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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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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

'The Bachelor' Ashley Iaconetti Tells All; Kelsey Poe and the Princess Date to who Chris Soules Should Choose

Ashley Iaconetti was a hot topic on 'The Bachelor' this season. Panic attack victim Kelsey, comments on Britt, to the princess complex and who she thinks Chris will end up with are all questions that are answered.

Panic attack Kelsey: 

Ashley I's reaction to the Kelsey Poe panic attack was one of my favorite moments. However, the jury is still out on if the panic attack was authentic, 'You know, I can’t say for sure,' said Ashley I. 'I’m not Kelsey and I’m not the medics that were around her, but I just think it was a fishy time to faint in that situation.'



Ashley I. on Britt:

When Ashley was sent home by Chris for being a fan of beauty products and clothes, she responded with concern about Britt. This created speculation that there were issues with Britt, therefore, Ashley cleared up the issue, 'No, Britt was always completely nice,' said Ashley I, ' She really was the nicest girl, but if he was judging me based on the same stuff as in my appearance, I like make-up and I like fashion and I’m from a big metropolitan area, then he should’ve been judging Britt for the same thing.'

Princess Complex:

The princess date that never was, made for an entertaining episode. Ashley I got dressed up, drank champagne and ate corn-on-the-cob. However, the situation was not serious; 'I have sort of a princess complex,' said Ashley I.  'I never really grew out of my Disney phase and it wasn’t supposed to be taken as seriously as some people may have taken it.'

'It was supposed to be light-hearted, I was jealous, but it wasn’t coming from a bad place,' said, Ashley I. 




Who Ashley thinks is right for Chris: 

After 'The Bachelor' episode last night three women remain. Instead of glittery eye shadow, Ashley must have been looking in a crystal ball, because Becca and Whitney are her choices for Chris. 'I feel like they are bold southern girls, Becca’s from Louisiana, Whitney is from Kentucky,' said Ashley I. 'They’re genuinely two of the sweetest, nicest people I’ve ever met.'

'They’re stand-up girls and I feel they have the type of personality that Chris would appreciate,' said Ashley I.

Ashley I. was entertaining during the season and most importantly owns the experience. There are two types of contestants post-show, the people who own their behavior and those who do not.

Stay tuned for 'The Bachelor' recap of hometowns and follow along on Twitter @BachelorExpert. 

XO,
Ashley

Monday, February 16, 2015

'The Bachelor' Episode 7

A lot happened on Sunday night's episode from interviews to visiting Chris' hometown.

Kelsey Interview:

We talk to Kelsey who reaffirms that she is a 'mental health professional. Unfortunately, we did not learn anything new. ABC used this interview to tease the Women Tell All.



Andi Interview: 

Chris Harrison talks to Andi about her break up with Josh. However, Andi looks so pretty and has to be wearing the Naked 3 eyeshadows, because her smokey eye is perfect. 



Chris squared talks about Ashley S. and her craziness.

Somehow all of this and talking about the 2-on-1 lasted for an hour but then we got to a full episode.

Jade's One-on-One:

Jade and Chris go to his hometown, Arlington. Jade, a self-proclaimed small towner is shocked by the size of the town. They go to his house, which is nice and they do the Midwestern thing to in the fall, a football game. Jade had the opportunity to meet his parents. A combination of meeting his parents, the sisters choosing her and going to his hometown proves that Jade is the dark horse of the competition. 

Whitney's One-on-One:

Whit gets a date in Des Moines. Based on the date, which I found to be really cute, I am assuming Chris thinks Whitney can handle Iowa. She gets to meet his friends and has an advantage in that aspect of his life. At the end of their photo taking date they are showed a mural of their photography. 

Trek to Arlington:

Meanwhile, the other girls minus Jade who already trekked to Arlington, 'snuck away' to the hometown. All of their reactions about the hopping town were hilarious. I grew up in a small town, but we at least had a bar and gas station; in addition to living 40 minutes away from a major city. 






Group Date: 

Kaitlyn, Carly and Britt go on a date. This date proves Carly and Kaitlyn need their own show, seriously, double Bachelorettes anyone? Carly does the top Bachelor sin though, she throws Britt under the bus, which is never good. 



During the second part of the date Kaitlyn needs some reassurance, therefore, Chris gives her the rose to prove they still have a connection. However, in doing this, he caused Britt to have a 'Britt fit.' 









Carly's Response to the Britt Fit:



Jade's Secret: 



Cocktail Party:

At the cocktail party, Megan and Chris have a chat. She sees that their connection is not as strong and leaves. 

Then we leave on a cliffhanger again. 

XO,
Ashley  

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