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    Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelorette' finale AND the 'Bachelor Pad' premiere! | PopWatch | EW.com

    by Chris Harrison

    It was great to be back to the mansion, as we weren’t there at all for Emily’s season. There were several interesting stories coming in, but one I particularly wondered about was why Michael decided to come back. Being the defending champ, he knew he had a target on his back, so I was looking forward to seeing how he would survive. So far, he’s right back where he left off, completely controlling the game.

    The fans’ arrival was my favorite part of that first night. To see how wide their eyes got when they stepped out of the limo and saw the mansion was fantastic. They were so excited to be there, and that’s exactly what we were hoping for when we decided to bring fans into the Pad. Trying to talk to everybody and explain the rules was like trying to keep the attention of a bunch of children. Actually, to be more specific, it was like trying to keep the attention of a bunch of loud, drunk, half-naked children. Ed was a complete and utter wreck by this point in the night. I didn’t know whether to laugh or go drown him in the pool. Somehow Ed and the others survived the first night and made it to the first competition.

    With everything so different this season, the competitions are going to be huge. The fact that Dave and the twins won completely changed the dynamic in the house. Well, that is, until Dave made the incredibly stupid mistake of opening his mouth and telling everyone his master plan. The fans could have easily and quietly taken control of the game if Dave hadn’t declared war on the alumni. The dynamic between Chris and Blakeley is interesting, and by “interesting” I mean “a little scary.” Blakeley got a little possessive over her partner, and I think that really drove him away. As you saw this won’t be the end of Chris playing musical partners.

    Erica Rose and some of the others really made me laugh when they would talk about the fans as if they were third-class citizens who barely deserved to live, much less breathe the same air as the alums. Erica asked a good question to Dave and the fans: “Who are you?” Well, Erica, these are the wonderful people who have kept our show on the air for over a decade. These are the same people who have given you and everyone else in Bachelor Pad the gift of being there. So maybe instead of a pompous rant, a simple thank you and a hug would suffice.

    Because of Dave’s terrible rookie mistake, fans Paige and “Swat” were the first to get booted from Bachelor Pad. That’s too bad because Swat is a good guy and deserved to stick around a little longer, and I really wanted to see Paige and Reid spend a little more time together to see what might happen. Battle lines have definitely been drawn, but as you saw this week, alliances mean very little in this house, and every rose ceremony is a free-for-all. This was just the tip of the iceberg this season, and you should prepare for a wild ride!
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    Erica Rose and some of the others really made me laugh when they would talk about the fans as if they were third-class citizens who barely deserved to live, much less breathe the same air as the alums. Erica asked a good question to Dave and the fans: “Who are you?” Well, Erica, these are the wonderful people who have kept our show on the air for over a decade. These are the same people who have given you and everyone else in Bachelor Pad the gift of being there. So maybe instead of a pompous rant, a simple thank you and a hug would suffice

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    'Bachelor Pad': Chris Harrison's blog | PopWatch | EW.com

    Chris Harrison blogs 'Bachelor Pad': Ta-ta twins

    by Chris Harrison

    We’re only two weeks in and already things are getting out of hand on Bachelor Pad. The great thing about this season is how much things have changed and will continue to change with every coming week. As soon as Paige and SWAT said their goodbyes, I expected everyone to just go to bed and get rested for the next competition — but not this group. The twins, Erica and Brittany, had been after each other all week, and no one really knew why. It was pretty clear that if these two girls didn’t calm down, they were on a path to self-destruction. More on that later.

    With the Summer Olympics in London upon us, we could think of no better way to get into the spirit than with rhythmic gymnastics. When everyone came running out to the front of the mansion, their jaws dropped. The gymnasts were amazing, and our contestants knew they were going to really have to work hard to get even close to this level of performance. Once the group split off into guys and girls, it became pretty clear who the frontrunners were and who was going to struggle not to fall on their faces.

    Michael, with his background in dancing, clearly proved to be the leader and really took the reins, even helping choreograph the guys’ dance. With all the superfans on the chopping block, again, David really tried to bring it — and let me tell you, he was determined — but Michael “Twinkle Toes” Stagliano managed to pull it off again. Continuing their unspoken feud, Reid and Ed valiantly battled to be the worst, and they both almost succeeded, though in the end, Ed won out in that category.

    With the girls it was less clear cut. Donna the fan had probably the most extensive background, but Jamie and Blakeley really stepped up their game. Erica, meanwhile, just prayed that someone would either get hurt or pass out so she wouldn’t end up in last place. But I’ll tell you this, Erica Rose knows exactly who she is and she never acts like anyone else. What you see is what you get. And what you got in this case was a trainwreck worth watching twice. Somehow, Blakeley took the lead, smiled a lot, and never looked back, taking the rose with her.

    But let’s just take a second to discuss the girls’ performance. I know it looked bad, but to be perfectly honest, it was even worse in person. They all looked like newborn giraffes, just blindly stumbling into each other. They were so bad, at one point, I started to wonder if it was all just an elaborate joke being played on our guests, the lovely Ashley, J.P., and even our guest judge, an actual Olympic medalist. So, to all the athletes currently competing in London, I only have one thing to say: On behalf of Bachelor Nation, I’m truly and deeply sorry. Carry on.

    Michael got the first date and I think you can see that he is true to his word when he said he is here for love and not the money. It’s pretty clear that there is a connection building between him and Rachel, and watching that unfold should be very interesting. Michael and the girls had a great time rocking out with Adelitas Way, and it was one of those big Bachelor dates that fans like Donna had never gotten to go on before. A great night all around.

    Things really started getting interesting when Blakeley decided to take David the fan on her date with Chris and Ed. It was a bold move and you can tell that Blakeley’s relationship with Chris is getting stranger by the minute. Chris seems to be playing Jamie and Blakeley against each other and, at the moment, seems to feel like he has them in the palm on his hand. The question is how long can you keep that up when you’re all living under the same roof?

    As you can see, this is the wildest season of Bachelor Pad yet, and Ed may not be running the game, but he is currently running the party. He did say he was coming here to have a great time and he is definitely making the most of his time in the Pad.

    Now, let’s get back to the twins. I have to say in 10 years of this franchise, I have never seen a longer, weirder, more drawn-out, and ridiculous exit than that of Brittany and Erica. They literally were fighting and screaming at each other for about four hours. Because they are operating as one person, if one of them quits, the other has to also, so after several hours of screaming and crying and name-calling and general insanity, they finally packed their bags and left. And for the first time since they moved into Bachelor Pad, everyone took out their earplugs.

    Because of the unforeseen departure, only one man was set to go at the rose ceremony.

    This night proves that nothing is definite in Bachelor Pad. As the night started, everyone knew that David was leaving, but within moments of opening the vote, the only two names on the chopping block were Ed and Ryan. Ed and his alliance was quick to offer up Ryan, who thought he had friends on his side. Ryan did not take it well. He had been nice to everyone, including his partner Jamie, but niceness isn’t always enough in this game. Things are going to get even crazier from here on out, believe me.

    On a personal note, thank you all for the birthday messages. I wish I could respond to all of them, but I’m really lucky to get to hear from so many of you, so thanks again.
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    But let’s just take a second to discuss the girls’ performance. I know it looked bad, but to be perfectly honest, it was even worse in person. They all looked like newborn giraffes, just blindly stumbling into each other. They were so bad, at one point, I started to wonder if it was all just an elaborate joke being played on our guests
    Worse in person? How can that be? I'm calling shenanigans. I bet the girls don't get as much practice time as the guys. Plus the guys have Michael who can better determine who will do which part. Has to be, I know Erica isn't a performer but still *most* women love to dance, so that must give them some rhythm.

    They literally were fighting and screaming at each other for about four hours.
    4 hours? Definitely hazard pay is due to the sound/camera guys. Or mind numbing pharmaceuticals.
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    I have to say in 10 years of this franchise, I have never seen a longer, weirder, more drawn-out, and ridiculous exit
    And of course, there was no way they could have edited that stupidity, say down to two minutes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arielflies View Post
    Michael, with his background in dancing, clearly proved to be the leader and really took the reins, even helping choreograph the guys’ dance. With all the superfans on the chopping block, again, David really tried to bring it — and let me tell you, he was determined — but Michael “Twinkle Toes” Stagliano managed to pull it off again.
    Appropriate name, whether he is a good dancer or not! I will never understand what Donna sees in him & of course, he had to mention wanting to "fulfill some of her fantasy" . Hope he gets eliminated soon!
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    Chris Harrison blogs 'Bachelor Pad' episode 3 | PopWatch | EW.com

    by Chris Harrison

    Before I get into the mess that was this week’s Bachelor Pad, I want to take a moment to talk about a beautiful thing that happened to our family this week. Saturday I was honored to officiate the wedding of two of our wonderful producers, Cassie and Pete. I have watched these two grow professionally and romantically over the years, and it has been a wonderful thing to witness. This love culminated in an amazing ceremony this weekend surrounded by family and friends. It was fantastic to see and hang with so many of our happy couples at the wedding, including Ben and Courtney, Emily and Jef, and Ashley and JP. There was a lot of love in the house, and I can’t wait for the next wedding to come. I hope they are on their honeymoon and not reading this but I just want to say congratulations to Cassie and Pete — your Bachelor family loves you both very much.

    This week’s Bachelor Pad was interesting to say the least.

    I like how the episodes start with the fallout from the previous week’s rose ceremony. Once again, the house is divided and there really aren’t any true alliances. Because there are no true alliances, winning the competitions is paramount. This week’s competition called Hot Sludge Funday took place at Calamigos Ranch in the Malibu hills. They actually shoot a ton of shows and movies at this property.

    You might have noticed that during the rules I did say “still in your nut sack.” That was for my good friend Joel McHale over at The Soup, so he and his producers wouldn’t have to work so hard to find material this week. While this challenge looked fun it was actually pretty dreadful. The foam from the ice cream pit was thick and tough to get through, and it was terrible to try to breathe in as well. I really felt bad for Jamie who dominated her leg of the race, only to watch Ed put on one of the saddest athletic displays in the history of sport. Michael and David were neck and neck but in the end we determined (after looking at the tape several times) that David won the challenge.

    David has become a force to be reckoned with in the house. After a not so smart start, David has become much more savvy in his game play. He took Jamie, Erica and Blakeley to the prom. Jamie walked in and proclaimed, “This is just like senior prom!” Well, that’s true… if there was only one guy at prom and you really didn’t know him that well. Jamie finally got her prom, and she finally got her rose. This seemed to be a little bit of justice served as she really got screwed at the challenge by drawing Ed as her partner and watching him not only lose the lead but lose the entire race and earn a vote against them at the rose ceremony. While prom was going on in Hollywood back at the house Ed was being… well, Ed. There are really no words to describe just how big of a white-hot mess this guy can be but you just can’t help but watch and laugh.

    Rachel got the other date and took Nick, Tony and, of course, Michael. Their date took them to Madame Tussaud’s wax museum, where I was waiting to greet them. I’d like to give huge props to my makeup artist, Gina Modica, who’s been with me for years but on this night truly outdid herself. She literally turned all of us into perfect wax figures for this date. When Rachel and the boys walked in, they really thought we’d set up an exhibit. Seeing the look on Michael’s face and hearing him scream like a little girl when I scared them was priceless. It was a fun having fun with our fans that night. Easily the best moment, though, was listening to the fans ripping Tony apart right in front of him. At the end of the date Nick and Tony knew they had no shot to get the rose over Michael. Rachel and Michael obviously have a budding romance and everybody knew he would get the rose.

    Back at the house more drama was brewing as Jamie decided to throw herself at Chris again. Chris, being the diplomatic ladies’ man he is, quickly gave Jamie the “it’s not you, it’s me” line. The best part is, it wasn’t even a cute version of this line. He literally said those words to her. As you saw in the previews next week Chris will continue to impress women all over the world with his charm and wit.

    This week’s voting was just like all the rest, a complete free for all. The only difference was it finally seems like alliances are actually being formed and holding up during the vote. The battle and animosity between Ed and Reid was really interesting. I truly think some of this has carried over from their season and the battle for Jillian’s heart on The Bachelorette. Reid and his group really seemed to have the numbers in their favor, but this year at Bachelor Pad you can only count on the fact that you can’t count on anything or anybody. Reid and Donna were sent home in what turned out to be a very tight vote.

    Now that alliances and battle lines have clearly been drawn, it will be interesting to see if anybody will stand up and do anything about it, or if like in seasons past the stronger group will continue to build momentum
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arielflies View Post
    When Rachel and the boys walked in, they really thought we’d set up an exhibit. Seeing the look on Michael’s face and hearing him scream like a little girl when I scared them was priceless. It was a fun having fun with our fans that night. Easily the best moment, though, was listening to the fans ripping Tony apart right in front of him. At the end of the date Nick and Tony knew they had no shot to get the rose over Michael. Rachel and Michael obviously have a budding romance and everybody knew he would get the rose.
    OMG, CH cracks me UP! (This is even funnier than nut sack!)

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    Easily the best moment, though, was listening to the fans ripping Tony apart right in front of him.
    Geez, that Chris Harrison really is a sweetheart, isn't he? Whatever you may or may not think of Tony, I felt it was a cringe worthy moment and I really felt so badly for him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eastcoastmom View Post
    Geez, that Chris Harrison really is a sweetheart, isn't he? Whatever you may or may not think of Tony, I felt it was a cringe worthy moment and I really felt so badly for him.
    I agree. But then I am not a fan of CH. He's as fake as he pretended to be in the wax museum.
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