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Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelor' episode 6

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I hope that everybody is still employed and okay after two straight days of Bachelor drama. I know that’s a lot of boxed wine and chocolate consumed in a very short time period. This week, we left the quaint little town of Whitefish, Montana for the breathtaking vistas of Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. The Fairmont Lake Louise is one of the more majestic places we have stayed in all our trips around the world. If you ever get the chance to see the crystal blue waters and the mountains that surround this lake, you really need to do so.

Catherine got the first one-on-one date this week. She’s an interesting figure in the house as we really haven’t had the opportunity see her that much and don’t really know her that well, nor does Sean. So this was a pivotal date for her to show him what she’s all about. The date they went on was easily one of the coldest we’ve ever had. I put it up there with Ali’s two-on-one date on a glacier in Iceland. It was absolutely brutal with the wind blowing ice sideways. Catherine could have been a diva and complained and I don’t think anybody would have blamed her. Instead, she took it all in stride and made the best of it and had Sean laughing and smiling all day. At night, in this incredible ice castle that we had constructed just outside the hotel just for them, Catherine also showed Sean she has a deeper side as she opened up about a tragedy from her childhood. This date definitely helped Sean forget about last week’s rough times and get him back on the right track. READ FULL STORY

Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelor' episode 5

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This is always an exciting time in the season for all of us here at The Bachelor. It’s that time when I get to walk in and let the ladies know it’s time to pack our bags and hit the road for the remainder of this adventure. There is always a period of time during a season when you realize things have changed. I often don’t fully realize just how pivotal this time really is until I have time to reflect upon it. The next three episodes were really pivotal time for Sean, as well as for the women. So, it’s with that in mind that we begin this very special two-day Bachelor marathon.

I woke the ladies up early the morning after the last rose ceremony to let them know they had just a couple hours to pack their bags to leave for Whitefish, Montana. I have loved the experience of traveling all around the world with this show. We have been to many incredible places, but to me it’s the little diamonds in the rough that we stumble upon that really turn me on. Whitefish is this quaint little fishing and ski town that sits right below Glacier National Park and it is truly a great example of a beautiful diamond in the rough.

Lindsay got the first one-on-one date this week. She’s an interesting woman to watch this season, and it’s hard to figure out exactly who she is. The first night she was so goofy with the wedding dress stunt that Sean nearly sent her home right away. Yet, here she is, and after this date with Sean she’s now one of the front-runners. Sean definitely likes the ladies that make life easy on him and have a good sense of humor and Lindsay fits that bill. She easily secured the rose and then the date spilled out into the streets of Whitefish for what I think is one of the coolest moments of the season. Just about the entire town of Whitefish gathered on Main Street in front of a stage we built for a concert with country star Sara Darling.

Sara put on a great show and then afterwards waited around to greet anybody who wanted to say Hi or get an autograph. Afterwards many of the fans and several of us found one of the local watering holes and the party and good times went deep into the night long after Sean and Lindsay went home. I really love how in some of our dates we are able to really embrace and involve a community like this. READ FULL STORY

Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelor' episode 4

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So, like many blogs before this one, I’m writing this at approximately thirty thousand feet. I give you this disclaimer because as I look back on my blogs I find that something about writing these at cruising altitude makes them decidedly different. Not sure if it’s the lack of oxygen getting to my brain or the fact that I always listen to music as I write that gives these high altitude blogs a little edge. Right now I’m feeling a little sentimental because Gloriana’s “Kiss You” is on, so let’s roll with that.

Selma, who we really haven’t gotten to see that much of yet, got the first date. Emotions are running incredibly high this season, honestly a little higher than usual. Because of this, who gets dates really impacts the dynamic in the house. The date with Selma started out super sexy but then turned incredibly rugged. I credit Selma for delivering the money line of the season so far when she said Sean “took the Iraqi to the desert.” Selma, who’s apparently not the outdoorsy type, started out a little rough, and in her words, puffy, but boy did she rally. Joshua Tree National park was an incredible backdrop for this date, and Sean was truly impressed with how Selma dove right in and got dirty with him. It’s important that these girls can show him how they can step out of their comfort zones and embrace what life has to offer beyond six-inch heels.   READ FULL STORY

Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelor' episode 3

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We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming with some breaking news! Sean is working out without his shirt on: let’s go in for a closer look. Now that we have confirmed Sean has gotten his daily, shirtless, workout in, lets explore what was a very pivotal week in the Bachelor house.

This week really felt like somebody flipped an emotional switch. Lesley M. got the first date and it was a record breaker. When I heard about this idea to attempt to break the record for longest on screen kiss for a date I wasn’t exactly sure how it was going to work, but it turned out to be fantastic. Lesley had no idea what was happening, and when she walked out and saw all of us standing there her expression was priceless.

It was pretty cool to set this stage up on Hollywood Boulevard for everybody to see. A big crowd gathered and everybody really got into it, especially Lesley and Sean. When you hear the previous record for longest on screen kiss was three minutes fifteen seconds it doesn’t sound that crazy. What you have to realize is it’s not just kissing for that long, that’s easy, but someone has to televise a continuous kiss for over three minutes. The more you think about it, the more you realize that’s a lot of screen time for just one continuous kiss. READ FULL STORY

Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelor' episode 2

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Ladies and gentlemen, your Miss America 2013 is… Miss New York. I want to start this week by congratulating Miss New York on winning the crown and by thanking the Miss America Organization for having me back again this year to host the show. I have to admit I was a little surprised when I peeked at the card on the stage and saw the judges chose Miss New York over the very popular Miss South Carolina. It was definitely a bit of an upset, but Miss New York is a very deserving winner and really blew the judges away in her interview earlier in the week, and that stuck with them throughout the final night. Imagine me being involved with a competition show that had a little drama. I appreciate all of you that watched the ceremony and for all of those that watched the Bachelor on Monday night.

I was so happy we were able to get the cameras to Sean’s house in time to catch him in the middle of his workout… pardon me, his shirtless workout. I did feel a little bad when we accidentally caught him in the middle of his shower. But being the man he is, Sean took it all in stride and got ready for his week of first dates. Sarah got the first one-on-one date and was as nervous as she was excited. It always amazes me every time we land a helicopter on the driveway of the mansion. The space it lands on isn’t very wide and I’m always so impressed with the pros that land those choppers each time. READ FULL STORY

'The Bachelor' episode 2: 'Tacky hos are a dime a dozen,' and happy anniversary to our beloved reality TV trainwreck

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Has it really been 25 seasons already? Yes, rose lovers, Sean’s is the 25th “journey” (17 for The Bachelor, and 8 for The Bachelorette) taken by a hopeless/hapless romantic seeking love in prime time. To celebrate this momentous occasion, overlord Mike Fleiss threw a party for press at Casa Bachelor featuring cocktails, a faux rose ceremony presided over by Sean, and tours of the 8,000 square-foot, probably-not-at-all-infested-with-pubic-lice mansion where the magic happens. This snapshot from the night — featuring (back row) Erica Rose, Sean, Jason, Ali, Casey, Courtney, (front row) Trista, Emily, Molly, Jillian, Stagliano, Deanna, Stagliano No. 2 — says it all, does it not? And by “it all,” I mean, “Wait, which one is Casey?”

Anyhow, on to tonight’s episode. The dates were suitably ridiculous (let’s put it this way: the most normal activity of the night involved jumping off a skyscraper), and there are definitely some clear frontrunners in the “connections” department. For me, though, the real revelation was Amanda, the “fit model” who, if tonight’s episode is any indication, might actually have split personality disorder. Stay tuned for my full recap later tonight, but in the meantime duke it out in the comments section now. Who should have gone home? Are hair extensions really such a crime? And what exactly was Daniella trying to say about “the Atlantis,” anyway? Post your thoughts now!

More Bachelor from EW:
Bachelor recap: The Book of Love
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Chris Harrison’s Bachelor blog

Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelor' season premiere

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Let me start this season off by saying it’s always good to be back. I always miss you guys as much as you miss the show. I didn’t get a chance to put up a blog after Ashley and JP’s wedding so before I dive into the new season of The Bachelor let me back up a bit and say just a few words. I was incredibly honored to be a part of that special day. The truth is that the odds of any relationship, on TV or off, making it all the way to the altar and ending in marriage are so small that it’s something that should always be cherished and celebrated. When you add to that the fact that Ashley and JP are such good people and so fantastic together it should definitely be celebrated. One thing I’m always struck by during these Bachelor weddings is how damn fun they are. At the end of the day it’s just a bunch of family and friends celebrating one of the great things life has to offer: true love. Speaking of true love, let’s talk about Sean and his search for that very thing. READ FULL STORY

'The Bachelor' premiere: 'It was literally, like, an animal attack on the eyeballs'

Well, maybe not literally. Not even figuratively, really. Perhaps you’ll disagree, rose lovers, but I’d say that the premiere of The Bachelor: If These Abs Could Talk was a relatively catfight-free affair. And that’s okay by me. Sure, some of the “ladies” were upset by the “surprise” return of a previous contestant, while others got their panties in a bunch about Sean’s unorthodox method for handing out the roses, but — and I may live to eat these words — it seems like maybe possibly there just might be some women of the non-heinous variety vying for Sean’s heart this season. (Not that woman who’s obsessed with 50 Shades of Grey, of course. She’s just straight-up sad.) Stay tuned for my full recap later tonight (UPDATE: Click to see Kristen’s full Bachelor season premiere recap and Chris Harrison’s Bachelor blog), but in the meantime, don’t be shy — tell me what you thought about night one of Sean’s “journey.” How’d you feel about that weird Arie segment? Does Sean have some kind of preternatural attraction to women named Ashley? Did your head explode when you saw that there was not one, but FOUR African-American contestants this time around? Post your thoughts now!

'The Bachelorette' wedding: Ashley and JP get their lavish, all-expenses-paid fairy tale ending

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Listen up, rose lovers: The Bachelor is sick of your s–t, okay? Yes, they know that only 12.5 percent of their 24 “winning” “couples” have ended up at the altar, and that most break up 20 minutes as soon as the After the Final Rose credits roll… but “this show is and always will be dedicated to helping people find meaningful, life long relationships,” says Chris Harrison, and lots of random fameosexuals have gotten married thanks to Mike Fleiss’ evil empire: Holly and Blake! Deanna and Stephen Stagliano! John Presser and Tara Durr! (Wait, who?) Anyhow, enough is enough, haters — if you don’t stop talking smack about this franchise, Team Bachelor is going to cut a bitch.

And with that fit of defensive self-justification taken care of, welcome to Ashley and JP’s wedding! Or, that is, the 107 minutes of filler before the actual “I dos.” After a brief recap of the duo’s whirlwind Bachelorette “journey,” we rejoin the couple in the present day, living their “everyday life” — which involves renting those overpriced rowboats in Central Park, eating ice cream in downtown Princeton, NJ, and spending an inordinate amount of time discussing Ashley’s tiny dog Boo. (Side note: They are also prepared — nay, excited! — to host a Bachelorette viewing party for their future children, should those tykes ever wonder how mommy and daddy met. Guys, if you do, you might want to fast forward through this part.)

Ashley and JP have been so busy living their “fairy tale,” though, that they haven’t even had time to set a date for the wedding. It’s been so long that at this point, their family members — who’ve all gathered at a local bar to hear some exciting news from the couple — are starting to think that Ash & Jape are going to skip the whole marriage thing and go straight to makin’ babies. As Ashley begins her preamble — “We do have some really, really special news, and we wanted to share it with you guys first” — someone begins chanting, “Pregnant! Pregnant! Pregnant!” Nope, ABC has scheduled that special for next December – first everybody’s got to head out West to watch the duo get hitched for the cameras. Even Ashley’s sister Chrystie, who straight up hated JP when she met him for the first time, is happy to hear the news — or, at least, she’s agreed to tell America how “wrong,” “wrong,” “wrong” she was about her sister’s beau in exchange for an all-expenses-paid trip to the Langham Huntington Hotel in beautiful Pasadena, California.

Speaking of, the Langham’s worker bees are busy carpeting every available surface of the hotel’s horseshoe garden with white roses and hydrangeas. It’s all part of Ashley’s “simple,” “feminine,” “neutral” style she described to her wedding planner a few months back — a meeting that was, conveniently, also caught on film. In it, Jape manages to appear engaged for about three minutes, but once the discussion turns to wood tables and DJ vs. band and party favors and the dinner menu and gifts for the wedding party, he looks ready to open a vein. Fortunately we don’t have to watch the duo pore over fabric samples and centerpieces, because by the end of the next commercial break, super hero wedding planner Mindy Weiss has filled a ballroom with sample tables and even chosen a selection of gowns for Ashley’s pooch. One of which, I should add, is a $7,500 ensemble constructed out of antique lace. Screw you, 99 percent!

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Did Chris Harrison just reveal the next Bachelor?

Even in heat that caused people to pass out on the Emmy red carpet, we don’t think Chris Harrison would be light-headed enough to break Bachelor casting news there. But SheKnows.com believes he did just that and confirmed rumors that Sean Lowe, the sensitive Texan Bachelorette Emily Maynard didn’t chose, has been picked. Watch the interview here. At around 1:20, Harrison is asked who he’d like to see as the next Bachelor and the interviewer suggests Sean before he gets to answer. “Well, a little known secret, he has been chosen. We are close to production. I don’t know if I can tell you,” Harrison says, “but let’s just say I think Sean would be a great guy. I really do. I think he’d be really good.”

It sounds to us like Harrison meant “he” as in the Bachelor — not Sean — has been chosen. A rep for ABC tells EW, “We are not confirming anyone right now. We haven’t started production yet.” Still, Harrison’s “let’s just say I think Sean would be a great guy” does sound like a solid hint. Then again, it could be a clever misdirect. READ FULL STORY

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