Sunday, May 21, 2017

'The Bachelorette' Rachel Contestant Bios

'The Bachelorette' is back with Rachel Lindsay. She is my favorite choice since Kaitlyn Bristowe. Rachel is funny, beautiful, successful and isn't afraid to say what is on her mind. I have looked at the bios of her men and included my thoughts below. As with most seasons there are some winners and interesting characters. Noticeably different is a much more diverse cast than Nick's season, and way more than any other season. While I think it's taken a long time to get to this point, I am happy that the person to pave the way is Rachel, who will be a great lead. 

Now its time for the guys and the terrible blue background. The men will be graded on a 1 heart to 5 heart scale with 5 being the best. 

The most romantic gift he ever received was a threesome and his 
embarrassing moment  is bogus. Come on Adam have you never 
received a card or fell on your face?

He is cute, he treats his significant other like a queen and it looks like he has
real job. However, he is selfish, unemotional, unapologetic. 

He seems like a nice guy. Please don't prove me wrong. 

Aspiring drummer who got engaged to a crazy girl isn't going to work with
Rachel. He may provide some great laughs. 

Marine, Chipotle and loves his mom. He should go far.

Too high maintenance.  

He is cute, has a good job and should go far.

Nope, send him on to Bachelor in Paradise.

He has a good story, which typically means the person goes far.  

The Fonz? Overall, he had good answers. 

Diggy is all about balance, I like that.

We have people that want to be Instafamous and then Eric who wants to live
in the world before money was involved. He has staying power.

Not a fan of his answers and he seems too buttoned up. Hopefully, he
proves me wrong.

All American boy who is cute. May make it pretty far, but has Bachelor in
Paradise written all over him. 

ABC do you know how to spell deserted?

Great story, but I feel like two lawyers together is a lot. 

Nope. Boy, bye. 

He is trying too hard.
Who let Thomas Ravenel on this show? 

He seems nice.  

He just wants to get famous, send him on to Bachelor in Paradise. 

His answers were pretty funny. 

Peter has a perfect bio picture. No one looks good on that background. Cute,
funny and has good answers.

He belongs on an early 2000s' TV show.

Thanks to Will for having a job and not wearing black or red. 
All photo rights belong to ABC/Disney. Which men are your favorite? Don't forget to live tweet with me tomorrow at 8 p.m. @BachelorExpert. 

XO, 
Ashley

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.