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Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelorette' episode 7

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This was my first time to visit the historic city of Prague. Prague is one of those places I had heard so much about and I was sure that there was no way it could live up to all the hype. Amazingly, it not only lived up to the hype, it far exceeded it — and it quickly became one of my favorite cities in the world. Between the history, the beauty, the culture and the people, the city has a lot to offer no matter how old you are. We shot the opening scene at the Royal Palace and Church that sits at the top of a hill overlooking all of Prague. We didn’t shut the square down, but we were fortunate while shooting that morning the streets were virtually empty. The best part was right in the middle of shooting we were treated to a private performance of the changing of the guards. I was staying with the guys at this cool little rock and roll hotel called Aria, while Emily stayed at another hotel just around the corner from us. READ FULL STORY

'The Bachelorette' episode 7: 'I want to date you so hard and marry the [bleep] out of you.'

I’m going to call it, rose lovers: The above statement is officially the funniest one-liner ever uttered on The Bachelorette or The Bachelor. (Yes, it even beats “My eggs are rotting!”) And it’s a very big part of the reason that tonight’s episode made me do a complete 180 on Jef with one F. Spoiler alert if you haven’t yet watched, but if you’ve seen tonight’s leg of Emily’s “journey,” I want to hear what you think. Were you pleased with Team Bachelorette‘s handling of Producer-gate? (Personally I thought Arie’s excuse — essentially “I figured it didn’t matter” — was BS, but we’ll never know for sure because they didn’t get it on tape. Amazing.) Are you starting to get some scary vibes from Chris? I mean, what happened to the dorky-cute Bobblehead Guy from night 1? And what did you think of Emily and Jef’s puppet-fueled lovefest? If you ask me, Arie had better step on the gas, because One F just left him in the dust. Finally, WTF was up with those sparkly shorts Emily was wearing in Prague? Stay tuned for my full recap later tonight (UPDATE: Click to read Kristen’s full Bachelorette episode 7 recap and Chris Harrison’s behind-the-scenes blog), but in the meantime, start your venting below!

Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelorette' episode 6

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After the fireworks and “F” bombs in London, we headed off to the exotic city of Dubrovnik, Croatia. We have had the incredible opportunity to go to some amazing places over the years but the locations we visit over the next couple weeks really blew me away. Emily’s apartment was in the old town district of Dubrovnik. Being there is like stepping back in time.

You might have noticed Emily walking up some steps to get to her place. Well the truth is it was more than just “some” steps. Emily’s apartment was up a hill and the only way to get up there was climbing hundreds of steps, but once you got up that high, the view over the Adriatic sea was well worth it.

Emily was nice enough to help me out with my hosting duties and delivered the first date card to Travis. I’m sure some of you might be confused that after what seemed like a great date Emily suddenly sent Travis home. Travis is a great guy and he and Emily had a great relationship but there was no chemistry, passion, or romance between them. I have to give it to Emily for stepping up and doing the right thing and sending him home on the date.

The easy thing to do would have been just to give him the rose, continue the easy friendship, and send him home at a future rose ceremony. But instead, she’s continued to follow her heart and make the tough decisions.

One last note about Travis’ date: Many of us on the crew tried the balancing stone that sits on the side of a building in old town. A few of us were able to pull off the tradition and balance while taking off a jacket or shirt.  Names will not be given to protect the not-so-innocent.

The group date started at an amazing theatre in Old Town.

[On a quick side-note, I took my kids to the world premiere of Brave last night and although I thought it was incredibly disrespectful to hold an event on Monday night while The Bachelorette was on, the movie is incredible and I highly recommend it, especially if you have kids. The highland games competition was fantastic.]

The group of guys on the date was great so there wasn’t any drama and everybody was able to have a good time. The only thing that made that date tough for the guys was how cold it got and those kilts weren’t as warm as they look.

The party that night was pretty interesting. Arie was feeling a little defensive as he hadn’t had a lot of time with Emily, and in London, Emily was a little upset at him for not speaking up about Kalon. They seemed to quickly get past this and Arie used the old “hey, look in the store window” trick to steal a kiss from Emily.

Jef continued to rise after his amazing date in London. How about the line he delivered telling Emily “you give me the type of feeling that people write about.” Come on, how do you not fall for that?

Ryan got the final one-on-one date, for good reason, and contrary to his belief, it’s not because he’s god’s gift to the world. Emily definitely had feelings for Ryan but she wanted another date to really put their relationship to the test. There’s so many things that are wrong with their relationship, but Emily does like the bad boy a bit and is attracted to him. Ryan has no idea how easily he could have gotten a rose and stayed had he not continuously shot himself in the foot. Repeatedly calling Emily a trophy wife didn’t help but the “list” of qualities he gave her really pushed her over the edge. Emily has no poker face and if you looked at her when he was reading that list you saw it was over right then and there.

I do have to give Ryan credit because even after Emily dumped him he continued to fight and almost convinced her she was wrong. Ryan’s exit speech was very interesting. As you saw, he had a specific message that he wanted everybody to hear. Well, we left it in, in its entirety. Now, you can be the judge on what kind of person he is. Arie might have delivered the best line this week when he said if Ryan is the next Bachelor then the Bachelorette is a mirror.

The cocktail party was at an old house that sat right across the street from the harbor. At the party, Emily and Doug had one of the most awkward moments of the season. It’s not good when a woman has to physically lift up your arm to put it around her. As far as Emily is concerned Doug is taking his nickname, “humble Doug,” a little too literally. She’s hoping and praying the guy will just lighten up a little bit and show a more everyday side. Emily’s body language during their conversation was very telling. If you look back at it you’ll see Emily leaning as far away from him as she possibly could. She’s never like that with the other guys she’s really into. The problem is she likes a lot of things about Doug and is hoping with a little time he can step it up a bit.

The rose ceremony put the icing on what was already a crazy week. For the first time ever, our Bachelorette sent both guys home from the one-on-one dates. Then in the middle of the rose ceremony Emily decided she really didn’t want to send anybody else home.

Again, I have to give it to the girl. She goes with her gut and so far it’s guided her very well. Doug and John were on the chopping block but as sure as she was about saying goodbye to Travis and Ryan she wasn’t convinced it was time to say goodbye to either of those guys. So Emily came out to see me as I was waiting just outside the door, ready to come in and deliver the line that would let the world know that after one rose is taken away from two roses, there’s only one rose left. Having gone through this with Emily, I know she wasn’t just doing this to delay the inevitable so the decision to let her keep everybody at the rose ceremony was an easy one.

We head off to another incredibly historic location next week in Prague.

The city was amazing in and of itself but what takes place in Prague and the drama it leads to at the rose ceremony will be what we’re all talking about next week. It’s no secret that these guys have fallen for Emily and she has started falling for more than one man. This can only lead to more intense drama in the weeks to come, as hearts will be broken. There have also been many tabloid stories about one of our producers having dated Arie and how that affected Emily. Next week we will deal with this issue and you will get the complete story, and more importantly, the truth!

Until then you can find all things Bachelorette at our website and you can always find me on Twitter @chrisbharrison.

More Bachelorette from EW:
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Chris Harrison blogs ‘The Bachelorette’ episode 5
‘The Bachelorette’ episode 5 recap

'The Bachelorette' episode 6: 'He shaves his legs and plucks his finger hairs and stuff'

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!

Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelorette' episode 5

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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

'The Bachelorette' episode 5: 'I want to go West Virginia hood rat backwoods on his a--!'

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.)

Which shows are 'exploding' in social media? Do you 'explode' onto social media while you watch TV?

I hope you’re not hurting yourself! A new study (DON’T FALL ASLEEP) suggests that social activity surrounding broadcast prime-time this April topped its level a year earlier by 194 percent. That means a whole lotta people were heading over to The Voice‘s “Sprint Lounge with Christina Milian” instead of heading over to the fridge for a snack.

You can read more about the numbers here, but I’m interested in reactions from those of you who never use social media at all. READ FULL STORY

Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelorette' episode 4

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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

'The Bachelorette' episode 4: 'You don't get my competitive juices flowing at all'

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.

Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelorette' episode 3

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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

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