Wednesday, March 16, 2016

15 Times I thought JoJo Fletcher would be the next "The Bachelorette

Since very early on in the show, I thought if JoJo Fletcher did not win "The Bachelor" she would be the best choice for "The Bachelorette." JoJo is outgoing, wears her heart on her sleeve, is funny and beautiful. There had been rumors circulating that JoJo would not be "The Bachelorette" once she made it to the final two. 

I love Becca, who was my other favorite this season, but other than her I wanted the lead to be JoJo. I stuck with it and for the first time since Trista Sutter, "The Bachelorette" is the runner-up. 



Here are 15 times I thought JoJo would be the next "The Bachelorette." 
















Are you excited for JoJo to be "The Bachelorette?"

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XO,

Ashley 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

"The Bachelor" Recap: Season 20 Finale

Then there were two, Ben Higgins had to choose JoJo or Lauren and that decision was not easy. This decision always seems more difficult when the lead's parents tend to favor one over the other.



Lauren meets the parents.

Lauren got the first parent date, which is usually a benefit. This was the first time Lauren and Ben's relationship seemed different. Ben's parents seemed to like Lauren, but there just was not that instant connection that we often see on the show. However, this could have had to do with that Lauren is so reserved and quiet. Most importantly, she was able to convey her feelings to Ben's parents.

JoJo meets the parents.

JoJo is outgoing and has a large presence. This type of personality thrives on "The Bachelor" and meeting the parents was no different. JoJo is raw and emotional and people can relate to her feelings. In doing this, Ben's parents were able to truly understand how JoJo was feeling. Ben and JoJo had strong body language and appeared happy. It was hard to imagine that he may not choose JoJo, but I had said all along she should be "The Bachelorette," if she did not win.

Lauren's last date.

Lauren has been reserved the entire show to avoid getting hurt. On this last date, it shows that the fear only gets worse when the contestants realize that the process is almost over. Ben and Lauren are still different than they were, but it appears to just be nerves. For the viewers it is difficult to watch the awkwardness, because it is not expected to see weirdness with the early front-runner. Lauren and Ben did not walk away with weirdness though, the couple said "I love you" again. There was one difference viewers typically see and that was the lack of gifts on this last episode.


JoJo's last date.

JoJo shows up to the final date is this neon yellow bikini and this accurately depicts her bold and fierce attitude. The date starts out fun and casual by swinging into a waterfall and sharing "I love you" again. However, the date goes from fun to serious quickly later in the night when JoJo needs reassurance about the relationship. Throughout the process, JoJo was hesitant to fall for Ben because of her past relationships, but she still gave it her all.

In one of the most dramatic moments on this show, JoJo and Ben are setting on a bathroom floor. While JoJo is trying to get reassurance and validation about their relationship, Ben tries to help by saying that he loves her. As if saying "I love you" was banned, Ben even admitted to JoJo that he loved the other woman too.



Neil Lane shows up.

Ben appeared to still be conflicted and the rings bought him clarity. I do not think that his decision came down to a ring, but I do believe this was one of the closest choices in "The Bachelor" history.

JoJo goes home.

JoJo shows up first and viewers know what that means, she is going home. JoJo starts sharing her feelings and all I can think is "stop her." On "The Bachelor," the women do have one advantage over male contestants on "The Bachelorette" and that is they that do not have the role of the proposal. There is nothing worse than on the show when people propose and the lead has to pick them up off of the ground.



Ben finally stops JoJo and she is shocked. In true JoJo fashion, she reassures Ben that it is OK, remains classy and walks away calmly. She kept it together until she got in the limo and she is even a pretty cryer.

Congrats Ben and Lauren are engaged!



Before the proposal, Ben's tone was low and sullen. At one point, it looked like Lauren thought he was breaking up with her, but then he got down on one knee and proposed with the largest ring in "The Bachelor" history.

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XO,
Ashley

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

"The Bachelor" Recap: Season 20 Episode 10

The reunion shows for "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" typically end up being the women that we know, tell some, instead of telling it all. The top five moments from "The Bachelor" Women Tell all are:

1. Olivia asking for forgiveness. It seemed as genuine as it could have been. This makes it important for viewers to give her a break until she decides whether or not she is going on Bachelor in Paradise. Then if she misbehaves again then viewers can still think how they want about her. She did take responsibility though, which was reassuring.



2. Jubilee said some things that the women did not agree with, mostly concerning race. Jubilee is defensive and colder than the other women, but for legitimate reasons. She lost her entire family while growing up; therefore, this situation was not the best for her.



3. Caila's appeared to still be upset, which surprised me. It has been four months so it was surprising to see her still feeling the effects.


4. Sheila the chicken being there. 

5. For once, all of the women took it easy on "The Bachelor," So they were either over their breakups or he is that good of a man. 

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

"The Bachelor" Recap: Season 20 Episode Nine

"The Bachelor" goes back to the Caribbean for the fantasy suite dates. The remaining three women get their last chance to connect with Ben before meeting his parents, which resulted in a lot of "I love you's" and awkwardness.

1. Caila

Lucky Caila got the first fantasy suite date. Unfortunately for her the luck ended there. She and Ben shared an awkward river ride followed by a dinner conversation where Caila said, "I love you." Ben did not say "I love you, too," which did not appear as weird until later in the episode. There was something off about them on this date, but they did not choose to forgo their individual rooms.



2. Lauren

Ben was excited to see Lauren after her successful hometown the date before. The couple got to help with a turtle preservation, talk about the future and have a serious conversation later in the date. When Lauren who has hesitated to open up in the process, told Ben she was in love with him, he told Lauren, "I love you, too." This was a dramatic and significant moment in 'The Bachelor' series, but the surprises did not stop there.


3. JoJo

JoJo had some catching up to do after her rocky hometown date, because of her overprotective brothers and ex-boyfriend. Luckily for JoJo it did not take long for them to be back on track. This date was very romantic and the couple got to share their love by a waterfall. In the most shocking event, Ben replied, "I love you, too" when JoJo shared her feelings.

It is the biggest no in "The Bachelor" to say I love you, but to say it twice took it to another level. At this point, it was clear that Caila was not going to be able to catch up to the feelings Ben shared with the other women. In an effort to sustain their connection, Caila went over to see Ben in a cropped top and skirt. Ben is honest with Caila and tells her he has a stronger connection with the other women. Caila is upset, gets in the limo and gets back out and asks when he knew? To translate, Caila wanted to know if he knew before or after he hooked up with her.



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XO,
Ashley

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

"The Bachelor" Recap: Season 20 Episode Eight

After Warsaw, Indiana, "The Bachelor" narrowed the group down to his final four. In every season of the show, the Hometown dates are almost always the best. These dates give a deeper insight into the contestants and where they come from. For the viewers it always shows the front-runner and usually provides plenty of drama to watch.

1. Amanda

The hometown dates are always more intense when there are children involved. Amanda gave Ben the opportunity to meet her children who are absolutely adorable. They all played on the beach and had fun, but like most toddlers Charlie and Kinsley got tired and there were tears. This accurately showed Ben what it was like being with two toddlers. Overall, Amanda's family was great and the main aspect was the children because they are her life.


2. Lauren

Lauren's home was the all-American classic family. Her family was equally protective and welcoming. Lauren's sister placed her so highly in a process that people can become desperate to get a man. This caused Ben to step up and share his feelings to her sister and he even choked up. This was the most successful family date.



Caila

Caila's hometown date was full of fun and focused on her Filipino background. Ben and Caila went to her father's toy factory and built their own toy house. This was an unusual activity for a hometown, so it was interesting to see them as such a playful couple. Both of her parents liked Ben and it was an overall successful date.



JoJo

Texas was big hair do not care and enough drama to scare. JoJo's hometown date started with a creepy love letter and flowers from her ex-boyfriend that cheated on her and treated her poorly. As if that was not enough of an obstacle for Ben and JoJo to overcome, her brothers were the most protected people on the show ever. They were unsure of the process and harsh to Ben, but my favorite part of the entire episode was JoJo's mom drinking straight from the wine bottle.



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XO,
Ashley

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

"The Bachelor" Recap: Season 20 Episode Seven

"The Bachelor" takes the remaining six women back to his hometown in Warsaw, Indiana. The women seem to like Warsaw, unlike the pure shock of Arlington, Iowa on Chris Soules' season. A lot happens while in Indiana, from diners to a short trip to Chicago and McDonald's. The top five moments from episode seven of "The Bachelor" are:

1. Ben and Lauren's One-on-One Date.

Ben shows Lauren everything from his school to where he had his first kiss. As someone who is from a small town in Indiana, this truly depicts the experience. Ben takes Lauren to the Boys and Girls Club, where he worked for years and helped shaped him as a person. The children at the Boys and Girls Club were shocked when the Indiana Pacers walked in. Then the couple had a chance to talk about the drama in the Bahamas, but the night did not end there. Ben and Lauren ended the night at his favorite dive bar. 




2. Ben takes JoJo to Chicago.

Mr. and 'Mrs. Higgins' took on Chicago with a date to themselves at Wrigley Field. Ben was able to hang out at the venue of his favorite sport's team. JoJo is one of my favorite contestants and it was reassuring to see her and Ben open up to one another despite the fact she is scared of falling in love. She explains that she has always given love her biggest effort and it was not reciprocated. Ultimately, her fears are solely based on her past and this shows Ben that the doubts are not because of him. 




3. The most awkward group date.

Ben takes Caila, Amanda and Becca on a group date. They did outdoor activities from flying kites to boating. Ben ended up feeling the most secure with his and Amanda's relationship and gave her the rose. The other women were upset and Amanda got the rose. 




4. After the rose, Amanda got McDonald's and a Carnival.

Take it from someone who lived it, there is nothing more small town than McDonald's and a fair. They are just not usually focused on a couple. It was good to see Ben and Amanda have fun and not have to always talk about serious topics. 





5. The family meets Emily.

"The Bachelor" is full of awkward moments and there is a reason the lead's parents do not meet anyone until the final two. Emily is proof that the final six is too early to meet the parents, especially if the woman is not a right fit. Emily said things like she would be an 'above average' mom and wife. She mentioned she liked watching movies and hates vegetables. This date was hard to watch and got Emily sent home in front of the other women. 




Unfortunately at the end of this episode my girl Becca went home. She kept it classy through the entire process two times and that is impressive. 

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XO,
Ashley

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

"The Bachelor" Recap: Season 20 Episode Six

"The Bachelor" takes the Bahamas by storm in episode six. Hurricane season was not the only disruption when it came down to hesitant contestants and 2-on-1 dates. The top five moments from episode six of "The Bachelor" are:

1.  Olivia gets a rose.
This season has done a great job at not giving us countless "to be continued" episodes. However, after the teen mom comment and Emily told Ben about Olivia, we got the dreaded TBC ending. The episode started back with Olivia not getting her rose revoked.


2. Olivia vs. Emily 2-on-1.

This 2-on-1 is what dreams are made of and why I completely think that Olivia did not get her rose taken away. In recent history, Olivia has had the most false confidence on the show. Yes, she made a first impression, but she had completely created this relationship in her head that did not exist. If she had not said the terrible things she did, this departure would have been way more brutal to watch.



3. Caila gets another one-on-one.

Fewer things on this show devastate contestants more than when a contestant gets a second one-on-one, before everyone gets one. This happens every season and of course early front-runner Caila got the date. The date was a good balance of fun and seriousness. For a moment, I thought Caila may have had Ben scared, when she was afraid that she would hurt him, but she recovered. She has the staying power to stay around a long time.

4. The Bahama Bay of Pigs

I have to admit the pigs got Grand Exuma axed when I was vacation planning. Half the women looked entertained and other half were distraught. Ben had to deal with a lot of unhappy people on this date.

5. Lauren H. goes home

I was sad to see Lauren go, but she looked beautiful and kept it classy. I am positive she will have guys lined up waiting on her.

Join me on Twitter @BachelorExpert to live tweet the show. Who is your favorite?

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Ashley


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