Wednesday, May 20, 2015

'The Bachelorette' Season 11: Booze, Women in Twos and Nothing to Lose

If you watched 'The Bachelorette' two-night premiere then you saw everything and nothing simultaneously. The premiere originally felt fast, but at the end I wondered where three hours went?

I could give the play-by-play, but who wants to relive the three hours again? First, the audience has been awaiting the announcement of 'The Bachelorette.' Unless a person has been living under a rock or in my case has unreliable cable, then he or she knows that Kaitlyn Bristowe won Indecision 2015, Bachelorette style. 

Favorite Contestants: 

Shawn B--it is not fair that someone looks like Ryan Gosling. If he does not get the final rose, he will be 'The Bachelor,' unless he is a murderer. Even then I still think he may have a shot (no pun intended and nothing about murder is funny; this example was used to show the extreme unlikeness that he will not be 'The Bachelor' unless Kaitlyn chooses him). 

Chris has a sweet tooth and shiny smile, what a perfect combination. 

Everyone named Ben was good looking and nice. 

Ian was tall, handsome and a smooth talker. 

Forget Bleachworthy, the Cringeworthy Moment of the Year Goes to:

Then there was Ryan McGill, may your liver survive and your parents still claim you. Seriously, how much did he drink? You know it's bad when your behavior is a liability not a ratings booster. 

Runaway Brady:

I am very intrigued by "my heart is with the women who left." It had only been a couple of hours, but I can work with it. This is an interesting parallel to how fast the show goes, but with one relationship. 

Bachelor Brady leaves to be with Britt

The Bachelorette Season 11

The Bachelorette Season 11

What are your top favorite things from the episode? This season looks interesting especially with Nick Viall returning to 'The Bachelorette.' Until next Monday, where I will be tweeting like always @BachelorExpert.


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Monday, May 18, 2015

'The Bachelorette' Season 11: Kaitlyn Bristowe and Britt Nilsson

Happy Bachelorette Monday, fans!

Last Wednesday I was participated in 'The Bachelorette' press call with Kaitlyn Bristowe and Britt Nilsson. First of all, they are both very excited to be on this season and found comfort in having a friend there.

This season is not going to be all rainbows, butterflies and friendship bracelets, because only one woman makes it beyond the first night. So who is the next Bachelorette? Is is Kaitlyn Bristowe or Britt Nilsson? We do not know yet, but will learn very soon. 

Since this is the first 'Bachelorette' season that there were two leads there were a lot of questions. We saw on the After the Final Rose that both women knew about each other, but did they know what would happen night one? 

"I mean, honestly, that night, everything was a surprise," Britt Nilsson said. "We didn’t know how it was going to work. "

Nilsson's friendships were strained with some of the women during 'The Bachelor.' Would this have affected her decision to do 'The Bachelorette?' 

"I would say yes, there are those people but I'm not going to name names," said Nilsson. "I think people can just infer who they think that might be, but Kaitlyn was a great choice, obviously."

Bristowe was hesistant about the two Bachelorettes in general, which made it a big decision to make on whether or not to do the show. 

"Yes," Kaitlyn Bristowe said.  "I mean,  I was kind of all over the map with how I felt about it."

Every season we see a clear frontrunner and the slow burn types of relationships. Therefore, I had to ask what is it better to be, the early frontrunner or slower relationship?

"That’s a good question," said Bristowe. "You know, I think slow and steady wins the race."

If Bristowe is the the choice, look out for the dark horse, because he may just win it all. One thing fans really want to know is, are both women happy how things ended up?

"I think it went the way it should," said Bristowe.

"Yes," said Nilsson. "I won’t go into detail but, yes, I'm very happy." 

I am excited for 'The Bachelorette' Season 11 to begin tonight. You can always follow me at @BachelorExpert for tweets during the show.


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. 

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. 

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


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. 


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.

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.
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.
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.

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.

What do you all think?


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.


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.'


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.


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. 


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