Ok everyone, stop. Just stop. I know the Super Bowl just passed and the fawning over Jimmy G for the “Bachelor” revved up once again, but can we use our brains just for a minute here? I feel like I say this every single season, yet every single season, some good looking male athlete becomes the new Flavor of the Month, and everyone seems to think ABC is gonna put him as the “Bachelor.” I’ll say it once again (even though I’m sure it’ll be forgotten), but no professional athlete who’s currently still playing will ever be the “Bachelor.” Ever. Not happening. Why? Because of all 4 major sports (NBA, NFL, MLB, and NHL) are all in season while the “Bachelor” is filming. We know this. It constantly gets brought up but it’s impossible for people to accept that for some reason. I don’t get it. Not to mention, why the hell would ANY pro athlete remotely even consider being the “Bachelor?” Do you really think these guys need to go on a dating show to find a date/wife? But again, that’s beside the point. It doesn’t matter. It can’t happen. And it won’t happen. So lets stop trying to wish this into existence or something. You think one of them is just gonna take a season off so they can be the “Bachelor?”
The “Bachelor” films September thru November. Major sports leagues are in season as follows (in case you don’t follow sports):
NFL: Sept – February
NBA: Oct – June
MLB: April – October
NHL: Oct – June
I hope that helps. And oh yeah, if you wanna throw golf in there since I know Adam Scott was the FOM for a while there, yeah, they’re basically playing golf year round.
In case you missed it, SNL did another “Bachelor” parody this past weekend with JJ Watt as the host:
We know that SNL is known for beating jokes into the ground, but this is like the 4th time I believe they’ve done a parody of the “Bachelor” and basically every one of them is exactly the same. I know they definitely did one for Arie and Colton’s season, and I think they either did Ben H. or Nick as well. Whatever the case, we get the joke by now. Women interrupting saying “Can I steal you for a sec,” always saying “I like this,” all of them coming across about as smart as a box of hammers, the black contestants getting sent home immediately, a drunk girl, etc. It was funny the first time. The 4th time? The law of diminishing returns is starting to set in.
So last Thursday I sent out a tweet saying that “Eyes on You” by Chase Rice was one catchy ass song. I like it. I downloaded it. And Chase responded:
Thanks dude, let’s drink a beer and talk lyrics…or roses. Cheers? https://t.co/uzUPKqm5kY
— Chase Rice. (@ChaseRiceMusic) January 31, 2020
Here’s the problem with my tweet. “Eyes on You” was never actually shown in last Monday’s episode. The only song we heard him perform during what was shown was his new single “Lonely If You Are,” which was released a few days prior to the episode airing. “Eyes on You” has been out since 2017. I had no idea because, well, I don’t really listen to country all that much. But I remember it from all the videos that were sent to me during that date that you could hear in the background. Like this one:
(VIDEO): More bad dancing. This time with sound! pic.twitter.com/sczJaFGrf2
— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) October 2, 2019
And yes, I have reached out to Chase’s team to try and get him on the podcast. He’s done plenty of interviews about this already as we know how pissed he is about how everything went down. But hey, why don’t you come share that with me Chase since I’ve got some other things for us to discuss? I’ll let you know if they respond and are willing to have him on my podcast.
The “Bachelor: Listen To Your Heart” still currently filming and having many public dates. This past Sat night they filmed at the House of Blues in Anaheim. Ryan N. and Natascha were on the date that Chris Lane performed at:
(SPOILER): “Bachelor: Listen To Your Heart” filmed last night at the House of Blues in Anaheim. Chris Lane performed then brought Natascha and Ryan N on stage to sing w him. pic.twitter.com/ls4unWwRoV
— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) February 1, 2020
You can actually see Lauren standing side stage watching if you look close enough. And she posted on IG that night from the HOB in Anaheim, she just never mentioned anything about the show. I’m telling you, get ready for this franchise to shove this show down your throats. And I guarantee you that assuming she doesn’t come out of that show in a relationship, Natascha will absolutely be on Paradise this summer.
Since we’re now into February, I think it’s safe to start talking about “Bachelorette.” Granted, no decisions have been made yet and they’re still deciding, but always keep something in mind. As much as they say they want the fans feedback, they’re gonna choose who they want to choose and will use their own reasoning for doing it. Because everyone has a fan base, so they can easily justify it with, “The fans really wanted her.” Please. It’s who YOU want and who YOU think will play the game. Stop insulting our intelligence making us think the fans have any say in who the next lead is. They don’t and you know it. But with that said, there’s this constant chatter about Hannah Brown getting the gig again. And while I don’t think that’s set in stone, I certainly am not saying it’s impossible. The women this season are leaving a lot to be desired for the next lead, so, I’m not sure exactly where their head is at. You can throw out anyone not from the franchise since they haven’t done that in 25 seasons. However, if you think they’ll go outside this season BUT stay in the franchise, well, I did a breakdown of the top 4 women on each of the last 5 “Bachelor” seasons. Because lets face it, they aren’t making someone the “Bachelorette” who was on 6 years ago. Hell, probably going back 5 seasons is a bit much. But just look at this list of 20 names over the last 5 seasons top 4 finishers:
Colton- Cassie, Tayshia, Hannah G., Caelynn
Arie- Becca, Lauren, Kendall, Tia
Nick- Vanessa, Raven, Rachel, Corinne
BenH- Lauren, JoJo, Caila, Amanda
Chris- Whitney, Becca T., Kaitlyn, Jade
Only FOUR of those women are even single and possible candidates: Tayshia, Kendall, Tia, and Amanda. So everyone who says, “They won’t pick any of Peter’s women, they’re too young.” Ok, then who? Hannah Brown? Possibility. If not Hannah Brown, then Tayshia, Kendall, Tia, and Amanda are your only choices that fit the bill and would make any sense. And I think we can rule out Amanda because, well, they’re not gonna ask Amanda to be the “Bachelorette.” And I really doubt they’d do Tayshia just because they could’ve done her last season and passed her over for Hannah Brown. Kendall is recently single, and so is Tia. IF, and that’s a big if, they are not gonna choose one of Peter’s women for “Bachelorette,” and they dip into a past season and it’s not Hannah Brown, Kendall or Tia are really your only realistic choices. I have no idea where they’re leaning, but just wanted to present you with options.
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February 4, 2020 at 9:16 AM
How about ask Hannah B about Sydney, since they graduated together in 2013 from TCHS.
February 4, 2020 at 9:38 AM
I think it is now painfully obvious that Peter has zero backbone, and is the producers gimp. Literally. They owned him so hard this season. And made him look awful as a result because they have zero scruples, and care more about drama than getting a believable result, and he just wasn’t smart enough to figure it out that his repeated gaffes made him look awful as a lead.
Proof again being Peter acting surprised by the visit by crazy Kelsey, then conveniently having a rose in his room ready to give to her after the chat. Really? I mean really? So spontaneous. NOT.
And then so many liars this season. The thing with Tammy was that she absolutely stepped in it, but she was also being truthful and got ganged up as a result of it. The girls didn’t want her telling Peter the truth because it made then all look bad. Pretty funny actually. Let’s do a recap.
Kelsey looks bad because she is just a hot mess. Ironically, a hot pink mess last night. Sydney lied herself and likes to play the victim. Victoria P got caught in another lie last night then acted like some innocent for being dragged into it. She started the pill popper thing, admitted it, then got mad at Tammy for bringing her into it. Uh, you brought yourself into it. 2nd time caught in a lie, 2nd time not owning it. And not sure why Natasha and Lexi needed to go in on Tammy. She was being truthful. I agree she didn’t need to be the one to do it, but she wasn’t lying either was she.
This is truly train wreck TV. And it is now The Office level painful and cringeworthy to watch. Except on that show, it was scripted. Here, the women are bringing the cringe themselves, helped along by Peter’s awful choices and TPTB pushing their gimp along.
I hope Peter ends up with no one. He honestly needs to. Ther just isn;t any real connection being shown at all. Too much drama, not any good stuff this season. It’s a dumpster fire.
February 4, 2020 at 9:54 AM
I’ve been a long time watcher of the Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise, and I generally enjoy the show, the speculation, talking with co-workers etc., but this season is just painful. What happened to having adults on the show? Where are the mature men and women who have careers and lives, but just don’t have the time or luck in finding someone special? There is no shortage of beautiful girls and handsome guys, and ABC sure knows how to find them, but where are the single, successful, attractive 30-somethings that used to grace this show? Was there not enough drama? This whole season has been one big crying jag – I really can’t imagine what the Kleenex bill must be! If I was Peter I’d walk away now – none of these girls are ready for marriage.
If any of the powers that be at ABC are paying attention, please don’t pick your next Bachelorette from the leftovers this season. Please conduct a new search for accomplished, attractive, mature women who are seriously looking to find a partner. Please find men who are mature and established – someone you’d be proud to take home to your mother. Please establish an age limit – 28 and above – because anything else is just a bunch of crying, whining babies who can’t handle anything.
February 4, 2020 at 10:04 AM
A couple comments:
Most of the people who watch this show (particularly the ones who don’t read your column) are so in their own fantasy worlds, it doesn’t matter that you spell out the sports seasons and that they won’t work with Bachelor filming. These are people who STILL think Hanna B is showing up.
Why shouldn’t SNL put their skit on repeat with different performers? That’s what the show does?
Even I (and I have a lot of tolerance for this mind-numbing tv) almost turned off my set when he sent Alayah home within the first five minutes. I mean, he just asked her to stay 10 minutes ago (in terms of when one show ended and the other began.)
Thanks for the scoop on Sydney’s HS years. I was super curious about that last night but too tired/bored to bother looking into it. Knowing she and Hannah were in HS together makes me wish I’d paid more attention to her reactions when Hannah was on. I DO think they may bring Hannah back for AFTR or Women Tell All, given that she was part of the season. AND it would give them the opportunity to include her in promos and continue to fool the masses. It would be great if they were asked how much they knew each other in HS. Regardless, the people saying horrible things to Sydney online is unacceptable and they should go to online purgatory forever.
February 4, 2020 at 10:37 AM
I wouldn’t put it past Sydney to be creating accounts sending herself those “hate” messages to feel validated and bullied, they look super fake and too on the nose. Sorry, I just don’t believe her. Especially since her HS account is total BS.
February 4, 2020 at 11:39 AM
I’m the only one on this but I am on Tammy’s side. She saw someone who’s drinking away and sooo distraught and emotional since day 1. This sounds like a pattern Tammy picked up on Kelsey that’s repeating over and over and Tammy found this not normal. Therefore, Tammy’s gut told her something’s not right. She didn’t want to turn a blind eye and be complicit and by episode 5, she thought she couldn’t keep this quiet anymore. She should say something.
What the hell is wrong with that?? Maybe Tammy had a friend or family who’s abused alcohol and knows the signs?? Even if she didn’t have any experience, her gut told her it’s should be brought up and not just let it slide.
I see Tammy coming forward as brave and courageous. She’s not calling out some gossip of someone’s voice goes up when the camera comes on, Tammy’s seeing alcoholic tendencies. She didn’t call Kelsey an alcoholic but Tammy saw something alarming enough to bring it up. GOOD for Tammy!!
February 4, 2020 at 12:18 PM
Tammy always struck me as someone who was so completely different than the others that she just didn’t fit in (like Sharleen Joynt in Juan Pablo’s season). She seems like a straight shooter and seems rational and pretty darn normal, but she made the terrible mistake of getting involved in someone else’s crazy. Yes, it is pretty obvious that Kelsey is 100% emotionally damaged goods, but it really wasn’t Tammy’s place to report her train wreck behavior to Peter. I was surprised that Peter gave her a rose, but she’s probably a plant by the producers to keep the drama going. Now that the other women have ganged up against her, her days are numbered. The lesson to be learned from all of this is to keep your mouth shut and just worry about yourself.
February 4, 2020 at 12:33 PM
It only took me about 45 minutes to watch the show as I fadt forwarded through most of it. The only women I like are Madison, Hannah Ann and Kelly, and as Steve said Madi and Hannah Ann have barely been seen the last couple of episodes.
None of the women seem ready for marriage, and the same goes for Peter. No matter who he eventually picks I can’t see it lasting long at all.
February 4, 2020 at 12:40 PM
Surely an issue like alcoholism or even suspected alcoholism is bigger than scoring with Peter. Why not poor Tammy? Everyone else couldn’t be bothered.
Not everyone wants to live in a complicit culture. It’s hard being the whistleblower.
February 4, 2020 at 2:02 PM
Sydney…I’ll start with her. I don’t for a minute feel sorry for her. She comes off as extremely arrogant and selfish. I’m kind of with another commenter that I think Sydney made those comments up herself. Honestly I can’t stand listening to her talk. Peter deems her “best kisser.” Awww would you say that again? Can’t wait to tell the girls that!
Kelsey. There’s someone like her every season. Don’t like her at all.
Victoria P. How does Peter keep her knowing she lied about being close friends with Aaliyah? She’s a shady character for sure. Does anyone think she’s looks like the redhead sent home last night?
Victoria F. I’m not mad Cosmo isn’t airing her “cover shot.” She’s another one who is arrogant and full of herself. One would think after watching the Chris Rice debacle that VF was almost engaged to the dude. Thanks for clearing that up, RS!
These women (and I use the term loosely) have figured out they can lead Peter around like a puppy dog. And while he’s the cutest puppy dog I’ve ever seen, it’s not a good look for him. He’s trying to please too many people
Anybody, like, got a count, like, on how many times, like, the word “like” has been used, like, this season???
February 4, 2020 at 4:15 PM
My takeaway from this episode is that Peter kisses way too many girls in front of the other girls. My favorite contestant by far is Kelley- I would love for her to become our next Bachelorette. She handles herself with grace and class. I also think Peter and Sydney’s makeout was very much like him and Hannah B. They were laying on rocks, that did not look comfortable! Victoria F. just annoys me- I hate that she embellished her relationship with Chase Rice. I fully hope Chase does Steve’s podcast- I did a shoutout on Twitter! 🙂
February 4, 2020 at 5:18 PM
I’m surprised that no one has mentioned MyKenna and her weird tongue action. WTH? Seriously, girl, develop some self-awareness. In an episode that managed to make about two-thirds of the women all look like unstable freaks, her ongoing tongue acrobatics were one of the more disgusting examples of unflattering behavior. I have found myself increasingly relieved when Kelly, Hannah Ann, Madison and Lexi have been on the screen because they aren’t acting like bratty 12-year-olds. There were a few others who seemed to have their heads on straight, but of course they got almost no screen time and are all gone now. Even Victoria F. (during the last couple episodes) has actually seemed normal and likeable. Unfortunately, Tammy got taken down in this one and she was my favorite, although I knew there was no way she was ever going to be a contender. She just seemed like someone I’d like to be friends with. I’m glad a few people stuck up for her here in these comments. I agree she may have some experienced radar about Kelsey’s addictive tendencies, and may have had good intentions, but probably went about it wrong. ANYHOO, as much as I understand what actually goes on behind the scenes at this chronic crap trap that gets worse every season — and yet remains mysteriously addictive — this season is trying my patience even more than Hannah B’s. I was going to stop watching after that season, and only lasted as long as I did because I wanted to see Luke P. finally get his comeuppance — except I really liked Peter, so I had to watch. But then when I realized early on that Peter has no idea how to read women and was given very little to choose from as well, I was too curious about how things would develop, hoping that somehow the season would improve. You’d think I’d have learned by now … And speaking of, producers please don’t bring back The Beast for Round 2. Essentially, I think she’s likeable, but enough is enough. She has already saturated the market. It reminds me of having to suffer through an entire year of Colton. Again, he seemed nice enough, too, but if I never have to see him on my screen again, I’d be okay with that. You can’t convince me the producers have so little imagination that they can’t come up with better alternatives than repeating a has-been plot from before (yet again).
February 5, 2020 at 1:51 AM
It’s so hard for me to believe Peter is a pilot. Why would a smart guy with such a great job do something like meet women on this show? This show makes him actually seem kinda dumb.
Anyway, it’s hard to believe anything Sydney said about her high school days . . . she was beautiful and involved in so many things. She won awards! Come on, people in the South aren’t calling “mixed race” people “Oreos”. That’s just dumb. I live in Georgia and about 40% of the people here #1 are “mixed race” and #2 we all live and work and get along with each other. It’s totally common in the South to be “mixed race”. NO one gets bullied for it. I’m guessing Sydney was an overly sensitive girl and too defensive and that’s why she was bullied if she was. The racism towards “mixed race” people is in the northern states. I have lived there too.
February 5, 2020 at 7:02 AM
OK, look. It could be true that Sydney was a homecoming queen & was popular with a lot of students. It could also be true that others bullied her and used racial slurs. If we all look back at High School, we probably all had really great moments AND moments where we were being picked on. That’s kind of what HS is. Do we remember the negatives even more strongly than the positives? Yeah. That’s kind of what we do. I give Sydney a pass on this.
As for Victoria P, her lies about her friendship with Alayah color everything. She’s a blatant liar and really not a nice person.
Then we have the house train wreck and the house tattletale. They never win.
So, I often feel early on that none of the girls is into the lead and that the show is really going nowhere. I think that’s how everyone feels this season. After tonight, we’ll be down to the last 6. So, maybe the show will work overtime to try and make a couple of them look better. But, to me, this is headed for a Juan Pablo type ending where you really have to struggle to find women that are really into the lead. Granted, Juan Pablo was a jack-a**, and Peter is not. But Peter is wholly unattractive for a completely different reason. He’s a complete wimp who has no ability to handle his own business. If he wanted to keep Alayah around the first time, he could have done so. And he could have told the women to back off about it. We’ve seen many leads, in the past, do something similar with unpopular contestants. But when he let her go and then had her back, he created drama that didn’t need to be there. Then honestly, he sent Alayah home, who despite her flaws, was the most interesting woman in the house. And that’s not a compliment either. The bar is very low this year for the women. We’ll see if one of them manages to stretch themselves over that low bar and win. But I’m starting to think this is headed for a Brad Womack ending, of sorts. How in the hell is Peter going to propose to one of these women?