We are down to the final 2 on Michelle’s season. Filming wraps this week. She had a date yesterday down in Mexico near the Iberostar Hotel in Punta de Mita and they went jet skiing together. Got some pics from it, however, it was from a bit of a distance and I can’t make out which guy it is. So until I know for sure who it is, and until I find out who the other guy is in the final two, then I’ll let you know. But filming wraps this weekend, so the initial date of Sept. 10th that I heard of the ending seems to be either right on or a day off. But yeah, I’ve looked at these two pics I have numerous times and it’s just not clear enough to make out who it is. It’s not Joe and it’s not Nate and it’s not Peter – the only three guys we’ve seen pics of her on a date with so far that’s gotten out publicly. But that doesn’t mean they couldn’t be the other guy in the final two that I don’t know yet. This is going to be fun trying to figure this one out. Or, per usual, I can just wait until I’m told and that’ll be much more solid. Anyway, that’s the update on where we’re at with Michelle’s season.
So the DWTS announcement came this morning of the whole cast, and yet again, not a ton to get excited about in terms of names. Well, maybe for most people. There’s 3 that interest me: Marty Kove, better known as John Kreese from the “Karate Kid” and Cobra Kai, has been cast as your resident old person this season. Zero chance to win, but hey, as long as he tells his pro “No Mercy” and threatens to make their knuckles bleed, that would be highly entertaining. Cody Rigsby is my favorite instructor from Peloton and he’s been cast. Considering he’s a former backup dancer for Katy Perry and Nicky Minaj, I expect him to do well. Would be shocked if he doesn’t make final 3 at least, if not win it all. And then of course last but not least, David Fucking Silver himself is on this season. I didn’t see the pairings announced yet, but I gotta believe he’ll dance with Sharna. If DWTS knows what’s right for them, they will have a Hip Hop Week and we can see moves like this from David again:
This needs to happen. Please. I’m begging you DWTS production. Let David Silver dance!
Here’s your IG Follower update from @Bachelordata since Monday’s shit show of an episode. This is actually from last night. It’s changed even more since then. Not only has Brendan dropped well below 300k followers, Natasha has gained over 200k followers since Monday and is now over 300k total. I’m not sure we’ve seen this big of growth and subsequent decline of followers in this short of time ever. Pretty fascinating reaction.
So here are my thoughts on last night’s episode:
-I think one thing that needs to be established is that Alana and Chris did NOT have a pre-show relationship. Had they hung out? Yes. In the infamous San Diego trip, that ironically, Jessenia was on and hooked up with Chris during that trip. But Chris and Alana only knew each other and had never had any pre-show relationship. But clearly he had an eye on her since his tongue was down her throat within minutes of her showing up, followed by him saying “I’ve been wanting to do that for a while now.”
-With that said, Chris couldn’t have handled that any worse than he did. I know that everyone is comparing Jessenia dumping Ivan for Chris and Chris dumping Jessenia for Alana as the same thing, and while on the surface it is, Jessenia handled hers way better. She told Ivan to his face in a sit down conversation how she was feeling. Chris just went off, made out with Alana, Jessenia catches a glimpse of it, she talks to him right after and he doesn’t admit anything other than “I’m so in my head right now,” then makes out AGAIN with Alana on the dance floor in clear view of Jessenia. So no, I don’t think the situations were exactly the same.
-Chris handled it poorly, his communication skills with Jessenia sucked, and she had every right to be pissed at him for what he did. However, lets be real here, no matter what you think he did, he was bullied off that beach. Totally ganged up on by some of the guys and that was completely unnecessary. It wasn’t wrong of them to confront him, but c’mon, you all watched it. I know people love Joe and Riley so far this season, but I’m sorry, be objective. The way they spoke to Chris, how forceful they were,
it was way over the top and not at all necessary compared to what he did. There’s no other way to call it other than it was bullying in its purest form. If they don’t have the same exact energy for Brendan next week, that’s messed up.
-As for Brendan and Pieper, yeah, that was the most talked about thing last night on social media last night. Me and plenty others had that same sentiment while it was airing, which was, why are they so mad at Chris and Alana yet nothing towards Brendan and Pieper? Well, we all expressed that before we saw the previews for next week when it’s clear that that’s when the cast jumps all over their ass and Brendan and Pieper eventually end up leaving. Not to mention, a few contestants took to Twitter last night to tell people who were saying to just wait til next week. So yeah, it’s happening. But still, I was STUNNED how mad they were at Chris, a guy that Joe earlier in the episode said didn’t matter. Blake Horstmann first said this last night, and he hit the nail on the head. The reason they were all over Chris so hard is because he doesn’t have a following. He isn’t one of the “cool” kids, barely anyone knew him, and basically, he’s low in the pecking order when it comes to the cliques in this franchise. No established fan base, barely anyone remembers him, and he didn’t come in with any notoriety whatsoever.
“Reader Emails” begins on Page 2…
September 8, 2021 at 11:13 AM
Demi just looks pathetic. It is so obvious she is insecure and uses sex, hence the constant asking to go to the boom boom room. She is so shallow, so can’t grasp how a someone would prefer a deeper, mature person over her annoying little girl attention grabbing antics. I almost feel sorry for her, she is so lost.
September 8, 2021 at 11:27 AM
I love Steve’s response to any message that even mentions Demi. That’s the way to handle it, Steve. Give them absolutely NOTHING to say. LOL
September 8, 2021 at 12:25 PM
I totally agree with everything you said about Demi, jlal. Last night when she wouldn’t leave Kenny alone, even after he made it pretty clear that he wasn’t going to the boom0boom room with her, she came off looking looking very pathetic and needy. When’s she’s being flirty and fun, I can almost see why men are attracted to her, but as the episodes go on, she’s acting more and more like an immature spoiled brat. It really made my day when she got turned down by Kenny. I’m guessing she won’t want to return to Paradise after this season. Her schtick worked in previous years, but her act has gotten old. And I agree with one of the readers who commented that Demi doesn’t even look that good this year. From the moment she walked down the stairs to the beach I thought the same thing. She has a lot of competition in Paradise, a lot of the women are knock-outs.
September 8, 2021 at 2:19 PM
All this Demi talk. I feel empathy for the girl. Her Mother was in prison as she grew up & last I heard, she was released when Demi was filming Colton’s Bachelor. If I look @ this and think about how this damaged her psyche growing up, her whole personality adds up. I am willing to bet she has never dealt with it and has never grown up from the time her Mother was incarcerated. Her trying too hard, any attention is better than nothing, etc…
I always try to think why a person acts the way they do & while I feel for Demi, I hope she does her growing up OFF CAMERA and perhaps come back to the franchise when she has dealt with all of her issues, but I hope she disappears til then – IF she ever DOES grow up.
September 8, 2021 at 3:40 PM
I don’t know anything about your “difficulties” with Demi, but I very much regret that you cannot/will not comment on her absolutely atrocious behavior, specifically for the entertainment value your snarky (but accurate) comments would be. I cringe every time she shows up on screen, and of course the more dreadful she is, the more focus they’ll put on her. Last night was actually so far over the top, even for her, that I switched over to the Sox/A’s game, just to not have to watch her. We have a group of people in the office that meet over lunch the day after each show, just to hash over impressions, likes, etc. (we’ve been doing this since the shows began!) and it is unanimous that Demi has to 1) go soon, and 2) never be invited back. The group is very mixed in many other subjects, but regarding Demi there is total agreement. (One woman calls her “Bat wing” for the absurd eyeliner she wears!) As I say, even without any knowledge of the issues you have with Demi, I have no doubt she’s milking it for all it’s worth. Steph calls her Batwing, I call her Batsh*t Crazy.
September 8, 2021 at 4:33 PM
Snowstorms, I had no idea about her background and it is sad. That may explain the any attention is good attention behavior. However, she also has a very toxic mean girl side to her, that nothing justifies. I feel sorry for any woman who so obviously mistakes sexual attention for something deeper. But, she lashes out and spews vile insults to both men and women who don’t play along the way she wants.
September 8, 2021 at 5:00 PM
Did you notice how after Kenny turned her down, Demi looked like she stopped wearing makeup?
Also, how Demi was projecting her own motives and feelings on to others? “He’s a 40 year old child.” (Demi is a child.) “She is mean.” (Demi is mean.) etc etc
What a sad, sad person. Not funny or remotely entertaining. I bet she is a very unhappy person underneath that veneer.
September 8, 2021 at 5:17 PM
The best consequence for Brandon and Pieper would be for them to be excluded from all future Bachelor Nation activities, including future BIPs if they break up.
September 8, 2021 at 11:22 PM
I am here to second the email about Maurissa. She completely transforms into a different person with makeup and I’m fascinated. It looks like she adds eyelashes and a hairpiece (it doesn’t look like her hair is actually as long as that ponytail), and maybe does some really artful contouring? I find myself totally distracted with trying to pinpoint how she does it. She is beautiful and obviously has impressive makeup skills.
It seems funny to me how people get so wound up about timing (like them going after Chris but not Brendan/Pieper) when it is all so manipulated and edited. For all we know, Joe and Riley could have immediately proceeded to take on Brendan and Pieper when they finished with Chris. All this stuff happened so fast and was overlapping. I think it was maybe Maurissa who said something in passing on Tuesday’s episode about being surprised about being so attached to someone after only knowing them for 5 days. Maybe it was Mari? I can’t remember now. It just brought me back to reality that even though we have been watching for weeks and the people keep talking like they have been there for a long time, they really haven’t been there long at this point. Like how Noah and Abigail aren’t an actual long term couple in the traditional sense.
September 9, 2021 at 12:38 AM
It doesn’t give her a pass @ ALL!! I can’t believe anyone on BIP would like her. I was even MORE shocked, seeing the positive way the girls treated her when she was comparing herself to Tia & how much “better” she was in comparison. I honestly wouldn’t mind if we never saw her again, but I DO hope she is able to grow up & find unconditional love. She has to learn how to love herself first, and I sadly don’t see that happening any time soon.
September 10, 2021 at 11:07 AM
Answering the person who asked about Becca’s engagement ring. I just read an interview with her that she did keep it and hasn’t decided what to do with it yet. I don’t find her behavior at all shady. First off, it’s not like Garrett scrimped and saved for a ring. It was a “promotional consideration” item between ABC and Neil Lane. No one loses anything. Why shouldn’t she keep it? Second, she deserved that and more as a prize for being with that boob Garrett for two years!