Chris Harrison’s Blog (Yahoo! TV)
Up next in the hot seat was Lace. And well, Lace is Lace and I think she’ll always be Lace. Sure, she’s a little wild but it seems like she’s more secure than ever. I’m hoping this new Lace is the one that joins us in Paradise this summer.
This is just too good to cut short:
One thing I’d like to point out is the constantly shifting landscape of what being on reality television means. There was once a time where, when the women from early in the season who had gotten little airtime suddenly spoke up a lot at WTA, it could be summed up to them simply wanting a little limelight. Producers always rile the ladies up before filming WTA, so those harbouring grudges and wanting airtime have always been willing to roll up their sleeves and get dirty.
Nowadays, however, there are two major factors which change everything. The first is obviously social media. The ability to build your “brand” and make money based on your following is powerful, but only as powerful as your airtime will allow. The second is Bachelor in Paradise, which can potentially provide that valuable airtime, which in turn (you guessed it), results in a greater following. Yes, there was once my long-lost love, Bachelor Pad, but even with that $250K cash prize, without social media—in 2010, Instagram had yet to go mainstream and it wasn’t possible to make six figures through endorsements and sponsorships—it was never nearly as enticing an option as Bachelor in Paradise is for many today.
Sure, it’s entirely possible that some of the ladies from this season are genuinely interested in “finding love” in Paradise. But, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: once you’re in the Bachelor family, it’s not exactly difficult to meet other family members and test the dating waters. If you really wanted to meet that tall, dark, handsome guy from three seasons ago, you probably could. Women Tell All is an audition of sorts. Producers promise girls a spot on Paradise if they “perform” and show their ability to wreak drama. Long story short: some of those ladies you saw acting up last night or fighting battles that weren’t theirs to be fought… let’s just say you might see them this summer.
The last time a guy got a tattoo on this show is when a contestant on my season, Kacey, got a "Guard and Protect Your Heart" tattoo for me. I think watching that guy show Lace his tattoo gave me post traumatic stress.
The only chance that little known girls — I'm looking at you, Jen, Jami, and Shoshanna — have at landing a spot on Bachelor in Paradise (and additional social media followers) is by speaking up at the reunion. And the producers absolutely remind them of this before they hit the stage. The show takes about four hours to film and is cut down to a little less than 1.5. Plenty of editing is done too, so don't think it's honesty hour. While there are usually apologies sprinkled throughout, one episode isn't going to completely change the way a person is viewed in the end.
If you’re like me, you’re probably asking yourself, “Does anyone really want to watch a full segment on Caila?” And if you’re like me, that makes you really worried about making it through an entire season of The Bachelorette. Ah well, life isn’t fair, is it kids?
As for the segment itself… Well, Caila’s earrings are lovely.
While Amanda accepted Olivia's apology, her fellow castmates weren't having it. "If you got off your high horse for a little bit and tried to bond with us and develop respect for each other like we all did, you'd realize that we like to 'read books and talk smart things' too," Jennifer Saviano said as a cloud of shade descended upon the audience. "'Cause we do."
We kick off the night with a montage of Ben and Chris Harrison crashing viewing parties. Not only do they enter homes without knocking — do you have to agree to unlock your door to partake in this? — but they don’t even bring any food or booze to contribute to the evening. Personally, I’d turn them away unless they had a good pinot noir with them, but what can I say? I love booze more than Ben.
Race on this show has always been and continues to be a sensitive issue, and it's hard to side with anyone here. Jubilee didn't think she was being offensive, but Jami and Shushanna clearly did. Jubilee did eventually apologize and things seemed OK, but not before Leah chimed in with a totally unnecessary, "Get over it!"
From Olivia to Lauren H., Ben was showered with compliments from his exes – Becca went so far as to say it was "comforting" to know that there are good guys like him out there. (Plus, he was successfully able to tell twins Emily and Haley apart – thank God, because a) that would have been so awkward if he messed up and b) we honestly didn't know which was one which until he did that.)
I really wanted to hear about what Mandi the weird dentist has been up to, especially since she lives in Portland, the same city where our presumptive winner is from. They could have run into her at Voodoo Doughnuts on their hometown date! Mandi is truly keeping Portland weird.
Apparently, no one else was around when Jubilee claimed to be the only real black girl and was going to go farther than any black girl in Bachelor history. Wait, did I say no one was around? Shushanna was around. That girl who never spoke English but still managed to get roses? Well, homegirl got Rosetta Stone and was lurking behind ficuses when these alleged meetings of the NAABP (National Association for the Advancement of Bachelor People) took place.
I seriously cannot believe how many people they can squeeze into one of these Bachelor viewing parties. It’s like a clown car of daddy issues.
We’ve been watching The Bachelor for 20+ seasons. Everyone knows that the “Women Tell All” episode is notorious for including the following:
- Lots of cleavage.
- Major eyelashes.
- Women wearing tiny skirts, that barely cover the nether regions, who are encouraged to sit in translucent chairs.
- Tans that come from a bottle.
- That girl in the back row who talks the entire time, yet you don’t remember her from the show.
- The one that can’t stop crying.
- The villain.
- The victim.
- The sweet one vying for the coveted position of the next bachelorette.
- The crazy one that is inevitably invited as a guest on Bachelor in Paradise.
- The blooper reel.
- Our Host Chris Harrison forcing those in the hot seat to sit in long, pregnant pauses.
- A declaration of love and devotion.
Jubilee offers them an apology with, “I do say offensive things and I’m sorry about that,” and I have never related to a woman with a collarbone tattoo until right now.
Amber and Jami decide to accept Jubilee’s apology, and Amber does that double-air kiss thing that people who think they’re famous do when they think they see someone taking a photo of them.
Amber L. Carter: COMING SOON!
The episode starts with us dropping in on the Bachelor viewing parties of some random middle Americans. These people put more thought into their reality TV watching than Kim Richards puts into her entire life. If you dropped in on my Bachelor viewing party you'd find me in my underwear with my laptop on my chest.
Reality Steve *Spoilers!*
For those unaware, before these people come out on stage, they are coached by producers on what topics to bring up, who to go after, etc. Even though this happened four months ago and I guarantee every single one of them doesn’t care to bring it up, they’re told to because, well, then the show would be even more boring than it already is, if that’s possible.
6 things so dumb they were great on The Bachelor (Funny or Die)
Olivia is the most hated woman of the season and she is ready to face her haters! By haters, it’s mostly the twins and someone named Shushanna who needs to take a cue from her name and shush.The twins won’t shut up about how mean she was to them. I can’t imagine being in a room with those two and NOT being mean to them. Team Olivia forever.
*Prior to the taping, Chris Harrison said to the women: "Here we are. The 12th time Becca's been here. Did I say that?" Then, while introducing the ladies, Harrison immediately had to start over when he misread the prompter and accidentally called Amber by the name Sheila, which is the name of Tiara's chicken.
Behind the scenes at Women Tell All (E! Online)
After her time in the hot seat was over, Olivia was hugged by Lauren H. and Amanda, while the twins stayed very far away from her. One of the twins actually got into a heated argument with Leah, who stepped in during their argument with Olivia when she was on stage. "I thought we were on the same level," the twin said to Leah, but they eventually smoothed things over. "I don't want to fight with you," twin said. "I love you, but I don't want to fight with you."
Us Weekly Breakdown featuring Sharleen Joynt and Michael Garofola:
Five minutes in the closet with Jennifer Weiner:
Kaitlyn and Shawn on how dating in real life is different from dating on The Bachelorette:
Here to Make Friends (Emma + Claire plus The Bachelor Bros and Ken Fuchs)
The Most Dramatic Podcast in Bachelor History (Jensen + Melissa)
Coming up Roses (Barstool Sports)
Bachelor Party with Juliet Litman (Channel 33)
Will you Accept this Podcast? (Bustle)
Bachelor Nation News:
Bachelor Baby Boom! (Celebrity Baby Scoop)
Secrets of Ben's proposal (Us Weekly)
Amy Schumer slams Chris Harrison (Us Weekly)
Black Bachelorettes take the fall for race problems on Women Tell All (Huffington Post)