You may remember Kerrie Scofield from her previous guest Bachelorette post, ABC Bachelor Producers Should Have Consulted Me & Who’s In It To Win It.
Kerrie has been a huge fan of the bachelor franchise for the past decade. She has only missed two seasons, even when The Bachelor or Bachelorette has not been very promising, and has remained a big supporter of the show. When not watching The Bachelor, she enjoys binging on reality TV, drinking wine, and karaoke. Kerrie lives with her husband, Alex, and two sons, Quinn and Nolan, in Cape Cod year round.
I have watched The Bachelor franchise for many years. I even liked The Bachelor Pad, which in my opinion is even better than the original series, but I digress. Even when I am less than thrilled with a particular season, I always have my favorite contestants and try to pick who will be chosen to be the next season’s Bachelor or Bachelorette. During last season’s less than stellar Bachelorette, I was smitten with Juan Pablo from the get-go. I will admit he got me with his wavy blond hair, gorgeous eyes, and let’s face it, his sexy accent. I didn’t agree with those who claimed he was difficult to understand. And besides, who cares if you can’t understand a word he is saying—just look into those eyes!
I was beyond thrilled when Juan Pablo was chosen to be the face of this season’s Bachelor. I couldn’t wait for January to arrive. Like many a previous season, Juan Pablo’s is filled with crazy and desperate women, but despite this intriguing cast of characters, this season has not grabbed me like ones have in the past. I find myself distracted during the show, and haven’t even bothered to learn many of the women’s names. My favorite this season is Renee—on paper she seems like the perfect match for our man Juan Pablo. They both have young children, she appears to be a very kind person, and has become the den mother to the train wreck of cast mates living with her in the house. You never see her fighting with the others, and she is even a big supporter of the other single mom this season, Cassandra, rooting for her if it doesn’t work out with Renee and Juan Pablo. She is my vote for next year’s Bachelorette.
Speaking of Cassandra, I am very glad Juan Pablo let her go last night. Not everyone likes Juan Pablo, but I thought it was a classy move on his part. She has a young son at home and he didn’t want to keep her from him longer if it wasn’t going to work out.
Can we also talk a moment about Sharleen–what on earth made her apply to be on this show? She is definitely not your typical bachelor contestant. She is way too classy and snobby, and while there have been many contestants in years past who go on the show to advance their careers, I can’t imagine that The Bachelor would be a good platform for an opera singer. Sharleen is always super uncomfortable in every scene. When JP offered her a rose, she looks like she was about to get a root canal. Even she admits that she has mixed feelings about being there. I am sorry, but if a woman you are dating continues to call you “sir,” it is probably not be a love match.
Clare, Clare, Clare. I think that during last week’s episode she succeeded in claiming the “I am totally going to regret this” cringe-worthy moment of the season. Did she really think that skinny dipping in the ocean (and who knows what else) with Juan Pablo was the way to become his wife? He is keeping her around to get a little action, and nothing more. Juan Pablo later told her that he shouldn’t have gone in the water with her—it was a bad image to have for his daughter. He essentially made her feel like crap. Juan Pablo gave Clare the second one-on-one date last night just to make up for his being a douche the week before. It was a completely contrived move on his part, and it worked—Clare was completely smitten and all was forgiven. I feel bad for Clare—she is very pretty and should have so much confidence, yet she throws herself out there and makes herself look desperate. Let’s be honest, it makes for totally entertaining TV, but have some pride, girl!
I believe that fans of the show fall into two categories: the first group is full of romantics who truly believe that those on the show are in in “for the right reasons” and want to find true love in the end. They want to see a fairy tale ending. The second group of people is into the bachelor franchise for the true comedic/trainwreck value, and that is where I fall. I love to see the drama! My mother refuses to watch the show because she says she can’t stand to watch the women degrade themselves. I think she is missing the point—that is why I LOVE this show so much. Even a boring season will bring us at least a couple of ladies who are going to have major regrets over their behavior in the house (hello, Clare!)
Sharleen summed it up completely when she said the experience was “inorganic.” Um, what did you think you were getting into? Most people aren’t dating 25 other women at the same time. Of course it is not going to seem natural. And, like all bachelor seasons, the women are very young. One must wonder why these women under the age of 25 view this as their last chance to find love. There is no need to feel pity for yourself or think that you are doomed to a life of spinsterhood. Secondly, your odds on this show were never very good to begin with. 1 in 25? No thank you. And, when you are competing against so many other women for the affection of one man, I get that you are going to feel jealousy when someone is getting more alone time, but come on, people. What do you think you signed up for?
The Bachelor is constantly hoping to find love as they visit yet another country. The latest country, New Zealand, is once again dubbed the “perfect” place to find love. Really? I am sure that Juan Pablo would call anywhere the perfect place to find love. At the beginning of the episode we were down to eight ladies (and by the end, six). I have to wonder, by this point Juan Pablo must have a pretty good indication of who he is going to take to the end. As The Bachelor, Juan Pablo probably just uses this as an excuse to hold onto the women he finds the most attractive, even if he has no intention of taking them to the final rose ceremony.
One of my greatest gripes with the show has always been The Bachelor or Bachelorette acting like they planned these elaborate dates. I am sure they had some say in the details, but I have difficult time believing that Juan Pablo has any event planning background and would be capable of orchestrating an elaborate date. While “the squeeze” was beautiful, if I were Andi, the recipient of the first one-on-one date of the evening, I would not have been too excited about this one. I felt claustrophobic just watching.
The group dates are always the most entertaining to watch. The girls make extra effort to differentiate themselves from the other ladies. They may dress more provocatively, or step over one another to spend extra time with The Bachelor. It’s difficult to make yourself look good to the audience or the other women when you are trying to impress Juan Pablo . The gloves come off and their true nature is revealed. Last night was no exception. The “ogo” ball, in which you roll down a huge hill in a large ball filled with water was very cool, but once again not my ideal date. Whatever happened to dinner and a movie, or even bowling? Even in chilly weather the show ensures that the women are somehow always in bathing suits. Can we also say how unromantic “hobbiton” is? Admittedly, I have never been a fan of Lord of the Rings, but can anyone really call hobbits romantic?
At the end of the episode we are at last down to six women, who are about to head to Miami, Juan Pablo’s hometown territory. Dare I guess that he will find it the perfect place to find love and romance? While I have my opinions about the remaining women, I have a hard time coming up with a front runner for the final rose. The women are so varied in personality, from Sharleen and Renee, to Clare and Chelsea , I really have no clue what he is looking for. But, I can guarantee you I will be watching til the end.