Pile into the DeLorean and let’s go back to the future. And if you’re too young to know what a DeLorean is while reading this post, that’s no matter because you were probably too young when Arie was first on The Bachelor. Ok, I promise no more old jokes.
Back better than ever with a little more grey. Last one. I promise. It’s just I was hoping for some fresh blood, some lively new young face. Arie is still young and I’m not one to talk, but c’mon I don’t want to go backwards to the archives, I want to revitalize the present. Don’t let me down, Arie!
His bio on ABC says he’s been in the real estate business since he’s left Bachelor Nation (fun fact: JoJo was also in the real estate business in Texas, birds of a feather). He was a semi-professional racecar driver. So we can expect some racecar puns.
Oh man, life’s been a little hard on Arie.
Age: September 18, 1981 (age 36)
Height: 6′ 2″
You know him from:Emily Maynard’s season. Emily is married and has four kids, and her season was in 2011 (when she only had one little one), so never fear if you’ve never watched a season of The Bachelor. This is the time to start, because people had to rack their brains to remember which season he was from, so we’re basically all starting from the same page. (I promise I’ll be kinder as the season progresses.)
He’s quirky, he’s cute, he’s…different. He mentioned that in an interview with US Weekly, where he says that he knew he wasn’t the one that America was expecting, which means you can’t help but love him.
I have nothing but respect and love for Jef and his family, but ultimately we are just at different points in our lives.
What happened? I thought they were destined to be one of the couples that actually made it! They went on a trip to Gana together, they vehemently denied cheating allegations, they took Ricki to school together…Do we ever get a straight answer from the root cause of these break-ups? No, just the song and dance of ‘we’re at different points in our lives,’ ‘we’re just different people.’ Well, Perez Hilton’s not afraid of digging a little deeper. He hints at underlying issues leading up to the break-up attributing trust as a major issue (I suppose sexy texts with another man will do that to a person) and that Emily just didn’t find Jef interesting (supposedly calling him a bore-mon Mormon).
Jef’s statement to People:
Emily and I are great friends and I hope we can continue to be friends forever. Everyone wants a salacious story to break, but the truth is we are just two people who fell in love and tried our hardest to make it work. I will always love her.
The real cause of the break-up: I’m gonna go with the other bloggers on this one and choose to attribute their break-up to Emily’s obsession with cats. Emily tweeted her daughter was going as a cat for Halloween and Jef tweeted shortly thereafter one of those awesome Somecards that read: “Your obsession with cats is out of control and I can’t handle it anymore… So you’re kicking meeeowt?” While Emily is deleting any online remnant of her relationship with Jef, Jef is fully embracing social media during their post break-up news.
And you thought I wasn’t going to post it. I realize this is old old old news and I’m a bit behind, but Immagonna post it anyways because the blog just feels incomplete without it. You can always skip to the Where Are They Now section if you’re already up to speed or if I begin to bore.
You guys were right (see poll in previous post); I was wrong. Jef-with-one-F stole not only America’s heart, but Emily Maynard’s as well. Emily pushed aside her libido to chose the man she could see a future with and who is pretty perfectly matched for her. They both have a similar sense of humor, involved in charity work, know how to handle a skeet gun.
Who She Chose: This was a happy accident that Jef-with-one-F ended up being in the center of the board. Excellent choice, Emily.
After The Final Rose:
This time around ABC did this annoying cut back and forth. I don’t remember them doing this before, but I could be wrong. In any case it worked as follows: Chris Harrison announces exactly what we’re about to see, we see it, cut back to the studio audience, announce the next clip we’re going to see, watch the clip. Super necessary narrative (sense the sarcasm().
Tweets of the Night:
First, why was Ashely Spivey there for commentary? No one remembers who she was. Second, that dress was just asking for attention…oh wait, I see…I think I just answered my first question. Sean, Sean, Sean, I’m not sure how I feel about the above Tweet, but I still think you might be our next Bachelor candidate.
Where Are They Now?
They were in Ghana. Emily and Jef went on a trip to Africa with the company (People Water) that Jef co-founded. People Water provides water to those in need every time you purchase People Water bottles of water, through their Drop-for-Drop program.
Sidenote: Jef’s business partner, Cody Barker, is pretty attractive. I was trying to figure out a round-a-bout clever way to get that point across, but couldn’t do it. Ok, back to the adorable couple.
Emily and Jef spent Jef’s bday (July 24th) in New York City and seemed ever so happy in love.
They both consider marriage a “private matter” so are still contemplating whether or not they want to air it. I’m guessing if ABC fronts the bill and works their powers of persuasion, it’ll be televised.
Along the same vein, Emily put to rest rumors of a spinoff show of her and Jef’s life post-Bachelorette. According to WetPaint and Zap2it, Emily told reporters, “My thoughts on that are pretty clear. I have no interest in ever doing any spin-off show or anything like that.”
I don’t want to jinx anything, but it looks like this couple could make it onto the short short list of Bachlore/ette surviving couples. Coming soon, a post on where your favorite Bachelor/ette couples are. And by soon, I mean in a couple days now that life hasn’t completely consumed me.
I got a little confused as to who was going on what dates this week. Arie and Emily or Emily and Dolly? Emily and the bachelors or the bachelors and Emily’s friends?
I was also taken aback by the honesty (or stupidity) of some of the bachelors. [skip to Ryan and Alessandro]
Who Got Kicked Off: Those with the red X’s were eliminated this week. It was a sad day for Shelly the Ostrich Egg. Following the advice of Emily’s friends, Travis let Emily smash Shelly at the rose ceremony. The bachelors toasted to her memory. RIP Shelly. Keep trekking Travis.
One-on-One: Chris (the manly-man as Emily calls him) went on the first one-on-one this episode, which included scaling a building Spiderman-style to get to their dinner. Later they danced to a live concert by country singer, Luke Bryan, where Chris asked if he could kiss her. I’m on the fence about that one…awkward or not? Either way, watch out for this one, Emily likes him a lot.
Group Date: Determined to completely kill the romance (and then put that baby in reverse and back right over it) and really ground these boys in reality, Emily brought her girl friends on the group date followed by a boatload of kids. Yep, a good-old-fashioned grill session, an excellent way to weed out the boys from the men. Then while Emily got the scoop from her friends, she watched the guys interact with a bunch of kids on the playground.
Sean and Doug won over her friends during the interrogations, but it was Sean who left the date with the rose…and Tony who just left the date. He had a mini breakdown missing his son, so Emily thought it was best he go.
Doug you’re pulling at my heart strings. His dad had epilepsy, his mom left, he grew up in foster homes, currently a charity director. Quote: “You have bad days so you know when you have a good day.”
One-on-One: For those of you who watched I know what you’re thinking, Dolly Parton was the one on this date, but no actually Arie went on this date. I know it was confusing what with Emily’s gazed fixed on Dolly for the most part.
Emily took racecar driver, Arie, to Dollywood in Pigeon Ford, TN – that’s right a theme park dedicated to Dolly Parton. Arie, stealing my heart more and more by the minute was a good sport throughout the date and Emily disclosed, “I think he might have a little country in him.”
ABC surprised Emily with a guest appearance by Dolly Parton. Emily told Dolly she’s looking for “somebody that I like as much as I love.”
Fun Facts: Dolly Parton is 66-years-old, has known her husband 47 years (married for 45 of those) and met him at the Wishy-Washy laundromat.
At dinner, Emily tried to mess with Arie and threw in a ‘but’ when she was talking about giving him the rose. His face fell and Emily apologized telling him, “Now I know that you might kinda like me.”
Quote of the Night: Emily’s friend Wendy described Sean as “a genetic gift to the world.” Agreed and I’m stealing that phrase.
Failed Quotes of the Night: Ryan (who, as we will recall, Emily thought was Mr. Perfect) told Emily if she gained weight he’d “still love [her] just not love ON [her].” Ryan, keep those comments to yourself. Sidenote: He is wearing on my nerves. Looks like Ryan’s narcissistic side is coming out next week and it’s not pretty.
Kalon: Have I mentioned I don’t like him? He told Emily, “I love it when you talk. I just wish you’d let me finish.” Slap.
Emily’s response to the cameras later: “I like tall, skinny and funny, just not tall, skinny and condescending.” Then why did you keep him around, Emily, why?
Alessandro: “I’m kind of a gypsy.”
Alessandro, oh Alessandro. What hole did you crawl out of and how did you make it this far? In your case, honesty might not be the best policy. Hi, my name is Alessandro. I’m kind of a gypsy, I can’t have a pet, I see myself as the chief of the family, and I like freedom – especially the freedom to date my third cousin. True story.
But the final kicker? Calling Emily and Ricki a “compromise.” She said he should see it as a bonus, but he forthright said he didn’t see it that way and that it wasn’t a language barrier. Blood boiling, Emily booted him out the door before the roses were handed out.
Arie to the rescue! Gave Emily a hug (and make-out session) to calm her down after Alessandro’s departure. Ar-ie, Ar-ie, Ar-ie. I think he might be who she chooses. Too soon?
Tweets of the Night: Again, thank you to @Possessionista for putting into tweets my innermost feelings.
In other news, Michael tried to pull off the half-up-half-down look whilst playing football. Michael, we’re getting to the point where I’m going to have to make a “your hair is worse than Ben’s” joke/reference, especially if you insist on wearing it in a ponytail.
Off to Bermuda next week to put a little romance back in these dates. Until next time, Bachelor Fans!
This episode reminded me of why I love The Bachelorette more than The Bachelor – 25 men and all of those shirtless afternoons by the pool. *Sigh*
That and the bachelorettes aren’t afraid to ask the hard questions. Granted they usually wait until they’ve gotten a few dates in, but not this one. Oh no, Emily is coming out with guns-a-blazin’, putting those boys to the fire and making ‘em sweat. Exhibit A: For her second one-on-one date she asked Joe where he saw himself in 5 years and made him explain his very vague answer. Spoiler alert: she sent him home at the end of the date and watched the fireworks that had been planned solo.
Who Got Kicked Off: Well, we already know Joe…
The men in red were eliminated last night. Interestingly enough, 2 out of the 3 (Aaron and Kyle) were from Long Beach, CA. I guess Emily’s just not feeling the Long Beach love.
One-on-One: Ryan was lucky enough to go on the first one-on-one date. Instead of an over-the-top date, Emily really wanted to test Ryan. After having him help bring in the groceries, they baked cookies together for her daughter’s soccer team. Ryan seemed particularly uncomfortable and caught off guard. (I don’t know about this one – he had to force enthusiasm when he should have been excited just to spend time with her.) Emily fulfilled her duties as “snack mom” by delivering the cookies to the team, and made Ryan wait in the car again reiterating that she is very protective of her daughter. Kudos, Mom.
3 things I learned from this date: 1.) The Muppets still make me smile and give me warm fuzzy feelings all over (especially when Kermit sang Rainbow Connection with Emily and her daughter. Adorable.) 2.) Charlie melts my heart. 3.) Kyle and John are terrible comedians.
As we will recall, Charlie had a major accident falling from a 15 foot balcony, suffering a coma and severe injuries. He had to relearn quite a bit and speech is still hard for him. When he was assigned the comedian group, he admitted to Emily he still had insecurities about his speech and could not perform that act. He still volunteered to do the dancing or participate in some other way. Then of course, surprise twist, Ms Piggy hosted an impromptu talk show bit and guess who was chosen to go up. Yup, Charlie. Ms Piggy asked him how he would impress a woman. His response: Tell her how beautiful she is and how happy he was to have her in his life. Heart melted. Despite Kyle and Jon’s terrible comedy routine (A for effort, though) the group raised $20,000 for the charity.
Rose on the Group Date:Jef, (still my fave) had a nice heart-to-heart with Emily and walked away with a rose.
One-on-One: Emily took Joe to Greenbrier, a resort in her hometown of West Virginia where she spent a lot of her childhood. Well, we all know how that date ended. I have to say I respect Emily for taking this so seriously. She knows what she’s looking for and wants this engagement to be the last.
Plus, sending him home sent an unspoken message that she is serious about finding a dad for her daughter and isn’t just here to mess around. Although this did spur the “I’m great with kids” avalanche during the rose ceremony.
Arie didn’t have a date this week, but he didn’t need one. He is too cute for his own good. Emily told him, “You make me nervous.”
Awkward Moment of the Night: Rose ceremony – Ryan wrote Emily a letter. Correction: a novel – 7 pieces of paper (Friends reference: front and back!) Se-ven and they’ve been on ONE date. Can you imagine the trees that will suffer if they go on any more dates? He had her read it aloud. Get this, Tony was going to come steal Emily away but instead had to stand by and listen to her read it aloud for SEVEN pages. It was awesome.
Kalon vs Stevie: Rant part 2 on Kalon – I don’t like him. I think he is presumptuous and arrogant and I don’t like him. As Sean put it, “He uses his vocabulary to display dominance in the house.” And this is getting on Stevie’s nerves.
Quote of the Night: I had my doubts about you, Wolf (John), and I still can’t get on board with the nickname, but you’re alright in my book. You just jumped up a few pegs with this little gem of the night in reference to Kaylon: “I have a rule. If you have Louis Vuitton luggage and you’re a dude you’re a *bleep*.” If I can read ABC’s blurred mouths correctly, that word was douche. Amen, Wolf.
But apparently Emily is seeing a side of Kalon that editors aren’t showing, because she called his name first at the rose ceremony. Yes, there were shouts of disapproval echoing our abode.
Next week brings another week in Charlotte, NC.
Side Note: Chris Harrison informs us that the Ostrich egg is “alive and well” and that Travis has been taking excellent care of it.
Side Note, Side Note: Ryan (henceforth known as paper boy) really likes his lined notebook paper. Fun Fact: He’s the one who greeted Emily with a note on night one of introductions. (see previous recap)
Ostrich eggs, personalized bobble heads, boomboxes, and bouffant hair aplenty – the 80’s/90’s made a comeback Monday night.
Doing things a little differently, filming took place in Charlotte, NC so Emily could stay at home with her daughter Ricki, 6. I had forgotten how much I liked Emily. (Kudos to ABC producers/editors for reminding me of this.) I mean how can you dislike a Children’s Hospital event planner emanating southern charm and who says things like “Oh, golly”? I must have been blinded by my jealousy of how gorgeous and sweet she was.
Now on to my favorite part of the night. The time when contestants put into practice the line/act/entrance they had so carefully crafted and rehearsed with their friends at home. Every exit from the limo brings a new wave of discomfort as I anticipate the humiliation they are bound to endure.
Most Awkward Entrances: They were all pretty boring, standard how-do-you-do’s, I’ll see you inside. Then, well then, Joe came on the scene. I’m not sure what it was, but it looked like some sort of bird mating dance as he exuberantly approached Emily. Following him were the dude (Travis) with the Ostrich egg (still can’t figure that one out), John who’s nickname was “Wolf” (really? really?), Stevie with a boombox, and Randy with his impression of the grandma from last season of The Bachelor. But the winner of the most awkward first impression goes to Brent with his line, “I have 6 kids.” Oh Brent, you started out so well with the name tag bit, then bam! Hello motherhood.
Oh, but wait, I forgot about the personalized bobble heads. Yes, Chris made bobble heads of him and Emily…I, I just don’t know…
Most Adorable Entrance: On the flip-side, my favorite entrance has to go to Ryan. He told her he had written something down and pretended like he was reading it, when what was written on the side Emily could see read “You are so beautiful.” He flipped it over and it read, “I am so nervous.” Adorable. To top it off he used to play pro football, now teaches kids football, and has the cutest dog.
First Impression Rose: Doug who gave Emily a letter his 11-year-old son had addressed to her. After he stepped out of the limo, he asked Emily, “Can I have a hug? I’m a hugger.” Bonus points. I’m a hugger too.
Who was sent home the first night: As per the usual, the red X’s indicate those who tasted the bitterness of rejection the first night.
The Cast – Looks like we already have our villain (Kaylon), fan favorite (Jef), survivor of a near-death experience (Charlie), and single parent (Doug) stars all lined up for this season.
My favorite thus far though is Arie the race car driver – Tall, dark, and gorgeous. Upfront about his profession. Genuinely wanted to know if she was okay with that, which she was and confided to producers that he would look good in a race car. Yes, yes he would.Jef – Cool, confident, trending on Twitter (see below). CEO of a company, involved with charity work. Rode in on a skateboard Back-to-the-Future style.
Side note: Rant on Kalon about to begin. Kalon shows up last in his own private helicopter. Let’s all say it together now shall we? D-bag alert. Then he walks into the cocktail reception and pompously greets everyone. I’m hoping he’s the one Emily throws out later. End of rant.
Tweets of the night: I had also forgotten how much I enjoyed the live side commentary by @Possessionista during the show with her endless quips.
Me oh my. Emily Maynard has quite the line-up of attractive hunks vying for her heart this upcoming season. Reality Steve, up to his latest research tricks, has been revealing more and more of Emily’s men. Wetpaint put together a heart-thudding slideshow of these attractive men. One to note is race car driver, Arie Luyendyk, Jr. (see below). I see what you did there, ABC….Also, as per the usual, quite a few models are among the bunch. And what’s that, a Canadian as well? Swoon.
As I mentioned previously for The Bachelor, I don’t usually post spoilers because I like to watch the season unfold without knowing what will happen. One exception I make is revealing the contestants before ABC does, because frankly no one is going to remember most of these attractive men after they’re kicked off the first night. So if your curiosity is piqued, I’ve included the link to the slideshow here. But see below for a few teaser shots. Enjoy!
The first official photo of Emily Maynard as the next Bachelorette has been released. Surprise surprise she looks as stunning as ever.
Premieres Monday, May 14th, 2012
Bio: Emily Maynard
Brad Womak’s (Season 16 of The Bachelor) pick – but they broke up
Daughter: Ricki, now 6-years-old
Occupation: Was an Event Planner at Children’s Hospital, now a stay-at-home mom doing charity work with Levine Children’s Hospital and Hidden Valley Middle School
Resides in: Charlotte, North Carolina but originally from Morgantown, West Virginia
To read the official announcement from ABC click here. According to ABC, “[Emily] is looking for someone who makes her laugh, doesn’t take himself too seriously and can be her best friend.” Aren’t they all?
Although most Bachelor/ette junkies knew well in advance thanks to the internet, Chris Harrison made the announcement on Good Morning America.
Rumors: Spotted: the camera crew in Bermuda. Looks like they did take filming outside of Emily’s hometown of North Carolina where she wanted to film to stay close to her daughter Ricki. There are a few other spoilers about Emily Maynard’s dates. I won’t mention all of them here, but I’ll just provide you the link in case you want to fulfill your curiosity. I will say that it seems like Brad Womak comes back to take a look at her new suitors.
There have also been a few pics floating around of Emily heading to the gym with her daughter in tow and what’s this? A ring on her finger. From the blurry close-ups it doesn’t look like a wedding ring to me, but it is on the choice finger. Maybe Emily did find love. INF Daily has the full album of pictures.
People magazine started the buzz about Emily Maynard (the blonde, barbie doll-esque beauty who spits out rainbows and butterflies and probably has all of the animals in the forest sing with her) being the next Bachelorette. I have to admit I wasn’t all too thrilled with this pick. While Ben’s likability has been growing on me this season (slowly but still on the up-and-up), Emily Maynard’s likeability has been decreasing. Now before you start coming at me with pitchforks, let me say she may very well be a sweetheart. HOWEVER, production tends to focus heavily on Emily’s obsession with her daughter – Ricky this and Ricky that. It’s sweet, but also wearing on my last nerve and I don’t know if I can manage a whole season of that.
But wait! Hold the phone.
Emily Maynard may NOT be the new Bachelorette for Season 8 according to recent articles by Wetpaintand RumorFix. An unidentified source (aren’t they always) from within The Bachelor production world said:
“Emily definitely wants to be the next Bachelorette. She filled out the paperwork, but that doesn’t 100% mean she’ll be chosen. ABC won’t decide until this season is over because they want to see how the audience reacts to the current group of girls. There may be a girl this season that the audience likes even more than Emily.”
So looks like Ben’s brigade of bachelorettes have the potential to swoop in and steal the Bachelorette title from Emily.
Makes sense. Ratings are king. They want you to tune in. So speak up Bachelor Fans…who do you want to see as the next Bachelorette?
Wetpaint also has a cute article listing who they think should be the next Bachelorette over Emily in case you want to see how the polls are leaning.