Guess who has a new favorite Monday night trash TV show? “Bachelor Pad” debuted last night and was everything I could have hoped for and more. The premise: 19 former contestants on ABC’s “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” series, living in a house together, having their lives taped, to find out what happens when people stop trying to fall in love and instead focus on winning money. Greed! Hookups! Tears! The lowdown on what happened in the first episode after the jump …
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“The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” have a terrible track record when it comes to couples staying together. From all 19 seasons, we’ve got … uh … two couples who tied the knot and are still together. But after watching last night’s “Bachelorette” season finale and “After the Final Rose” special, I found myself actually believing that Ali Fedotowsky and Roberto Martinez could make it for the long haul and become the next Trista and Ryan. Here’s why.
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Finally. Arguably one of the best seasons in the “Bachelor” franchise comes to a close tonight, with Ali picking between super sexy Roberto and sweet momma’s boy Chris. Or, you know, NOT. It’s kind of nice, for once, not knowing what’s going to happen, huh? Even better, on the “After the Final Rose” special, Frank comes back to talk to Ali face to face. I am verklempt. See ya at 8 p.m. EST! Keep reading »
Tonight, it’s “The Men Tell All”! I’m pretty psyched for this one, as I’m hopeful that Krazy Kasey, Rated-Gimp, and Frank will all show to face Ali and the rest of the dudes. If they don’t, well, I’ll be disappointed, but at least I think we can count on a confrontation between the Weatherman and Angry Craig. That should provide some entertainment for two goddamn hours. Sigh. See ya at 8 p.m. EST! Keep reading »
Okay, seriously, tonight is the night when Frank drops a stink bomb on Ali’s wedding dreams. Guess we know there won’t be a rose ceremony. Will she be satisfied with just having ZOMGROBERTO and Chris L. to chose from, instead of that small-spectacled, scoop-necked loser? I guess you know where I stand… See ya at 8 p.m. EST everyone! If you’re on time, I will be sharing the details of the amazing sex dream I had about ZOMGROBERTO. You don’t want to miss it. Keep reading »
I know, I missed last week’s liveblog. It was a day off! I apologize. But I bring much enthusiasm to tonight’s episode, in which Ali visits the final four’s hometowns and meet their families. She also gets a surprise from Frank, who “needs to talk.” We all know that ain’t ever good news. It’s like I always say — okay, not really — never trust a guy who lives at home and wears tiny glasses. See ya at 8 p.m. EST friends! Keep reading »
Back in 2007, “Bachelor” viewers were shocked when lame-oid Brad Womack decided not to choose either Jenni Croft or DeAnna Pappas in the final episode. Uh, didn’t he get that memo about the point of the show? DeAnna was totally heartbroken, but picked herself up and became “The Bachelorette.” Only she and her final choice—Jesse Csincsak—didn’t work out, either.
Now, DeAnna has found love for realz. And oddly enough, it happened because of “The Bachelor.” One of DeAnna’s good friends is Holly Durst, a contestant on “The Bachelor” who was let go by Matt Grant. (Bizarre side note: she also dated Jesse.) Holly later got together with Michael Stagliano, who tried to win over Jillian Harris on “The Bachelorette.” Holly and Michael decide to set up DeAnna with Michael’s twin, Stephen, and—shocker—it worked. DeAnna is currently home in Georgia, planning her wedding to Stephen, which will apparently be going down very soon. Before she left for the trip, Stephen tweeted, “The love of my life leaves me today to go home to Georgia : ( .” [Radar]
There’s something oddly inspiring about seeing someone who was crushed on “The Bachelor” find love in real life. After the jump, other folks who went from heartbroken to giddily happy in a very short time. Keep reading »
What do you do with the ring when an engagement is called off? It’s one of those subjects people can debate for hours, and recently there have been a slew of court cases about it. But for Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski, who’ve ended their engagement, things are even more complicated since Ed didn’t technically buy the ring—ABC did. Jillian’s ring is a $60,000 monstrosity from Neil Lane, with a 2.05 carat stone in the center, six baguette cut diamonds around it, and a platinum band. And she is contractually obligated to return it. Apparently, “Bachelor” contracts stipulate that the ring belongs to the show until the couple has been together for two consecutive years. Even at that point, if things go sour and they want to sell or get rid of the ring, they have to give ABC a week’s notice, in written form. Geez, I wonder what the contract says about first-born children. Do they automatically have to be named Chris Harrison, regardless of gender? [Radar] Keep reading »
And for today’s edition of stories we saw coming 10 million miles away—Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski have called off their engagement. What?!?! But “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” couples always stay together. Jillian and Ed told the whole story to Us Weekly, but didn’t make it 100 percent clear whether they are totally dunzo or just putting wedding plans on indefinite hold. “I love him and I’m really sad, but I have to look out for me,” Jillian said. And Ed added, “Jillian isn’t happy and I’m definitely sad about the whole thing, but we got to work through some things on our own if we decide to move forward.”
Now, I like to think the best of people—especially, er, reality television participants—but doesn’t it seem a tad suspicious that they’re announcing their breakup five seconds after the flameout of Jake and Vienna? They wouldn’t be trying to bury the story, would they? Keep reading »