Saturday, March 18, 2017

Raven Gates will be looking for love on 'Bachelor in Paradise.'



Raven Gates has been a class act from the time she got out of the limo. Nick and Raven's relationship surprised me, because I honestly thought she was cast for Luke Pell. The couple's differences seemed to fade early on in the relationship. She was the first person to meet his parents and they loved her.

On the show, Nick and Raven always had fun and she seemed to worry more about how was doing instead of how she was dealing with the situation. Post-show I don't think there would've been any issues on where they would've lived. Someone could've managed Grey Suede for Raven, while she lived with Nick in LA.

Ultimately, Raven was the better choice for Nick on The Bachelor. On the press call, she was sweet and genuine to everyone who asked her a question. She didn't avoid any questions and showed her humorous side.

Friendships are important on The Bachelor and we have seen a lot of form during this season. The strongest relationship to come out of The Bachelor' this season was the Rachel and Raven friendship.

When asked about who she made friendships with in the house she remained honest, but kind.

"Obviously, Rachel Lindsay and I have a really special relationship," Raven said. "I was afraid I was to leave one out.'

Now for love, I had to know what qualities Raven is looking for in a man on Bachelor in Paradise. 

"I want someone who, if we are out having drinks to dinners and there’s a band playing and there's a dance floor, that he, one, has initiative to take my hand and bring me on the dance floor," Raven said. "Two, who doesn’t care what anyone else think and just hold on with me and three, choose me to dance first."

Raven knows what she wants and I can't wait to watch her look for love on 'Bachelor in Paradise.' Who do you think would be the best person for her?

XO,
Ashley

'The Bachelor' Finale: Nick Viall chooses Vanessa Grimaldi


Nick Viall has always been known as the groomsmen but never the groom. That changed on Monday night when he proposed to Vanessa Grimaldi on 'The Bachelor.' I typically write the play-by-play of the finale. However, this finale had so many issues.

Do I watch this show for the love story? No, I watch for the communal aspect of the show and the entertainment value. I love seeing contestants that I may be friends with in real life like Rachel Lindsay and Raven Gates or hilarious people like Corinne. These people make the show worth watching. If a love story happens, then it's a bonus.

It's unexpected because when Nick was on Bachelor in Paradise I wanted him to be The Bachelor. Nick started drama on every season he was on, but he was different on The Bachelor. He turned boring quickly and not in the aww he's in love type of boring. He appeared to have the strongest relationships with Rachel and then Raven and Corinne.

Nick chose the difficult relationship, which would make sense in real life, but this is a fantasy world. Post-show Nick and Vanessa have been painfully awkward. The After the Final Rose was one of the worst since Juan Pablo or Brad Womack's season. On Tuesday's press call they faced intense questions regarding if they were happy, the immigration process and how they were going to work. They handled it all right considering the situation, but most couples are so enthusiastic post-show.

It's exhausting and hard to watch this couple, because they never really seemed happy in the moments even on the show. When I talk to couples I love to give them a chance to share moments that viewers didn't see in the two hour weekly episodes. In most situations couples answer this question easily, but these two didn't really answer the question.

To ensure that the conversation tone is in tact, I have included the word-for-word communication.

BachelorExpert.com: Were there any moments that the viewers didn’t get to see that you wish would have been shown?

Nick Viall: Sure.

Vanessa Grimaldi: Yes.

Nick Viall: "You know, like an endless amount. You know, one thing I told Vanessa early on, right after we got engaged is just kind of prepare her for the fact that, you know, in general, there are so many moments that never get shown overall. And that’s the fact that she’ll probably feel like there are a lot of great moments between us that won’t be shown. But I think it’s important to remember those moments between us. And certainly, I think – you know, I think, Vanessa, sitting here, would love, for all those moments to be shown. But you know, for a lot of reasons, that’s just not possible."

Even though the chances of this couple making it are low, I still consider this season a success. I can't wait to have Rachel Lindsay as The Bachelorette and have Raven Gates on Bachelor in Paradise. Check out my next blog for more thoughts on Raven on this season and what she is looking for on Bachelor in Paradise.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

'The Bachelor' Women Tell All Recap

The Bachelor: Women Tell All fulfilled its role of only telling the audience things we already know. Mostly it was the Corinne show, which was representative of this entire season.

The three most notable moments of the Women Tell All:

1. Corinne unsurprisingly didn't apologize, even though Taylor really wanted this to happen. I'm completely a Corrine fan. Her love for napping, sushi and champagne is second to none. In her material world, she still seems real and unapologetic. I was entertained and am so excited that she will be joining Bachelor in Paradise.

2. It was surprising that Kristina wasn't over the situation. She was by far the most upset on the reunion show. I hope she gets over it and finds someone off the show. Don't go on Bachelor in Paradise you can do better. 

3. Sometimes it's shocking who talks just to try to get on Bachelor in Paradise and who doesn't get airtime. I didn't remember some of the people who dominated the conversation, but thought that Danielle M would get to talk. I don't know how she told such a heartbreaking story on the show, but there was no follow up aired. Is she going to go on BIP or is she happy? What if we never find out? 

The show concluded with the shortest blooper reel. Luckily, Rachel was brought out and all of the women seemed excited for her to be The Bachelorette.

XO,
Ashley