To be honest this week I don’t have a whole lot of dirt for you: The name of the show — The Women Tell All — really speaks for itself. Obviously, we don’t leave any of the good stuff out. My interview with Brad where we go over the season and talk about the unseen moments is always a fun night for all of us. We shoot it at the Bachelor house a few weeks before the Tell All special. It’s fun because it’s a relaxed, laid back, pressure-free atmosphere with just a few of us at the house, so we all share some good stories and have some laughs. I think this is where you see the “real” Brad. This is the guy I see all the time, and wish you got to see more of this season. READ FULL STORY
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It’s been a long road, and the end is in sight for Brad and three lucky ladies. After an incredible week of hometowns and a very emotional rose ceremony, Brad told the women about our next stop, the beautiful country of South Africa, home of the 2010 World Cup (as a soccer fan, this is a huge deal). Emily, Ashley, and Chantal were extremely excited. Every week they tried to guess where we were going next, and none of them ever guessed that Brad would take them halfway around the world. We’ve traveled all over the world, but there are very few places that take longer to get to than South Africa. But after over 20 hours in the air, we arrived at Kruger Mpumpalanga International Airport, and let me tell you, from the moment we landed, it was worth every second. Lush rolling hills, friendly people, and the promise of the most anticipated dates of every season of The Bachelor, the overnight dates. READ FULL STORY
I’ve said it four or five times and I’ll say it again: I love the hometown dates on this show. The trips to Costa Rica and Anguilla were fantastic, but Brad and the women were happy to stop living in the group dynamic and take this next step. We started in Seattle with Chantal. Brad had never been to Seattle so what was the first thing he wanted to do? Yes, stop at a Starbucks for a cup of coffee, because as you know Seattle is the only place in the country to get Starbucks. The irony of this trip was that it’s rained on us everywhere we’ve been but the weather in Seattle where it always rains was beautiful. Chantal was looking forward to Brad meeting her family, but she was really nervous about him meeting her dog Boca. A couple things stood out to me on this hometown date: Brad really seems comfortable and to fit in with Chantal’s family. They seemed all but ready to have a wedding on the spot. The other thing I noticed is Chantal’s dad’s wine cellar. Wow, I have cellar envy. READ FULL STORY
We packed our bags, left the rain forest in Costa Rica for the beautiful CuisinArt resort on the island of Anguilla (pronounced like vanilla). Once the girls figured out where this island was they were extremely excited. I flew in on the same flight with the ladies and it didn’t take long for our cover to be blown. Tourists were quickly snapping pictures of the ladies in the St. Martin airport. Anguilla is a short boat ride away from St. Martin, and the women loved the speedboat cruise across the crystal blue ocean to our island getaway. Like in Costa Rica, we once again had the entire resort to ourselves. It makes it so much easier when the cast and crew don’t have to worry about who’s watching what we’re up to. Once the ladies got settled in their private villa, the first one-on-one date was set between Brad and Emily. There are not a lot of helicopters around this island so we had to bring one in from a different island which also means a different country. Apparently it got held up in customs, so the date was delayed. That bit where Brad and Emily sat on the bench and had a glass of champagne wasn’t planned. It was quickly improvised once we realized their transportation wasn’t coming any time soon. READ FULL STORY
'The Bachelor' episode 7: I cannot express an opinion about tonight's episode without giving away who went home, so I won't do it here
Crazy night, eh rose lovers? Didn’t Anguilla look pretty? How about those beaches? As for everything else… well, I literally cannot think of anything neutral to say that will not send howls of “Spoilerrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!” reverberating across the interwebs, so I’m just going to stop talking here — other than to remind you all that if you haven’t seen tonight’s episode, don’t click through to the comments unless you want to know who got the boot. If you have seen it and are dying to debrief with other Bachelor fans, have at it below. Check back for my full Bachelor episode 7 recap later, and Chris Harrison’s exclusive behind-the-scenes Bachelor blog. In the meantime, I’ll be humming a jaunty tune…
The viewers have spoken and the women’s ages are back. This should let you know that we do try to listen to our fans and when we can give them what they want. The ladies were extremely excited to head to Costa Rica even though most of them had no idea exactly where it was, and most thought it was an island. That changed on the long plane ride south as all the girls read up on the country and quickly became experts on all things Costa Rica. We stayed at the beautiful exclusive Spring Resort deep in the Arenal region of the country. It was a long two to three hour ride inland from the airport. As you saw it was literally at the foot of an active volcano. Not sure what our fascination is with volcanoes the last couple seasons, but if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. When I say this volcano is active I mean very active. It actually erupted several times while we were there. You can hear rocks falling down the mountain and if you’re lucky at night you can see lava shooting and spilling out. The resort was completely shut down for us much to the dismay of several tourists. One day a couple of us were on a tour bus returning from a zip line trip with a few other American tourists. When we pulled up to the Spring Resort the tourists wondered how we could be staying here when they were told it was closed for the week. I sat in the back of the bus with my hat and shades on, they had no idea who we were or why we were there. The girls loved the resort and the suite but were quickly sent into a tailspin when the first date card was delivered for Chantal. READ FULL STORY
Hey ladies, have some cheese with all that whining. This week you might have noticed that the ladies got just a bit emotional. One interesting side effect of Brad’s therapy and newfound honesty is every girl he’s with feels like she’s the only girl in the world. That’s a good thing — unless you’re one of 30 women dating the same guy. With each girl feeling so special and feeling so much emotion, things are bound to boil over. Before we deal with the drama, we have to deal with the great mystery this season, Michelle’s black eye. Here’s what we know: Everybody went to bed after the rose ceremony. I returned to the house early the next morning to wake the girls up and send them on their dates. Michelle woke up, looked in the mirror and bam, black eye. The truth is nobody has any idea whatsoever how Michelle got that black eye. I don’t think its possible to get a “stress black eye” as she said, and I don’t think she beat herself up. I’ve mentioned in the past that we don’t have cameras rolling 24/7, and we don’t have secret cameras in the girls’ bedroom. Much like the Bermuda triangle, Hugh Hefner’s upcoming wedding and the Kardashians’ popularity, some things just can’t be explained. It was pretty amusing to see Michelle milk it all week using frozen peas, corn and popsicles to try to keep the swelling down. READ FULL STORY
That’s true, Brad. But if those dates happen on The Bachelor, they will also undoubtedly involve one or more of the following: public declarations of cheating, confrontations in the hot tub, mountain sports performed on the side of a building, and dinner by a large body of water. Tonight’s episode was no exception! While I won’t spoil the mystery of Michelle’s black eye here (click over to my full Bachelor episode 4 recap and Chris Harrison’s exclusive Bachelor blog for more on that), I will say that I am now pulling for Emily 150,000%, based almost entirely on the previews of the incredibly tasteless date she endures in next week’s episode. But more on that later. What did you think of tonight’s installment of Brad’s “journey,” rose lovers? And would you rather spend a first date dangling off of a building or strolling the sea floor with a giant round helmet on your head?
If you’ve been watching The Bachelor this season — you have been watching, right? — you may have noticed that most of the “ladies” vying for 38-year-old Bachelor Brad Womack’s heart are considerably younger than he is. We’re talking anywhere from 8 to 14 years younger. (Exhibit A: Emily, 24, seen here with Old Man River.) Of course, the Bachelor has always chosen from a bevy of younger women — it’s not like he’s going to date someone his same age or GOD FORBID older — but usually we’re looking at a 5-7 year differential. If you’ve been reading our Bachelor coverage on EW.com — you have been reading my recaps, right? — then you know that The Age Issue is a hotly debated topic among the rose-loving population. Take this comment from trania: “On average the women are more than 10 years younger. It really seems that Brad was a last-minute replacement as I find it hard to believe that the producers didn’t cast anyone within 5 yrs of Brad’s age.”
So is it true? Did ABC cast this season of “ladies” based on the age of their first-choice Bachelor, 33-year-old Chris Lambton, who made it to the final two in last year’s season of The Bachelorette? Or does Brad Womack just like ‘em young? According to a source close to the show/Brad’s libido, the answer is… a little of both. Some of the women appearing on the current season were in fact cast for Chris L., including 25-year-old Shawntel the funeral director (not to be confused with 28-year-old Chantal, the woman who slapped Brad on night 1). But then Chris L. wisely turned ABC down on the first day of casting, so Team Bachelor had to course-correct… a bit. According to the show source, they continued to cast young women once Brad was chosen as the Bachelor, because that’s what Mr. Womack wanted. To quote EW.com’s Mandi Bierly, it’s yet another reason to knee him in the nuts.
What say you, rose lovers? Are you surprised by this “news”?
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