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Bachelorette Finale

Posted by summerr on July 28, 2009

jillian-harrisI’ve been following the Bachelorette religiously from the very beginning,every Wednesday, faithfully on mio TV here in Singapore. We get it about  a day and a half after its U.S. broadcast.

But THIS TIME, I couldn’t help myself. I just HAD to find out who Jilly chose – Kiptyn or Ed? Or Reid even!

So I did what most people in desperation do, turn to the internet and Googled! I  found a live blog  and read the thing blow by blow at 9am here in Singapore whilst it was happening in the U.S.

Ok, so now I know. I kinda expected her to pick who she did. But I STILL NEED to watch the show – WEDNESDAY HURRY UP!!! Suddenly 24 hours is TOO LONG!

For those of you who still don’t know, take the poll below – would love to know who YOU ALL think she should pick?

xoxo, s.

ps. I’m still hoping for a huge huge upset on the After The Final Rose Special. 🙂

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Bachelorette Trailer : Down to the final 2!

Posted by summerr on July 28, 2009

Super excited about this week’s Bachelorette finale!

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Mancode on Bachelorette : Men Tell All Special

Posted by summerr on July 28, 2009

MANCODE. So what exactly is Mancode? Is it something related to Mankinis, Manties and Manning Up?

The answers are all on The Men Tell All Special of The Bachelorette. (too complicated and Man-specific to explain one by one.)

I thoroughly enjoyed the 2-hour special (mostly because I’m an optimistic (read non-cynical) viewer.  I think it could have been done in an hour after you minus out all the video montages (the unnecessary ones) and the whole segment with last season’s Bachelor Jason Mesnick (the guy who dumped the girl he chose on the show for the one he dumped for her initially – confused not? Doesn’t matter, cos we’re here for Jillian and HER guys – btw Jason is the guy who dumped Jillian on his show and thats how she ended up being The Bachelorette! )

Jillian and her 30 boys

Jillian and her 30 boys

The Men Tell All Special(like the Women Tell All version for The Bachelor) usually yields loads of catfights and bitchy comments and arrows shooting left right and centre.

This season, all the negative energy was focused on a few key people and a few key dramatic moments eg Angry Dave vs Should-Be-Gay-Juan. And Jake’s perfect-ness (not perfection, thats different). And Tanner P.’s obsession with feet.

Check out this clip if you can’t remember how grossed out you were the FIRST time you saw it.

Maybe its just me, or maybe I’m a prude, but just the way he went on and on about licking and sucking and tweezing feet…ugh, uncomfortable very!

What else did we get to see … here’s what I noticed…

1. Everyone seems to have gotten a spray tan (Jillian included)

2. A number of the guys have grown out beards (notably Angry Dave and Jesse the winemaker <– both are cuter w the goatee!)

3. The audience is mainly made up of women, split into like 3 or 4 sections with one token MAN planted in the middle of each section! (either gay or dragged there by their wives) (or planted by producers!)

4. Missing in action are : Kiptyn and Ed (obviously duh! Final 2), Reid (sure got conspiracy here despite Chris saying he has ‘prior engagements’) and Wes (scared shitless to be bombarded).

Actually its  a good thing Wes didn’t turn up, from the amount of booing the mere mention of his name got, I really don’t think he would want to be sat on the hotseat in front of THAT unforgiving crowd.

We also get to see outtakes and funny moments that didn’t make it on the show. My favourite is the clip of Reid trying to Hula dance in Hawaii. If you all thought Kiptyn was bad at the Flamenco…OMG Reid looked like he was humping an invisible tree. Even the hula dancers looked embarrassed for him!

I love it when producers put together the UBER BITCH trailer, where they showcase all the guys bitching about each other to camera.  I swear, men can be cattier than women!  And once the montage ended, you could see some of the men who weren’t featured in the video breathe a big sigh of relief! “Aaah thank God, i didn’t violate the mancode by bitchin about my buddies!”

So Target #1 – Jake and his perfect-ness.

I recall from previous episodes someone called Jake ‘creepy’ cos he was so ‘perfect’.  He’s the all-American good guy, good-looking, athletic, smart, accomplished, good manners, didn’t back-stab, didn’t swear, a real stand-up guy… what’s wrong with him? Everyone thought his perfect-ness was a facade, but apparently he’s just being himself.  Are there really such sweet, innocent people like that in the world?

The women didn’t seem to mind, the minute he took a seat in the hotseat, it was cat-calling, woot woot-ing and loads of excited, happy claps (you know the one that looks like butterfly wings fluttering cos you’re so excited your hands are moving so fast and you have a crazed grin plastered your face).

Target #2 – Juan (i like to call him Should-Be-Gay-Juan)

All the other guys are jocks. Juan is not. There’s the problem. Seriously, he’s got a ‘quality’ about him. My gaydar bleeps whenever he speaks. But thats just me.

Biggest target of the night – Wes.

And he wasn’t even there to defend himself. The consensus was that he was there to sell his music. Some of the guys backed him up, saying that he did have feelings for Jillian as the show progressed. But then, the producers ran a video on him, and he came out looking like a major lying schemer again.  I wonder if the truth about him will ever come out. Or whether creative editing will prevail.

All in all, a nice special in the lead up to the big finale.

Clincher at the end, when they show clips of the finale (about to happen in less then 12 hours on American TV – aaargh have to wait til Wednesday to watch it!!), there’s a short clip of Reid with a ring at the end — has he come back to fight for Jillian’s heart?? Here’s the trailer for the finale….SO EXCITING!!

Here’s my take….

1. Reid comes back to propose and says all the things Jillian needed him to say.

2. Jill pics Reid.  There have been troubling rumours that Ed Swiderski is the one with the girlfriend on the side – and maybe Jill will find out on the finale!

3. Kiptyn will be the next Bachelor.

Alternate ending…Jill picks Ed, later finds out re girlfriend situation and does a Mesnick (as in Jason) — Dumps Ed on the After the Final Rose Special and asks Reid to take her back instead. 🙂

See..I have it all figured out…what do YOU think? 🙂

xoxo, S.

ps. if you wanna know more about what WASN’T aired, check out this LINK.

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Bachelorette : Wes is a No-Show

Posted by summerr on July 22, 2009

*SPOILER ALERT!* (kind of)

Hollywood Gossip has announced that in the upcoming episode of The Bachelorette, which is the Men Tell All Special,  (to be aired on mio TV this Wednesday) will be less two ousted Men.

The infamous Wes Hayden. And recently eliminated Reid Rosenthal (aw, I still say wrong move Jilly!)

We all know (or think we know) the reason behind Wes’ absence …

a. He doesn’t want to be exposed for the liar that he is

b. Producers didn’t invite him on the show because they KNOW they edited him wrong and he’ll call them on it!

c. He knew he wouldn’t get a fair edit on this ‘recorded’ special, so he decided to skip it.

The Bachelorette_Wes Hayden_who

Oh well, la di da, I don’t care about Wes anymore anyway.

Reid’s absence however has sparked tons of speculation, most saying that he’s not there because he will be making a surprise entrance (ala Jake and Ed) in the finale to fight for Jillian’s heart one more time! (YAY! I like Chandler…I mean Reid!)

Well personally I like Reid. I like that he has a great sense of humour and that he’s shy. He is SO ADORABLE!  Check out these pics I found online of him modelling tees for his brother’s teeshirt business.  They have some pretty cool tees there. Sorry Reid, you’re no model, but good try sweets!

Bachelorette_Reid Mr Mean tee

Bachelorette_Reid superman

Bachelorette_Reid All Wrapped Up

Already this season producers have ‘brought back’ eliminated men twice – first with Jake, and secondly Ed. Looks like they’re on a roll…so what the heck  bring Reid back!

In the meantime, lets just sit back and relax and watch the claws come out on the Men Tell All ep (I hope there are claws otherwise it’ll be a yawn fest!)

xoxo, s.

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The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Posted by summerr on June 10, 2009

2 AWESOME Individual Dates…

Scaling down the side of 100-storey buidling in downtown LA does not a perfect date make  in my book. But for adrenaline junkie Jillian, that wasn’t even enough, they scaled (more like slid across on a wire and ropes) ACROSS TO ANOTHER BUILDING. I mean HELLO, seriously?! Props to her date for not chickening out.  But I guess being suspended like hundreds of feet up in the air over Los Angeles together kind of creates a bond, Jillian looked like she thoroughly enjoyed the company – and I totally agreed with her pick.

From L-R : Reid, Ed, David (alpha male yuck!) and Robby (Best Kisser Award!)

From L-R : Reid, Ed, David (alpha male yuck!) and Robby (Best Kisser Award!)

Growing on me this week are Ed, Reid and Robby. Still favourites are Jake, Kiptyn and Jesse.  And I’m still hating on Juan and Wes. You can now add psycho jealous Dave to the list (the guy who was literally speechless when he first met her …who knew he’d be this possessive Alpha Male? I swear, he was so pissed at whatever that his eyes almost popped out of his head <– Jillian, please…seriously rethink this one!).

The second individual date involved a car museum (ok only la – this is the point where male viewers realise hey she’s a pretty cool chick, she likes cars!) and a Ferrari (so very cool, love it!)

The group date was with 11 guys (count ’em, E-LE-VEN..siao!).  And the invite card said The Good, The Bad & The Ugly..

One of the guys had this to say which I thought was spot-on : “It’s good cos I get to go on a date with Jillian;  it’s bad cos there are 11 other guys on that date and it’s sure to get ugly with so many guys involved.

11 cowboys and a very purrty cowgirl, yee haw!

11 cowboys and a very purrty cowgirl, yee haw!

Well, the date itself was quite unique (as usual), with all the guys having to ‘act’ in a western with Jillian (who got to play multiple parts), but it was all just an excuse for her to suck face with as many of them as possible.  Look out for a little bromancing ala Brokeback Mountain (the two guys who had those roles were really good sports about it, kudos to you guys!).

Jillian learning her lines, probably smiling to herself cos she gets to kiss almost every guy on today's date!

Jillian learning her lines, probably smiling to herself cos she gets to kiss almost every guy on today's date!

I have to say, this Bachelorette is not afraid to be seen kissing every other guy (at almost every oppportunity, there was a lot of kissing action goin’ on cos the guys each wanted to give her a memorable kiss – Robby its in da bag boy!) on national TV (maybe its cos she’s Canadian?), but hey, whatever floats your boat and gets you that much closer to finding your man (power to ya Sista!).

Tanner P is the guy with the foot fetish (whom I also say looks really gay)...the fetish thing is seriously icking me out!

Tanner P is the guy with the foot fetish (whom I also say looks really gay)...the fetish thing is seriously icking me out!

Whats comin’ up on Episode 4…

oh, and if you’re following the show like me, check out the official site for this season at They have the tag-on trailers that promote the upcoming episode, sneak peeks, messages from the guys that got jilted (really sour grapes!) and it just makes you want to watch the next episode that much more!

Next week, 3 guys apparently have girlfriends back home – tsk tsk!

Note to said girlfriends : dump ’em pronto. They’re makin’ a fool of you on national tv sucking face with Jillian. (i have officially reached the limit on number of time i can say ‘suck face’)

Note to Jillian : dump ’em pronto, they’re wasting your time,  bring back previously more deserving guys (if they are willing to give you a 2nd chance)

xoxo, S

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Will You Accept This Rose?

Posted by summerr on June 4, 2009

Jillian looking gorgeous

Jillian looking gorgeous

Will You Accept This Rose? (yea-huh, I’d be stupid not to)

To be honest, I haven’t been watching  The Bachelorette (or The Bachelor) for that matter ever since Channel 5 stopped airing it after I think Season 2 (and season 5 for Bachelor). I was sorely disappointed because I actually love both franchises. Its just something about the intense way in which the bachelorette/bachelor gets to fall in love.

I mean, in what other alternate universe do you get to have your pick out of 25 members of the opposite sex? (then again if something like that ever happened to me, and I’m saying this cos I know it WON’T (chances of it happening are as remote as if Zachary Quinto became my BFF overnight, and Joe Jonas added 10yrs to his age so I won’t be a paedophile for liking him), I’d probably die of all the attention served up that very first night!)

Well this season’s Bachelorette certainly didn’t buckle under the pressure. (sigh, I have to say, watching the opening sequences of the show was like ‘coming home’ in a way…The Bachelor (and later on Bachelorette) were part of that first batch of reality shows I really enjoyed (before too many flooded the air)…so I was really excited to immerse myself in it again. And I have to say Bachelorette 5 is certainly delivering.

The Bachelorette herself, Jillian (who is Canadian by the way, isn’t it great that American producers and would-be suitors don’t mind this?), is vivacious, funny and knows what she wants. Also, from shots of future eps, we can see she’s pretty sporty and game to try anything, which makes her pretty cool. She’s not drop dead gorgeous, nor does she have a perfect figure (she’s quite skinny). Her teeth are crooked (although very white! Must have had some brightening done before the show right? Right??) and her nose is huge (director take note, profile shots not favourable), but she has moments. I’m sure she’s one of those people whose looks grow on you. Her personality and genuine smile however are totally endearing and will win you over in a heartbeat. She is warm and open from the get-go. I like how she asks the guys about their preferred hotdog toppings to check compatibility 🙂

The original Bachelorette Trista here with husband Ryan whom she met on the show in 2003, still happily married now with 2 children Max 2 and Blakesley 2 months

The original Bachelorette Trista here with husband Ryan whom she met on the show in 2003, still happily married, now with two kids, Max, 2, and Blakesley, almost 2 months.

She was top 3 in the previous season of The Bachelor and then got dumped. Oh well, another man’s poison…Worked out well for Trista Rehn (oops Sutter now), who got dumped by the first Bachelor right at the very end. She then met and married the man of her dreams (and got a free wedding to boot courtesy of ABC) on that very first season Bachelorette. They now have two kids!

The 2-hr premiere did not disappoint, from the get-go, the guys are competitive (read : kiasu). There are some I just CANNOT stand – Julien the restaurateur..anyone know the meaning of ‘khiam pak face?’ (for those who don’t understand hokkien, it’s a face you just wanna slap!), Juan (producers..are you sure he isn’t gay, also this guy comes with Mommy issues – Jill! Watch out girl!) and Wes the country singer – he’s got shifty eyes – gives me the feeling he’s not there for Jill, perhaps to plug his career? (then again, could be the producers messin’ with my mind cos what we see is what they edit – ah heck who cares, I love the show anyway!)

Guys collage for blog

(clockwise from left) Jake, Kiptyn, Juan, Jesse, Julien

My faves are (I tend to rack up faves as the show moves on and you get to know these guys better) – Jake the pilot, Kiptyn the surfer dude, Jesse the winemaker! Jake especially, he is so genuine and earnest, he just melts your heart.

During the limo drop off scenes, where Jill first meets each and every one of the 25 guys, I caught myself smiling like an idiot at the TV as I watched the men fall all over themselves trying to make a good first impression. There’s even one guy, who was literally speechless when he saw her, you could hear the imaginary crickets chirping! Hilarious!

I was also smiling because it’s so nice to watch people meet and fall in love. With each guy that stepped out of the limo, I would catch my breath and think, ‘Oh, will this guy be The One?’ It’s like every girl’s dream scenario, meeting Prince Charming. Plus, the show is given this surreal fairy tale treatment with the lighting and the music, how not to fall in love?

And I was also watching Jill, to see if she’d betray any extra emotion. She didn’t of course (or maybe it was edited out). I was also looking at how dirty the hem of her long white dress was getting. Seriously, it sloshing about in dirty rainwater as she moved about and it was ugh grey. When one guy swept her off her feet I thought oh no, that train is gonna whip him with some dirty rain water if he keeps swinging her around.

Jill getting swept off her feet

Jill getting swept off her feet, unfortunately you can't see the sloshy grey train of her dress!

This is the first time in Bachelorette history (granted I didn’t watch seasons 3 and 4) that I’ve seen the guys pull up in fives. Previously they would come individually (or so it seemed), but this time, you could hear the 5 guys wolf-whisting and wowing as they pull up into the driveway and catch their first breathtaking glimpse of The Bachelorette – just thought that was a nice touch. They still get out of the limo one by one though, of course.

Getting to know Jill

Once all the guys are settled in, its time to mingle and I have to say, these guys are super competitive. Unlike previous seasons of the show where everyone kinda left it to the ‘hostess’ to move around (and then whinge and whine if they didn’t get enough airtime with her), these guys actively sought her out and swept her away (and in some cases literally). And of course there is the typical male banter of my biceps are bigger than yours, what do you do for a living again? So funny.

Right before the first Rose Ceremony, the host, Chris, springs a surprise twist on everyone – I shall not say what that is here or I’ll be named Spoiler Girl. But suffice it to say, awesome move producers, it really upped the stakes! 10 guys are sent packing at the end of the evening, and out of those 10 guys, I really thought she should have kept one of them – very cute and I thought quite suitable for her, but I guess she didn’t think so, perhaps she didn’t get to spend enough time with him for him to make an impression. Ooh, better yet, bring him back later as a twist or a replacement for some guy who can’t continue due to a snake bite (oh wait, that was Joe on Survivor Tocantins!)…just bring him back somehow!

Onward to episode two!

xoxo, S

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