“The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” have long been known for casting types—the workaholic, the basketcase, the party heartier. But it looks like after last season, when Emily Maynard became a fan favorite because of the resilience she showed in talking about her fiance who died in a plane crash years before the show, it appears the franchise has a new type—the tragedian. For the second season in a row, the producers have cast a contestant with something deeper than a traumatizing breakup in their past—they’ve lost spouses in tragic accidents.
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Am I really about to get involved in the latest season of “The Bachelorette” with Ashley Hebert, a girl who in my estimation, is not really ready to settle down? I say this because at the end of last season, when she and Brad Womack were getting down to brass tacks, she hadn’t even considered the idea she may have to move to another state to be with him. Red flag that she may not be ready for marriage. The show, while highly entertaining, has lost all credibility. Trista and Ryan Stutter’s love was a fluke that producers have been fruitlessly trying to replicate since season one. I suppose Jason Mesnick and Molly Melaney are still going strong as well, but not without their fair share of scandal. Brad Womack and Emily Maynard are already over (well at least I think they are). I can’t say I’m the least bit surprised. It’s gotten to the point where you expect every “Bachelor” couple to fail. The show has become more about bikinis and less about betrothal. “The Bachelor” franchise needs to make a few changes if they want us to start taking them seriously agin. After the jump, a few suggestions. Keep reading »
DeAnna Pappas has had a long, strange ride on “The Bachelor.” First, she fell for Brad Womack, only for him to walk away without proposing to either woman at his final rose ceremony. Next, she came back as “The Bachelorette” and fell in love with quirky snowboarder Jesse Csincak, only to find out they weren’t compatible after all. Finally, she met the twin brother of a guy from Jillian Harris’ season of “The Bachelorette,” and fell in love—this time for real. And while she’s in the midst of planning her wedding, she had the surreal experience of sitting back on the couch and watching Brad get a second shot at “Bachelor”-dom.
On April 9th and 10th, DeAnna will be one of the guests of honor at the Reality Rocks Expo, a two-day conference celebrating the phenomenon of reality TV. To get ready, she sat down with The Frisky to talk about her upcoming wedding, what reality TV auditions are really like, and, of course, whether Brad and Emily will make it. Keep reading »
“I don’t know, she’s kind of cool, she’s spunky and she’s got a lot personality. It’s also the first time we had an actual professional woman as a bachelorette. She’s not a party planner, she’s a dentist! That’s a good step for us. I think it’s a cool good lesson for young ladies out there to see an accomplished woman still struggling to put the personal side of her life together. That’s something a lot of women can relate to. She will be a different kind of bachelorette!”
– Mike Fleiss, creater of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” on why Ashley Hebert was picked to be the next “Bachelorette.” Sigh. So many issues with this quote. For starters, Ashley is a dental student. Good for her, but technically she’s not yet a professional. Secondly, since when party-planning not an actual profession? I think the many successful, hard-working party planners out there — both male and female — would have a problem with that statement. [EW] Keep reading »
Last night, after the disappointing revelation that Brad and Emily are probably not going to live happily ever after, speculation instantly began on who would be the next “Bachelorette.” Would ABC go with the obvious choice, Chantal O’Brien, the gorgeous brunette who was Brad’s runner-up? That theory were quickly shot down during “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” On the show, it was announced that Ashley Hebert, the sweet dental student Brad sent home from Cape Town, would be the new “Bachelorette.” [CNN] Keep reading »
File this love match under “So Wrong, It’s Right.” Vienna Girardi, who won Jake Pavelka‘s heart on “The Bachelor” and then lost him in one of the most explosive televised breakups we’ve ever seen on “After the Final Rose,” has a new man! Krazy Kasey Kahl, who vied for Ali Fedowsky‘s love on “The Bachelorette”! Now, the “Bachelor”/”Bachelorette” pool of contestants is about as incestuous as you can get, so Vienna and Kasey are hardly the first random couple to come out of the hit ABC show, but they are, by far, the most ridiculous. Vienna, for starters, is crazy, though we did totally take her side in the breakup with Jake. But Kasey is truly one of the more embarassingly entertaining contestants ever. Remember how he wouldn’t stop saying he wanted to “guard and protect” Ali’s heart? Remember how it inspired the world’s lamest tattoo on his forearm, and Ali promptly sent him packing? Remember how he warbled a song he dedicated to Ali and Ali was all crinnnnnge? Well, Vienna ain’t cringing at Kasey’s ridiculous tattoo or tone deaf singing, calling Kasey a “wonderful man” on Twitter. Aww, I think it’s sweet these truly crazy kids found each other. [Bumpshack] Keep reading »
We watched as season five “Bachelorette” contestant, David Good, got a second chance at love on “Bachelor Pad.” After all the pie-eating, backstabbing, and unitard-wearing was said and done, David walked away the big winner with $125,000 in his pocket and Natalie Getz on his arm. Not too shabby! Since then, David has been busy penning a book, The Man Code: A Woman’s Guide To Cracking The Tough Guy. As unlikely a messenger as he may seem, his book gives women a look under the hood, helping them crack the code to understanding “men’s men.”
It’s a couple made in reality TV show villain heaven. Rumor has it that Justin Rego of “The Bachelorette” is dating Angelina Pivarnick of “Jersey Shore.” Justin failed to impress us when he courted Ali, walking miles in a cast to see her, only for her to discover soon after that he had a girlfriend back home. And Angelina failed to impress us by being whiny and picking fights with her roommates in Miami. Wait, now that I think about it, these two have a lot in common. Both of them made early exits from their respective shows after a big blow-out fight. Both of them like to juggle multiple love interests—Justin is rumored to have actually had two girlfriends while filming the “The Bachelorette” and Angelina famously got with Vinny while dating Jose. Not to mention that wrestler Justin totally looks like Angelina’s juicehead type. Maybe this will last? [People] Keep reading »
“It’s terrible to leave because the other person doesn’t know what they want … He’s not a bad guy, he’s just not quite ready to grow up.”
When Star magazine got its grubby hands on Ali Fedotowsky‘s diary, they published an excerpt from high school when she wigged out on ecstasy. Now Radar is reporting that a friend of Ali’s has a photo of her topless—taken when she was 15. In the image, someone is pouring beer over her chest. “You don’t see who is pouring the beer. You see a hand with a beer in it, and the person is off camera,” their source says. “A person who was in Ali’s life for a long time took the picture. She was very wild. But she was under age at the time this picture was taken and if it surfaces someone is going to be in a lot of trouble. The person who has it is now hiding it.” Guess that’s pretty lucky for Ali. The image surfacing would not be the ideal wedding present. [Radar] Keep reading »