Welcome back lovelies!! Happy New Year and welcome to a new season of The Bachelor, featuring a blast from the past as the star of the show! I can't tell you how excited I am to see Brad come back for a second chance at love. I know there are a lot of people out there who are upset with the choice ABC made for the season, but we can chat about that later. Judging from the previews and spoilers ABC has shown on TV, this will be a very interesting season! Grab your beverage of choice and let's get this party started!
Let's start by addressing the ridiculously oversized pink (and blinged out!) elephant in the room. Why Brad!? Why should someone who rejected two women get another chance to find love on television handed to him on a silver platter? The backlash has been beyond crazy on this issue. My answer to this is....why the hell not!? What was his crime? He decided at the end of the season that he wasn't in love with either woman. The crime he could have committed was is he had chosen someone, only to end the relationship shortly after the show ended. Brad followed his heart, and because it wasn't what the audience and ABC wanted, he was treated like a leper. Get over it, people. It's been 3 years! The man went into intensive therapy and seclusion to deal with commitment and personal issues, and came clean about all of this. I think the virtual stoning, dissing and hissing needs to end. Brad is a smart, attractive, intelligent man who has a lot to offer the right woman, He knows he needs to address what happened in the past, and I think he did that last night.
One of the things that everyone was talking about online last night is how Brad showed up at the bachelor mansion with a small overnight bag. It was hilarious and naive for everyone to think that Brad would show up with a teeny suitcase for a 6-8 week trip to Los Angeles! I'm sure he had a massive closet full of clothes that a stylist carefully selected for him. It's reality TV, people..not real life! The clothes for each date and episode are hand picked for Brad to look his best for the ladies!
This brings me to one of the most ridiculous points at the beginning of the show. Did ABC really need to bring back Jenni and DeAnna (who he didn't pick during the season finale of his first season on the show) for a meeting with Brad, right before he met 30 bachelorettes? Both of these women have moved on and are either married or engaged. DeAnna is not an expert on Brad, and she moved on to be the star of her own season of The Bachelorette. I saw zero value in that segment, except to roll my eyes and impatiently wait for the grilling to end, so Brad could go meet the hotties waiting in the limos for him!
Let's talk about those ladies! I have to say, I was pretty impressed with the selection of women chosen for Brad. In all honesty, I feel that many of them were chosen with Chris Lambton in mind, as he was also offered the chance to star in this season of The Bachelor. Regardless of who was selected, the women did not disappoint. The bachelorettes were attractive, smart, working women who seemed to be very interested, although a bit skeptical, of having Brad as this season's Bachelor. Let's break down some of the ladies who stood out last night!
Who will forget the slap heard around the world!? The first girl out of the limo, Chantal O., delivered what I can only describe as the fakest slap I have ever seen, no doubt encouraged by ABC for ratings. I love that Brad was a good sport about it, saying he deserved it and he liked her already! Props and brownie points for the hot bachelor! I see this feisty lady sticking around for a while.
Meaghan the Fashion Marketer was the girl with the crazy pink shoes that made me scream "what the hell are you rocking on your feet!?" (and secretly wanting to know where she got them! If you want fashion tips about the clothes from last night's show, and for the rest of the season, check out the Possessionista website. I have a link to her blog on this page! Best tips ever!!)
I would never hear the end of it if I didn't talk about Madison and her crazy teeth! "Fang girl", as the Internet has christened her, is a model from NYC who has fangs that we saw as soon as she strolled up to Brad. Brad doesn't say anything when he meets her, but you she will have to answer the question that's on everyone's mind: what the hell are up with those fangs!? This ain't True Blood or The Vampire Diaries, sista! Wrong television networks altogether!! ;) I'll chat more about Madison later!
Melissa - the crazy and cute blonde girl that runs to Brad and makes him catch her! It would have been funny if he dropped her, but of course, that won't happen on "reality" TV...bet the ratings would have been higher if he did!! ;)
Jackie - artist from NYC who makes Brad pinky swear that he won't break her heart. Of course he agrees, and asks her to swear the same thing to him. What else will he say on the first night!? Please...lol.
Sarah P.- real estate broker who asked Brad to get down on one knee and practice proposing to her. My spidey sense tells me that's as close as she'll get to a proposal from Brad...but that's just my opinion! ;)
Shawntel - funeral director who tells Brad he looks and smells good. He loves her yellow dress (and I did, too!). I think she'll be around for a while, too.
The most original meeting came from Britnee the paralegal. She stayed in the limo, opened it a little and waved at him to come over. Brad had to open the door and help her out. She said she did that because she likes a chivalrous man. I like a girl who has mad game. She's on my list of girls to stick around!
Lisa - marketing director from Kansas with the famous ruby red shoes that made me chant "there's no place like home!". Talk about a cliche!
Rebecca - esthetician who gets the ballsy award for giving Brad the first kiss on the lips when she met him! A girl who knows what she wants will go far in this kind of show.
Keltie - the Radio City Rockette who comes out of the limo with her high kicks and desire to teach Brad a few moves. I'll leave it at that...haha!!
Emily - my personal favourite of the group. Her story is the one everyone will remember all season. She got engaged at 19 to a famous NASCAR driver who died in a plane crash in 2004, and she found out days later that she was pregnant with his baby. She's a single mom, who's ready to get married and settle down. Gorgeous girl, easily able to make it to the end. If she doesn't end up with Brad, don't be surprised if they offer her own season of The Bachelorette down the road...she's perfect for the role!!!
Michelle - hairstylist who is excited to see Brad is the Bachelor. He think she's very attractive, and I see her sticking around for a while, as well.
Brad goes into the house and tells the girls his story about what happened in the past. He tells them that if they want to leave and not take a chance to get to know him, they can do so. Of course, no one leaves. Once that's over, the girls fight for Brad's attention. He faces a tough firing squad and grilling with tons of questions, but feels beat up and overwhelmed by all the questions, and is concerned he may not be able to find someone this time around, either.
Raichel uses her time with Brad to wax his wrist! It was hilarious when she did it, and also when she told him the hair wouldn't grow back quickly. That's OK, Brad...she also waxes booties and "under carriage"..feel free to book an appointment anytime! While you're at it, feel free to kiss your masculinity goodbye! ;)
One of the funniest parts of the show for me was the battle between several of the girls for alone time with Brad! With 30 women in the house, you need to be assertive, or prepare to go home rose less and losing your shot to make it to the next round. I don't remember all of the names of the girls, but the tug of war for Brad's time was borderline ridiculous! Alli, the girl in the green dress, asks him "Can you handle this behind?" No, Beyonce, he can't handle your jelly. Wow. is this a cocktail party, or a booty shakin' competition!?
Brad's 1-1 time with Madison has him addressing the issue of the fangs. He point blank asks her if they're real or a joke (she says they're real). He also asked her if she was there for him, or asked if this was a game to her. She tells him she's there for the right reasons. He says she's sexy, and that the fangs are hot. Hmm...guess we know what will happen on their first date! Watch your back...er...neck, Brad!!
I have to talk about crazy Keltie the Rockette and her time with Brad! She made up a crazy song that she sang to him, doing her dance and saying things like "You'll be Santa Claus and I'll be the Rockette", and "I'm bendy"! If she doesn't get him in the end, I'm sure there are plenty of men out there who want to see just how 'bendy' she really is!! ;)
Michelle spends her time with Brad talking about how courageous she thinks he is for coming back a second time. She also addressed the fact that she is a single to a 5 year-old daughter. Brad has already said he loves kids and reacts very positively to her news.
Brad spends time with Ashley S., the nanny who is pretty much the only one that didn't grill him about his past. She tells him that no matter what happens, she would be there to be his friend. He's attracted to her and thinks she's sweet, and offers her the first impression rose.
Finally, the rose ceremony starts. Brad is only able to choose 20 out of the 30 women (he already gave a rose to Ashley S.). They are:
I know that was a long entry, but the first ones are always the ones that have the most details! I hope you enjoyed the season premiere, and judging from the sneak preview of the rest of the season, there are some hot dates coming up! I can't wait to see how this season unfolds, and which of the ladies will make through the season. Let me know if there's anything you would like me to cover in this blog. I love getting feedback and having people tell me how much they like the show and appreciate the posts on a weekly basis! :)
Take care, be good and try to stay out of trouble! Until next time...XO