thing every season and I’ll say it again. No one cares that you aren’t going to watch. Nobody. The fact you have to announce it and show how angry you are further tells me you will watch. You know why? Because I heard the same people chirping when they named Nick the Bachelor. Then the next season when they named Arie. Then last season when they named Colton. And yet, all three seasons did well in the ratings, people were talking as the season was going on, there was scandal, there was drama, and zero people remembered by the end of the season how loudly people were saying they weren’t gonna watch back when the announcement was made.

This whole notion that “Oh, well this is it. Peter is so cookie cutter. Diversify the show. I’m done” is laughable to me. Let me reel off our last SEVEN “Bachelors” for you in order:

Sean Lowe
Juan Pablo
Chris Soules
Ben Higgins
Nick Viall
Arie Luyendyk
Colton Underwood

See any similarities in that list? Outside of maybe Juan Pablo who had a little spice to him I guess, 6 cookie cutter white dudes. And you all watched. But NOW you’ve had enough? Really? This is it? This is the last straw for you? Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me, uhhhhh, seven times, shame on me. Please. Just stop. This is what the show does, and they’ve done it for seven seasons in a row (actuall all 24 now if we’re really getting technical). And when that first Monday in January 2020 rolls around, the new year is starting, and the “Bachelor” starts running out their promos with crazy girl entrances making sexual innuendos about windmills and the mile high club, people will be tuning in. Lets not forget, Colton’s first episode of the season aired opposite of the Alabama/Clemson national championship this year. It drew 5.1 million viewers and a 1.5 rating. Colton’s finale drew 8.2 million viewers and a 2.4 rating. And I cannot tell you how many “Oh my God why did they pick COLTON????” tweets and emails I got. “Why didn’t they pick Jason?” “Why didn’t they pick Blake?” Non. F***ing. Stop. Then those ratings pour in. So all I’m asking is just to save your breath. It’s falling on deaf ears. Great. You’re not watching. Millions of other people will.

Also, no need to ask “Why didn’t they pick Mike over Peter? Or Derek?” Because there’s no answer to give. When the announcement is officially made, and Chris Harrison runs to Lauren Zima to give the first interview about it, he’ll talk about how Mike and Derek were great candidates as were others, but ultimately they think Peter is ready, believes in the process, and he thinks he’ll be a great “Bachelor.” That’s all you’ll probably get. And if we’re to believe Mike in his interview with Lauren Zima last week, that would be a lie on Chris’ part because according to Mike, as of a week ago, they hadn’t even talked to him about it. So not only will Mike not get the gig, sounds like he wasn’t even considered that seriously for it:

The other thing I want to mention is Derek. I swear the email count was close to 50 last week after all the Derek/Demi stuff went down telling me that Derek was totally getting a “Bachelor” edit and did I think he was gonna be the “Bachelor” now. Again, recency bias. Derek got dumped. So did Peter. And so did Mike. So just because someone gets dumped on this show, is sad, throws out lines of “this always happens” and questions whether they will ever find love, doesn’t mean they’re going to be the “Bachelor.” I want everyone to keep that in mind when inevitably, in the next season, some guy in the top 4 or so will get dumped, he’ll get a “Bachelor” edit, but not get the “Bachelor” gig. Only one guy can get it. And technically if you don’t win the show, EVERYONE could have a “next Bachelor” edit. Mike, Peter, and Tyler all had realistic ones. And if Tyler wasn’t spending every living, breathing moment with Gigi, I’m sure he would’ve been offered the role. But that Derek campaign came HARD last week. Overwhelming actually, and I never thought for a second they were gonna give it to him. But because some guy cries and doesn’t flip out when he gets dumped, everyone just assumes he’ll be the next “Bachelor.” Can’t wait to use Derek as an example in the future for all “Bachelor edit” people who ask me about the next guys, because it’s coming.

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  1. dbla31

    August 27, 2019 at 8:37 AM

    Very disappointed in Peter for Bachelor, but then I would have been equally disappointed in Derek or Mike. Black or white, they are all pretty boring. Peter was best described by Hannah when she talked about him reminding her of playing with dolls as a child and the guy she thought she wanted at that age: a total Ken doll. Will I still watch? Absolutely. The only one I would have genuinely enjoyed was Tyler, and we’ve known that wasn’t happening since After the Final Rose.

  2. justsaying

    August 27, 2019 at 9:13 AM

    There’s just no justice in this world 🙁 Cant a girl get a hot Bachelor for friggin once

  3. ctrealitygirl

    August 27, 2019 at 9:21 AM

    I’m with you justsaying. Peter is just too vanilla for my taste. And it bugs me that he ditched a woman he professed his love to in order to be cast on the Bachelorette. I don’t buy his sincerity. But my hopes for Tyler being named were sunk when he started dating Gigi Hadid…but can’t say as I blame him for his choice. Who would want to trade the new exciting lifestyle he’s waltzed into for a gig being the Bachelor, filled with nonsense and drama, and possibly end up like Hannah – alone. He’s living the good life and we’re stuck with Plain Peter. Ugh

  4. joanne

    August 27, 2019 at 10:58 AM

    I actually found Peter quite charming. He was totally wrong in how he treated his last girlfriend though it was not as bad as Jed.

  5. dogmomma

    August 27, 2019 at 11:06 AM

    In light of what has happened this season with Tyler ending up dating a super model after the show ends airing, it sure seems like most of the guys trying out for Bachelor in the future are going to have that in the back of their mind. If they go on the Bachelorette, say all the right things, get their heart broken, then they are setting the stage to meet and date beautiful, famous women. So, not that there are many men actually looking for love on the show, now there will be even less on there “for the right reason”. They can change the name of the show to Who Wants to Date a Model.

    I have another thing bugging me. There are so many people posting nasty things about Hannah B because they think she’s either faking it when she seems happy in her Instagram posts, or they think she’s being a drama queen by posting things about how she’s struggling post show with her emotions. No matter what she does, she is criticized. Then, on the other hand, Gigi Hadid just ended a 3 year relationship and has jumped into this relationship with Tyler and it’s being reported that she’s happy again because her former relationship wasn’t good for her. Why aren’t people criticizing her for not taking the time to work on herself before jumping into another relationship?? I don’t care what either of the two women do with their lives, but is it really necessary for people to post hateful comments about someone that has come out of reality TV? Maybe women are just jealous of Hannah’s new life and opportunities, but why not get on board with the “lifting each other up” program instead of spewing so much hate!

  6. ctrealitygirl

    August 27, 2019 at 11:23 AM

    I, too, do not get all the hate people are spewing these days. Like Steve is constantly pointing out, this is a reality TV show we’re talking about, yet viewers act like what the “stars” do is their personal business. And are people forgetting that Hannah is a 24 year-old woman? I think she’s very mature for her age and throughout her season illustrated that. As for the future of bachelor contestants, social media has changed the landscape completely. Just look at the hot mess that BIP is this summer. Everyone going in either knew their fellow castmates already, or slept with them. It’s no longer organic. I watched a talk show online yesterday where they were discussing the new phenomenon of famous stars going after Bachelor/ette contestants, ala Gigi Hadid and Demi Lovato. A Lot of celebs watch/follow the Bachelor shows and now they’re pursuing the cast-offs. It is what it is…not much any of us can do to change where modern technology takes us. But, as Chris Harrison is quick to point out, the Bachelor shows seem to be a barometer for what’s going in in the world of millenials who are up on the latest trends in technology and social media.

  7. jenscho

    August 27, 2019 at 12:27 PM

    You didn’t mention Hannah G. and Dylan being a couple in this article. I thought they were together. Did they break up?

  8. sportsfreak81

    August 27, 2019 at 3:26 PM

    @jenscho he literally mentions that all 3 couples that got engaged are still engaged

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