I've seen this screenshot a few different places, and I have to say: Nick's flat hair cracks me up every single time.
Nick's Bachelor Blog (People)
I felt so strongly for Kristina. She melted my heart in so many ways, but I just knew deep down I had stronger connections with the other women. I couldn’t stand the idea of taking Kristina further only for it not to work out. As hard as it would be to say goodbye to her now, it would have been 100 times harder for both of us if I took a leap and then said goodbye in another week. That goodbye was easily the most difficult moment I had up until that point. It was hard to process how I felt knowing how deeply I cared for her. I just had to trust myself that I was making the right decision.
Chris Harrison’s Blog (Yahoo! TV)
Look, Corinne never got a one-on-one date and she decided to make her own. No matter how you feel about Corinne, you must give her credit for being unapologetically herself and honest about how she’s feeling at any given minute. And of course, there is the temptation on both sides to take things to the next level, but Nick and Corinne were both responsible and were able to hold back.
Sharleen Joynt for FLARE Magazine
I found myself (possibly overly) focused on the house dynamics last night. In a very interesting twist, Corinne appears to have become relatively well-liked. There is a childlike charm to her when she feels and shows vulnerability (and I give props where props are due that she can show that vulnerability). Vanessa was conspicuously absent after her 1-on-1 (she was nowhere to be found when other women were saying goodbye, nor during any Girl Chats, even full group ones) leading me to wonder if there’s a social reason for that or if she was merely licking her wounds after pouring her heart out on her date and not getting the validation she sought. Danielle M was evidently very popular, yet while it was clear that she and Vanessa were very close, we were robbed of their goodbye. Kristina (who I’d really been coming to adore) had all the women (again, minus Vanessa) in a tearful group hug at the end. Also, when Nick walked in to speak with her, Rachel was at the foot of the other bed in the room, leading me to think these two were roommates and thus very close (from the moment travel begins, the women choose who they room with).
Don't miss Sharleen's full recap on her website too!
Often people will say that my relationship from my season of the show was a failure because we didn’t stay together. I think the opposite! Isn’t any wrong relationship you get out of ultimately a life success? Because it puts you one step closer to the person you are supposed to be with! Now I am happier than ever with the love of my life and have the most amazing little daughter! If ending a relationship that was unhappy is a failure, then I don’t want to be a Bachelor “success.” Anyway, my point is that not ending up with Nick shouldn’t feel like losing. Because it’s not.
Ashley I. for Cosmopolitan
Still, it's Raven who gets the group date rose (see you in Arkansas for the hometowns, Raven!) and, in the most creative shot of the season, Corinne and Kristina are shown through a window looking defeated AF while Nick makes out with Raven behind a door — kinda like that scene where JoJo and Jordan snuck a sneaky makeout out a group date last season with the other clueless guys in a room next door.
Carly + Evan for Bustle
Evan: This was also yet another episode in which Corinne curiously became less villainous and more endearing. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about #BachelorNation, it’s that they are forgiving and always willing to change their collective mind no matter how bad you’ve looked before (*insert my entire time on The Bachelorette here*).
Carly: I’m kind of glad Chris sent me home, because my family is badass. He probably would have loved my brothers and it could have seriously changed where my path lead next — and I needed it to lead right to Evan.
Yahoo! TV by Kristen Baldwin
Corinne is understandably mortified, but she has no one to blame but herself. “This is so terrible,” wails Corinne. “Everything went wrong.”
We’ll leave Corinne to agonize over whether she’ll get a spot at hometowns so we can join Nick’s (now totally moot) one-on-one date with Rachel, already in progress.
Vulture by Ali Barthwell
Every season is basically the same. Every episode is basically the same. The contestants sign up for that. They expect to be dismissed while wearing a cocktail dress in front of their peers, then hop into a black SUV and never be seen again. Nick seems to think that it’s more honorable and more respectful to completely piss on the accepted norms and rules of the situation. If you expect to be dismissed with little to no ceremony, but suddenly must endure a full breakup conversation with someone who is completely incapable of expressing his thoughts clearly and concisely, that is insulting and hellish. This isn’t nicer. It’s a tactic to assuage his own guilt so he can act how he wishes Andi and Kaitlyn might have acted with him.
I Hate Green Beans by Lincee Ray
Rachel is the new bachelorette. Corinne is in the top four. Raven insists on wearing lingerie at cocktail parties and Nick insists on wearing shorts from the juniors section.
Possessionista by Dana Weiss
If someone as pretty and sweet as Danielle can’t win Nick’s cold, black heart, what chance does Corinne, a 24-year-old with a Nanny and narcolepsy have of snagging the final rose. Not much, if you ask me, but Corinne gets what Corinne wants -usually by speaking about herself in the third person. She puts on her tallest stilettos, her tightest pants and her platinumest vagine and heads to Nick’s room for a nightcap.
We’ve seen this all before, and we know how Nick loves a salacious hookup, but this is Nick 2.0. After a quick handy in the bathroom, Nick advises Corinne that they should slow down out of respect for the other women. Humiliated, Corinne stumbles back to her hotel, filled with doubt and bad champagne.
TV Lust by Abby Draper
Nick says, “Today is going to be nothing but awesomeness,” because he’s trying to fit in with a group of people 10 or more years his junior.
After a few glasses of champagne, he divulges that they will be swimming with sharks today. They think it sounds miserable, but to be honest it sounds like more fun than watching Nick rub lotion all over another woman’s thighs.
Reality Steve (SPOILERS!)
Basically after all those tweets last night constantly pointing out that Vanessa wasn’t around, people seemed to ask non stop what was the fight all about. Just as I said back on Jan. 2nd, the answer is I don’t really know the details. If I did, I tell you what the argument was about, but there was a major argument that happened between Rachel and Vanessa in Bimini that the girls took Rachel’s side on. And never seeing Vanessa sitting around with the other girls after her 1-on-1 date is about as much evidence as you’ll get towards it. Yes, I understand that the Vanessa apologists will say it still doesn’t prove anything, but that’s just them burying their head in the sand and thinking their angel could do no wrong. It’s not coincidental Vanessa wasn’t around for ANYTHING after her 1-on-1 date. Not sure why it’s so hard for people to accept that maybe she just didn’t get along with everyone while she was there.
Okay so it’s well established by now that this season’s Bachelor is boring as shit. The only thing more abundant than Nick’s tears this episode were the amount of times I looked at my phone. ABC is clearly privy to this fact since they decided to announce that Rachel is the new Bachelorette before she was even sent home!? Like come on, Rachel is clearly the best person on this show and now you’re going to milk that fact to force us to watch it until the end so we can see how she gets dumped? What does it say about Nick as an eligible Bachelor that you had to break your 33-season racist streak of white leads just to make get us to tune in to the last 4 episodes?
All I remember is that they go on a bike ride, she tells Nick she's falling for him, and that she wants to take him to her cabin in Wisconsin on their hometown date. I love how she casually dangles the fact that she has a cabin to entice him, but it doesn't work.
Here to Make Friends with Emma and Claire and Danny Hoyt (Huffington Post)
Reality Steve with Clare Crawley (SPOILERS!)
Bachelor Party with Juliet Litman and Nick! (Channel 33)
Coming up Roses with Barstool Chief, Barstool Trent, and Kelly Keegs (Barstool Sports)
Rose Buddies with Griffin and Rachel McElroy
The Bachelor Pod with literally the most Canadian Canadians ever
The Most Dramatic Bachelor Podcast Yet with Katie Aldrin and Sam Chalsen
Broses Before Roses with four dudes in a room. That's actually how they describe it.
Will You Accept this Podcast? with Jami Letain (Bustle)
Will You Accept this Rose? (Nerdist)
Bachelor Nation News:
How Kaitlyn and Shawn keep the romance alive (Kaitlyn's website)
Josh misses Amanda and her daughters (Us Weekly)
What did Ben get Lauren for Valentine's Day? (Us Weekly)
Ali had a bridal shower (Us Weekly)
Why Kaitlyn and Shawn are a successful couple (Entertainment Tonight)
Bachelorette Rachel News:
Jimmy Kimmel Live made the official announcement...congrats to our new Bachelorette!!!
Posted by The Bachelorette on Monday, February 13, 2017
WATCH: "I don't feel added pressure. I'm honored to have this opportunity and represent myself as an African-American woman." - Rachel Lindsay in studio after becoming the first African-American The Bachelorette: abcn.ws/2kEYNNL
Posted by Good Morning America on Tuesday, February 14, 2017
6 things to know about Rachel (Us Weekly)
Why a black Bachelorette is a big deal (Vulture)
Nick reacts to Rachel being The Bachelorette (Us Weekly)
Olivia has a theory about the early announcement (Us Weekly)
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And just to brighten your day, because they're so dang adorable:
— Carly Waddell (@carlywaddell) February 15, 2017