It’d be one thing if the man described in the headline above was, say, Michael Phelps or some other Olympic swimmer. Those guys need to be as aerodynamic as possible. But no, that’s not who Chris was talking about, as all of my fellow rose lovers know from tonight’s episode. (SPOILER ALERT if you have not yet watched!) The hairy bastard in question is, of course, Ryan, who continues to skeeve out the other guys this week with his three-hour grooming routine (his facial hair is looking very George Michael circa “I Want Your Sex,” don’t you think?) and the sickly sweet BS he spews whenever Emily is around. Tonight’s trip to Croatia certainly brings about a few surprises (who knew Sean was strong enough to break a log? day-um!) and at least one very welcome dismissal. Stay tuned for my full recap later tonight (UPDATE: Click for Kristen’s full Bachelorette episode 6 recap and Chris Harrison’s Bachelorette blog), but in the meantime let me know what you thought about the Highland Games and all of the other shenanigans this evening. What did you think of the rose ceremony fake-out? Are you excited to see how the show handles Producer-gate next week? And why would anyone shave negative space into his beard? Start the conversation below!
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Even though we arrived in jolly ol’ England, things were less jolly as than usual as Emily was feeling a bit under the weather. But being the trouper that she is, she gutted it out and soldiered on. Her voice, on the other hand, did not. So with a raspy voice and a bit of a cold, Emily began her dates in one of my favorite cities in the world: London. I always love the beginning of episodes in these different cities around the world; we welcome the contestants in some of the coolest places. This week we pretty much had Trafalgar Square to ourselves at about 7:00 in the morning, just as the sun was hitting Big Ben down the street. It was a very impressive scene. READ FULL STORY
We can’t really blame poor Emily, can we rose lovers? After all — and spoiler alert if you haven’t seen tonight’s episode — no one wants their precious child contemptuously compared to a piece of luggage. While I enjoyed the showdown between Emily and He Who Shall Not Be Remembered, I do think she has a right to be just as angry with the other guys who heard the offensive comments and chose not to mention them to her. Kudos to Doug — the guy may be humorless, but at least he had the stones to call a family meeting when the Bachelorette Code of Conduct was violated. As for the rest of the episode… well, it really was all about Baggage Gate, wasn’t it? Oh, well there was one other notable development: Ryan is actually winning Emily over. Let me repeat that: The man who told Emily that she can’t gain weight after they get married is actually winning her over. Discuss. (UPDATE: Click over to read Kristen’s full Bachelorette episode 5 recap and Chris Harrison’s behind-the-scenes Bachelorette blog.)
It was a bittersweet week for Emily and the rest of us as we left the friendly confines of Charlotte, North Carolina and started our trip around the world. I can’t thank the folks of Charlotte enough for rolling out the red carpet and showing us such genuine hospitality. On behalf of the creator of the show, Mike Fleiss, I’d like to thank Bojangles for all the chicken. A final personal note from Charlotte, I’d like to throw a little love out to Bill Spoon’s BBQ for some of the best pulled pork I’ve ever had. Also, a huge shout out to the Black Keys who happened to be in town while we were shooting. That was an incredible show at Bojangles Coliseum. Who knew they were fans of The Bachelorette? READ FULL STORY
When the “ladies” fight on The Bachelor, it’s all “You’re so fake!” and “She’s like a black widow!” and so on. Compare that to how the guys fight on The Bachelorette: Instead of histrionics, thinly-veiled contempt and tears, you get repressed, simmering rage that bubbles up into steely-gazed confrontations and juvenile mockery. It may not be as dramatic as what we rose lovers are used to, but it’s certainly a nice palate-cleanser before we sit down to a heaping serving of the foul-smelling gruel called Bachelor Pad later this summer. The clenched-jaw brigade was out in full force on tonight’s Bermuda-set episode of Bachelorette — SPOILER ALERT if you haven’t yet watched — as Arie and Doug got into it, Doug and Chris got into it (see above quote), and Ryan and the American viewing public got into it. Making the night even more tense was the two-on-one date, though I’m surprised at the guys Emily picked for that specific honor. Stay tuned for my full recap later tonight (UPDATE: Kristen’s full Bachelorette recap is live, along with Chris Harrison’s behind-the-scenes Bachelorette blog), but in the meantime let me know what you thought of tonight’s episode. Would you watch a season of The Bachelor starring Ryan? Why are all of the guys such wusses when it comes to making the first move? And once again, I ask you, can anyone beat Arie? Post your thoughts below! And if you haven’t seen Alessandro’s vampire hunting footage yet, make haste and click here now.
I call this week’s episode “Open Mouth, Insert Bachelor.” Over the last ten years I’ve seen all sorts of things, but for some reason, this week, a few of the guys said and did things that you just shouldn’t do when courting a woman.
Chris got the first date this week, and fortunately for him, he wasn’t one of the guys who shot himself in the foot. There aren’t a lot of extreme dates this season but Chris and Emily got a great one. Emily told me later she thought Chris looked a lot like Gerard Butler. I found it amusing how much she gushed over how good-looking she thought he was. It was entertaining to see how uncomfortable it made Chris because he obviously felt the same about her.
Once again I loved how public this date was, right there in the middle of downtown Charlotte. Emily and Chris hit it off immediately and had great chemistry. By the time they got to the Luke Bryan concert (which was awesome, by the way) it was like they had been dating for months. Chris got the first real, legitimate kiss from Emily, but how it happened is very interesting and brings up a recurring theme this season. The guys are so thoughtful of Emily and the fact that she’s a single mom that they’re almost too respectful, if that’s possible. Emily was sending signal after signal for Chris to go for it but he ended up waiting ’til the end of the concert and at that point he still asked her for permission. In the end he got the kiss and definitely got Emily’s interest. The date couldn’t have gone much better. READ FULL STORY
At long last, conflict! Okay, sure, we’ve only had to wait three episodes for a little drama on The Bachelorette this season, but that’s three weeks longer than it normally takes. The idiocy we witnessed tonight — SPOILER ALERT if you have not yet watched the episode — was definitely worth the wait. It’s like some of the guys took anti-tact medication before going on the dates… though I’m guessing Alessandro is always as cluelessly blunt as he was at the cocktail party. Once you add in tonight’s two non-rose ceremony eliminations and Ryan’s emerging stalker tendencies, it seems like this season might finally be achieving its full trainwreck-TV potential. Stay tuned for my full recap in a few hours, but in the meantime tell me your favorite moment from tonight’s episode. Was it Travis’ send-off for “Shelly”? Sean’s shirtless push-ups? Kalon’s ridiculous glasses? So many choices. Start the debate below!
There’s no question that the first night of every season is one of the most exciting nights of any Bachelor or Bachelorette’s life, but the next day is where the real journey begins. Anyone can make a great first impression if they really put their minds to it, but when you go on a date and have to really let someone see who you are, inside and out, that’s when real relationships begin to form.
I have to admit it feels a little strange to move into a whole new mansion. Little things feel different and while it takes some getting used to, it’s pretty exciting. For me, little things like calling all the guys into the outdoor courtyard was a challenge. You might have noticed I was screaming like a mad man to get the guys to come outside to join me. I didn’t notice until I watched the show back that I had to yell so loud. Guess it wasn’t a good idea to have all the doors closed but it was so hot that day, the house was locked up.
Right from the get-go, there was a lot of tension around the first date card. I think by now everyone knows that going on the first date of the season is a huge deal, though it can also be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, getting to jump right in and develop a connection with Emily is a great advantage. On the other hand, if you start to develop feelings really early, it can make each passing week in the house harder and harder as you watch a woman you have feelings for date other men. READ FULL STORY
Thanks, Kalon! So far the aforementioned quote is about all the drama we’ve gotten on this season of The Bachelorette, but that’s okay, right? (Spoiler alert if you haven’t seen tonight’s episode.) I’d rather watch the guys get nervous about performing with the Muppets than see them call each other names at the cocktail party — though Doug’s poolside spat with Kalon over what it means to be a dad was pretty entertaining. And though it was probably unnecessary for Emily to make Ryan wear a flowery apron during their one-on-one cookie date, I do prefer these low-key(ish) outings over the over-the-top ridiculata Team Bachelorette normally arranges. What about you — were you surprised about who got sent home? What did you think of Emily’s “mom clothes”? (They sure beat the hell out of my “mom clothes,” which almost all involve elastic waistbands and t-shirts that are about four sizes too big.) And how on earth does that guy with the Tarzan hair keep getting roses? He barely ever speaks! (Maybe that’s his appeal?) Stay tuned for my full recap later tonight (UPDATE: Click to read Kristen’s full Bachelorette episode 2 recap and Chris Harrison’s exclusive Bachelorette blog), but in the meantime, start the conversation below!
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