Rachel is QUEEN. That's all.
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Rachel's Bachelorette Blog (People)
Something you all might not know is that I don’t actually get to watch what happens on stage. The first time I see these guys is when I walk out onto the stage, surrounded by people, bright lights and, of course, Chris Harrison. So watching back I was just as excited to see what I had missed while I was sweatin’ it backstage, stress-eating out of a candy bowl in the green room!
Chris Harrison’s Blog (Yahoo! TV)
Lucas and Blake speak for themselves, as do Iggy and Josiah. The same goes for Demario, who I think is saying exactly what he wants to say and he leaves it up to you to decide whether you think he’s in the right or in the wrong. I think there’s a lot of moral ambiguity in the way people choose to conduct themselves in this setting, but one thing that was not left ambiguous was the confrontation between Kenny and Lee.
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Rachel seriously can do no wrong. She cast DeMario just the right amount of shade, saying “Who?” when Chris Harrison brought DeMario’s name up, effectively giving DeMario a taste of his own medicine from when his ex was brought on the show. She stood by her actions, including telling Dean she was falling in love with him, insisting she’s not one to say something just for the sake of it. Best of all was how curtly and concisely she addressed Lee. It had already been discussed ad nauseam at that point (apparently his hot-seat time took ballpark two hours to film?) and she didn’t allow it to become a back-and-forth discussion. She noted that he was a very different person towards her than he was with the other men and in his ITMs, and after watching it back and knowing the details, she knew better than to engage with him. She pointed out her unique position as someone in the public eye, an African American and a woman, coldly but kindly offering him a lesson on Black history and women’s rights. She was classy, involved yet simultaneously above the drama, and warm to only those who deserved it. If she hasn’t been a role model all season long, I don’t know what lead would be.
And don't miss Sharleen's full recap on her website, All the Pretty Pandas
Ashley I. for Cosmopolitan
Now, some viewers thought Dean's hometown date bordered on exploitative — for him and his family, but he clarifies that he was getting close to a proposal, and wanted Rachel to meet his family and be aware of the dynamic before that. The hometown visit was a choice that Dean and his family made, not forced upon them.
Yahoo! TV by Kristen Baldwin
Now, on to the bloopers!
The best of the bloopers involve food: Josiah stuffing his face with oysters and Norwegian hors d’oeuvres, Rachel munching chips while preparing to send Josiah home, and Dean’s disgusting gum storage. (“How is that gross? It’s my ear.” Blech.)
Speaking of gross, Team Bachelorette made sure to zoom in on DeMario just as Harrison faked out the crowd by announcing a “sneak peek of the exciting and already controversial new season of Bachelor in Paradise.”
You can exhale, pal — the promo won’t air until next week.
Vulture by Ali Barthwell
He’s making up or misusing words. “Ocular facts” is not a thing. “You got some ophthalmic data?” “I’m gonna need to see some optometristicological confirmation?” The word you’re looking for is PICTURES.
I Hate Green Beans by Lincee Ray
None of the men wore any color. Father Russia’s suit was elaborate. Dean’s socks were polka-dot, which matched the pocket square neatly tucked into his camouflage jacket. Will sported some vintage Air Jordans with his debonair suit and Josiah had the prettiest cranberry-colored pants. There were twelve bow ties. And Matt the Penguin grew a head of hair during the break!
Chris Harrison brings out every racist, homophobic, anti-feminist tweet Lee has ever tweeted in his life. You have no chill, Chris. NO chill.
Lee looks terrified, like the audience and half the cast might shank him at any moment. I’m giddy from the drama.
Chris Harrison: *points to damning tweets*
Lee: I notice there’s some things that I need to work on… like my racism
DeMario is losing his shit over these tweets, meanwhile Will is looking at Lee like a disappointed dad.
AfterBuzz with guest Jared Haibon:
Bachelorette Live! with Julia Cunningham and Rob Mills (EW on Sirius)
Almost Famous with Ashley I and Dean (iHeartRadio)
Off the Vine with Kaitlyn Bristowe and Evan and Carly (PodcastOne)
Here to Make Friends with Emma and Claire and Sharleen (Huffington Post)
Bachelorette Party with Juliet Litman (Channel 33)
Will you Accept this Rose? with Arden Myrin
Reality Steve with Craig Robinson (May or may not include SPOILERS!)
Will You Accept this Podcast? (Bustle)
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DeMario is in neg0tiations to be on DWTS. Maybe. (Us Weekly)
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Paradise is imminent, y'all!
Also, maybe it's just me, but couldn't they have found a picture in which Corinne doesn't already look wasted? Kind of inappropriate, IMO.