Arie is headed to Weiner, AR. Arie is falling in love with Lauren. And four ladies are gearing up for Hometowns!!
The ladies and Arie traveled to Italy to find some Pisa wine and love. Next week is HOMETOWNS! The best week of all!
Arie greeted Italy in the only way appropriate for the show, “I can’t wait to drink some wine.” Cheers to that.
Who got kicked off:Jacqueline took herself out of the game by telling Arie she had doubts and didn’t know if she was making the right decision. I think she was afraid of getting her heart broken and had 6 years of PhD ahead. Seinne went home on a one-on-one date. 22-year-old Bekah went home on the group date.
It’s a Valentine’s Day special! There’s always talk aflutter about how unlikely it is for people to find love on The Bachelor. While the odds are slim to none, love does happen more often than you might think. Here is a short list of Bachelor/ettes that have found love, marriage, and babies on and off the show.
JP and Ashley
My favorite couple, JP Rosenbaum and Ashley Hebert, are continuing to rock life with a new son. They welcomed a new addition to their family, Fordham Rhys Rosenbaum, on September 30, 2014 and since that day her Instagram account has been sprinkled, I’m sorry, covered, with the new baby. JP tweeted an adorable accusation that Ashley was hogging time with the little tyke. Ashley finished dental school and the couple, along with their adorable dog, Boo, moved from New Jersey to Miami.
Jillian Harris, Season 5 of The Bachelorette, interior designer, blogger, and current host of Love it or List it, Vancouver, is happily dating former professional snowboarder, Justin Pasutto. Her Instagram is covered with photos of them enjoying time by the lake. Justin is very supportive of Jillian’s endeavors. They are still enjoying time dating, but I have a sneaking suspicion they may be the next couple to put a ring on it. POPSUGAR did an exclusive interview with Jillian on her relationship with the self-proclaimed scrubcaptain and this is what they had to say.
One thing we have learned this season: if you want to go on The Bachelor you need to start your scarf collection NOW. Even Nick’s sister got the memo. Scarves are in.
Who got kicked off: Marcus our aviator man was sent home, which means Josh, Nick, and Chris are headed for Fantasy Suite dates.
Nick – Software Salesman
Nick wanted to show Andi around his hometown where he grew up. He took her to the Lakefront Brewery, and did a little polka dancing. Nick has a very large family. They each had their own photo framed on the wall. They took up two walls. I liked Andi’s talk with one of his many sisters. Nick’s sister asked if he could “unapologetically” be himself around her. She was looking out for her baby brother, because apparently Nick has been engaged before and experienced heartbreak. Nick admitted to his mom he was falling in love with Andi and that he thinks he’s Andi’s favorite. Andi also talked to Bella, Nick’s youngest sister (maybe 10-years-old?). In any case Andi told Bella she loved the mental connection she had with Nick and Bella tried unsuccessfully to pass that information on to Nick. Bella did tell Nick that Andi said she loved him or liked him, which I’m pretty sure Andi just said she thought Nick was amazing, so don’t trust your 10-year-old spy to get valuable inside intelligence. It just doesn’t pan out.
Andi explored the farmland of Iowa with Farmer Chris. Farmer Chris took her on a tractor ride where Andi got a first row seat to plowing the field. She sat on his lap and drove the tractor. While they were sitting in the fields a plane flew by with a banner that read: “Chris loves Andi.” Chris’ mom talked to Andi about her personal experience of going from the city life to the farm life and it put Andi’s mind at ease. Despite what the previews would have you believe, Farmer Chris does not think Andi would be a housewife. Rather he suggested that she could look for work within law in Arlington. The fam and Andi played Sardines (which if you’ve never played this growing up you should definitely gather all of your grown friends and force them into merriment because it is one of my favorite games. It’s like hide-and-go-seek, but better). Farmer Chris went to hide. Andi found him first. What a shocker. Must be difficult to find a man lit up like Christmas by television cameras. They shared in a passionate kiss until Farmer Chris’ fam broke up the party.
Cute Quote of the Night goes to Chris. When he said good-bye to Andi and she hopped into the SUV, he poked his head inside and gave instructions to the driver: “So driver, when you leave, then turn around and come back. Got it?”
josh – Former Pro Baseball Player
Josh took Andi to play a little game of baseball before taking her home to meet his family. Josh said he hadn’t been on the field in 7 years. He told Andi he stopped playing ball because he realized what was important in life. Josh’s family is big on sports. Josh’s younger brother, Aaron, was getting ready to be drafted by the NFL, so naturally that took up a lot of dinner conversation. After dinner, Andi chatted with each of the different family members. Almost everyone brought up the idea of compromise, of making time to watch Aaron’s football games even if Andi and Josh started a life of their own. They’re a close family and like to spend time together. Josh’s mom told Andi that she could tell Josh was in love with Andi. I’m sure it was the reassurance Andi needed. Fun/weird fact: Josh’s mom looks surprisingly like Andi in 30 years. At the end of the date they all played football in the backyard.
Marcus – Aviator man
Dark horse Marcus, who hasn’t said two words all season, prefaced Andi’s date with “We’re going to spend a day in my life.” Then he proceeded to strip. It was awesome for the shock value alone. He recreated their first date, which involved him performing a solo strip tease in an aviator costume. This time Andi had a private show. After that Andi met his family. There are just so many things wrong with all of what I just wrote, but we’re going to press on. Marcus’ family was welcoming. It seemed to go well. Sometimes I tune out when Marcus comes on screen and they may have happened with his family. He told Andi he loved her.
Bonus Commentary: The best part about this episode was that as I was watching we had storm warnings here on the East Coast pop up on the screen, and bursts of beep, beep, beep would happen. It always seemed to happen right when Andi was being introduced to the men’s families, which was awesome. Are they cursing? Are they not? Which one of Nick’s bajillion sisters just swore? Or was that Andi? It was just like Jimmy Kimmel’s Unnecessary Censorship bits. Really spiced things up.
Before the Rose Ceremony
Before the rose ceremony, things took a somber turn. This was the moment the group found out that Eric Hill had been killed in a paragliding accident. It was incredibly sad. Chris Harrison called everyone together, sat them down, and broke the news. You could feel the raw emotion and gravity of the news weighing heavy on everyone, cast and crew. Marcus took a moment outside. Andi followed. When they returned, the film crew put down their cameras and everyone went around to console each other. The Twittersphere lit up with #livelikeeric.
The rose ceremony took place a short 24 hours following the news. Emotions were still high. As Andi was about to hand out the roses, she began to cry and walked out of the room. She told Chris how she could picture where Eric had stood and it was just all so difficult. After composing herself, Andi made it through the rose ceremony. In what was a surprise turn of events, Marcus was sent home and Farmer Chris was kept around. I had Josh and Nick pegged as the final two, but Chris snuck in there. I guess that’s what I get for calling Marcus the dark horse. I doomed him.
Rough night for Marcus. He lost a friend and his girl in one fell swoop. Andi told him he had done nothing wrong, and that she didn’t want to keep him longer knowing he was in love with her when she just wasn’t quite there. Next week are Fantasy Suite dates.
Kacie B. talks with Ellen about who she thinks Ben is going to choose on the season finale of The Bachelor. Plus, Ellen plays a sneak peek clip of next week’s The Women Tell All episode. Agree, disagree with Kacie B.’s and Ellen’s predictions, Bachelor Fans? Vote in the poll in my previous post and let me know who you think Ben will choose or comment below.
Another couple of Bachelor/Bachelorette rejects are making a go of it. Chris Lambton (34), a landscaper from Cape Cod is off the market. Cue sound of breaking hearts across America. I’ll admit my heart was one of those when I found out Peyton Wright (28) had taken this man off the market. Peyton and Chris were both contestants on different seasons of the Bachelor/Bachelorette. Portrayed as a tall family man with an adorable labrador retriever, Chris became a fan favorite when America learned of the heart-wrenching story of his mother’s passing. When his mother became ill with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), a degenerative neurological disorder involving the deterioration of nerve cells in certain areas of the brain, Chris moved back home in 2007 to be near his family through that difficult time. After his run on Ali’s season of The Bachelorette, ABC tried to persuade Chris to become the next Bachelor; however, Chris declined and found love off camera with another Bachelor reject, the blonde Texan beauty, Peyton Wright. Chris proposed in June. Both are happy in love and making wedding plans. According to Chris’ blog (http://chrislambton.com) they are reaching out to fans for wedding plan suggestions. Their only stipulation: somewhere on a beach so they can get married at sunset.
Bachelorette star from Season 4, DeAnna Pappas, is getting married this weekend. I suppose we can add this to the list of Bachelor/ette successes. While she isn’t marrying the man she chose during her run of the Bachelorette, DeAnna did meet her soon-to-be-husband by being on the show.
Brief side note: On the show, DeAnna originally chose Jesse Csincsak, a pro snowboarder, but that was short-lived. Interestingly enough, Jesse married a Bachelor reject (from Season 13), Ashley Lueders. (I should clarify: Bachelor reject meaning appeared on the show as a contestant but was given the boot.)
How they met: Ok, back to DeAnna. DeAnna is marrying Stephen Stagliano, a high school teacher and twin brother to Michael Stagliano. Michael Stagliano appeared on The Bachelorette Season 5. DeAnna met his brother at a party for “The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All” special in 2009.
Apparentlythe ring is a 2.12 carat beauty from a Boston-area jeweler (woot woot) Kings Jewelers.
The Love Tweet: DeAnna tweeted a long, gushy love note to her fiance, which I have posted here for your viewing pleasure. Commence jealousy now: @DeAnnaPappas: What a journey I have been on to find my soul mate. Through it all, I have found a man that I can trust & depend on. A man that’s leads me. And a man that loves me unconditionally. Thank u all for following me throughout my love story. In 4 days, I will marry the best man that I have ever known. Thank you @StephenStag for making me the woman I always wanted 2 be. U are the best thing that has ever happened 2 me.♥
The Wedding Plans: According to online gossip sites citing Star (I would take this with a grain of salt) DeAnna will be wearing cowboy boots down the aisle along with a Disney-inspired princess dress. The wedding location? Georgia. (according to Stephen’s Twitter) Honeymoon spot? Belize
Again, the Bachelorette stars are picking quite a bit better than the Bachelors. How ‘bout we change those numbers this season Ben?
Benjamin Flajnik or more commonly referred to as Ben F. will become Season 16’s bachelor, making his debut on January 2nd 2012.
Who is this man you ask? Stats: Tall, dark, and quirky
6’3” (yummy), 28-years-old, winemaker (yes please), plays golf, hails from Sonoma, CA and therefore is naturally a San Francisco Giants fan
Background: He has one sister and a Jack Russell Terrier (named Scotch). Ben F.’s father passed away four years ago causing Ben to become ’emotionally closed off’. In The Bachelor/ette world he has been labeled as a skeptic of The Bachelorette process. However, according to him The Bachelorette process (including being publicly dumped by Ashley) has helped him open up. Hmmm… we’ll see if the pain and heartbreak brought on by The Bachelorette has opened the way for new love.
In case you missed it, Ben F. was the runner-up on this last season of The Bachelorette with Ashley Hebert. At The Bachelorette’s season finale, Ben got down on one knee to propose and was subsequently rejected. Ouch.
Watch it all go down and relive that awkward moment here!
How can someone so in love that he was ready to propose be ready to date and find someone again so soon? That is an excellent question. Well, we’ll see on January 2nd how and if this tall, quirky, winemaker finds love.
So far it seems Bachelor fans are content with ABC’s choice of Ben F. as this season’s lucky bachelor. On ABC’s poll when asked if they were excited about Ben as the Bachelor, 57% of respondents were ‘excited for next season,’ 19% were ‘warming up to him‘ and 24% would ‘know once they saw the Bachelorettes.’ However, I don’t think ABC gave respondents the proper opportunity to voice any negative feelings about the new bachelor…duh, that would just be bad PR. So instead my Bachelor Fans (BFs) tell me here what you really think about Ben…