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*Spoiler alert! I have no idea if any or all of the spoilers are true, but here’s what’s out there and how I feel about it…*
I’m cautiously optimistic about Emily Maynard. I never really wanted her to be “The Bachelorette,” but if she does pick Jef Holm — as way early spoilers indicate (see below) — I’ll think maybe this was a good idea after all.
Last summer, Emily said she was looking for a “funny/cute” guy. In ABC’s first press release for Season 8, it stated that Emily was looking for “someone who makes her laugh, doesn’t take himself too seriously and can be her best friend.”
She also mentioned in the press release that she’s particularly interested in volunteer work that helps children — and next on her list is a mission trip to Africa. (Side note: Must be nice to never have to *work* work.)
Keltie Colleen, Em’s friend from “The Bachelor” Season 15, recently shared some things to know about Emily, including “We had dinner when she came to hang with me in Myrtle Beach and we talked about our love of musicians, rocker types, slightly dirty and with that sense of style. I think everyone expects Em to love the ‘Ken’, to her ‘Barbie’, but she’s really not into that. She doesn’t care about abs and all that…”
Jef isn’t really grungy or dirty, but he’s no Ken doll and he does seem to have a hipster vibe with his skateboard and sunglasses.
So with that in mind, I looked at the ABC pics and bios for Em’s 25 guys and was … totally underwhelmed. Those photos are invariably horrible — too much hair gel, unflattering angles — but the 12-year-old with the pompadour really stood out in a bad way. That was Jef, who is actually 27, a year older than Emily.
But Jef is the kind of guy who grows on you. With Jef, it’s partly because of the good work he does with People Water. Watch him in action in this video.
In his intro on “The Bachelorette” premiere, Jef says people rarely take him seriously, because of the way he looks and acts, but he likes being underestimated, because if people care enough to get to know him they are pleasantly surprised. He is the CEO of a bottled water company and, for every bottle that’s purchased, a portion of the profits goes to a charity that builds wells around the world for people who need clean drinking water. He’s young and wants to enjoy life and he’s just missing that person.
He skateboards into the Charlotte, N.C. mansion instead of taking a limo, riding a horse or entering via helicopter, ala Kalon. When Jef throws his board to the side as he approaches Emily for the first time, she jokes “I was gonna ride that later!”
She seems very impressed with him right away and when they eventually sit down for a chat, she tells him she had been looking for him all night. That’s a good sign. Em eventually tells the cameras Jef made a great first impression (although he didn’t get the first impression rose) and he made her feel like a “nerd.” “He is super cool and I hope that he thinks I’m cool too.”
Interesting that he made her feel that way, since Brad Womack said he felt like a lovestruck high school sophomore around his Chosen One from “The Bachelor” Season 15 and we know that turned out to be Emily.
So Jef looks funny and cute, doesn’t take himself too seriously but has a serious, responsible side, seems good with kids (according to promo shots) and does inspiring work Emily probably admires. Plus, he lives in the Salt Lake City area, so if Em and Ricki move there, Em could be close to Michelle Money and Michelle’s daughter, Brielle.
Jef seems like he’d be a fun, childlike (but not childish) father figure for Ricki, inspiring both Em and Ricki to think beyond themselves, while adoring Emily the way she clearly wants to be adored.
** FORUM SPOILERS **
So what have the spoilers told us so far?
While Steve works with his sources to figure out the ending, The Bachelorette 8 forum has been busy sleuthing things out with their own sources.
“I wanted to start a new thread because I was able to confirm who the F2 contestants will be this season.
This information is correct. There is no doubt in my mind I have the right information!
The F2 Are:
Arie was eliminated last night.”
It seemed a little fishy because the final rose ceremony hadn’t been taped at that point — and there was some scuttlebutt about Arie sticking around after being eliminated, as if he were going to come back and make another play for Emily’s heart, as contestants do from time to time — but at this point taping is over and Jef is the early (and only) spoiler out there.
I have no idea if it’s true, but it feels true. I’d love it if Jef were picked early as the winner and the final rose ceremony was actually Jef and Emily’s wedding. It seems like fast work — especially for a serious single mom — but I know that’s Mike Fleiss’s dream for a couple to be so madly in love they get married on the spot. Since the show has a lot of romance work to do after Ben Flajnik’s season, maybe it will happen?
That’s kind of crazy talk at this point, but I hope it’s true anyway.
Maybe two months ago, someone asked me if Reid Rosenthal and Kristen Dalton had broken up. I didn’t think so, but I didn’t know. Now I know. Or at least I know now what Reid tweeted last month — that he and Kristen are dunzo.
Apparently I’ve been way out of the Reid loop, but it does explain why he would’ve been at that “Bachelor” reunion to begin with. Will he be on “Bachelor Pad” Season 3? Reid also tweeted a link to “Bachelor” honcho Mike Fleiss’ tweet asking who should be the next Bachelor. Is Reid throwing his hat in the ring or just supporting Bachelor Nation?
Do you think Reid should be the Season 17 Bachelor or should they go with Michael Stagliano of “Bachelor Pad” Season 2, Roberto Martinez of “The Bachelorette” Season 6, one of Emily Maynard’s rejects from “The Bachelorette” Season 8 … or someone new? They won’t go with someone new, unless it’s some new guy they cast on BP3, but if enough people push for it maybe it’ll change their minds?
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Sign up. Check out the forums. It’s a new FORT (Fans of Reality TV) but instead of telling everyone there’s no more “Bachelorette” sleuthing because posters are too crazy, they let people sleuth and spoil. And even though I’m *just* finding it now, it’s been up for all of Ashley Hebert’s Season 7 and it posted the finale and “After the Final Rose” details a couple of days before Reality Steve. I wish I had known that before doing this story, but oh well.
They will also be doing stuff on “Bachelor Pad” Season 2, although those spoilers are already out there up until the final four and the winners won’t even be chosen until September.
Of course the best place for Bachelor/Bachelorette/Bachelor Pad news is still Wetpaint, but it’s nice to have a sleuthing/spoiler site to go to again.
To be fair, few things aren’t better than “The Bachelorette” Season 7.
I love “The Bachelorette” and I’ll watch it no matter what crazy shenanigans they pull, but this season has been rough. Still not as rough as Brad Womack + his therapist, but Ashley Hebert’s season is only just now becoming bearable and we’re already at the overnight dates.
On the other hand, “Love in the Wild” is getting better and better every week.
Samantha and Mike are already a stronger couple than Ashley and JP or Ashley and Ben F. on “The Bachelorette.” I don’t see the appeal of Steele, but he and Erica seem to be doing well too. I felt bad for Jason, but he should be glad to be free of Jessica. Derrek is a twat. Ben is a twat, but I love him with Brandee. She brings out the best in him. Theresa and Skip get such little air time I keep forgetting they are there. Heather and Miles are a good team.
But I just love Mike & Sam. They are living out the love story I wanted to see on “The Bachelorette.”
Next week it looks like they are forced to switch partners and someone is carted off in an ambulance Nice.
Are you watching “Love in the Wild”? You should watch. Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on NBC. At least tape it or watch it On Demand. Or just catch up on episodes right here on the official site.
Not that I’m giving up on “The Bachelorette.” I’m not sure if Ashley picks JP or Ben. I said Ben before but I really have no idea. Read all kinds of Bachelor/Bachelorette news/spoilers and fun stuff here at Wetpaint’s site.
And don’t forget: The Greatest Show On Earth is coming soon! Yes! “Bachelor Pad” Season 2 arrives on August 8. Prepare.
*Spoilers and speculation ahead!*
“The Bachelorette” Season 7 has been pretty wince-worthy up to this point, but I would argue it’s still not half as bad as Brad Womack’s Debbie Downer of a “Bachelor” Season 15. He had a therapist! On several episodes! And he never looked comfortable with the woman he chose (and vice versa). That was one of the worst seasons I’ve ever seen — and I was a big proponent of bringing Brad back, just not Boring Robot Brad who told every girl the same thing (did he think Emily wouldn’t notice?).
I’ve always preferred “The Bachelorette” anyway, for the obvious reason that it’s much more fun, to me, to watch 25 guys fight over one girl. If I want to watch girls crying and snapping at each other I’ll go back to middle school.
However, unlike some seasons, on Season 7 Ashley Hebert has only really had two contenders from the beginning.
Even though Ryan Park seems sweet to me, the guys bash him as the second coming of Jake Pavelka and he just seems too cheesy for Ashley. Reality Steve seems to think they are setting up Mr. Sunshine as the Season 16 Bachelor and maybe that’s true — he has the generic Captain America looks the show loves.
Ames Brown seems like a fascinating guy but even if he weren’t already dating Jackie Gordon from “Bachelor Pad” Season 2, he would still not be right for Ashley. Did you see the condescending way she reacted to his (creepy) elevator kiss — like he was some little kid who made a surprisingly adult decision and “Wow, good for you, little buddy!”
There’s no one else other than Ben Flajnik and JP Rosenbaum. Constantine Tzortzis may get to the final three, but he seems as into Ashley as Chris Harrison.
Reality Steve’s spoilers say JP is the final guy, but Steve’s sources have given him bad intel for the past two seasons in a row — leading me to wonder if Bachelor/ette producers may have finally gotten a hold on their own finales. We’ll see.
(And no, getting an update a week or two before the finale does not count if the wrong spoiler has been out there for months.)
(*Update* Dang it! It sounds like the spoilers were right and Cupcake is off the market. Rats.)
JP is getting major screen time. I’ve read the arguments why that means he’s NOT the winner and I’ve read why that doesn’t mean anything. I’m going by what I see chemistry-wise.
JP is the friend who picks Ashley up after she’s been dumped by Bentley Williams. He was the first one to get two 1-on-1 dates (before Mr. Sunshine even got one) but they were both post-Bentley talks where she just talked to JP about Bentley. Ashley and JP don’t have as much fun together (at this point) as she has with Ben F.
JP is insanely attractive and I’m starting to think he just has great chemistry with everyone. If JP were The Bachelor, even Chris would make eyes at him. I don’t think there’s anything *special* about JP’s chemistry with Ashley, despite him saying he just has a feeling about them. I think Ashley likes having him as a shoulder to cry on and I have no doubt that he’s an amazing kisser.
But she just has a different look around Ben F. I can picture her picturing herself out there in Cali, dealing with whatever people deal with when they have wineries. It’s a relaxing kind of lifestyle. Ashley likes wine. Ashley could use a low-key guy to balance out her zany energy. And I think she knows that. Plus, Ben F. is protective of her and also funny in a way that Ashley seems to like. They seem to “fit.” That doesn’t mean she’ll pick him — I thought Jake and Tenley “fit” better than Jake and Vienna — but it makes more sense to me. I loved their “mental kiss.”
Both JP and Ben have done videos on the official Bachelor site. JP talks about how, by Episode 6, he’s “smitten” with Ashley. Ben F., on the other hand, looks half asleep in his video and plays down his interest to such an extent I have to think he’s joking around.
Plus — and I don’t know why I’m reading so much into this, but I am — Life & Style had that cover story where they announced that Ashley is engaged and “elated.” They described her chosen one as “… the sweetest guy, and he’s very sensitive. He had his heart broken in the past, but he loves being in a relationship, and he and Ashley have great chemistry.” I think that could be either JP or Ben but to me it sounds more like Ben.
Also, Ashley does her People magazine blogs every week and for the one in Phuket, Thailand she talked about how Ben stood out to her at the orphanage:
“At this point, I started to see the guys in a completely different light, especially Ben F. He took it upon himself to paint a mural for the children and was a standout guy in terms of interacting with the children. It really melted my heart, and I feel like this helped solidify my feelings for him.”
At the end of the column, she said “Looking back at this week, the most important lesson I took away is that the best type of love starts off with a slow burn, and eventually turns into something much brighter than a spark ever could.”
Slow burn = Ben.
To be fair, I’m really pushing this Ben F. argument because I want JP as the next Bachelor. And not just because I had a very nice dream about him that I wish I had TiVo-ed so I could watch it back. I think the whole “Cupcake” storyline is adorable but almost too perfect.
If JP and Ashley are engaged and happy, I’m happy for them. But there’s really no one else from this season who would make a decent Bachelor. Not Mr. Sunshine. Not mellow yellow Ben F. Ames is already dating someone else. And they have no luck with finding random guys off the street. Remember Brad?
Anyway, read all kinds of recaps, top 10 lists, spoilers, speculation and random gossip at Wetpaint’s Bachelorette site. And don’t forget to read up on “Bachelor Pad” Season 2, which won’t start until August 8 but it’s already 100 times better than Ashley’s season.
Wait a minute. I forgot something.
It’s possible that if Ashley IS engaged to JP then they could make Michael Stagliano the new Bachelor, because Stag and Holly Durst are no longer engaged and he supposedly still holds a torch for her and cries about it on “Bachelor Pad” but she’s just not that into him anymore. Or something.
I still want JP as the mini rosemaster, but Stag is my second choice.
I think this season of “The Bachelorette” is going to be fun. More fun than Brad Womack’s season of “The Bachelor,” anyway. Not that it would be hard to top that 10-week funeral.
I was all in favor of bringing Brad back for a 2.0 session, so I clearly have bad judgment. I wanted pretty much anyone except Ashley Hebert as the Bachelorette, so that probably means this will be a great season.
Check out her pre-season media conference call, which was very guarded but still interesting. And catch up on all the spoilers, speculation, gossip, videos, photos, etc. on Wetpaint’s Bachelorette site. I’ll be recapping each episode there on Monday nights.
Remember, the premiere is from 9 to 11 p.m. tomorrow, because of “Dancing With the Stars.”
I think Hines Ward & Kym Johnson will win DWTS Season 12, but I’d be happy for Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy, mostly because winning a Mirror Ball trophy might calm Maks down. I really, really don’t want Mark Ballas to win a third time with another young and/or athletic woman.
Speaking of Maks, though, are you watching his “journey” as the Ukrainian Bachelor? I think they have him down to the final three or four at this point.
I have no idea what anyone is saying, but occasionally people provide commentary below the videos.
I read somewhere that Maks chooses Sasha (who kind of looks like a brunette Vienna Girardi, to me) but they aren’t together anymore. Who knows if that’s true. I couldn’t even pinpoint the place where I read it, but it was somewhere in the YouTube comments.
Normally right about now — an hour before the finale of “The Bachelor” — I’m pumped. Excited. I spend weeks poking gentle fun of the show but I love a happy ending as much as the next sap. I know that right around 9:55 p.m. I’m going to squee like a Justin Bieber fan, because I always do. Even for Jake and Vienna.
But now I’m (slightly) sad. Because according to Reality Steve’s latest spoilers from “The After the Final Rose” special — to be taken with a grain of salt — Brad Womack and his fiancee Emily Maynard have already broken up. Sure, they got back together, but that’s a bad sign. A bad, bad sign. I have The Fear.
It doesn’t help that Ashley Hebert is still the front-runner to be the Season 7 Bachelorette. Steve says she’s already shot some scenes for the season, which should start airing in late May, after “Dancing with the Stars.”
Or is this OK? I don’t know how to feel anymore, but I definitely don’t feel the way I did for Ali and Roberto. Normally I look forward to “The Bachelorette” much more than “The Bachelor” (25 guys >1 guy) but now I don’t know. Ashley The Exhausting does not inspire confidence.
And catch up on my “Bachelor/ette/Pad” articles in this nifty blog archive.
Have you read the Brad-picks-Emily-not-Chantal story? It’s the latest spoiler out of FORT.
Reality Steve is going to post something tomorrow that may or may not address this spoiler. It could be that he is (and by that I mean “his sources are”) right and Brad Womack is engaged to Chantal O’Brien. Or he could be wrong and Brad is engaged to Emily Maynard.
** UPDATE **
** END UPDATE **
If Steve is wrong, this will be his second finale Fleiss-ing in a row. If he’s right, he’s going to be ticked about everyone doubting him.
It’s probably safe to say Brad is not engaged to Ashley Hebert, who may or may not be the next Bachelorette. (Will it be Chantal, if Brad does pick Emily?)
Here’s the unnecessary backstory: I took a random day trip yesterday to Charleston, South Carolina. It was lovely, thanks.
When I came back, I saw that Reality Steve had posted stuff about the “The Bachelor: The Women Tell All,” which was filmed on Friday and will air a week from Monday.
That was expected. Not expected was his note about a big announcement coming, regarding Brad’s season. His Twitter added the detail that it would be coming on Monday.
I checked out the comments on his blog post and that’s where I saw the FORT news. Fans of Reality TV is doing a nice job, again, of sleuthing out stuff. Steve bashes them. They bash Steve. Rinse. Repeat.
I really hope it’s true. Emily is boring, but so is Brad. I thought Chantal would bring out his spark or something, but she seems to just be determined to fall in love. I think she’d tell herself she was in love with Joan Rivers if Joan were cast as The Bachelor.
I like this. It’s Ali/Roberto all over again. Or it seems like it is. Who knows. We have to wait until March 14 to find out.
The Ali-picks-no-one thing really felt wrong, especially after Frank left and it turns out he didn’t break her heart. After that, it seemed impossible that she would walk away alone. So she had to pick someone. Roberto made the most sense.
This time, I could see Brad with either Chantal or Emily. And I can see him with neither. Brad says he doesn’t want an emotional roller coaster, which would rule out Chantal. But Brad also wants a friend and someone he can be himself with, and he can’t even get one sentence out around Emily.
I still just want the big news to be that Emily is going on “Dancing with the Stars.”
And catch up on my “Bachelor/ette/Pad” articles in this nifty blog archive.
DWTS Season 12 will hold its two-hour premiere from 8 to 10 p.m. on Monday, March 21, a week after The Bachelor finale. The first Results Show will air from 9 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29.
Pretty much everyone on the planet has been rumored to be in the cast this season, so check for your own name in this gallery of possible DWTS stars and return to Wetpaint’s DWTS site on Monday night for the actual list of contestants.
Will Christine O’Donnell be the new Kate Gosselin/Bristol Palin? Will the world end if that happens? What if she’s actually a good dancer?
And Bachelor spoiler fans, whaddya think about this wild theory: What if Emily Maynard dances this season?
She turned down The Bachelorette and it could just be because she was away from Ricki for so long, but it could be because she decided to do DWTS instead.
*** FEB 26 UPDATE ***
Is Emily not the Bachelorette because Brad actually picked her in the end? FORT says Steve got it wrong (again) and Brad is engaged to Emily, not Chantal. Emily is actually a much better match for Brad, since they are both vanilla bland. Michelle Money called them Ken & Barbie and I think that’s the truth. Maybe Brad & Emily should dance together?
*** END UPDATE ***
It’s probably not the case, but it’s my favorite wild theory of the day. Besides, she’s gorgeous and she’d be great paired with … Maks? she’s so sweet, he’d have to keep his temper around her.
Is Maks even coming back, or is he still busy being the Ukrainian Bachelor? If Maks doesn’t come back, and Derek Hough is still gone, who will we stare at?
By the way, I’m not into the Ashley Hebert idea. At all. She’s, like, 10th on my list of good Bachelorettes. Michelle Money is still #1. Then Shawntel Newton, Madison “fang girl” Garton, Gia Allemand, Jackie Gordon, Jillian Harris 2.0 … I’ll think of more…
And catch up on my “Bachelor/ette/Pad” articles in this nifty blog archive.
Oh this made my day.
*** UPDATE ***
It’s only the day after the Emily news, but Steve just announced the new Bachelorette will be Ashley Hebert, pronounced Ay-bear, ’cause it’s all French-like. Si! I’m not happy with this choice. My choices are below. Sad face. Actually, more like resigned face. As long as they cast her well, it should be OK. “The Bachelorette” is all about the men. Find me some Robertos and Reids, ABC!
*** UPDATE PART 2 ***
Is Emily not the Bachelorette because Brad actually picked her in the end? FORT says Steve got it wrong (again) and Brad is engaged to Emily, not Chantal. True or false? We’ll find out soon!
*** END UPDATE ***
Did she turn down the show? (Likely.) Did they decide they didn’t want her? (Less likely.) Will they skip “The Bachelorette” and go straight into another season of “The Bachelor” or “Bachelor Pad” or “Something Else Entirely”? Hell if I know.
All I know is, I’m so happy when I get my way. I didn’t want Chris Lambton as “The Bachelor” and, more to the point, neither did he. He didn’t appreciate his saccharine edit and he found his own Southern Barbie in Peyton Wright.
I was happy to have Brad Womack as the Season 15 “Bachelor,” although I’m disappointed in how he’s handling this second chance. I don’t give a rat’s ass if he contacted Laurel Kagay before, during or after the show. I care that he’s boring. I care that he can’t get through a sentence without awkward stammering and unnecessary things like “Can I say this?” or “Can we be honest here?” I care that he’s completely owned by the emotional basket-cases around him. I care that he says he doesn’t want an emotional roller coaster, then buys a lifetime ticket for exactly that. And that’s without even getting into his on-air therapy sessions.
I’ve already written my case for Michelle Money to be the next “Bachelorette.” Please God, let someone from ABC see the value in the idea.
If women can put up with The Most Hated Bachelor Ever (now strongly in the running for The Most Boring Bachelor Ever) and let ratings do OK, they should be able to put up with The Most Controversial Bachelorette Ever and give her a chance to show the sides that ABC didn’t show on “The Bachelor.”
Because if Chris Lambton didn’t like how “nice” he was portrayed on the show, it’s fair to think they are going the same thing to people like Michelle Money. She said as much in her media interview and fans may not believe her, but only because they’re buying what ABC is selling. They sold Chris and Emily as the heroes and Michelle as the villain. Michelle is an actress, but I was on that media call with her and she proved she can be sane and reasonable and sweet for at least an hour and a half, which is more than I can say for some people.
Michelle is a single mom, just like Emily. She’s made mistakes in life, just like Emily. She’s gorgeous and very camera-ready, just like Emily. She just happens to be more interesting than Emily. A lot more interesting.
Michelle said she would only do the show if her daughter’s schedule would allow for it, or something. I don’t know how it would work, but my hopes are up now. Not that it’s likely to happen.
The producers are more likely to cast cuties like the Ashleys, Hebert or Spivey. I would prefer Shawntel Newton, but look what they did to her — yes, she works as a funeral director, but Ashley Hebert works as a dentist and Ash didn’t get the creepy “Is it safe?” date. Why not? Are they grooming her for “more”?
That funeral director edit may have put the literal nail in Shawntel’s “Bachelorette” coffin because it just put a bad taste in viewers’ mouths. Besides, her freaking dad brought out the violins over the idea of Shawntel ever leaving Chico or the family business. She’s stuck, poor lass. (Run for your life, kid!)
If you’re into the idea of Michelle as the next “Bachelorette,” PLEASE vote in this Wetpaint poll. It may actually help her. You can vote several times, which is how Vienna got so many votes. (Is she voting over and over herself, or maybe her family members)
Prefer Shawntel? You can vote for her here. (Or you can vote for Michelle again.)
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