How awesome was the finale!? Were you all laughing as hard as I was??? For those who haven't seen the show, or just read this for the entertainment factor, don't own a TV or just don't watch at ALL, I won't give away the ending...we'll save that for later. I think it's safe to say that the ending was as good as it's going to get in this type of crazy enviromnemt. I can't believe how quickly the season flew by. It was entertaining, dramatic, throw on a straight jacket insane fun! I don't know if my Monday nights will be half as interesting now that it's over. I know you are waiting for me to throw in my fiddy cents' worth...so let's get to it and dish this out one last time for the season. Got your drinks yet...no...??? Go get one and hurry back! ;)
I thought it was hysterical that the first challenge of the night was a ballroom competition! I don't think anyone in the "Super 6", as Dave affectionately calls the remaining couples, has ever seen the inside of a ballroom, or or had any formal type of dance training (with the exception of Tenley). We see everyone getting stressed about what is to come and I have to admit that it was nice to see people stepping out of their comfort zone. Dave was sticking to his pact with Kovacs to make it to the final 2 couples, and Natalie was regretting sending Jesse and Peyton home. She is ready to send Elizabeth and Kovacs packing, and I'm sure everyone else watching was, as well. Hmmm...Kovacs can stay...eye candy is always nice...but I know everyone would love to throw Elizabeth out of the house faster than Nat whipped off her bikini top back in Vegas!!
The remaining couples are paired up with some of the famous choreographers from Dancing With the Stars. Kip-Ten (sorry, I couldn't resist!! LOL), meaning Kiptyn and Tenley, were paired with Chelsie Hightower, Kovacs and Elizabeth had Edyta Sliwinska and Dave and Natalie were with Louis Van Amstel. I loved the interaction everyone had with their respective choreographers. Chelsie is perfect for cute little Tenley and Kiptyn, and Edyta is serious eye candy for Kovacs and an eyesore for Elizabeth and the little green monster that has taken over her body! When Elizabeth wasn't busy silently freaking out about Edyta wrapping herself around 'her man', she was busy mentally mopping up the drool that was pouring out of every pore in Kovacs' body! Priceless. I think Kovacs was wishing Edyta was his partner for the competition....or just having a very erotic daydream. You decide which one is more suitable.
My favourite scene was watching Dave doing anything and everything necessary to get the most out of the practice time he and Natalie had with Louis. Watching Dave get in touch with his feminine side and twirling Louis around made me want to get a paddle out and score him for his ballsiness. I also wanted to make him a girly drink with a little umbrella stuck at the top, and toast his competitiveness. This guy came to play, and to win. I love his attitude! Bet he can rock a sequined shirt like no one's business, as well! ;)
I have to give Natalie props where they are due, as well. She is a very strong competitor and totally willing to do anything to win the challenge. Did anyone else laugh at Louis asking if they had sex in the house? Between that and Natalie telling Dave to grab onto her boobs instead of her waist, I was losing my mind! I love this couple. They are pure entertainment, they know how to go with the flow and are totally able to infuse fun into any situation they are brought into.
OK...on to the competition. All three couples had to perform their dance for the guest judges...Melissa Rycroft, Jake Pavelka and Trista Sutter. I have NO idea why any of these people were there to judge. I would have definately preferred Len, Bruno and Carrie-Ann from Dancing With the Stars! Three former reality show people who once competed on DWTS don't do it for me. Anyway, Tenley and Kiptyn were first and had a great dance...until they fell over at the very end! I still liked it, and our wannabe judges did too. They scored 26 out of a possible 30 points.
Elizabeth and Kovacs wetre up next with a rhumba that was as brutal as getting a root canal without the necessary meds. It was awkward, painful to watch and I was severely embarassed for them. They still managed to squeak out 24 out of 30 points, but were eliminated from the challenge.
Finally, we get to Natalie and Dave and their cha-cha dance. They have a lot of chemistry and are driven to perform to the best of their ability. Natalie's dress was also my favourite of the night! The girl could wear a paper bag and still look like a rock star on the dance floor...but I digress. They performed well and even earned a "Hello sexiness!" from Trista, but with a score of 25 out of 30, they came second to Tenley and Kiptyn, who won the challenge.
While Tenley and Kiptyn were celebrating their immunity from the elimination ceremony and making out like bandits (or cute little bunnies...come on..it's Tenley I'm blogging about here!!), everyone else was stressing about the upcoming rose ceremony. No one wants to go home with $250,000 on the line, so they start to talk strategy amongst themselves. Kiptyn and Tenley are faced with the difficult task of selecting the couple they want to have by their side in the final four. At the rose ceremony, they choose Dave and Natalie as the final couple to move on, and Kovacs and Elizabeth are sent home.
Tenley says her decision to choose Dave and Nat was based out of loyalty, and Kiptyn hopes Elizabeth and Kovacs found love together. Ummm....were we watching the same season!? I donn't those two are part of the same BOOK (or in the same library, for that matter), much less on the same page when it comes to relationships and how they feel about each other.
The show ends with the remaining four leaving the house and the finale was taped a week ago before a live audience...and all of the eliminated houseguests come back to help decide the fate of the final four. When we see the returning contestants, we find out that Elizabeth and Kovacs are no longer a couple, and that she thinks Kovacs is a player. Sweetheart...what was your first clue!? The fact that you were his personal booty call, plaything, and he never really claimed to love you back should have tipped you off. Sorry..but reality really does bite back. Hard.
Elizabeth is finally a brunette again during the finale...thank GOD. The girl was annoying, but her bleach blonde hair was an eyesore! Thankfully, she went back to her 'roots'...lol. She looks much better and believable as a brunette. I wonder if the hair dye toned down the craziness factor too. Just sayin'...
We also get some resolution on the Gia/Wes situation of 'are they or aren't they' together. Gia admits that she is single again and that she is still interested in Wes. Wes admits he came on the show for the money, but didn't expect to fall so hard for Gia. After saying that 'bad boys need love to', they finally kiss for the first time in front of everyone. I have no clue if they are together now, but I can't say I am surprised at this outcome...are you? Do you think she will be in his next music video? On his next cd cover? I could go on for hours...lol.
The final four face questions from the former houseguests they helped to eliminate. Ashley questions Dave about how quickly he moved on from Jessie S. to Natalie on their overnight date in Vegas. Jessie says Dave did what he had to do for the game, but Dave says what happened was not for the game. In plain English for the people in the cheap seats...he was into Nat more. Hope that helps to eliminate any leftover confusion out there!! ;)
Krisily expressed that she was mad at Dave and upset that he didn't give enough respect from him to tell her that she was going to be sent home. Dave explains that there was no point in telling her, but she said it was a respect thing. Ironically, she ends up giving him her vote later. I didn't know if she would go there...but good for her for making a decision based on the game.
Peyton told Kiptyn she was shocked at his behaviour and how she saw that he lied to her. He told Peyton that he didn't forsee himself and Tenley getting together on the show. Gia also told Kiptyn she was upset that he alowed Nikki to get eliminated after she went against the 'Outsider' girls' votes in order to keep him in the house.
We get to Michelle giving her speech to Tenley. Ahhh...seemingly deranged, psychotic Michelle. Clearly, time does not heal old wounds...they just give you time to get crazier!! Michelle is still pissed off about the fact that Tenley mentioned to others in the house that she hooked up with Craig M. She goes on about hos she lost respect for someone who was so sweet on Jake's season of The Bachelor, and that she would NOT give her vote to tenley. Really, Michelle? We didn't see that coming!! LOL. ;)
Wes also gets his word in as he mentions that when it comes to money, you qustion your integrity...money definately talks in this type of environment. Dave was upset about that, as he and Wes were friends, but they were fighting around the time Gia was eliminated from the house. wes is ok with the outcome, as he has Gia over the money. Ummm...someone fill me in..are they actually dating!? Or is this part of a new song he is writing? Please fill in the blanks for me if you know...thanks!! The lines of reality have gotten so blurry.....
Finally, the couples are given a chance to plead their case to everyone about why they should win the $250,000 prize. Natalie admits that she initially came for the money, but she loved everyone in the house. She wants to pay off her debt, and start a charity. Dave thinks he played the game honestly and fairly. He apologized to Jesse B and Krisily for things he did, and hoped that he brought comic relief to the house. He also hoped that he has the votes of his peers.
Not sure why she waited so long, but Gwen chose to pick this time to admit to a conversation she overheard Dave having with other people in the house. He said that anyone in their 30's who was in the house was a loser. We find out that Gwen is actualy 39. Gwen was very upset about this comment, and Dave said anyone in their upper 30's should not be on a dating show. Hmmm...where exactly should they be? Playing shuffleboard with the other seniors at the retirement home?? I love Dave...but that was a ridiculous thing for him to say. That was probably the one major thing he did that annoyed people watching the show who don't feel like they need to date Col. Sanders to find love...LOL. Get a grip, Dave. Love comes in all forms, and at all ages and stages in life. People who are a little bit older know exactly what they want out of life and love...and won't settle for anything less. OK, I am done with the soap box rant! ;)
Kiptyn and and Tenley have their chance at stating why they should win the money. Tenley talks about how honoured she was to be there. She states that she lost more than just her marriage...she lost her home, and all the money her parents invested into it. She wanted to pay them back the money, and also have some fun with the winnings. Kiptyn told everyone how close he was to not coming on the show, and that he wanted to start a charity with the money, and also have some fun with the proceeds.
Juan also decided to make his comments known at this point. He said that Kiptyn played with integrity, Dave and Natalie played hard...but he didn't know why Tenley was in the final four and how she got there. Jessie S. defended Tenley, stating that she won her way to the finals.
The final two were determined by voted from the former houseguests. The first couple to get 8 votes moved on to the final round. The final two were:
Dave and Natalie
The final twist to the competition was explained by Chris Harrison. He mentioned that to test their relationship, they would be sequestered in separate rooms and had to make a choice...Share the money, or Keep the money for themselves. If one person selects share and one selects keep, the person who chose keep would keep all of the money. If they both selected share, they would split the money. If they both selected keep, neither would get the money, and the funds would be divided equally among the eliminated contestants!
Dave and Nat are separated to make their decisions. While they are gone, everyone speculates about how they will vote. The majority thinks Dave will choose share, but that Natalie will opt to keep the money for herself. The final decision is made...Dave selects share, and Nat looks upset and asks Chris R. if she can say something. Chris says no and tells her to reveal her decision. After a brief speech that made everyone believe she decided to keep the cash for herself, Nat chooses to share the money, and they each win $125,000!
What an ending! The only thing that topped their win was the delicious looking kiss Dave planted on Chris H. I wonder how good that was for both of them,!? It looked pretty hot from where I was sitting! LOL. Lucky Chris!!!
What a great finish to a hilarious season of Bachelor Pad. We saw the whole range of action - drama, tears, catfights, alliances, bromances and showmances. I am going out on a limb to say that I enjoyed this finale more than the finale of last installment of The Bachelor - that train wreck was insane, considering what has happened since the show ended. Bachelor Pad was exactly what we needed for a Monday night during the summer months, and I personally cannot wait to see the next installment...and you know there will be a second season!! Let me know who you think would make a great contestant on the next season.
If you are interested in seeing more of the former bachelors from previous seasons of The Bachelorette, Jesse Kovacs is doing a wine and book tour in the US and Canada over the next few months. My friends and I will be checking this out next week here in town at a Bachelor Pad party with former bachelors, and I can't wait to see the bromance of Dave and Kovacs in full effect! Here is a link to the Kovacs Brothers website, where you can get dates for his tour. The site also contains information about Dave Good's new book, "The Man Code' that will be on sale soon!
To all of you who have read my blog, provided me with comments and feedback, and have enjoyed the show with me, thanks so much!! I love writing this blog and really appreciate that you take the time to read my entries and give me such great feedback! Hope to see you again very soon for the next season of The Bachelor! Anyone want to guess who the next Bachelor will be? I have heard so many things already...and would love to know what you think!!
I will be back in the New Year to give you all the the scoop, dish and drama that is on The Bachelor! Until then, be good, find something fun to do on your Monday nights and enjoy the rest of the year!! :)
Until the next installment...XO