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I'm feeling very Andrea about this coming season of "Survivor."

I’m really liking “American Idol” Season 10. I hated last season. Hated. As in, actually stopped watching. I usually threaten to stop watching at least once a season, but Season 9 was the only time I ever followed through. No one should’ve won. This season, I like some people already and I love Steven Tyler.

Anyway, I bring it up because “Survivor: Redemption Island” is starting Feb. 16 and it’s going to go up against “Idol” on Wednesday nights. I’m worried. On top of that, “America’s Next Top Model” is starting Wednesday, Feb. 23. My DVR can only tape two shows, and I have to be watching one of them. So one of these three shows will have to be voted off my DVR.

Cowboy up!

Oh and “The Amazing Race” is back on Sunday, Feb. 20. I always have to remind myself that I care about that show. All-stars this time.

Here’s the list of February premieres and finales, as copied wholesale from the lovely and amazing AOL TV Squad:
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Tuesday, February 1
9:00 – ‘Dangerous Encounters’ (National Geographic Wild) 1st season finale
9:00 – ‘Hard Time’ (National Geographic) series premiere
9:00 – ‘Million Dollar Money Drop’ (FOX) 1st season finale
9:00 – ‘Seriously Funny Kids’ (Lifetime) series premiere
10:00 – ‘Auction Kings’ (Discovery) 1st season finale
10:00 – ‘Behind Bars’ (ID) series premiere
10:00 – ‘Cherry Goes Drinking’ (BBC America) special presentation
10:00 – ‘One Born Every Minute’ (Lifetime) series premiere
10:00 – ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: Reunion, Part 2′ (Bravo) special presentation

Wednesday, February 2
8:00 – ‘Howe & Howe Tech’ (Discovery) 2nd season finale
10:00 – ‘E! True Hollywood Story: Kate Gosselin’ (E!) special presentation
10:00 – ‘Wild Justice’ (National Geographic) 1st season finale

Thursday, February 3
9:00 – ‘Million Dollar Listing’ (Bravo) 4th season premiere
10:00 – ‘Beyond Scared Straight’ (A&E) 1st season finale
10:00 – ‘Brad Meltzer’s Decoded’ (History) 1st season finale

Friday, February 4
12:00AM – ‘Eagleheart’ (Cartoon Network) series premiere
7:30PM – ‘Ben 10: Ultimate Alien’ (Cartoon Network) 2nd season premiere
8:00 – ‘Dog Whisperer’ (National Geographic) 7th season finale
8:00 – ‘Generator Rex’ (Cartoon Network) 2nd season premiere
8:00 – ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ (NBC) 2nd season premiere
9:00 – ‘Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials’ (CBS) special presentation
9:00 – ‘How It’s Made’ (Science) 9th season finale
9:00 – ‘A Valentine’s Date’ (Hallmark) special presentation
10:30 – ‘Inside the Vault’ (WGN) series premiere

Saturday, February 5
8:00 – ‘It’s Me or the Dog’ (Animal Planet) 3rd season mid-season finale
9:00 – ‘Billy Gardell: Halftime’ (Comedy Central) special presentation
9:00 – ‘Smooch’ (Hallmark) special presentation
10:00 – ‘CMT Crossroads: The Pretenders and Faith Hill Live from Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam’ (CMT) special presentation

Sunday, February 6
3:00 – ‘Puppy Bowl VII’ (Animal Planet) special presentation
6:00 – ‘Super Bowl XLV’ (FOX) special presentation
10:30 – ‘Glee’ (FOX) special presentation

Monday, February 7
7:00 – ‘Inside the Actors Studio: Colin Firth’ (Bravo) special presentation
8:00 – ‘The Unpoppables’ (TLC) series premiere
9:00 – ‘American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior’ (Discovery) 1st season finale
9:00 – ‘The Chicago Code’ (FOX) series premiere
9:00 – ‘Reagan’ (HBO) special presentation
9:00 – ‘Top Gear [UK]‘ (BBC America) 16th season premiere
10:00 – ‘Lizard Lick Towing’ (TruTV) series premiere
10:00 – ‘My Life Is a Zoo’ (National Geographic Wild) 1st season finale

Tuesday, February 8
9:00 – ‘Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy’ (History) series premiere
9:30 – ‘Traffic Light’ (FOX) series premiere
10:00 – ’1000 Ways to Die’ (Spike) 4th season premiere
10:00 – ‘Hardcore Pawn’ (TruTV) 2nd season finale
10:00 – ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: The Lost Footage’ (Bravo) special presentation
10:00 – ‘Top Shot’ (History) 2nd season premiere
11:00 – ‘My Life as Liz’ (MTV) 2nd season premiere

Wednesday, February 9
8:00 – ‘Live to Dance’ (CBS) 1st season finale
9:00 – ‘Chasing Justice with Dan Abrams’ (ID) 2nd season premiere
9:00 – ‘Friday Night Lights’ (DirecTV) series finale
9:00 – ‘Human Target’ (FOX) 2nd season finale
9:00 – ‘Inside the NFL’ (Showtime) 34th season finale
9:30 – ‘Mr. Sunshine’ (ABC) series premiere
10:00 – ‘Best of Pride Fighting Championships’ (Spike) special presentation
10:00 – ‘Justified’ (FX) 2nd season premiere
10:30 – ‘Storage Wars’ (A&E) 1st season finale

Thursday, February 10
10:00 – ‘Nightmare Next Door’ (ID) 1st season finale

Friday, February 11
9:00 – ‘Auction Packed’ (National Geographic) series premiere
10:00 – ‘Bar Karma’ (Current) series premiere
10:00 – ‘Ghostly Lovers’ (Travel) special presentation
10:00 – ‘Twisted’ (ID) 2nd season finale

Saturday, February 12
8:00 – ‘NASCAR 2011: Bud Shootout’ (FOX) special presentation
8:00 – ‘Must Love Cats’ (Animal Planet) series premiere
9:00 – ‘Accidentally in Love’ (Hallmark) special presentation
9:00 – ‘Iron Invader’ (Syfy) special presentation
9:00 – ‘The Sunset Limited’ (HBO) special presentation
10:00 – ‘Boomtown’ (Planet Green) 1st season finale

Sunday, February 13
8:00 – ‘The British Academy Film Awards’ (BBC America) special presentation
8:00 – ‘The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards’ (CBS) special presentation
9:00 – ‘Beyond I Have a Dream’ (Nickelodeon) special presentation
9:00 – ‘The Queen’ (TLC) special presentation
10:00 – ‘Fatal Attractions’ (Animal Planet) 2nd season premiere
10:00 – ‘On the Case with Paula Zahn’ (ID) 3rd season finale
10:00 – ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta: Reunion, Part 1′ (Bravo) special presentation

Monday, February 14
8:00 – ’135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show’ (USA) special presentation
8:30 – ‘Mad Love’ (CBS) series premiere
9:00 – ‘American Pickers’ (History) 2nd season finale
9:00 – ‘When Strangers Click: Five Stories from the Internet’ (HBO2) special presentation
9:00 – ‘Searching For…’ (OWN) series premiere

Tuesday, February 15
8:00 – ‘I, Predator’ (Animal Planet) 1st season finale
8:00 – ‘Jump City: Seattle’ (G4) series premiere
8:00 – ’135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show’ (USA) special presentation
9:00 – ‘Breaking Down the Bars’ (OWN) series premiere
9:00 – ‘Ramsay’s Best Restaurant’ (BBC America) 1st season finale
9:00 – ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: Dinner Party from Hell: Producers Cut (Bravo) special presentation
10:00 – ‘Crimes Against Nature’ (National Geographic Wild) series premiere
10:00 – ‘Our America with Lisa Ling’ (OWN) series premiere
10:00 – ‘The Real Housewives of New York City’ (Bravo) 4th season premiere

Wednesday, February 16
8:00 – ‘Survivor’ (CBS) 22nd season premiere
9:00 – ‘Ghost Hunters International’ (Syfy) 2nd season mid-season finale
9:00 – ‘Quadrangle’ (HBO2) special presentation
10:00 – ‘Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior’ (CBS) series premiere

Thursday, February 17
8:30 – ‘$#*! My Dad Says’ (CBS) 1st season finale
9:00 – ‘The Battle for Marjah’ (HBO) special presentation
9:00 – ‘Man vs. Wild’ (Discovery) 6th season premiere
10:00 – ‘Out of the Wild: Venezuela’ (Discovery) series premiere
10:00 – ‘Sins and Secrets’ (ID) series premiere

Friday, February 18
8:00 – ‘WWE SmackDown’ (Syfy) 600th episode
9:00 – ‘The Injustice Files’ (ID) series premiere
9:00 – ‘Your OWN Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star’ (OWN) 1st season finale
10:00 – ‘Gold Rush Alaska’ (Discovery) 1st season finale

Saturday, February 19
8:00 – ‘Craig Ferguson: Does This Need to Be Said?’ (Epix) special presentation
8:00 – ‘Primeval’ (BBC America) 4th season finale
9:00 – ‘Being Human [UK]‘ (BBC America) 3rd season premiere
10:00 – ‘Patrice O’Neal: Elephant in the Room’ (Comedy Central) special presentation
11:00 – ‘Eddie Griffin: You Can Tell ‘Em I Said It’ (Comedy Central) special presentation

Sunday, February 20
8:00 – ‘The Amazing Race’ (CBS) 18th season premiere
8:00 – ‘Good Luck Charlie’ (Disney) 2nd season premiere
8:00 – ‘Secret Service Files’ (National Geographic) series premiere
9:00 – ‘Saturday Night Live Backstage’ (NBC) special presentation
9:00 – ’600 Pound Mom’ (TLC) special presentation
9:00 – ‘Worst Cooks in America’ (Food) 2nd season finale
9:30 – ‘Episodes’ (Showtime) 1st season finale
10:00 – ‘Obama in Ghana’ (BET) special presentation
10:00 – ‘The Man Who Lost His Face’ (TLC) special presentation

Monday, February 21
8:00 – ‘Blue-Collar Dogs’ (National Geographic Wild) series premiere
8:00 – ‘World’s Deadliest Towns’ (Animal Planet) series premiere
8:30 – ‘The Unpoppables’ (TLC) 1st season finale
9:00 – ‘Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy’ (Lifetime) special presentation
9:00 – ‘The BET Honors’ (BET) special presentation
9:00 – ‘The Cape’ (NBC) 1st season mid-season finale
9:00 – ‘It’s Good to Be President’ (History) special presentation
9:00 – ‘Secret Service Files’ (National Geographic) 1st season finale
11:00 – ‘Beyond the Headlines: The Amanda Knox Story’ (Lifetime) special presentation

Tuesday, February 22
10:00 – ‘Behind Bars’ (ID) 1st season finale

Wednesday, February 23
8:00 – ‘America’s Next Top Model’ (CW) 16th season premiere
9:00 – ‘Four of a Kind’ (Lifetime) series premiere
9:00 – ‘Ghost Hunters’ (Syfy) 7th season premiere
9:00 – ‘Shedding for the Wedding’ (CW) series premiere
10:00 – ‘Glamour Belles’ (Lifetime) series premiere
10:00 – ‘James Ellroy’s LA: City of Demons’ (ID) 1st season finale
10:30 – ‘The Traveler’s Guide to Life’ (Travel) 1st season finale

Thursday, February 24
9:00 – ‘Royal Pains’ (USA) 2nd season finale
9:00 – ‘Thurgood’ (HBO) special presentation

Friday, February 25
7:00 – ‘Hall of Game Awards’ (Cartoon Network) special presentation
10:00 – ‘Spartacus: Gods of the Arena’ (Starz) series finale
10:30 – ‘Portlandia’ (IFC) 1st season finale
11:00 – ‘Camelot’ (Starz) series premiere

Saturday, February 26
9:00 – ‘Area 51′ (Syfy) special presentation
9:00 – ‘Secrets from a Stylist’ (HGTV) series premiere
10:00 – ’2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards’ (IFC) special presentation

Sunday, February 27
7:00 – ‘Oscar’s Red Carpet Live’ (ABC) special presentation
8:30 – ‘The 83rd Annual Academy Awards’ (ABC) special presentation

Monday, February 28
8:00 – ‘The Event: Recap Special’ (NBC) special presentation
8:00 – ‘Zeke and Luther’ (Disney XD) 3rd season premiere
9:00 – ‘The Event’ (NBC) 1st season mid-season premiere
10:00 – ‘Bethenny Ever After’ (Bravo) 2nd season premiere
10:30 – ‘Stalked: Someone’s Watching’ (ID) 1st season finale

Here’s the crew. I don’t know which witch is which yet. … Scratch that, I do know: Pictured: (L–R): Dominique, Kasia, Brittani, Monique, Mikaela, Angelia, Hannah, Dalya, Nicole, Sara, Alexandria, Ondrei, Jaclyn and Molly. (Photo Credit: Troy Jensen / Pottle Productions)

I just got a press release from the CW (not that they just sent it to me, but I can act that way if I want, I suppose) announcing the new cast and some details on “America’s Next Top Model” Cycle 16.

I’m having a lazy day, so I’m just going to cut and paste the release. It’s not like I have tremendous insight beyond what they wrote, anyway.

Actually, I will say this: Cycle 15 winner Ann Ward was from Dallas, Texas, and I’m seeing a lot of Texas happening on this list. Are they hoping for a Texas two-some?

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The CW’s hit series AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL returns to the world of high fashion when Cycle 16 premieres on Wednesday, February 23 (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET).

Lending their expertise as guest judges during this high fashion cycle are international fashion designer Lana Marks, model/stylist Erin Wasson, stylist Rachel Zoe, Sudanese model and actress Alek Wek, stylist/creative consultant Lori Goldstein, Italian photographer Francesco Carrozzini, fashion model Sonia Dara, IMG Models executive Ivan Bart, Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani, Brazilian designer Daniella Issa Helayel, and costume designer/stylist Eric Daman (“Gossip Girl”).

Fourteen model hopefuls will compete for the ultimate career-launching prize package: a contract with IMG Models, one of the top international modeling management companies in the world; a fashion spread in Vogue Italia and an additional spread and cover of Beauty in Vogue; and a $100,000 contract with CoverGirl Cosmetics.

Tyra Banks leads the panel of judges, comprised of influential fashion editor André Leon Talley and photographer Nigel Barker.  Jay Manuel serves as the photo shoot creative director while Miss J Alexander returns as the runway trainer.

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“AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL” CYCLE 16 PARTICPANTS

Check out individual model photos here.

Name: Alexandria

Age: 21

Height: 5’ 10”

Hometown: Newport Beach, California

Current Location: Huntington Beach, California

Occupation: Currently unemployed

Favorite Designer: Karl Lagerfeld

Biggest ANTM Fear: Accidentally falling or doing something embarrassing while modeling.

Most Confident About: My drive to never give up on what I want.

Favorite Non-Modeling Activities: Adventures in new places. I love snowboarding, hiking, surfing, cliff-diving, hanging out with my sister and any of my five brothers.

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Name: Angelia

Age: 20

Height: 5’ 10”

Hometown: Landstuhl, Germany

Current Location: Pembroke Pines, Florida

Occupation: College student, studying Marine Biology

Favorite Designer: Vera Wang

Biggest ANTM Fear: Getting along with the other models, and not making it past the casting week.

Most Confident About: My unique look.

Favorite Non-Modeling Activities: I love going to the beach and snorkeling in Key West.  I also love snowboarding, rollerblading, fishing and swimming.  And of course, dancing!

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Name: Brittani

Age: 19

Height: 5’ 10 ½”

Hometown: Beech Creek, Pennsylvania

Current Location: Howard, Pennsylvania

Occupation: College student, studying English, International Studies and Spanish

Favorite Designer: Marc Jacobs

Biggest ANTM Fear: Living in the house with the other models.

Most Confident About: My walk.  The runway is my favorite part of the modeling world.

Favorite Non-Modeling Activities: I love dancing, and any form of artistic expression, including collages, painting and crafts.  Also reading, writing and being with friends and family.

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Name: Dalya

Age: 21

Height: 5’ 9”

Hometown: Clear Lake, Texas

Current location: Corona, California

Occupation: Currently unemployed

Favorite Designer: A tie between Alexander McQueen and Giambattista Valli

Biggest ANTM Fear: Having the judges misunderstand me.

Most Confident About: I am most confident in my ability to work any runway you put me on!

Favorite Non-Modeling Activities: Hanging with my friends, shopping and reading.  But I’m forever in model mode!

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Name: Dominique

Age: 23

Height: 5’ 9”

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Current location: Houston, Texas

Occupation: College graduate with a degree in Marketing

Favorite Designer: Stacey Bendet’s Alice & Olivia Clothing line

Biggest ANTM Fear: Not knowing what to expect.

Most Confident About: I’m most confident about my walk.

Favorite Non-Modeling Activities: Hanging with family and friends.  And you can find me at a local museum, book store or window shopping.  I also love to dance and go to the theater when I can.

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Name: Hannah

Age: 20

Height: 5’10”

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Current location: Austin, Texas

Occupation: College student majoring in Photo-Communications.

Favorite Designer: John Galliano

Biggest ANTM Fear: That I might come across as a ditz.

Most Confident About: My personality, my sense of style and my ability to make friends easily.

Favorite Non-Modeling Activities: I love photography, stop-animation and film.  I like to write and doodle.

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Name: Jaclyn

Age: 20

Height: 5’ 10”

Hometown: Belton, Texas

Current location: Belton, Texas

Occupation: Waitress and college student

Favorite Designer: Valentino

Biggest ANTM  Fear: Having to do any sort of modeling with a shark!

Most Confident About: Being myself and the person my parents raised me to be.

Favorite Non-Modeling Activities: I love to be outdoors!  Hiking, rock climbing and sailing on our lake here in Belton — I love all sports.  Go Steelers!  Go Spurs, Go!

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Name: Kasia

Age: 26

Height: 5’ 9”

Hometown: Wheaton, Illinois

Current location: New York, New York

Occupation: College graduate with a degree in Journalism

Favorite Designer: Marc Jacobs, among many others

Biggest ANTM Fear: That being myself won’t be enough.

Most Confident About: I am most confident about my high fashion look.

Favorite Non-Modeling Activities: I love taking acting classes and reading anything I can get my hands on about films, acting and directing.  I also go to a lot of art museums, exhibits and shows in New York City.

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Name: Mikaela

Age: 21

Height: 5’ 9”

Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida

Current location: Boca Raton, Florida

Occupation: College Student, studying theater

Favorite Designer: A tie between Roberto Cavalli and Calvin Klein

Biggest ANTM Fear: Not making it into the house.  I don’t want to let myself or anyone else down.

Most Confident About: I am definitely confident about my runway walk.

Favorite Non-Modeling Activities: I love to make short films with my friends.  I can spend the entire day at the movies with my boyfriend.  And I hang out with my family a lot!

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Name: Molly

Age: 22

Height: 5’ 10”

Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina

Current location: Charleston, South Carolina

Occupation: College student, studying biology

Favorite Designer: Alexander McQueen

Biggest ANTM Fear: Not getting along with everyone.

Most Confident About: Definitely the photo shoots.

Favorite Non-Modeling Activities: I love watching movies and TV shows, reading, swimming and shopping.

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Name: Monique

Age: 19

Height: 5’ 11”

Hometown: Hebron, Illinois

Current location: Pell Lake, Illinois

Occupation: College student and waitress at a sports bar

Favorite Designer: Dolce & Gabanna

Biggest ANTM Fear: Tripping and falling over.

Most Confident About: I am most confident about being in front of the camera.

Favorite Non-Modeling Activities: Lately, all I’ve been doing is snowboarding and working out.  I enjoy anything with music and I love art.  And, of course, bubble baths.

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Name: Nicole

Age: 20

Height: 5’ 11”

Hometown: Orlando, Florida

Current location: Orlando, Florida

Occupation: College student

Favorite Designer: A tie between Alexander Wang and Balmain

Biggest ANTM Fear: That the other girls might be overly dramatic and mean.

Most Confident About: I am confident that I can handle criticism well.

Favorite Non-Modeling Activities: I love to shop, look at fashion editorials and read books about the brain.  And working out – it releases my stress!

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Name: Ondrei

Age: 18

Height: 5’ 7”

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

Current location: Muskegon, Michigan

Occupation: Currently working in a retail clothing store

Favorite Designer: Betsey Johnson.  I love her clothing and the way her colors go from loud to chic and the style is so free-spirited.

Biggest ANTM Fear: That people won’t see my true potential to become a model.

Most Confident About: I am confident that I leave my mark in people’s eyes and hearts.

Favorite Non-Modeling Activities: I love photography and writing poetry.

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Name: Sara

Age: 18

Height: 5’ 10”

Hometown: Rio Grand Valley, Texas

Current location: Edinburg, Texas

Occupation: College student with two part-time jobs

Favorite Designer: Betsey Johnson

Biggest ANTM Fear: That I won’t be able to articulate what I am feeling and thinking, and that I won’t improve throughout the competition.

Most Confident About: I am absolutely confident in my ability to stay grounded and remain true to myself and where I cam from.

Favorite Non-Modeling Activities: I’m really involved with Planned Parenthood activities on our campus.  I go dancing with all my friends on weekends.

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Catch up on my ANTM stories in this nifty archive.

I really like Britt, but she's too good for Brad. Too shy, too. Michelle, on the other hand, is probably just right for him.

I was thinking about how much everyone seems to want Brad Womack to dump Michelle Money. It makes sense. She is crazy and there’s no way she’d be a healthy companion for anyone, dominating jealous control freak that she is.

But then I pictured “The Bachelor” Season 15 without her and I got scared.

I still have to watch this show. I don’t want to watch it without at least one interesting person. This season is very short on interesting people. Brad sure doesn’t fit the bill. Even Ashley Hebert can’t be relied on to be crazy week in and week out. Only Michelle is good for that.

So I’m glad she’s still around. She even got the first rose of the rose ceremony, right after Brad said his criteria is “Can I see you as my wife?” Ha!

On the flip side, I am so sick of this turning into “The Bachelor: Emily Maynard’s Warm Up To The Bachelorette.” She is being given The Chris Lambton Treatment and even Chris Lambton got annoyed with how many times ABC made him talk about his dead mother on “The Bachelorette.”

There’s a fine line between sensitivity and exploitation and ABC is always blind to it.

Check out my Recap of Episode 5: “Vegas Drives Us All To Heartbreak Hotel.”

And vote here for Which 3 Ladies YOU Would’ve Sent Home.

Would you have dumped Michelle? I would not have. I would’ve dumped Ashley H., Lisa M. and probably Alli since Alli wastes all of her alone time with Brad.

Catch up on all 170 of my Bachelor/Bachelorette/Bachelor Pad spoilers, news stories and other blather in this blog archive. No, you do have time.

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