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Throwback Thursday: What's your favorite first kiss in 'Bachelor' history? -- VIDEO

The formula for The Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise is simple: One person “dates” 25 romantic hopefuls and ideally comes out of it engaged to The One. Pair that formula with the saying “You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince(ss),” and you have a reality show full of lip-locks — both pleasant and unpleasant.

In all of our years of Chris Harrison-hosted drama, we have yet to meet a Bachelor or Bachelorette who’s shy in terms of kissing a variety of contestants. But of the many, many kisses we’ve seen, it’s always the first kiss that makes or breaks somebody. And on this week’s episode of The Bachelor, Juan Pablo had his first kiss of the season with Claire.

In case you missed it, it was a classic Bachelor scenario. The two were on the first one-on-one date of the season, placed oh-so-carefully in a hot tub. Juan Pablo gave Claire the date rose, to which she pulled him back into the jacuzzi and planted one on him. Do I blame her? Absolutely not. I’m impressed she waited as long as she did — the man had been shirtless for at least 10 minutes at that point. But the important question is how their kiss ranks in the overall scheme of first kisses on the show, to which I say, not great. The whole hot-tub thing felt so predictable and overdone. And to be honest, I wasn’t feeling crazy chemistry between the two of them. In conclusion, it was forgettable. So who wins the award for best first kiss in my book?
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'Duck Dynasty' season premiere react: Surprise!

Duck Dynasty is back … and as hairy as ever!

The fifth season kicked off Wednesday with the return of Rebecca, Willie and Korie’s exchange-student-turned-daughter who spent the last two years interning in the fashion industry in the City of Angels. After Willie and John Luke grabbed Rebecca, her five suitcases, and her French bulldog at the airport, everything was set in motion. Korie was planning a surprise party for everyone other than Si, who spent the episode infecting Miss Kay with the bird flu. Yes, the bird flu. The upside: Sick Si loves watching every Air Bud ever made on VHS — even Air Bud: Spikes Back! — and discussing how the dog is better than Jason Bourne. READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' premiere: Harry Connick Jr. is delicious

Harry Connick Jr. is my favorite American Idol judge so far, and not just because he cradled a contestant like a baby on tonight’s season 13 premiere. (Anyone else jealous of that baby?) READ FULL STORY

Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelor' episode 2

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Last week I got to feel the full force of the polar vortex in New York City, but it was well worth it as I had the amazing opportunity to co-host with the ladies of The View. It was an absolute blast, an honor, and I can’t wait to get back to do it again. Every Sunday during the month of Juan-uary we’re airing specials that take you behind the scenes of your favorite show. It will all culminate with Sean and Catherine’s live wedding event on Sunday, January 26th.

Sunday night’s episode was a behind-the-scenes look at the show. I love that through these specials we’re able to show our fans more and more of what really happens on The Bachelor. We showed you how last week Juan Pablo and I continued the tradition of crashing Bachelor viewing parties around town. I always love doing this, walking into the homes of our fans and seeing what a real impact this show has and how it really does bring people together. I honestly don’t think any other show on television promotes that sense of community. I also enjoyed the fact that this special allowed me to show all of you my casual sit-down talk with Juan Pablo the day after the rose ceremony. It’s been great to show you sides of our Bachelor we usually just don’t have the time to show you.

I thought this was an exceptional second episode. READ FULL STORY

'The Bachelor' episode 2: 'I was happy to take off my top, as always'

It’s true, rose lovers — one of the “ladies” (and I think you can guess who) really does have no problem letting her girls take in the night air, or the day air, or the stale, inside-of-a-photo-studio air. Thank goodness, because this week Team Bachelor dusted off the old “would I get naked for a chance at love?” trick during the group date. (It never gets old.) Stay tuned for my full recap later tonight (UPDATE: Read Kristen’s full Bachelor episode 2 recap and Chris Harrison’s behind-the-scenes Bachelor blog), but if you’ve finished watching let me know your thoughts on the two Juan-on-Juan dates, the spectacular rooftop pool meltdown during the group date, and the fact that they let poor Molly swim at the Casa Bachelor pool. There’s no way that thing is sanitary (the pool — I’m sure Molly is spotless).

MTV's '16 and Pregnant', 'Teen Mom' helped reduce teen birth rate, says study

In 2008, 40 out of every 1,000 girls between the ages of 15 and 19 gave birth. By 2011, that number had fallen to 31 out of every 1,000. And according to a new study, the recent decline in teen births means we should all be thanking … MTV?

Wellesley economist Phillip B. Levine and University of Maryland economist Melissa S. Kearney recently conducted a study that showed how the decline in the U.S. teen birth rate accelerated between 2008 and 2011, and how shows such as MTV’s 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom played a crucial role.

For those who haven’t see the shows, each episode of 16 and Pregnant follows a different teen through her pregnancy, childbirth, and first weeks of parenthood. The show’s spinoff, Teen Mom, picks up with a handful of the new mothers and continues following them through their first months, sometimes years, of parenthood.

Levine and Kearney’s study found that the two series led to a 5.7 percent reduction in teen births. Therefore, the shows can account for about one-third of the decline in teen births for the year and a half after the shows were introduced. READ FULL STORY

'The Bachelor' premiere: Dog Lover, Free Spirit, and other ambiguous 'job' titles

What would you want your “occupation” chyron to say if you were on The Bachelor? (Just go with it.)

I’d be fine with “Beach Stroller,” “Cheese Whisperer,” or “TV Recapper,” all of which are true depending on the hour. If we’re going for every-second-of-every-day accuracy, though? “Bum.”

Here are the most creative job titles of The Bachelor: Juan Pabs premiere (read our full recap here):

Dog Lover

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WHO? WHO PAYS YOU TO LOVE DOGS? READ FULL STORY

Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelor' season premiere

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Welcome to the new season of El Bachelor. I want to start this season off by saying thank you! Thank you for supporting us, and for coming back to enjoy another journey. Sunday night it all started with our special The Countdown to Juan Pablo. I really loved how after all these years we lifted the veil a bit to show our fans how we cast the show and just how pressure-packed that process can be. As you saw in the special, we truly see it all during the casting process. It’s not an exact science by any means, but I think our casting department has done a phenomenal job over the years of bringing in amazing men and women to be a part of this show. READ FULL STORY

'Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-off 2014' premiere: Vanilla Ice the Vegetarian, plus others

It’s hard to tell what’s worse in Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-off 2014: the food or the general display of humanity. Imagine The Celebrity Apprentice, but with a fire pit. No one can cook. Like, these people can feed their dependents, because they’re wealthy, but the skills are just not there. You are basically watching random divas fail, and flail, and fight, and then over-spice stuff. It’s hilariously awful, much like this choice quote about hosts and team leaders Guy Fieri and Rachael Ray:

“They’re like the Heisman Trophy winners of food,” said actual Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker with a straight face.

Let’s rank season 3′s eight celebrity “chefs” from least to most tolerable after tonight’s extremely unappetizing Medieval Times challenge:

8. Jake Pavelka: The former Bachelor star put a ROSE on his stupid barely salad because it needed a little “touch of love.” My dislike for him sprouted anew when he said, all zen-like in Team Rachael’s trailer, “I can do a barley salad. There’s nothing complicated about it.” It was all downhill from there; the guy’s super serious about competing on any and all televised programs. “In competitions, you’ve gotta peak at the right time,” he claimed, with scientific precision. “Not week 1.” Whaaaaat?! In competitions. READ FULL STORY

'The Bachelor' season premiere: 'It feels like you're a meat and they want to eat you right there'

Oh, make no mistake, Juan Pablo — those “ladies” do, in fact, want to eat you right there. (Especially that weirdo who insisted on going barefoot.) Fortunately, though, the Bachelor made it out of the first episode alive — though no doubt with a few bite marks. As for you, rose lovers, did the most-hyped Bachelor premiere… ever live up to your expectations? I’ve been on Team Juan Pablo since the moment he first stepped out of the limo bearing a chocolate bon-bon for Desiree — but I know many of you are on the fence. What say you now? Not sure yet how I feel about this group of “ladies,” though I am a big fan of the one who brought her dog — or, let me rephrase that: I am a big fan of her dog. (What a cute little fluffball!) Stay tuned for my full recap later tonight (UPDATE: Click over for Kristen’s full Bachelor season premiere recap and Chris Harrison’s behind-the-scenes Bachelor blog), but if you simply can’t wait to talk about “the first el Bachelor Latino,” post your thoughts now!

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