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Thursday, March 5, 2015

'The Bachelor' Chris Soules' Women Tell All

Sorry for the delay in recapping the 'Women Tell All,' I have been distracted by 'The Girl on the Train,' which is a great read if you are looking for a good mystery. On Monday, the first 17 minutes was composed of 'surprising' viewing parties, commercials and a recap to get the women riled up.

Round One: Carly and Britt

Separately, Carly and Britt seem like good people; however, when mixed together the situation is a mess. 

Britt is beautiful that is undeniable. She and Chris had the strongest connection for 50 percent of the process. When someone is a clear frontrunner, it is difficult for the person who receives the rose and the other contestants. It sets up unrealistic expectations for everyone involved.

Was Britt falling for Chris? Britt and Chris had a strong connection. Would she have moved to Arlington? Even though I do not know Britt or Chris, it seems that it would have been extremely unlikely that their lives would have matched. Did Britt take advantage of every moment on 'The Bachelor?' Absolutely, even through the 'Women Tell All' I feel she was using the platform in her advantage. All of this does not make her a bad person, in the contrary, Britt seems like a good person. If she had been a pediatrician from Cheyenee, Wyoming, do I think Britt would have had as many issues? No, I don't, Britt living in Hollywood and being a waitress and actress worked against her. 

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When Carly said she did not wish Britt 'ill will' it was cringe-worthy. Throughout the show, Carly provided comedic relief on numerous occasions. The scenes of her and Britt were intense. The other women may have felt threatened by Britt and Chris' connection, but not to that extreme. However, I am guessing (hoping) that Carly's ITMs were not in the direct context that we saw. 

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I disagree that Britt would have ended up with Chris if it Carly did not say anything. Britt reacted differently toward Chris when she was not the center of his attention. If it had not been on the group date, at some point, he would have shown attention toward someone else and would have provoked the same situation. 

Winner: Hopefully, the audience if these two people end up on 'Bachelor in Paradise.'

Round Two: Kelsey vs. the World

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Kelsey uses Chris Harrison's handkerchief, which was an incredibly awkward moment. All of the women still have a harsh relationship with Kelsey. I was hoping more than anything Kelsey would call 'editing' on the entire situation. To my surprise, she did not blame editing and that was terrifying. 

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Winner: No one. 

Round Three: Ashley S. 

Ashley walks up to the hot seat in her Louboutin pumps and onion. Ashley S. was one of my favorite contestants to date. She that she was bored and wanted to explore. This is Ashley's world and we are just living in it. 

Winner: Ashley, us and everyone. Whether it was a Joaquin Phoenix act or her real personality, it was absolutely brilliant.

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Round Four: 'Wild Mustang' Jade

While Britt may have been looked as the frontrunner, Jade was shy, reserved and the dark horse of the competition. She emerged half-way through when she was selected by the sisters, taken home to Arlington and then met his parents. Her small town Nebraska roots seemed the most compatible with his life and Arlington, except for the Playboy photos. 

Winner: Hugh 

Round Five: Kaitlyn 

Kaitlyn was easily my favorite contestant this season. Pretty, hilarious and unfiltered are how I would describe Kaitlyn. All too often on this show, we see people who are cookie cutter and who say what they think people want to hear. Kaitlyn broke the mold and was shamelessly herself, which was refreshing to watch. 

Winner: Kaitlyn, of course. 

Round Five: Chris vs. Everyone

In the first 30 seconds of Chris coming on stage, Britt reaffirmed why the majority of the women disliked her. 

Winner: Producers

There is only one way to respond to Britt going on stage immediately. 

Yeah, Britt.
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Kaitlyn wants to know why and when, because she did not think she was done. After he told her he was falling in love with her, the audience did not either. During the entire night, Kaitlyn stayed out of all of the drama, which is a huge clue that she will be the next lead. At least I keep telling myself that, since I have been calling it since a few weeks into the show.

I agree, Kaitlyn.
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Jade and Chris' chat was the most awkward of the night. If it had not been for the photos I would go as far to say, Jade would have been in the finale.

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Round Six: Bloopers

While the bloopers were underwhelming, the dolphin laugh made up for it. 

Next week I will be tweeting with the West Coast, because I have a concert ticket. Also here is my reaction to Chris joining 'Dancing With The Stars.'

Pretty much.
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What do you all think?

XO,
Ashley 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

'The Bachelor' Episode 9

The overnight dates have arrived and we are down to the final three, Kaitlyn, Whitney and Becca.

Kaitlyn:

Finally, the contestants get their passports stamped. Kaitlyn is the first date in Bali, which begins with a temple and monkeys. 





At dinner, the conversation is serious. Then the 'mysterious' fantasy suite invitation appears. Chris and Kaitlyn agree that they 'deserve this.'



Kaitlyn opens up to Chris and shares that she is in love with him. In a shocking moment, Chris breaks a Bachelor rule and reciprocates Kaitlyn's feelings. It is interesting to watch the no rule version of 'The Bachelor.'

Whitney:

They recap the hometown date and Whitney is still upset that Kimberley did not give her blessing. Chris does not appear fazed by the situation and Whitney is relieved. They have a picnic on a boat and swim in water that may be occupied by sharks. 

Later, Whitney shows beats the humidity by sporting a cute messy bun. The fun stops there and the drinking starts, because Chris gets serious. He reaffirms that Arlington has a population of 500 and people leave to do anything. He is fearful that Whitney is the only contestant left who has not seen Arlington.









Whitney reassures Chris that while Arlington may have not been her first choice, she will move for love. Her mother taught her the importance of being independent; however, she will give up her career to have babies. This concerns me, because her career seems to be important to her. I hope if he chooses her, that she can find a happy medium. While, she may not get to be as specialized as in Chicago, there has to be balance between making babies and having babies. 

Off-topic, it bothers me that people make fun of Whitney's voice constantly. Viewers have watched for weeks and she has consistently had that voice. There are a lot of superficial things on this show, which are joke worthy;  however there are things that people cannot change. Voices cannot be changed as easily as shoes or behavior. I hope she does not feel badly after hearing the comments. A voice is not a tizzy fit or glitter eyeshadow. If that is the worst thing someone can say about Whitney, then there is nothing negative.

Becca:

It is the day of their fantasy suite date and Chris still does not know Becca is a virgin. Becca says 'it is going to come up eventually,' which is an understatement considering it will be the focus of the night. They get love advice and then kiss. Becca is dreading telling Chris her secret that he oblivious to. 

The dinner conversation is intense; Becca is one of the most contestants ever and that is a great thing. She is incredibly realistic and practical. There usually is a person in the final three who is not at the point of the others and this season it is her.

They both accept the fantasy suite card. The date gets awkward, because Becca explains that there is something that Chris does not know and it is important to her. The look on Chris' face screams that he thinks she is going to say that she used to be a man or a murderer. Becca proceeds to tell him that she is a virgin and he sighs. Then there is an awkward pause, but luckily, Chris responds and Becca likes his answer. 




In Becca's ITM, she says she is 'all in' and that is vague. 

The Morning After: 

Becca and Chris' date has a reflective moment afterward. She is on the beach and he is looking out from his balcony. Needless to say I am intrigued about what they talked about.

Chris Squared:

Chris is conflicted and does not know what to do. He wants to choose Becca but is unsure because of their last conversation. It is interesting, because I feel Chris likes Becca for the same reason he fears her, which is the mystery. There is only one rose Chris is certain about. 


Rose Ceremony: 

Before the rose ceremony begins, Chris pulls Becca away to speak with her. All signs are pointing toward Becca going home. We learn that Chris asked Becca if 'she thought it was just the show making them have these feelings' and that she hesitated. It is refreshing to hear the things that we do not think that happen on the show. Even after their conversation, I still thought Becca was going home.




They show an ITM with Kaitlyn that had to actually be in the moment, because there is no way she would have been able to say the same things after getting sent home. She was excited and that made it even harder when Chris walked up with Becca.

Chris gives Whitney the first rose and then chooses Becca.

Kaitlyn's Exit:

Kaitlyn was in shock and had every right to be. In the history of the show I cannot remember a lead giving so much reassurance only to turn that person down. 

While standing there, Kaitlyn asks 'what happened?' Chris does not understand, which is not comforting to her. It would have been better if he had been confident in his decision. Mid-conversation that rooster expressed his distress as well. He seemed to take it harder than Chris and Kaitlyn.





Kaitlyn did not breakdown in front of Chris, she kept her composure and then she proved she is the prettiest crier to date in her exit interview. I have repeated that Kaitlyn should be the next 'Bachelorette' and I will do a separate post giving more insight on why.

What did you think of the episode? Did Chris make the wrong decision?

I can't wait until the 'Women Tell All' episode. Tweet with me @BachelorExpert. 

XO, 
Ashley

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

'The Bachelor' Episode 8

Becca's One-on-One: 

Chris takes Becca on a date in Des Moines and she looked bright in her yellow outfit.

They visit Chris' 'loft,' which he explained was not actually his loft in his People.com recap. However, viewers and Chris learned that Becca has never been in love. Chris was not fazed by Becca revealing her relationship history.

Back at the House: 

The women discuss the group date and Britt fit, which occurred the night before. Britt informed the group that she was eliminating herself.

Rose Ceremony:

The cocktail party was canceled, but the show has its own Kanye who is Britt. She interrupted Chris' speech and asked if they can talk. She apologized and did not seem like she would eliminate herself.

It appeared that after the Britt fit, Chris thought of her differently and that was not going to change. He explained that he felt 'disrespected' for himself and everyone.

This was the first time Britt was not the center of attention. It was rough to see the women watch Britt and Chris' relationship progress, especially because of how captivated he was by her.

Britt overreacted to Kaitlyn receiving the rose. Britt was not fazed when she was on stage with Big & Rich and the women were sitting by themselves for an hour. The previous treatment set a standard for the process in Britt's mind and Chris had idealized Britt. It was a horrible result, because both of their ideas were shattered simultaneously.






Unfortunately for Carly, it never works to tattle on someone. Carly was one of my favorite contestants, however, it did appear that she projected some insecurity toward Britt. While Britt was over-the-top, her excitement of Britt getting sent home was harsh. In Carly's defense, it seemed that the 'watching her squirm' comments did not match to the context of her going home. I wonder if the comments were regarding Britt after the group date.

Hometown #1 Becca: 

There was an emphasis on Chris being the first guy Becca brought home. The family admits that it is weird to see Becca with a guy and her sister reaffirms that Becca does not like intimacy, public display of affection and more. Momma Nancy did not seem happy that Becca went on 'The Bachelor.' In concluding their conversation, she said, 'good luck to you.' Chris seemed concerned, but his connection with Becca was intriguing enough to outweigh the doubt.






My favorite part about the date was the ending. We always see the couples kiss after hometowns and separate, but not this time. He took Becca to the Louisiana State Fair and rode the ferris wheel.



Hometown #2 Whitney:

Whitney's family dynamic was different from most contestants, as a result, she hosted her date in Chicago.

First, Chris and Whitney went to the baby-making clinic. Overall, this portion of the date was light-hearted. Whitney played a prank on Chris and showed a different side of their relationship.





Before they met the family, Chris asked Whitney whose blessing he should ask for. This showed his level of seriousness for Whitney. It is unclear if he asked any of the other families the same question. Whitney told Chris to ask her sister and half-way through I think she wish she could have revoked it.

This date was sad and sweet. It was incredibly heart-wrenching, because it was not solely about their relationship, There was a huge void in Whitney's life without her mother. Even though Kimberley could not give her consent to marry Whitney at the time, I hope Chris calls her if the time comes.



Then Whitney and Chris shared a bottle of wine that she bought to share with her future husband. Rarely, do I have feelings about this show instead of entertainment, but this was genuine and sweet.

Hometown #3 Kaitlyn:

The date started out in a back alley. Somewhere, the president of the tourism board was having a Kelsey style panic attack. The date was recording a rap song.

Kaitlyn's family was calm and open to the situation, which is one of the many reasons she would be an excellent next 'Bachelorette.' The family was nice and concerned, which was refreshing.




The date concluded with a billboard that said 'Kaitlyn <3 Chris.'

Hometown #4 Jade: 

There was anticipation leading up to this date, because of the 'Playboy' photos. Jade was afraid that her family would tell Chris before she had the opportunity. Then Jade's brother calls her a 'wild mustang.'









Throughout the date--Jade's family seemed to be surprised by Chris' 'value' comments. In addition, the family did not think the chances of her moving to Iowa were likely.

Post-family--Chris and Jade went back to their hotel for a talk. The 'talk' was more awkward than I expected. Chris looked terrified when Jade told him about her past. I don't know if showing the photos to Chris was a good idea, but then she did have to give him an idea of the extent of the photos.

His face showed that he was not going to recover from that. His small town in a conservative state would have not been as accepting.

Rose Ceremony: 

Whitney, Becca and Kaitlyn received roses. For the first time, Chris seemed devastated by his choice. She had been selected by his sisters, went to his hometown and met his parents. As a result, it seemed that she would fit into his life seamlessly. However, sometimes a person who seems perfect, does not fit into the big picture.






What did you think of the episode? Should he have kept Jade?

I cannot wait to tweet about the next episode, @BachelorExpert. The women finally get to leave the country.

XO,
Ashley

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