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Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelorette' episode 8


I hope by now you’ve heard the great news that the finale for this season will be a three-hour event — including the live After the Final Rose special — airing Sunday, July 22nd. The next day, Monday July 23rd will be the premiere of Bachelor Pad 3. We’re in production on Pad right now and it’s amazing. But before we jump too far forward let’s talk about the hometown dates and how Emily is holding up as we head down the home stretch here. After some incredible travel around the world we were all happy to be back in the good ol’ USA. The first stop on the hometown dates was with Chris in Chicago. The minute you saw Chris and Emily together you could tell there was just something a little off about them and their usual chemistry. Is it just me or did Chris’ dad kind of accidentally set his son up for the fall by telling him Emily said she was falling in love with Chris, when it turns out she never really said anything close to that? Chris is twenty-five years young. Now, that’s only a year younger than Emily but they are really in different places in their life. It didn’t really seem in the end that Chris is ready to provide what Emily is looking for, especially when you stack him up against the three other men remaining. READ FULL STORY

'The Bachelorette' episode 8: 'How much faster could it possibly move? I told you I loved you!'

I love it when the guys don’t go quietly, don’t you rose lovers? If you’ve just finished watching tonight’s hometown dates episode — and SPOILER ALERT if you haven’t seen it yet — you know exactly what I’m talking about. It didn’t come as too much of a surprise to me… what about you? I think my favorite of the hometown dates was Jef’s (guns, toddlers, a log cabin — what’s not to like?), though Arie’s mom (a.k.a. Emily in 30 years) was pretty fantastic, too. One thing that piqued my interest tonight as well were the previews for next week… no mention of the fantasy suite! Do you think Emily might be choosing to forgo this most sordid of Bachelorette traditions? Call me a fool, but I’m daring to dream that she does. Stay tuned for my full TV recap later tonight (UPDATE: Click over to Kristen’s full Bachelorette recap and Chris Harrison’s exclusive behind the scenes Bachelorette blog), but in the meantime, let me know what you thought of Emily’s hometown adventures. Were you surprised by her final three? One a scale of 1 to 10, how rude was the whole breaking-into-Dutch thing during Arie’s visit? And which do you think is more fun to ride in, a dune buggy or an IndyCar? Post your thoughts now!

Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelorette' episode 7


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


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.

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'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


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


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

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