Dear Corinne,

Written by M.

I was gonna write an article about all the great people that we were gonna see on this season of Bachelor in Paradise. Personally I was torn about Ben Zorn going to Paradise. I loved him on Kaitlyn’s season of The Bachelorette, hated it when he was send home and I absolutely want him to find the love of his life, his happily ever after. And yet… Him going to Paradise increases the chances that he will find all that with someone other than me. Yes, I know it’s foolish, but a woman can dream. Let’s face it, Ben Zorn is the complete package.

And then there’s Robby, my absolute favorite contester last year on JoJo’s search for love. I was rooting for him and cried for him when it was Jordan she loved. But following him on Instagram for the last several months, my love for him has faded a little. Most of what he shows is about looks and I wonder is that all there is to him. So I was excited to see if he could change my opinion and make me love him again.

But then all hell broke loose and Bachelor in Paradise was cancelled, at least for this summer, I’m still hoping that it will return next summer. We’re still not sure about what happened, we’ve only got a few official statements and of course dozens of rumors. Personally I’m not interested to get into every rumor out there. However, yesterday Corinne released her statement and I felt truly sorry for her.

“I am a victim and have spent the last week trying to make sense of what happened on June 4. Although I have little memory of that night, something bad obviously took place, which I understand is why production on the show has now been suspended and a producer on the show has filed a complaint against the production. As a woman, this is my worst nightmare and it has now become my reality. As I pursue the details and facts surrounding that night and the immediate days after, I have retained a group of professionals to ensure that what happened on June 4 comes to light and I can continue my life, including hiring an attorney to obtain justice and seeking therapy to begin dealing with the physical and emotional trauma stemming from that evening.”

We don’t know what really happened and I doubt we’ll ever truly know, but that doesn’t matter. What matters is that Corinne feels violated and no woman, no person should ever feel that way. I know what it’s like to be a victim and it doesn’t matter what happened, you’re world will crumble apart. It truly is a nightmare and though you try to wake up, you can’t. This has become your life and you have to fight like hell to make it your own again.

I don’t know Corinne personally, all I know is the Corinne the producers of The Bachelor showed us. In the beginning of the program I didn’t like her because of that. But the longer she was on the show, the more I’ve grown to love her. She has a strong personality and won’t let anyone put her in a corner. She may take some getting used to, but I believe that once she’s in your heart, she’s there to stay.

Dear Corinne, I know how much strength it takes to get back on your feet. And even though I don’t know you, I do know you have this strength in you. I believe you to be one of the most confident people out there, don’t let this change that. Always keep doing what feels right for you, follow your intuition, it’s there for a reason. I praise you for fighting this head on, talking about what happened and what you’re feeling helps, whether it’s with a therapist, family or your amazing friends. I know it may not feel like it now, but I promise everything will get better. You are a strong independent woman and you can put this behind you in time. Keep believing in yourself, I know I do.

Have love,

The Bachelorette Season 13 – Episode 02

Written by M.

Seriously, people always say that women can be such drama queens. Fill a room with women only and it’s just waiting till the drama begins. But this group of men, they top it. Claws are out and it’s only week 1.

First group date of the season is for Dean, Jack, Jonathan, Blake, Iggy, Kenny, Fred and Lucas, and the card said “I’m looking for husband material”. To help her look are the first celebrity appearances of the season in the form of Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis. But let’s be honest, it wasn’t a race to find the perfect husband, it was a race to find the fastest father. And unfortunately, it was Lucas who won, so he found another reason to “Whaaaboooom”… If looks could kill, Blake would have killed Jared.
The man who stole the show? Ashton Kutcher, who wore the perfect T-shirt. Thank you Jared! Jared? Yes, Jared, let’s not forget that Ashton and Mila started watching all Bachelor shows because of Jared and now they’re on the show.

Oh and the best conversation award thus far also go to Ashton and Mila.

Mila: “That’s the sound that he makes.”
Ashton: “For what?”
Mila: “Like excitement.”
Ashton: “Why?”
Mila: “Just ’cause he can.”

On to the very first one on one date of the season and it was Peter who was the lucky man. “I’m looking for my best friend” said the date card and so Rachel’s best friend joined on the date; her dog Copper. Of course they went to Copper’s paradise; BarkFest in Palm Springs and Peter passed Rachel’s test with flying colors. He and Copper got along great and were best friends instantly. This was easily the best date of the week, sparks were flying and Peter is standing at the top of our list.

Second group date. The date card said “Swish”, so Will, Jamey, Diggy, Alex, Adam, Lee, Matt, Eric, Josiah and DeMario head to the basketball court to play ball with Kareen Abdul Jabbar. This episode is just full with celebrities. Some of these men know how to play ball, Lee however, is not one of them. But he knows it and is not ashamed of it, which is just classy. There was some heavy flirting going on between Rachel and DeMario, but that all ends as soon as the game is over. Rachel is approached by DeMario’s GIRLFRIEND. And it got ugly. I can write it all down, but this is just something you have to watch, but I will tell you this, Rachel is badass!

Honestly, as soon as the date started I felt like it was DeMario who had a girlfriend. So I’m not surprised, but it is a very nasty thing to do.

Rose ceremony night, though we never really made it to the rose ceremony. Because there wasn’t enough drama in this episode just yet, DeMario showed up! Say what?!?

All the while Rachel is trying to get to know the other men better and is having some private conversations, DeMario is at the gate trying to convince Chris to let him talk to Rachel. And so Chris switches into his ‘messenger’-role and interrupted Fred and Rachel to tell her that DeMario wants to talk to her. Of course it only takes moments for the other men to realize that DeMario is at the gate so they go in protection mode. And that is where the episode ends. To be continued…

And also;

  • Ashton doesn’t think Rachel’s true love is in this group.
  • Ashton and Mila had sex twice that night after filming… TMI guys, TMI.
  • Lucas won the race with the baby and then threw the baby on the ground. But to be honest, he already drowned the baby. Good thing they worked with dolls.
  • Seriously Iggy… it’s your first date and you want to talk career?
  • I think this was the first time Chris Harrison was ignored and dismissed so hard.
  • Kisses!! Let’s not pretend that we don’t love to see some serious smooching. So who got lucky? Dean, Peter, Josiah, Eric and Bryan.
  • Date roses went to Dean, Peter and Josiah.

What will come next week? How about some familiar faces and mud wrestling?

The Bachelorette Season 13 – Episode 01

Written by M.

Oh My God! I know the world was already in love with Rachel as the Bachelorette, as was I. But after seeing only the first episode, I think the world, and I, just love her more.

It wasn’t just a welcome back to the Bachelor Mansion for Rachel, it also was a welcome back for Corinne, Kristina, Whitney, Jasmine, Astrid, Raven and Alexis. Her Bachelor-friends help her get ready and get into the right mindset. And already received the first warning! Apparently DeMario wouldn’t be here for the right reasons. In true Rachel style she took it with her, but said that she will make up her own opinion about the men.

So what about the limo exits, who stood out?
The first one who set himself apart from the crowd was Bryce, in his official firefighter uniform. He just picked her up in his arms as is she was the bride that needed to be carried over the threshold. Then came a bad impersonation of Steve Urkel, but it made her laugh. Diggy then went back into the limo and made a normal entrance. Then there was Brady who came at her with a big rock of ice and a huge hamer, which he needed to break the ice. It might be a little corny but I liked it, it shows that you don’t need to go crazy to make an impression that you will remember. But hold your horses, because an actual marching band came to the Bachelor Mansion. Blake E. is one of the four who already met Rachel at the “After the Final Rose”, but he choice to go all out to make sure that Rachel will remember him forever. And I think he pulled it off good, I for one would remember that for the rest of my life, if a man would do that for me. You would almost forget about his introduction clip, in which he said that he doesn’t want to come across as the man who always talks about her penis, but his entire introduction clip was about sex and his penis… Maybe try another subject next time. And then there is Matt, who came in dressed as a penguin. I immediately thought, this guy needs to be set up with Alexis. Creepiest first impression was made by Adam, who brought a puppet with him who he called Adam “AJ” Junior. Grant declined his limo and was dropped off by an ambulance, sirens on. And then there was Lucas “Whaboom”… well let’s not waste too much words on him. Sure he made her laugh and she’s looking for a man with humor, but there is humor and then there is crazy.

First kiss of the season went to Bryan. Not only did he get the first impression rose, he also got the first and only kiss of the night and what a kiss that was!

So at the end of the night, literally since it was already morning, who were left standing and who was send home. Here’s the list.

And then there is Jimmy Kimmel, who is pretty good at predicting the final three. So who did he pick for Rachel?
“It’s time for me to pick your final three,” he told Rachel, who guested on Jimmy Kimmel Live after the Bachelorette premiere. Rachel already confirmed that she is engaged. So, with the aid of his wife and one of his producers, Kimmel guessed Peter is her secret one and only. “You gave him a look when he got out of the limo, the kind of look women get on their face when they see a pair of shoes they absolutely love and want to have,” Kimmel reasoned. “He’s a business owner, which concerns me. You both have gaps in the front of your teeth, which will make for adorable babies. He gave you chocolate, you said you didn’t like chocolate, he said he would throw that chocolate into the fire. Strong move. I believe that you are currently engaged to Peter!”
He then guessed that Eric, who “seemed sweet and level-headed,” will make it to the final three, while Rachel’s French kiss companion Bryan will be in the final two. “I hope it works out. They never work out, you know that right?” Jimmy teased. “Well, I would love to be the first. I would love to prove you wrong,” Rachel replied.

As for me, I’m not sure about Jimmy’s pick of Eric, but I’m also picking Bryan and Peter for the last two. And if Jimmy is wrong and Rachel is not engaged to Peter, can he be the next Bachelor. And in addition to that, where can I sign up…

And also;

  • Diggy, has 575 pairs of sneakers! And they say that women always need more shoes… Okay, we do, but this man sure beats us all.
  • Fred, a blast from the past and back then he was a pain in her ass. This guy will have to go all out to make her believe that he has changed.
  • Rachel doesn’t want a man who is cocky, but there are some really cocky men at the Bachelor Mansion. Will she notice and speak her mind?
  • Who will be the man with the girlfriend?
  • How do they always find a man or woman who lost a beloved family member either recently or at a young age?
  • And then there is the yearly serenade, you can also check that of your Bachelorette-Bingo card.
  • How long until Blake E. and Lucas will get into a fight? Any bets?
  • So no one got drunk on the first night, but we do have Lucas this season. Do you remember the Asterix stories, how his friend Obelix was dropped into the magic potion as a child and he was never allowed to drink it again since he had enough for a lifetime. I think that Lucas was dropped into a vat filled with alcohol as a child. I fear what will happen when he gets drunk.

What will happen this season?

Till next week!

The Bachelorette Season 13 – Let’s Get in the mood

Written by M.

Tonight starts the highly anticipated new season of The Bachelorette. Not only is Rachel Lindsay the first African-American lead and the oldest bachelorette to date, but I’m sure this will be the MOST DRAMATIC season yet. As for her being the oldest, I’m all for it! Why only have bachelors and bachelorettes in their early twenties? They need to figure life out first, let the quest for love be for the people that know what they’re looking for.

And Rachel definitely knows what she is looking for. She wants a man with a good sense of humor, ambition, smart, have a decent jump shot and the ability to talk sports. A man who’ll be willing to compete for her attention with two other men she holds dearly, her nephew Allister and her dog Copper. But don’t dare to be cocky, cockiness is an absolute no go if you’re fighting for her love and heart.

So what do we know about Rachel. Well, if you’ve seen her on Nick’s season of The Bachelor you know Rachel to be a fun, loving and smart young woman with a big personality. She’s a civil defense-lawyer from Dallas and besides being the first African American lead, she was also the first African-American woman to snag the first impression rose.

What can we expect from her this season?
One thing is for sure and that is that she’s be direct. “I’m so direct that I won’t entertain the drama or the pettiness or cattiness in the house. I’ll just deal with situations as they come to me, so if guys come to me about a villain in the house, I’ll be aware of it, my antennas will be up but I’m not going to feed into it too much. That’s not my style. I’m not going to toe the line or be indecisive when I make my decisions. When I know I want to do something I’m just gonna do it.”

She also won’t be afraid to address the race issue. “I always say, it’s something that should be talked about. I’m happy to address it. I’m honored to be the first black Bachelorette. With the guys, you know, if it’s something new to them, then I want to talk about it the same way that I wanted to talk to Nick about it: ‘Have you ever dated a black woman before?’ I’ll talk about my experiences as well. You know, it’s about me, too, but I don’t want it to be something that defines our relationship. But I think it’s something important to address. Those conversations were had later on, but it really wasn’t a theme or an issue during the season,” she revealed.

And in true Bachelor and Bachelorette fashion, she might get a little emotional. “When I was talking to Nick Viall a little bit off camera, he was saying that typically he’s not that sensitive, but you become so invested in this process. He was like, ‘You’ll be surprised, you’ll be more emotional than you think you will be.’ I really wanted to make sure that I didn’t come off as intimidating or too powerful being in that position. I wanted to remain vulnerable and soft for the men and let them know that they could approach me in that way too.” But besides her getting a little emotional, we might even she her breaking point. “I would love to say that it was always sunshine and blue skies, but it’s hard. It’s hard physically, it’s hard emotionally. You really become invested in the men that are there for you. You have no idea how they’re going to impact your life. So I definitely had my days where it’s — it was harder than most, and you’ll see that as you watch the show. You’ll definitely see it.” But being so emotionally invested doesn’t mean that she got intimate in the Fantasy Suites, as this is what she said before filming; “Right as I stand here today, no, I don’t see myself getting intimate with everyone in the fantasy suites. But when you get in that moment, you just don’t know. So we’ll have to wait, watch and see, but no, I don’t see that happening for me.”

So now on to the men, who are the men that are vowing for her heart. You better get comfortable, because Rachel will have the largest group of suitors in Bachelor history, 31 men!

As always, Chris Harrison already called this season the most dramatic season yet. But in all fairness, he did tell us a little something of what we can expect. “There are going to be battles, there are going to be guys that just go after each other. There are two guys that are going after each other, they end up getting sent home on the same night — they almost don’t even care, and they start going after each other in the exit interview. One walks over to the other and starts verbally just going after, abusing him, as he is giving his goodbye speech. Like, they can’t stop this battle, and that is such a guy thing.” But besides fighting, we can also expect tears.  “So, on the Mesnick scale, which is how all emotion scales are weighed, I would say it is a good 7 or 8,” he joked in reference to former Bachelor Jason Mesnick’s infamous balcony meltdown. “I don’t know if it is a full Mesnick — I was trying to think if we had a full Mesnick — I don’t think we go that far, but it’s Mesnickian.”

Here are some other fun facts about Rachel

  • She enjoys jamming out to Michael Jackson and Prince, playing basketball and watching scary movies.
  • Before going on Nick Viall’s season of The Bachelor, she never saw an episode of The Bachelor
  • She has a thing for musicians and suggested to John Mayer to sign up for The Bachelorette.
  • She is a Belieber.
  • She already admitted to be very much in loved and happily engaged, so she will have her happy ending.
  • She has a thing for penguins, something one of the men used for his limo exit.
  • And most of all, she’ll got engaged! Rachel herself revealed that she is “very much so in love and very much so engaged.”

Since the day is long and the premiere is hours away, take a look at this little sneak preview to get yourself in the mood.