'The Bachelorette': Which guy is right for Jillian?
by Michael Slezak, http://popwatch.ew.com/popwatch/2009/06/bachelorette-jillian-wes-ed-crazy.html
After seven episodes of The Bachelorette: Vancouver Tourism Edition, it's pretty clear our leading lady, Jillian, is an abysmal judge of character with low (and ever-plummeting) self-esteem. I mean, seriously, when you're dating a man who spends all your time together performing his "first imaginary single" while failing to straightforwardly reassure you he actually is single, it's a good sign that (in reality TV-speak) he is "not here for the right reasons." And while I was psyched to see Jillian give a rose to hot and level-headed Argyle Ed -- I respect a guy who values his day job over a 1-in-10 chance at televised love...sue me! -- I think it's clear she'd be better off leaving her romantic fate to a group of blog-reading strangers than to continue making decisions for herself. To that end, let's get together and decide the woman's future with a handy PopWatch poll! Ready, set, vote (FOR ED)! (Also: Read Kristen Baldwin's hilarious episode recap, check out Chris Harrison's behind-the-scenes blog, and watch the latest installment of The Doll Bachelorette, because you cannot get enough of this sick, addictive series!)
For more Jillian Harris, visit here.
Bachelorette Blog: Jillian Talks Ed’s Return and Keeping Wes
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JILLIAN HARRIS BLOGS'
I have to admit I really look forward to writing these little blogs. As soon as I watch the episode myself, I’m on the computer so I can get you all up to date. I also have to admit that it is hard reading all the comments, and how disappointed you all are with me for keeping Wes :( … especially now that I have let that Handsome Jesse and Sweetheart Michael go for your least favorite guy (Wes). I totally understand where you’re coming from though and I know how frustrating it is when you wish I could have seen what you’re seeing now (I feel your pain!)
But if there is any consolation to you at all, it is that my promise still stands … I AM a smart girl, and I AM extremely happy with the final result. And the most important decision (which is the only one that really matters) was the right one! So pour yourself a glass of wine, sit back, and enjoy! (And please still feel free to make fun of me and laugh at me! It’s supposed to be fun!)
Hometown dates were probably one of my favorite parts of this entire process. I really was waiting for a family that made me think Monster-in-Law, but not ONCE did this happen! Each family got better every time. It was actually very interesting how much the final five guys’ families were alike. They all had such healthy relationships and all had so much fun with each other.
Reid and I talked a lot about our families prior to going to Philly, and I talked about my granny a lot (do you guys remember her putting boxer shorts on Jason’s head from last season?) Well – Reid had told me that his granny doesn’t talk a lot and I think he was worried that his granny (or Mom-Mom as he calls her) wouldn’t be as cool as mine. Well, “Mom-Mom Rosenthal” and I went into this little room with a few glasses of wine and we had a blast! We talked and talked and talked until they had to literally pull us out of there! Reid was like, “Whoa! I have not seen her so talkative!”
Another thing to note about Reid’s family is how FUNNY his brothers are! Within minutes we were joking around with each other. At one point Reid’s brother Chad was bugging his dad about his ears being a little big. Well, I turned to him and said, “Chad, your ears aren’t exactly a normal size either!” As soon as I said it, my face turned white… everyone was silent for a few seconds… and then the room filled with a roaring laughter. That’s when I knew Reid’s family would be a fun family to be a part of.
It looks like Kip’s family was a bit ‘intense’ but they were so warm! Kip’s mom is just very direct, and to be honest, I really appreciated it! I thought I aced that hometown date until the end. Oh boy… so Kip’s dad brings out this banjo (or was it a guitar… I can’t remember) and starts strumming this tune. He then tells me that I have to improvise a blues song called the “Bachelorette Blues.” Oh my Lord, you guys… I WAS THE WORST! They were laughing so hard at me. As you know my voice is a little raspy so I don’t have the smoothest singing voice and to improvise lyrics with your new “potential” in-laws with five cameras in your face… forget it. I was a good sport but was secretly mortified!
I am fully aware at this point you guys are wondering what the heck I am thinking by hanging on to Wes (trust me, my family and friends are one episode away from getting my head examined). I don’t know what more to tell you. There are some qualities about Wes that I could relate to and we really DID have real conversations about family, friends and life… conversations that I did not have with the other guys. I knew there were MAJOR red flags with him, and I needed to figure out if this was just a friendship or if he was someone that I would actually risk saying “you’re the one’” to.
Let’s end this blog with something positive. Ed comes back!?! Watching this show I can definitely say it looks like this was all set up. I know that’s what you all are thinking… but it really wasn’t. The dude really did fight to come back, and I was SHOCKED. There were so many things flying through my mind like, “Is he The One? What if he isn’t? How will the other guys feel about this? Is this fair? Does it matter? And boy, does Ed look cute in his argyle sweater.” Although I knew I had strong feelings for Ed, I knew accepting him back would be controversial but I didn’t want to always wonder “what if” and had to figure why I couldn’t get this guy off my mind while we were away.
All in all, I thought this was a great episode. I made some good decisions, and maybe some bad ones… but it was real. It was hard to hear the feelings that Jesse had for me because he never really told me those feelings… I let him go because I didn’t know how he felt about me and our relationship was moving way too slow. He is an incredible individual and I don’t doubt he will find what he is looking for. I cried when I saw Michael’s departure interview. He is such a sweetheart – I hope this opens up many doors for Michael. He deserves every ounce of happiness in life.
Thank you again for reading – I do appreciate all of your support… I’m itching for you guys to find out what happens in the end!
Melissa Rycroft Reengaged!
Melissa Rycroft has officially rebounded.
Strickland popped the question Friday at White's Chapel in Southlake, Texas, after which the happy couple celebrated with his and Rycroft's parents—who were apparently onto something when they were reluctant to meet Jason last year—at a nearby restaurant.
Rycroft parlayed her rather heartbreaking Bachelor appearance into a third-place finish on Dancing With the Stars. Easy as ABC, the 26-year-old former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader was then offered a job as a special correspondent on Good Morning America this summer.
And it turns out Strickland was never too far from Rycroft's side throughout.
"We've been really good friends, but the timing was never right," she told Us Weekly of Strickland, who she started dating not long after Mesnick broke off their engagement.
"With all this going on, he's my support system. It's funny how things happen." For more on Melissa, visit here.
'The Bachelorette' recap: The return of Chicago Ed
First of all, I can't believe that Jillian had to travel to meet FIVE families, get drunk with them all, and make out with five guys. I'm sorry -- at some point, that's work. I love how much drinking goes on with these family visits. It is awkward, after all, and there's no primetime-approved way to administer morphine.
In the middle of it all, the rejected Jake flew to Austin -- I guess that's not such a big deal, considering he's an airline pilot, but I was impressed -- to reveal to Jillian that Wes has a girlfriend named Laurel. In the confrontation, each guy stuck to his story. And then Jake brooded. And cried. I was afraid he was going to jump off that balcony.
I do wish that they'd acknowledge the cameras more. Like Jake saying, "Why would I make this up?" and Wes could say, "To get more air time, duh."
At any rate, Jillian believed Wes, which the producers want us to believe is outrageous, because they are making him out to be an opportunistic, lying cheater who just wants to promote his upcoming album with his lame "It Ain't Easy" song, so he can dump Jillian and reap the rewards of international stardom with some surprisingly understanding bimbo named Laurel. OK, producers, you win. I hate Wes!
And THEN, in the middle of all this, Ed pops by Jillian's hotel room. (I love how she's just sitting on the couch, doing nothing, and then acts surprised when she hears the door knock. Doesn't she at least read People? I'd think that would be required reading for "Bachelorette" contestants.)
I know that Ed did not come back for me, but can I say how happy I was to see him? That is a quality man. I am not basing this just on how good-looking he is and because I've spoken to his mother on the phone, but also because he is tall and has a job.
Jillian makes him sweat it out until the rose ceremony, but does give him a rose, along with Wes, Kiptyn and neurotic Reid, who I hope gets a sitcom out of this. Wes actually left a trail of slime as he walked up to get his rose.
Jesse the winemaker was out, although I loved his grizzly-bear brother, who reminded me of the bearded idiot savant from "The Hangover." (I have difficulty with his last name.)
It was VERY hard for me to say goodbye to Michael. So adorable, so funny, so well dressed, and I would think his dancing abilities would have some obvious benefits. Yes, he's young, so I hope he's reaping the rewards of "Bachelorette" stardom with understanding bimbos right now. Share with your brother, Michael!
I've got to root for Ed now. Is there anyone out there to defend Wes? For more Bachelorette news, visit here.
Two Old Faces Came Back to 'The Bachelorette'
Jake's return brought tears to Jillian Harris' eyes while Ed's provided a twist to the whole show.
The Bachelorette", Jillian Harris had to wilt it down further to only four. But an unexpected twist came in the middle of the June 29 episode with Ed's and Jake's returns to the competition. Ed, in particular, was the guy who walked out of the game two weeks ago because his boss gave him an ultimatum to go back or be fired.
In the seventh week, Jillian has the opportunity to dig deeper on the five bachelors' lives back at home. She traveled with each of them to meet the parents and interact with the siblings. In an unpleasant surprise, Jake whom she eliminated last week, came back to tell her that Wes was the one who has a girlfriend. Jillian cried upon hearing it but she chose to go with her guts and followed Wes home.
After the dinner with Wes' family, Jillian said that she didn't want any more surprises but then came a knock on the door. It turned out that Ed was at her doorstep, begging to be given a second chance. He claimed he could not stop thinking about her in the past two weeks. Jillian weighed in on the matter but quickly said that Ed could come to the rose ceremony.
Upon eliminating the guys, Jillian got to send home two because the number has swollen out of the schedule. She gave the first rose to Reid before handing another one to Kiptyn. She gave a slight pause before finally giving a rose for Ed and later for Wes. The eliminated ones thus are Jesse and Michael.
Another Monday, another two hours spent willing Jillian to Cowboy Wes home. Will our prayers finally come true? By the looks of the previews, this week is going to be CLIMACTIC, as it seems that Pilot Jake returns to call out Wes and maybe propose to Jillian. See ya at 8 pm!
7:57 Dudes, I had forgotten how exciting this week’s episode is supposed to be! Maybe this two hour episode will actually have some action.
8:01 Mike has a twin?! Jillian, how stupid do you have to be to trust Wes when he makes it blatantly obvious he’s just using the show for publicity? So I wonder who drew the unfortunate first hometown date slot? Because that sucks. Oof, Reid. Sorry buddy, you are likely going home. She’s got four more dudes after him, she’s totes gonna forget his face and his family. This date is already boring me. Reid is saying that even if one of his family members disapproved, he would think she was not the girl for him. Way to not know your own feelings, dude. Jillian is lying—Reid’s parents couch is fugs.
8:07 So far, Reid’s mom approves, but his brothers are reiterating my point—that Reid needs everyone’s approval, which is a weak characteristic in a person, in my opinion. And now Reid’s dad Larry is saying the same thing. Unless he does one of those amazing turnarounds, which seems to happen every season, I think Jillian will give him the boot. Now they’re celebrating Reid’s birthday with his family and his sister is making cracks about him being more affectionate than normal. I’m not seeing it. NEXT! Sorry Reid. She’s smooching on him pretty sincerely. How many dudes are going home this week? Michael is up next!
8:14 Michael really is adorable. I hope he can show his maturity this week. Okay, who’s cuter, Michael or his twin Steve? Oh man, I think maybe his twin is hotter. Actually, no he’s not. Michael is really precious, I kind of can’t stand it. He’s slowly working his way up my list of faves. He’s not my #1—that’s Kiptyn—but I think he’s #2. Oh, but I hate his flip-flops. Okay, Michael and his brother are going to switch places, but as identical as they are, his brother has shorter hair. Aww, and Jillian was able to tell them apart right away. I think I want to date Mike. He’s my kind of guy. Steve is a littttttle more chistled and fratty seeming, but definitely hot. He also doesn’t seem as goofy. Steve is doing a good job of talking up Michael—he says that the two of them have always wanted to get married young (since they were kids they’ve thought about this, which seems bogus to me, but whatevs) so they could spend time with their wives before having kids.
8:20 Jenna is Michael’s sister and she’s pretty adorable. Dude, this family is making Reid’s family look even more dull than before. You can tell that Michael’s mom babies him, but he seems to have come out alright. I think he’s going to the next round. Oh I hope so!!! Yay! Kiptyn is next! He lives in San Diego, which is my hometown.
8:26 Jillian says that Kiptyn is the guy she can have, who she is totally crazy about. That’s because he’s a hot piece. Take off your shirt Kiptyn. They are so cute. And his family has a cute dog! HA! His family blocked off the hot tub, which is pretty awesome and funny, considering it was steamy. Um, his family seems perfect for ME—they like to eat and drink wine. HELLO WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING RIGHT NOW?! Eating and drinking wine! They are giving her a food and wine test and she’s passed. I would have passed. I would have passed based on LOOKING not even tasting. Also, Kiptyn’s mom’s blouse is hideous, but I forgive. Jillian is worried they’ll think she’s a hillbilly. Kiptyn’s sister is beautiful. She just told Kiptyn to get her pregnant. Oooh Kiptyn’s mom just said something interesting, about “not always standing by your man, because then you lose yourself.” Despite her terrible bangs, she is smart. I think this family has some depth. I like. HOORAY!!!! KIPTYN IS SHIRTLESS! AND THEY’RE GOING IN THE HOT TUB! Mom is spying. I want to make out with Kiptyn, like now. Between “Bachelorette” hot tub scenes and reading “True Blood,” my current lack of a sex life is starting to hurt.
8:38 Jesse’s family owns a winery in California. Swanky. Why is Jesse wearing a blazer while driving a tractor? I kid. I like Jesse I think. He’s cute and he seems normal, but not boring. Jillian is concerned that Jesse isn’t ready for the seriousness that she wants, but he’s not really helping things, in my opinion, with his answers. Whoa, Jesse’s brother is rather Biblical looking. And his dad is from Hungary I think. I reallllly hope that Jesse never is inspired to grow the same facial hair as his bro. Because it looks like a pubic bush. Oof, I don’t think things are going very well with Jesse. I’m getting a bad vibe off the brother, like he’s not taking Jesse’s feelings for Jillian seriously. Can someone please tell me how many dudes are going home? Because then I can start calling this s**t. Jesse just referred to Jillian as “Little Honey Boo Bear.” Jesse’s brother would look way hotter if he cut his hair and shaved the p**sy off his face. Also, he’s a little mouthy—he just asked if the two had been naked together. I think he’s sort of flirting with her! Okay, Jacob is kind of funny. Oh god, they’re playing music together. This is goofy. I find families that play instruments together embarrassing. Anyway, I think this date is going better than I expected or have expressed. They’re pretty fun, if dorky. And OBVI, the wine wins them MAJOR points. Oooh MAKE OUT SESH! Jesse looks like a good kisser. Okay, so far, I think Reid is probably going home. I think Jesse is in and Kiptyn is definitely in. Michael I’m slightly worried about, but I will take him if Jillian doesn’t want him. Or his twin.
8:52 I really don’t understand how on earth Jillian can think her and Wes are so alike and that they get each other. Is she dense? Oh how convenient, Wes’ band is alllll ready to play. Ugh, I hateeeeeee Wes’ voice! And his band SUCKS. And Jillian, I am soooo disturbed that you don’t see right through this. He must be really putting on some smooth moves that we’re not seeing. Ahhh yeah, here we go. Here’s Pilot Jake! I still don’t think he’s a good match for Jillian, but I really respect him for coming back and ratting on Wes. The way Wes says Jillian’s name gives me the queasies. Eww. I am seriously thinking Jillian really WANTS to marry a “rock star” or a “country star” because otherwise, this performing crap would gross any other chick out.
8:56 Pilot Jake is confirming with Tanner, via phone, that this is a good idea. I assume Tanner is saying yes, though I’m sure he’s kicking himself for being too p***y to do it himself. HERE FOR THE RIGHT REASONS—DRINK! Wes is a mega douche. I HATE HIM. Like, I think I hate him more than Papa Bach. How is that possible?
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Jillian Harris Bachelorette 6/29 preview: The Wes v. Jake showdown with spoiler videos from ABC
by Lindsay Conner, http://www.examiner.com/x-11850-Bachelorette-Examiner~y2009m6d26-Bachelorette-629-preview-Jillian-Harris-and-the-Wes-v-Jake-showdown-with-spoilers-from-ABC
ABC has released video previews of next week's Bachelorette, in which Jillian Harris visits 5 hometowns to determine which of the remaining bachelors she'll take with her to Spain.
The first video previews a dramatic showdown between Jake and Wes.
In Wes's hometown, Jake comes to Jillian's room, and she believes he's come to try and win her back. Instead, Jake has come to her with some shocking news (at least for Jillian). Wes has a girlfriend. Her name is Laurel.
Jillian looks stunned. Will Wes confess to the accusation, or continue with his "I'm clean" confession from prior weeks?
Also, Chris Harrison announces that another bachelor will be joining them at this week's rose ceremony. Will Jillian have to eliminate 1 or 2 before hading off to Spain?
The second preview focuses on the family drama Jillian will encounter. See more here.
“The Bachelorette” And Wes Hayden’s Girlvia: http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/entertainment/the-bachelorette-and-wes-haydens-girlfriend_100211302.html
Episode 7 of “The Bachelorette” on June 29, was an affair of many ’surprises’. Ed made a comeback on the show (and Jillian is not complaining). Jake paid Jillian a surprise visit at her hotel, when she is visiting Wes’ hometown in Texas and told her that Wes Hayden has a girl friend whose name is Laura. The news saddened and hurt her considerably going by the fact that Jillian Harris is down to her final four guys and the decision gets tougher each day.
When Jillian had confronted Wes on the concerned matter, he had initially persisted on wanting to know who had told her of the matter. On finding out that the source of the news was Jake, Wes denied the allegation completely. So Jillian did what she could best do to get to the bottom of things; she called in Jake in a face to face confrontation with Wes. The two guys went on with their blame game for sometime before Jillian reached her decision of what to believe and what not to believe. She then bid Jake goodbye, for which he again proceeded to cry his heart out on the railing.
When we got down to thinking that the ‘little secret’ Jake has revealed will spell doom for Wes and get him kicked out, he bounces back in to Jillian’s good books, displaying oodles of the Texan charms that he has. He swears that Laura is the name of a former girlfriend of his and they are no more in a romantic relation but are casual friends. Well, his convincing powers must be a whole lot stronger than the truth (which we don’t know) because he still remains in the line of Jillian’s suitors.
For more Jillian, see here.
Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelorette': episode 7
Jun 30, 2009, 01:10 AM | by Chris Harrison
Entertainment Weekly, http://popwatch.ew.com/popwatch/2009/06/chris-harrison-the-bachelorette.html?xid=rss-feed-todayslatest-%27Bachelorette%27+host+blogs+ep+7
You know a wise man once told me "love...don't come eeasssyy." Seriously, truer words have never been spoken. Every now and then I have those really odd "I'm the host of The Bachelor/Bachelorette" weeks. This week has been one of them. It started off trading texts and tweets with Trista (we're way too cool to just talk on the phone, that's so '08). Got a nice call from Jason Mesnick and caught up with him and Molly. They're doing great, by the way. Then I get a call from my old friend Byron. He and Mary are alive and well, still engaged, and doing great as well. I had my weekly talk with Jillian about life, love, and this week's episode. Then my wife and I were out to dinner and ran into Juan. He told me he's ready to dish at the Men Tell All special. Then we stopped by a party only to run into DeAnna and Holly. Oh...and to top it all off, the family and I were having dinner with the Firestones this week. Like I said, just one of those weeks, but it's also one of the things I truly love about hosting this show. I've formed some wonderful friendships that will endure long after the cameras are turned off. Hey, Guiney, give me a call, man! Before I jump into hometown visits and this week's episode, I want to clear up the schedule from here on out because more than a few of you seem to be confused. As you know we are now down to our final four. They are taking off for a week in Spain, but this is not the typical "exotic date" location. That will come the week after. The finale for this season will be Monday, July 27, followed by an After the Final Rose special on Tuesday night July 28. Hope that helps your party planning.
Now, let's get down to business because we have much to discuss. I would just skip to the dessert and Wes' hometown date but then I'd get grief for skipping over the other guys, so we'll give them their due...kind of. One thing you didn't see on Jill's date with Reid was at the condo when she dropped a full bottle of champagne and it smashed on the floor. She said she was a bit nervous. Before Jillian met Reid's grandmother he warned Jillian that she could be a little cranky and that she isn't that easy to talk to. They hit it off immediately and you couldn't separate the two of them. Reid's hometown was great. Jillian loved every minute of it and I think it's clear to see why he got a rose this week. Their relationship gets better and better each date.
Moving on to Valencia, Calif., and Michael. I'm guessing as you're reading this blog there is no shortage of women who are madly in love with Michael...or his twin brother. By the way, Jillian was impressed with herself that she didn't fall for the ol' identical twin swap one bit. Jilli told me Michael had everything she was looking for in a man but they just didn't have that romantic connection. She also said if there's one guy on the show she would like to help find love it's Michael. I think we could all tell there was just something missing between them. That's too bad because he's a great guy and handled himself with extreme class. One last note on Michael's hometown: When Jill was leaving she was holding a plate. That was a plate of cookies not leftovers.
Kiptyn's parents started their visit by teasing Jillian about her hot tub scenes. For the record, Jill is not ashamed whatsoever about her hot tub time and thought it was really funny that Kiptyn's parents gave her a hard time about it. One thing I continually notice about Jillian when she's around Kip is that she's always wondering if she's good enough for him instead of vice versa -- an interesting dynamic between them that we'll have to keep an eye on. Jesse's hometown date in Carmel was good and for the most part uneventful. The only hitch was that somewhere along the way Jillian had all her personal jewelry stolen. So if you're wondering what to get her for her birthday or Christmas, I suggest jewelry. The best part of Jesse's hometown was his brother. When he asked Jill if she and Jesse had been naked together her reaction was priceless. Jesse ends up going home and I doubt many of you were shocked by this. Their relationship was always a little strange. It's hard to put your finger on it but watching them together I just never saw "it."
Okay, I paid my dues. I talked about the other guys; now let's eat dessert together...let's talk Wes! So Wes decides the first people he wants to introduce Jillian to are his band members. We learn about the new CD and that his ultimate goal in life is for this CD to do well. Wes also shares with us that no drug, no woman can make him feel like he does when he's on stage. Ladies, the line forms to the right. I can't wait to read your comments this week about Wes. As if things weren't awkward enough with the band once again proclaiming "love...don't come eeeasy" everybody's favorite airline pilot, Jake, decides to drop in on Jillian and give her a little news. Not only does Jake tell Jillian about Wes' girlfriend but he tells Jill her name is Laurel...that's it. He's finally going down now...game, set, match, right? Wrong. Wes turns on the Texas charm and two-steps right out of this mess. I'm saying right here and now that I'm not responsible for anything that was thrown at your TV. Was it just me or did anybody else think Wes sounded just like Bill Clinton telling us "I did not have sexual relations with that woman!" Wes never even flinches when Jake strolls in and even gives him a little shot when he opens the door and says "well, Jake...man of character." When Jillian decides she's seen and heard enough, she says goodbye to Jake and he proceeds to start crying on the railing or what we like to call in the biz, gives us his best Jason. On a scale of 0-Jason, I give this railing cry about a 5.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on Jake's decision to show up and tell Jillian the truth. I have mixed emotions about it. Jillian decides ultimately that Wes is telling the truth and this is confirmed in her mind when she meets his family. According to Wes' sister, this happens to Wes quite a lot. Apparently there are many who are just jealous of all that Wes possesses. Jillian finally recovers from her hometown dates and is preparing for the rose ceremony when there's a knock at the door. Ed is back. Jillian was obviously happy about his return but she was also very hesitant to give him a rose. She had feelings for Ed but they hadn't had that much time together. She wasn't sure if their relationship was as strong as it was with some of the other guys. As you saw, much to the chagrin of Michael, Ed strolled into the rose ceremony and back into Jillian's heart.As you saw in the previews for next week the drama with Wes is far from over. Jillian is now down to her final four guys and things really kick up a notch from here on out. I leave you with this thought to ponder til I talk to you again next week: "Some say love it don't"...I can't do it to you again. I will tell you this though, no drug, no woman makes me feel as good as this blog does.
For more Chris, visit here.
Despite Jake’s smoking-gun revelation about Wes, Jillian simply refuses to believe the country crooner will break her heart. In happier news, Ed’s back!!
Watching the last few episodes of The Bachelorette is a lot like being chauffeured around by Toonces the Driving Cat. Everything seems to be going smoothly, and then all of a sudden — LOOK OUT!! — Jillian steers her car off of an emotional cliff. This week, my dear friends, was no exception.
It's hometown week, and first, Jillian's off to Philadelphia to see Reid. She's squealy and excited to meet her coffee-bearing suitor, who's standing in front of some lovely flowering trees (magnolia? dogwood?) — but she's also nervous: ''Are Reid's parents going to like me, are they going to approve?'' Even in a new state, these two have nothing to say to each other. Their conversation goes something like this:
Jillian: ''I'm nervous.''
Reid: ''I'm nervous too.''
Jillian: [long pause] ''I got nothin'.''
Reid: ''Ok, let's make out.''
They head to Reid's house, and on the way he explains to us that family approval is very important to him. ''If one disapproved, I would say that she's not the girl for me.'' Way to be your own man, Reid! But it doesn't seem like approval's going to be an issue. Reid's mom Rhonda wants her boy to get married — NOW! She doesn't even blanch when the Bachelorette refers to ''him and I,'' and when Jillian asks if she's Reid's type, Rhonda offers this artful evasion: ''I think you're adorable.'' After that, Reid's brothers let it drop that he has a commitment issue (''He doesn't have a problem getting women—they just kind of go away'') and it soon becomes clear that Reid uses the ''approval'' issue as an excuse to get out of relationships. Explains Dad, ''I wish he would just make the decision on his own, but he seems to always ask, you know, what do you guys think?'' (Side note: could Reid's ''yeah'' have sounded any less enthusiastic when his dad asked him if he liked Jillian?) The final warning sign of the evening comes during a surprise 30th birthday party for Reid, when Jillian grabs his face and attacks it with kisses as the family looks on. ''We usually don't see you being very affectionate with people,'' says the squeaky sister-in-law. But he's got no problem mauling the Bachelorette on the front porch when they say goodbye.
Moving on to NoChanceville (in this case, Valencia, California), it's Michael's turn to bring Jillian home to his family. And how freaking cute is it the way he jumps up and down like a human pogo stick when he sees his family for the first time in the kitchen? When Jillian arrives, she gives him a friendly hug, but no kiss (sigh). And while Michael goes on and on about how he and his brother Steve are identical twins, it's beyond easy to tell them apart. There's a resemblance, sure, but for one thing Steve's hair is noticeably shorter, and for another, he and Michael have completely different noses. Still Michael thinks it'd be funny to pull the ''classic twin move — the switcheroo,'' which is doomed from the start. (Though it was worth it just to hear Michael warn Steve, ''Dude, if you kiss her I'll break your face.'') Of course, because Jillian hasn't gone blind between Philadelphia and California, she is not fooled for one tiny second.
During his chat with Jillian, Steve makes sure Jillian knows that he and his brother have always wanted to get married at a young age, because they want time with their wives to ''grow together and learn to love each other'' before kids come along. ''We want to, like, be good husbands... be good fathers.'' Could these boys be any more adorable? After a family room dance party, it's time to leave, and Jillian finally deigns to give Michael a kiss. As much as it pains me to say it, there really isn't much chemistry evident. Dad is right — poor Michael is about to get flattened.
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Bachelorette bad boy, Wes, has managed to weasel his way into Jillian Harris's final four.
In a rose ceremony shocker, the self-promoting country singer was handed the fourth — and final — rose on Monday night's episode, thereby eliminating goofy break dance instructor Michael and gorgeous wine maker Jesse.
All this despite a surprise appearance from Jake, the previously voted-off commercial pilot, who felt the need to finally break the news about Wes's girlfriend.
"Her name is Laurel," confided Jake. "We've talked about Laurel more than three times. I'm so sorry. I want you to be happy. I want you to pick the guy who worships the guy you walk on because you don't deserve anything less — and Wes isn't the guy who's going to do that."
A "heartbroken" Jillian decided to confront Wes. But just when we thought the Vancouver reality TV star had finally seen the light, she gives him another chance.
Wes denies all, assuring her he doesn't have a girlfriend.
"I'm not here to play any games. I'm really not," he says.
And this wasn't the only surprise guest of the episode.
Ed, the 29-year-old technology consultant who left the show in Whistler in a bid to save his career, begged Jillian to take him back, saying he'd made a "huge mistake."
"I got home and I could not stop thinking about you," he gushed. "I felt like I need to re-prioritize what I'm doing, and I think I want to be here with you. I think I want another shot."
The brunette singleton has also opted to keep Reid, the 30-year-old realtor from Philadelphia, PA, in the running. A visit to his hometown involved lots of kissing and hugs in front of the family, much to their surprise.
Afterward, Reid confessed: "I think I could be falling in love with her."
Kiptyn, the 31-year-old business developer from Encinitas, Calif., shared a steamy hot tub scene with Jillian — now her token maneuvre.
Jillian's visit to Austin, Texas was nearly puke-worthy, as Wes immediately introduced his band and attempted to get some on-air promotion.
"We have a brand new CD coming out. I want people to hear it. I want people to like it," he boasts.
Meanwhile, a smitten Jillian watched on, cradling her beer bottle. It was "emotional," she cooed later. "I felt like my heart was going to jump out of my chest."
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Melissa Rycroft of 'Dancing With the Stars' and 'Bachelor' may be engaged for real this timeThis time, the proposal sounds like the real thing for Dallas beauty Melissa Rycroft. She is the former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader famously proposed to on the season finale of ABC's The Bachelor before being brought back for a tawdry special episode called "After the Roses." The cad took it all back, claiming he was still in love with another contestant. Check it out here.
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While the P in Tanner P stands for Pope, it could have just as easily stood for podophiliac (aka foot fetishist) and prankster as he was simply one of the most amusing suitors to ever step foot in The Bachelorette mansion. Post-eviction, the 30-year-old financial analyst discussed Jillian’s feet and his own “manties” from his home in Dallas, Texas. — Carrie Bell
You didn’t seem that bummed out when you didn’t get a rose.
I pretty much knew it was coming. We didn’t have any chemistry. We went the friendship route. It wasn’t that disheartening, but you hate to lose a good girl like that. So smart, attractive, successful — and her personality and everything.
It was a bold move to drop trou on a group date.
We were all talking about what we wear [to bed] and I just felt like, I’ve been kind of the comedian of this whole thing. I’m just going to bust out and show her my manties.
Everyone seemed impressed with what they saw. Be honest, did you stuff?
Negative. I was just blessed. All the guys knew [already] because we had outdoor showers. They called me King Dong.
You were also very open about your foot fetish.
Fetish sounds dirty and risqué to me. I just think it’s hot when a girl has pretty feet. But it’s not a deal breaker.
You were the one who told Jillian that someone had a girlfriend back home. Why not go all the way and name names?
When me and Wes first moved into the bunkhouse there was a lot of conversation going on. He’s joking around about, “Hey, you know, I’ve got a girl back home.” I didn’t know whether to take that seriously or not. The whole “girlfriend” thing may have gotten blown out of proportion, so I never wanted to tell Jillian 100% [that it was Wes]. But there was definitely stuff going around that was not right, and I felt like I needed to let her know.
Why ultimately come clean to the others that you were the snitch?
That’s the right thing to do. I didn’t want that blame to fall on, like Juan or Dave or somebody else. It was my responsibility so I took it.
How do you feel about Wes considering he may have been there for the wrong reasons?
Wes has obviously got some things going as far as his band. But we were actually good friends on the show. Wes is a good guy. He’s a talented singer. I don’t go that route whenever I approach a girl but that’s who Wes is.
What was your reaction to Ed’s decision to leave?
That was a complete shock because I thought Ed was one of the front-runners. Him and Jillian had something real special. When Ed was around, her eyes sparkled. We were in the middle of Canada, and he pretty much said, “You know what? I’ve got to leave. I’ve got a great job at Microsoft.” I understand completely, a great job like that, but I don’t see how he got himself in that situation. He knew he was going to to be gone for up to two months.
Now that you are back home, how have people responded to your taste for toes? And are they like, “It’s Tanner from The Bachelorette with the big you-know-what!”
Yes, with the big package. Dallas is kind of the mecca for reality show junkies, and I’ve taken lots and lots of pictures with girls and their feet. They’re like, “Hey, how do you like my feet? Take a picture with me and my feet.”
Local reality star Jillian Harris has some tough choices ahead on Monday's episode of The Bachelorette.
So far, the Vancouver interior designer has narrowed her potential love matches down from 30 suitors to five remaining hopefuls, including:
* Jesse, 27, a wine maker from Carmel Valley, California
* Kiptyn, 31, a business developer from Encinitas, California
* Michael, 25, a break dance instructor from Astoria, New York
* Reid, 30, a realtor from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
* Wes, 32, a musician from Austin, Texas
Monday's episode will include a visit from "one man from Jillian’s past" who returns to give her advice. Will Ed come back? Or Jason Mesnick, the Bachelor who broke her heart? Or is this man from the past someone we haven't yet met? For the rest of the article click here.
Last week, after Jillian Harris kicked him to the curb without breaking a toenail, Tanner P spoke to the media from his hometown of Dallas. The teleconference call ranged over a variety of topics — most of them involving feet, as you can read here – but the most interesting moment came when he was asked about another bachelor. Ed Swiderski, as fans will remember, recused himself from the show in Episode 5 after purported pressure from his boss at Microsoft. A couple of things about his exit raised eyebrows, though: For one thing, he insisted on hanging on to the rose Jillian had given him; and for another, he was "too busy" to make the usual press rounds after his departure. Now, adding substance to my earlier speculation, we have the following exchange, coming midway through Tanner P's conference call.
An interviewer asks about his reaction to Ed's leaving. Tanner says: "Him and Jillian kind of had something a little special. You could kind of tell when Ed was around that her eyes kind of sparkled. So I was definitely shocked when he left. We were in the middle of Canada and he just pretty much said, "You know what? I've got to leave, I've got a great job at Microsoft . . . '" (Here we pause to offer Tanner a small geography lesson: Whistler, B.C., is in the middle of Canada in about the same way Dallas is in the middle of South Carolina. In other words, it's not. At all. Please continue.) "I don't see how he got himself in that situation. He knew he was going to have to be gone for up to two months so that was what kind of surprised me. But supposedly he comes back. So obviously there's something going on." (Back up for a second: Supposedly he comes back? And you're just saying it out loud? Boy, is ABC's publicist going to be mad.)
Suddenly the publicist leaps in: "We don't really know that for sure. We don't know that." "OK, I don't know that," laughs Tanner P. — and you can practically hear the air quotes. Could it be that Ed's the man last week's preview hinted at? The man who swoops in at the eleventh hour to sweep Jillian Harris off her feet?
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Ousted 'Bachelorette' suitor Tanner Pope hints at Ed Swiderski return
By Christopher Rocchio, via: http://www.realitytvworld.com/news/ousted-bachelorette-suitor-tanner-pope-hints-at-ed-swiderski-return-9189.php
Ousted The Bachelorette bachelor Tanner Pope appears to have confirmed what viewers have increasingly suspected: that despite being shown quitting to return to his job during last week's broadcast, Ed Swiderski later returned to the show to continue wooing Jillian Harris.
"I don't see how he got himself in that situation. He knew he was going to have to be gone for up to two months [for filming] so that was what kind of surprised me. But supposedly he comes back. So obviously there's something going on," Pope told Reality TV World during a Thursday conference call that followed his elimination on Monday night's The Bachelorette broadcast. "We don't really know that for sure," the show's ABC publicist then interjected, leaving Pope to not-so-coyly cover his tracks. "Right. Okay. Well... I don't know that," he responded. See how else Mr. Feet responded...
The Bachelorette: Only 8 Remain
At the end of last week's episode, Wes was shown saying something about getting enough publicity already and made it appear he was really not there for her. Fans could not wait to see this week's episode to see if Wes really was the liar he appeared to be. Unfortunately I was gone last week so I'm just watching it tonight! This update is for anyone who missed it. Tonight's episode had 2 one-on-one dates and one group date and, according to the previews, lots of drama!
First all the guys and Jillian started off on a train trip across Canada with several stops along the way. So essentially this was a group date with the three separate dates thrown in. The private train was luxurious! It wasn't the type of train regular people go on. There were big comfy couches and lots of wine. During the train ride, Jillian gave out a card for the first one-on-one date.
The first One-on-One - Robby
Robby and Jillian would be spending some time alone in their own train car. The two of them went off to another luxury car to have some drinks, dinner and one-on-one conversation. The started off by viewing the scenery from the back of the train as their hair blew in the wind. It was definitely very pretty!
Robby told Jillian he was ready to find the person to spend his life with. However, that wasn't enough for Jillian who needed to know more about how he wants to live his life as far as who would pay the bills and where would they live. The train stopped in the middle of an odd spot making the guys think something strange was going on. It turns out, they were right! Jillian rejected Robby saying she would have loved to date him but didn't think he was ready for marriage. A teary-eyed Jillian told him she couldn't give him the rose and he had to leave the train and end his time with Jillian. The guys watched him leave with shock, but also with a little joy knowing they were one step closer to making it through the week.
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The stakes are high as Jillian leaves her Los Angeles villa for an exciting, emotionally-charged journey across the country to visit the final five men's hometowns. Her bonds grow stronger with some of the bachelors, but she is severely tested by some of the families and questions her connections to
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The Bachelorette: Jake and Tanner take some parting shots
By Gillian Burnett, The Province, via: http://www.theprovince.com/Entertainment/Bachelorette+Jake+Tanner+take+some+parting+shots/1728700/story.html
Jillian Harris said goodbye to three more men on Episode 6 of The Bachelorette: Robby, Jake and Tanner. This week on The Bachelorette, leading lady Jillian Harris said goodbye to Robby, Tanner and Jake.
Robby, dumped at the side of some railroad tracks deep in the B.C. wilderness, might have been too shocked to comment, after the fact, on his experiences; he is conspicuously absent from the weekly video clip ABC releases giving the guys their chance to speak out.
Tanner and Jake, however, exhibit no such restraint. Tanner's exit interview is a rambling, repetitive mess — but at least he doesn't mention his foot fetish, which has figured all too prominently so far this season.
Jake . . . well, it's just painful to watch. He exhibits more genuine anguish over having been let go than any other candidate. But you be the judge. Here are the transcripts from the show...
The Bachelorette: Conference Call with Tanner Pope
by Gina Scarp, via: http://www.realitywanted.com/newsitem/2051-the-bachelorette-conference-call-with-tanner-pope
This week, on The Bachelorette, Jillian finally did something that the rest of us would’ve done the first night: eliminate the guy with the foot fetish. Tanner caused some drama when he told Jillian that Wes (and perhaps some of the other guys) had a girlfriend back home. At the rose ceremony, Jillian wasn’t feeling the connection anymore and eliminated him from the competition. Today, he spoke to reporters in a conference call about his fascination with feet and why he threw Wes under the bus.
Q. You were very entertaining and fun to watch on the show. OF course, the foot fetish is going to be the talk of the town. What is the perfect foot?
A. Tanner: It was a lot of embellishing on my part. Girls’ feet are not a deal breaker but I love girls’ pretty feet. Girls’ feet are feminine and guys don’t take care of their feet. High arches are great but it’s not a deal breaker. Painted toes are the thing. That’s what it takes to have hot feet and Jillian had them.
Q. Why did you strip down in front of Jillian?
A. Tanner: You get half the part of the story on that, due to editing. We were all talking about what we wear, which you heard. I’ve been thinking that I’ve been the comedian of this whole thing so I thought I’d bust out and show everyone my main piece. I wanted to have fun with it. She said it was a little awkward but I’m not scared to show what I was wearing and I just went with it.
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The Bachelorette Bros Bond as Break Dancer Bawls
by Peter Gilstrap, via: http://ca.eonline.com/uberblog/the_soup/b130874_bachelorette_bros_bond_break_dancer.html Promise Keepers just called, and they want their man tears back.
That's right, the waterworks are flowing, and this time they're not just part of Jillian Harris' charade of crushed passion. Sensitive break dance instructor Michael got all choked up when the Bachelorette literally kicked Robby off the love train in the middle of the Canadian forest.Yes, a dude is crying because another dude—his competition, even—was eliminated. Imagine how he's going to react when he finds out the whole thing is fake... Check out the video here.
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Bachelorette couple Ryan and Trista Sutter will inaugurate Ruby Princess for 5-year anniversary
by Lindsay Conner Trista and Ryan Sutter, stars of the first season of ABC's The Bachelorette, will "christen" the Ruby Princess, the newest ship of the Princess Cruises fleet. The event will take place on November 6 in Fort Lauderdale, with the ship then taking off on a Western Caribbean itinerary with stops to Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Princess Cays in the Bahamas and Cozumel, Mexico. The timing is appropriate, as Trista and Ryan will celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary this fall. The two met in 2002, on set of The Bachelorette. On the show's finale in November 2002, Ryan proposed after he received the final rose. On December 6, 2003, the couple wed in a televised ceremony on ABC, with 26 million viewers.
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What a sweet family! We can only hope that Jillian finds happiness too!
The reality show contestant used to think his happiest moment was meeting his wife Trista on the first season of The Bachelorette. Now that he has two children -- son Max, nearly 2, and newborn daughter Blakesley, 2 months -- he has a lot of memorable milestones to cherish. One in particular? "Seeing babies turn into people," he said in a family photo taken in May at his parents' home in Fort Collins, Colorado. for more photos click here at US Weekly.
Bachelorette: Top 5 guys Jillian Harris sent home too early
Did any of these guys get sent home to early and will Ed be coming back to propose. Read this article and you be the judge.
The Bachelorette Recap: Jake Booted ... But For How Long?!
Last night's installment of was less notable for any events than for what it teased regarding future episodes in the last three minutes.
We're coming down the home stretch of Jillian Harris' quest for love, as she cut the field from eight to five suitors, all of whom will go on "hometown" dates with her.
Of the three guys who were sent packing on Monday's episode (the sixth of ), unemployed bartender Robby and foot fetishist Tanner Pope were obvious.
Her cutting Jake Pavelka, however, was a bit of a surprise.
Most of the episode (if not the season) was based around Jake being Mr. Perfect. He is hot. He is a pilot, which is awesome. He is super nice, fun and charming.
Jillian Harris acknowledged all of these things. Yet he goes.
This made little sense until the three-minute preview for the rest of the season aired: Jake Pavelka comes back to the show to tell Jillian about Wes' intentions!
This future development also casts a different light on Wes Hayden, who spent most of last night's show admitting, even bragging about his ulterior motives.
Jake has been dying to call out Wes. He will soon get the chance.
That he has an agenda is not shocking, but no one coming on The Bachelorette merely to promote his music would be so blatant as to say he is "not here for the girl" and that he can "feel" and "taste" the record sales he will generate from this.
Unless, of course, it is all a contrived sham. As is Jake being kicked off only to come back and stir up drama by calling out Wes and his alleged girlfriend.
It seems to The Hollywood Gossip that Jake's elimination was scripted from the start, just like Ed's departure last week because of "work" commitments.
Are Jake and Ed still in the running for Jillian? Were their reasons for departing legitimate, and only their returns staged? Or has this been the plan all along?
That we can't say, but spoilers will surely emerge. We'll be seeing both Jake and Ed in the coming weeks in some form though, you can mark our words.
Because as Jason Mesnick, Melissa Rycroft and Molly Malaney proved to record ratings, what's "reality" TV without a compelling, manipulated story to tell?
The Bachelorette" have been unveiled. On Monday, June 22 episode, Jillian Harris cut three other men while going on a trip to Alberta. They are financial analyst Tanner P., commercial pilot Jake Pavelka and bartender Robby Descant. The remaining guys therefore are Michael, Jesse, Kiptyn, Reid and Wes.
Tanner is the foot-fetish guy whose strange habit is deemed 'funny' by Jillian. He was also the person who first spilled about someone having a girlfriend and then told Jillian about it. Tanner was in the group date along with Wes, Michael, Jesse, Jake and Kiptyn. They went snowshoeing before taking alone time with Jillian. Tanner in particular chose to rub Jillian's foot with lotion.
Meanwhile, Jake was one of the few firsts who earned a solo date in the beginning of the season. Jillian thought Jake was too conservative for her at that time. During his solo time with the bachelorette, Jake said he wanted her to meet his parents should they got a chance to visit his hometown. The next morning Jake approached Jillian again to tell her that he really liked her.
Robby was actually the first one to go, disembarking in the middle of their train journey to Rocky Mountain. In the first solo date, they had a meal in the dining car and Robby got to show off his skill as bartender. While Jillian said she felt a lot older when he is around, Robby convinced her that love knows no age or job. He didn't get his rose and was dropped off at one station while the other 7 guys watched from the window. OUCH!!
Trista Sutter Blogs About The Bachelorette: Is Wes "Just Plain Stupid?"
Original Bachelorette Trista Sutter is putting her reality TV experience to use for us here at Watch With Kristin by blogging about Jillian Harris' quest for the perfect guy. Take it away, Trista...
Another week, another Bachelorette, and another blog by little ol' me. To those who have commented that they don't think of me as an expert on relationships, or even on this show for that matter, I'm right there with ya. I am far from an expert, but I guess those who hired me saw some value in my opinion. If you don't, no worries. That's the beauty of reading this on your computer: There is an off switch! Each week, I am simply asked to comment on what we see as viewers from someone who's been there.
Glad that many of you are enjoying my commentary! I don't realize how much I love writing until I sit down with my laptop every week and get the chance to release some creative juices. Thanks to those at E! Online for the opportunity as it's helping me feel like my brain is still minimally viable after having two children.
OK, now about last night's episode...
I am bummed that Ed is gone still, but understand his rationale. Love is never guaranteed, especially when there are other guys in the mix and camera crews are involved. Even in this economy, though, I feel like a job is easier to come by than a true relationship that will last you forever, and I'm questioning how he had a conference call with his boss. When you sign up for the show, you sign up with the full knowledge that you will not have any communication with the outside world. It seems a bit suspicious. Regardless, though, I believe that everything happens for a reason and if he was meant to live his life without Jillian, that will come to fruition—reality show or not.
The week starts with a stunning ride through the mountains of Canada on the Rocky Mountaineer. Love that helicopters are given the week off!
Robby gets the first solo date. After time spent relishing the gorgeous view from the train, they have dinner in the caboose and finally get to have a serious sit-down chat. I love Robby's attitude and adorable accent. He's an attractive guy, but something's still lacking. Smiles are there and drama is absent, but is there any intrigue and passion between them? Not when you look in Jillian's eyes.
Those of you who plan to comment that I called him an immature loser who doesn't deserve happiness because he's a lowly bartender who makes no money and can't support a family, please move your cursor back up to the start of the paragraph and have your eyes revisit what I wrote. I think Robby's a nice guy. No, I've never met him, but from all camera angles, he looks like a nice guy.
Does he make as much money as Jesse? Probably not, based on their self-described careers. Does that matter? Not a chance. Money doesn't make the world go around, although I'm sure for the wealthy, it keeps stress levels about bills at bay. Love is what matters (I know, quit with the clichés!), and either it's there or it's not. Jillian decided it wasn't there, and as if the train could sense her decision they dramatically came to a halt. Sad, for sure, but that just means she's closer to being forever happy (hopefully!). Even sadder though is that Michael is crying over Robby's departure. Gotta love a sensitive soul, but I think those tears are a bit off the deep end.
Somehow after Robby leaves, Wes gets the golden ticket of snuggle-time with Jillian. I want to know how he weaseled that in! It just makes me sick to my stomach for her that he says he has everything to gain, he "has a hidden agenda," and he'll always have her wrapped around his little finger. What makes me even sicker is his bit about tasting and eating the fame he is going to get out of being on the show. Oh, no he didn't!
I'm sure there have been plenty of people on this series, as well as The Bachelor, to crave self-promotion for their singing or acting careers. To fully admit it, though, especially when you know Jillian will see what you are saying at some point down the road, makes me wonder if Wes is incredibly hurtful, extraordinarily selfish, drugged-up, just plain stupid—or all of the above. It also makes me wonder if editing is to blame. Was he finishing his sentences with, "But I've fallen for Jillian and I know now that my music career will be second fiddle," and we just aren't seeing that? If only Chris Harrison could spill the beans, I'd give him a call right now!
Group date started with snowshoeing. Note to producers: not so exciting to watch. Tanner did return to the screen as creepy foot-fetish guy, but not even that can hold a candle to him dropping his drawers when they went in to hang out by the fire. Even if he's "blessed," it just was not the time or the place. Oh, Tanner.
Kiptyn and Jesse: love 'em. Especially Kiptyn's abs! Yowza! Wes: Not loving him, and that's putting it mildly. Get that he wants promotion, but at the sake of Jillian's happiness? Maybe it will help his career, but I can't imagine he's gaining many fans with his cruel motives. Great voice or not, the fans of country music get behind people with integrity and heart, and that clearly is not Wes.
Reid + Jillian = great chemistry. The activities of their date weren't spectacular (all but enjoying the sunset by having drinks on ice—literally!), but I loved Reid's humor, honesty, laid-back attitude and openness. Not sure if he'll be the one to win her heart, but he seems like a contender at this point?and with his rose, he'll get to introduce her to his family.
Time for roses?
Kiptyn and Reid are safe, and with five hometown dates, she's handing out three more.
Me and my girls were set on Jesse and Wes, but the third was the shocker. Whoa! Michael won her over in the moment they shared before the dramatic music started, and Tanner and Jake are sent home to Texas. Tanner was not such a shock, as I thought he'd be gone last week. Jake, on the other hand, seemed to be a shoo-in early on. His story of being the nice guy and finishing last (or somewhere in the middle) continued.
Now, as for the previews for next week, one word: wow! I have to admit that I wasn't as into this episode as others, but when they gave us a peek of the remaining episodes, I was intrigued to say the least. I can't wait for next week!