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    Bachelor Brad Womack - Season Premiere : People.com

    Brad's Bachelor Blog: 'I Won't Let You Down'

    By Brad Womack

    Tuesday January 04, 2011 08:15 AM EST

    First, I'd like to thank everyone for allowing me to go through this journey ... AGAIN! I realize that some of you may still be skeptical about my return, and to be honest, I can't blame you. All I can say is that I am so very grateful for the second chance. I promise I won't let you down.

    Words can't describe what I was feeling when I arrived at the mansion the first night. I was so excited, so nervous, so anxious. My biggest fear was how I was going to be received by the women when they found out it was me again? Would they be disappointed? Happy? Would they turn around, get back in the limousine and fly back home? My questions would soon be answered.

    Which brings me to ... THE SLAP. ABC has been running promos in order to grab the viewers' attention and to give a little insight as to what the new season holds. Well, as my luck would have it, "The Slap" was included on almost every single one of those damned promos! I have been asked about "The Slap" more times than I care to count. Let me answer some of the questions: YES, the slap was VERY real. NO, the producers did not add a sound effect to make it louder. Unfortunately, they didn't have to Chantal O. has one hell of a right hook. And lastly, no, I did not know it was coming. My thoughts immediately afterward: "This is going to be a very long night." Thankfully, Chantal and I did clear the air a little bit later that evening.

    There were so many different first impressions made that evening. I remember thinking, as women got out of the limousine, how beautiful they all were. Some incredible personalities, lots of smiles, and some pretty good dialogue (as good as can be when you first meet someone while surrounded by 30 cameras). Quite a few were skeptical and made that very clear to me. Like I said, I understand the concerns. These women are all very accomplished and had left incredible lives back home to be here. I was worried at first, because the response was more negative than positive, but my luck started changing as the second group arrived. I was given a "clean slate" by a couple women. When I first met Emily, she said, "I'm so happy it's you." It made me so relieved to hear that. Same goes for Michelle. When she said, "You're exactly who I wanted to see," I began to realize these women were going to give me a shot.

    Elephant in the Room
    When I got the chance to address the entire group, I wanted to not only thank all the women for being there, but also address the elephant in the room. I explained my first stint as The Bachelor and how it did (or didn't) work out, how much I've changed, and then I did something unorthodox. I gave all of the women the chance to leave if they didn't trust me or if they simply wanted another Bachelor. That may have been the longest few minutes of silence in my life. I'm so pleased that everyone stuck around and I was able to breathe a very big sigh of relief.

    The cocktail party was a complete whirlwind. So many different conversations, so many amazing women! I spent the majority of the evening explaining why I made the decision to walk away single last time, the changes I've made as a man, etc. I can honestly say I didn't mind doing that the women deserved an explanation.

    So many women stuck out that night. I will try to briefly describe some of them:

    Jackie sang to me (not a bad voice, and if the song was "written" on the spot, job well done).

    I found out Michelle has a 5-year-old daughter that she loves very much. Her daughter is a blessing I want kids very badly!

    Rachel waxed me thank God it was only my wrist.

    Between Renee and Ali wanting private conversations, I didn't know if I was going to have time to speak with any of the other women that night.

    Madison is a very beautiful yet mysterious woman. And she also wears fangs. Yes, fangs. I'm not sure I understand. Maybe I'm too plain or not edgy enough. However, she seems to be this very vulnerable and interesting woman.

    My conversation with Emily went really well. "A coal miner's daughter." A stunningly beautiful woman with a Southern accent that's thicker than mine the first impression was incredible.
    The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. Dorothy Parker, (attributed)

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    Bachelor Episode 2 - Brad Womack Blogs, Elimination : People.com

    By Brad Womack

    All About My First Dates


    Hello, everybody!

    First of all, thank you for watching The Bachelor premiere! I have received nothing but overwhelmingly positive responses and I can't thank all of you enough for that. It was so strange watching myself and the women on TV! It seems like such a long time ago that we filmed everything and it's almost like reliving a memory or a dream.

    In this week's episode, you got to see two one-on-one dates and one group date unfold. They were so much fun!

    My first date was with Ashley H. So many thoughts and emotions were going through my head that day. I had SO much going on. I was on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that morning, Dancing With the Stars that evening (that's when I was officially announced as the Bachelor) and then had to rush home to get dressed for my date. I was so nervous when I arrived at the mansion to pick up Ashley. But all the nerves went away as soon as I saw her. She looked gorgeous! I was also grateful to have a very serious conversation with Ashley about our pasts, which are eerily similar. The night could not have gone better. I said that date was the best first date of my entire life, and I mean it. I left that night thinking, "If this is how every date is going to go, I am no doubt going to find my wife along this journey."

    Group Date
    The next date was a group date ... with 15 women! How is that even possible? What kind of conversation can I possibly have with any of these women when there are 15 of them? I didn't know how it was going to work out but it was fine. Regarding the PSAs, I'll admit that not a single one of us has talent. We're merely reality TV people with zero acting ability. But the fact that we were all so utterly talentless made the scenes terribly funny. The main message was that "giving blood doesn't have to be dramatic." Am I the only one that sees the irony in that? Isn't The Bachelor extremely dramatic? What a funny and incredible way to help spread awareness for the cause. If you're reading this PLEASE go out and give blood today!

    The women seemed to be in very good moods until a certain point in the evening. I don't know if the episode actually allows the viewers to see the extent of the issues developing between some of them. I tried so hard to keep a positive vibe for the party. I knew it was Michelle's 30th birthday (and after watching the episode, so did everyone else in America). What you didn't see was that I surprised her with a cake. Michelle and I had a great private conversation. It actually threw me off guard when she accused me of having walls up. I thought I had done such a good job of being so open and honest. I actually have to thank Michelle for saying that because it made me very aware that I needed to work even harder to gain the women's trust. As far as giving Michelle a rose, it wasn't just for her birthday but also because of our very revealing conversation. But what is up with her rose dance in the pool? I didn't see that until I watched the episode! Michelle, what are you doing? You were getting down with that thing!

    Pretty Woman Date
    My third date was with Jackie. I was so excited to be able to give this particular date to her. Let me explain: Jackie is one of the sweetest women I've ever met in my life. She is unassuming, polite, genuine and so deserving of the finer things in life (only because she doesn't expect them). I wish I could describe how I felt when I saw her face light up as the door to the suite opened ... priceless. The same goes when I surprised her with the jewelry. What a lot of people don't know is that Jackie was able to keep the earrings that I gave her. They were a very fitting gift for such a deserving woman.

    Okay, for all of you out there that appreciate a very nice automobile, let me tell you about our ride. It was a Bentley Mulsanne. At the time of filming, it was one of only four in the entire U.S. I felt so privileged to be able to be driven in this car. Jackie and I had great conversation at dinner and I still can't believe that Train sang for just the two of us! In what lifetime does that happen?! The members of the band turned out to be some of the nicest guys around. All in all, my date with Jackie was incredible.

    Rose Ceremony
    I was in such a good mood for the cocktail party and rose ceremony. It seemed like we had all reached a turning point like we were all becoming good friends and building relationships. When Michelle immediately stole me away to ask me questions, I didn't know if she was joking or if she really wanted to know where I buy coffee. I laughed out loud when I watched Emily say, "I don't really care where he gets his coffee." Speaking of Emily, what was I thinking during that conversation? "You make me lose words." My God, I was a stuttering idiot. Those are the moments when I watch myself and grimace.

    Here's where it got interesting ... I was oblivious to Rachel and Melissa's argument until I spoke with each of them later that night and I had no idea how bad it really was until I watched the episode. It breaks my heart anytime I see a woman cry and I felt somewhat responsible. It's so eye opening to see the drama that unfolded when I wasn't around. I can't imagine what I'm going to see later on in the season.

    I was honored to have Roberto and Ali at the rose ceremony to help evaluate the women's intentions. I wanted to meet them since the day their season ended because they prove this experience can work. Roberto is the nicest guy around and Ali is extremely sweet and a bundle of energy. It was so interesting to watch as they asked questions. I chose to give a rose to Emily because of the advice they gave me. Roberto and Ali, if you're reading this, I can't thank you enough for helping me out. You allow all of us to realize love can happen. Also, Roberto gave me great advice that I've really held onto. He said to be empathetic with the woman I chose. You explained how hard it will be for her to watch me with other women while viewing the show and to be understanding and compassionate while she's going a little bit crazy. I've had to remember that every second of every day!

    The rose ceremony went fairly well. I was very confident in my decisions. I thought Rachel and Melissa were too caught up in the drama to build a relationship with me. Keltie and I didn't have a chance to bond. I was completely surprised, though, while watching her response to my saying goodbye. I honestly didn't think she'd care that much. It didn't make me rethink my decision it just opened my eyes to the fact that she truly cared. She's a very unique woman that will not have a problem finding a date.

    Well, that's it for this week. Thanks again to all of you for watching, reading, blogging and Tweeting! Brad Womack
    The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. Dorothy Parker, (attributed)

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    The Bachelor - Brad Womack Recaps Episode 3 : People.com

    Brad Womack's Bachelor Blog: A Night of Revelations

    By Brad Womack


    Hey Everybody!

    It's hard to believe that we're watching episode three of The Bachelor already! It's so much fun for me to watch and relive every single moment; so many good memories were made this season.

    This particular episode was pretty heavy, and big revelations were made. While on the singing date, Ashley told me about the loss of her father. Then, Emily told me about her tragic past as well as her 5-year-old daughter. I also realized that none of the women were afraid to test their acting skills or to push themselves physically for our action-adventure film. That would be enough for one episode, but the rose ceremony was pretty dramatic as well ...

    Seal of Approval

    Ashley S. was perfect for the first date because I was absolutely terrified of singing! I've never wanted to sing, never thought I could sing, nor have I ever sang in front of another person (let alone millions of Americans). I dreaded singing with such a pretty woman, but Ashley was so much fun and instantly calmed me down. The fact that she allowed me to relax and have such a great time doing something I feared told me quite a bit about her. We both laughed so hard the entire time! Meeting Seal was indescribable. His level of talent and the way he sings so effortlessly made me realize what a superstar is and what extraordinary talent he has.

    Movie Magic

    Filming the movie was so much fun! I saw so many different sides to the women. I was especially proud of Shawntel N. She did so well (and saved me from the bad guys)! Our stunt coordinator and director, Steven Ho, is a bad ass. It was cool to work with him. The pool party that evening was a welcome break from a long day of being a movie star. The mood was light during the party until I had the chance to talk to Chantal O. Hearing how she felt among the other women made me realize for the first time what all of the women were going through. I can't imagine what it's like to have feelings for someone while having to watch that person explore other relationships. I give all the credit in the world to most of the women for staying strong throughout the process. I don't know if I would have that strength. Chantal also told me about the passing of her father. This hit close to home because she waited too long to try to fix the broken relationship she had with her biological father. That conversation opened my eyes to many of my relationships – especially the one with my father.

    I gave the rose on the group date to Shawntel N. There were too many reasons to explain in this blog. I'll say this: Shawntel has so many different layers; she pleasantly surprised me throughout the entire journey. On a side note, I'm beginning to realize how aggressive Michelle is. It's surprising to hear some of the things she's saying about the other women.

    Emily's Secret

    My date with Emily was emotional, to say the least. In hindsight, maybe I should have been more insightful where she was concerned. I remember thinking something was wrong even before we got on the plane. Our conversation at the winery was almost awkward. I should have known that something was bothering her or that she wanted to tell me something important. While watching, I realized she was deflecting every single question I asked about her personal life. Let me also say this: Never in a million years would I have asked her to fly with me on a private jet if I had known about her fear of flying.

    I'm so thankful that Emily decided to open up on the latter part of our date. Hearing everything she told me made my head swim. I can't fathom losing someone like that. She obviously loved the man very much and it's hard for me to comprehend the tragedy. On a positive note, I was overwhelmed with joy when I heard Emily has a daughter. I felt like she and I made a breakthrough that night – one I had been anxiously awaiting.

    The Rose Ceremony

    This particular rose ceremony was pretty dramatic. My goal was to allow the women to be comfortable (in order to open up more to me) and it worked! A lot of them made it very clear that strong feelings were developing and that they were here for the right reasons. Which brings me to Madison. She hasn't received enough credit for being a caring, gracious and genuine woman. All anybody is talking about are her damn fangs! Madison truly cares about other people – almost more than she cares about herself. We had an interesting conversation during the cocktail party and I didn't know where she stood after that. Well, I soon found out. When Madison decided to leave, I was surprised and very disappointed. I was hoping to get to know her better. I can only assume that she has many qualities that I would have liked. Obviously, I'm someone who can commend a person for walking away from something (or someone) that doesn't feel right. I'm proud of Madison for admitting that she simply didn't have feelings that warranted her possibly receiving a rose that could have gone to another woman.

    That's it for now! As always, I want to say thanks for taking the time to watch as well as read my blog! – Brad Womack
    The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. Dorothy Parker, (attributed)

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    I was expecting Brad to make more comments about Michelle's edit during this episode. We all saw a bitchy woman, yet during the show he said she was playful. Huh? Why didn't he admit to having no clue in this blog?
    The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. Dorothy Parker, (attributed)

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    Brad did say this, Ariel ~

    On a side note, I'm beginning to realize how aggressive Michelle is. It's surprising to hear some of the things she's saying about the other women.
    Maybe he did not want to feed her ego with more than two sentences.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlondieGal;4152696;
    Brad did say this, Ariel ~



    Maybe he did not want to feed her ego with more than two sentences.
    Or maybe he was just afraid.



    (Thanks to Kashathediva for her diabolical idea.)
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    Great job BritLit and Kasha!
    And if I claim to be a wise man, it surely means that I don't know ~ Kansas

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlondieGal;4152696;
    Brad did say this, Ariel ~



    Maybe he did not want to feed her ego with more than two sentences.

    Hey BG, did you jump the spoiler ship? I hadn't seen you, and was surprised (pleasantly) to see you here!

    Must be a little hard for Brad to watch the edit, after saying in real time she could interrupt him every night of the week.

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    Bet2Win Yes, it is a little easier to be on this side of the board after Brad's previous season.

    Too true about Brad wanting take-backs after saying that about Michelle!
    And if I claim to be a wise man, it surely means that I don't know ~ Kansas

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlondieGal;4153045;
    Bet2Win Yes, it is a little easier to be on this side of the board after Brad's previous season.

    Too true about Brad wanting take-backs after saying that about Michelle!
    I know what you mean.




    I better stay away from this side, though. I'm afraid that I will post something and forget that it's from a spoiler.

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