Ben will begin his quest by meeting sixteen beautiful women, okay 15 and one senior citizen who does seem like a beautiful person; including a germ-a-phobe epidemiologist who spritzes him with Lysol. Aaaahhh… nothing says love like Febreeze! Also in the mix a lady on a horse, but unlike Lady Godiva she’s apparently fully clothed. There’s also a surprise guest who is back from seasons of Bachelor’s past — no it’s not Ashley she’s still under contractual obligation to appear happy with JP!
The official list of Bachelorettes has yet to be released yet insiders are promising a season of very diverse and vibrant personalities amongst the women which means lots of drama. And, apparently one potential suitor that ditches Ben for a producer. Oops. During the course of the season the ladies will be faced with over-coming their biggest fears, including leaping from a helicopter into Belize’s famous Great Blue Hole! Yeah — Ben would so not be worth that for me.
According to ABC’s press release, Ben will woo his ladies on a series of “romantic and adventurous dates” that test their “perseverance in pursuing their romantic objective, along with fun, exciting and exotic dates that will elicit real and raw passions.” Wow — sounds saucy! Ben will travel with the ladies through California, then to Utah, to Central America and finally Switzerland where the final three women will anxiously vie for a Neil Lane engagement ring to borrow until the wedding is called off!
The Bachelor will premiere on ABC — Jan 2, 2012 (8/9 ET).
DO YOU BELIEVE BEN WILL FIND LOVE ON THE SHOW? ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT THE UPCOMING SEASON?
Last week we reported that Ali Fedotowsky andRoberto Martinez had officially split and called off their engagement. Well, Ali is speaking out about what went wrong in their relationship and why she decided to break things off for good!
“I wouldn’t be being truthful if I said this came out of nowhere,” Ali reveals. “We definitely had been having problems. But I had always believed that we could work it out.” Apparently the couple had a lot of conflicting ideas about life, as well as some pretty big personality differences.
Speaking to People, Ali reveals that the couple who met and became engaged on her season of The Bacherlorette were ready to wed “right away,” but started having problems almost immediately after moving in together! Shortly after announcing their relationship to the world, Ali and Roberto moved to San Diego, CA together where Roberto was starting his own insurance office. Unfortunately for Ali the move left her feeling isolated, she struggled to find a career and only managed to find part-time work as a news correspondent. So, being stalked by the paparazzi and being an ABC talking head isn’t a career? Good to know…
We were trying to establish ourselves individually,” Ali explains. “But a relationship should be solid regardless of circumstances.” Additionally, Roberto wanted Ali to be the stay-at-home wifey type instead of focusing on her own career. “Roberto seemed bothered that Ali was career-minded and had a social life,” an insider confides to the mag. “He is very old-fashioned when it comes to a woman’s places.”
Ali attempted to be who Roberto wanted her to be, but it left her feeling stifled. Aren’t these things you’re supposed to discuss, you know, before becoming engaged? “I helped him build his business, and I’d bring him lunch all of the time,” she shares. “I was so supportive of him.”
“A lot of times what I wanted to do and what he wanted to do didn’t match up,” she says, describing their opposite personalities. “One of us was always compromising with the other, or we both ended up not doing what we wanted and staying home.”
Unfortunately bringing Roberto lunch just wasn’t enough and the couple started fighting all the time. “In the past six months, he kind of lost it,” the insider adds. “He’d be really good and sweet in public, but their fights could be explosive.”
And Ali’s knee surgery was apparently the last straw in their already bumpy relationship! “It really affected us,” she reveals. “I couldn’t really be active like I wanted to be. I hit a low.”
After postponing their wedding twice to work out their issues, the problems actually increased and eventually the couple just decided to take a trial separation. Ali moved in with a friend and “at the end of the day we both realized we were unhappy more than we were happy.”
“And we both deserved more,” she adds. “I just knew that we needed to go separate ways. Something inside both of us said we still had more figuring out to do. We take marriage very seriously. It’s not something we were going to do and just hope it works out.”
Well, poor Roberto is apparently “devastated” that Ali called off their engagement! “He really thought this would last and that they’d get married,” a different source discloses.
While their chances of walking down the aisle are pretty much over, Ali is having difficulty returning the $50,000 Neil Lane engagement ring. In order to stretch custody of the pricey piece a little longer, Ali is still speaking to Roberto “daily.” Perhaps ABC is hoping they will work it out so another TV wedding can commence!
Ali has no hard feelings about appearing on the show and starting a relationship with Roberto! “I found real, true love, and I’m grateful that I had that experience,” she says tearfully. “There’s no hate. I still love him, and I always will. But what matters is how we feel, and we both knew it wasn’t right.”
Now that her time as half of a happy and surviving Bachelorette couple is over Ali has no idea what to do next! “I literally don’t even know where I want to live, never mind what I want to do.”
Hopefully she’ll figure it out! Roberto has yet to comment on the break-up, but according to his Twitter as of early November things seemed good between the couple.
THOUGHTS ON ALI’S INTERVIEW? ARE YOU SURPRISED THE COUPLE HAD SUCH DIFFICULTY MAKING THINGS WORK? DID YOU BELIEVE THEY WOULD GET MARRIED?
Speaking to Good Morning America a humble and excited J.R. still couldn’t believe he won! “It’s amazing. We’ve all been putting over three months of work into this. To be able to hold that [mirror ball trophy] up was a tremendous honor.”
J.R.’s partner Karina Smirnoff, who landed her first win on the show, also could not believe it! “I think I was screaming so loud, I lost my voice. It is an amazing feeling,” she said of learning they won. “And what a person to share it with.” Awwww… I love them together!
“I’m just so grateful that I was able to be part of the journey to help get her first mirror ball trophy. She deserves it. She should be in the elite category of people who’ve won on this show,” J.R. told The Hollywood Reporter about his partner.
The duo credits their win to non-stop grueling practices; even beyond the work some of their co-competitors put in! “We’d take a break but instead of going to sit down, we’d go to everyone else’s rehearsal. Just trying to keep everyone’s energy up,” J.R. explained. “That was the cool thing about it. It was never competitive among us. It was all fun and we cheered everybody on.”
Rob Kardashian echoes that sentiment and despite his second place finish he is proud of his performance. “I literally couldn’t have asked myself to have done any better. I went as far as I could go,” Rob revealed “J.R. deserved that trophy.”
Even though J.R. was a total prankster on set; even hiding Rob’s phone and Cheryl Burke’s shoes! “For two hours he didn’t rehearse because he was looking for his phone,” J.R. laughs. So that was his secret!
Rob admitted he loved participating in the show because he was able to escape his annoying sisters; particularly working with Cheryl. “I genuinely did like kind of learning a new dance,” he revealed. “You start over every single Wednesday, that’s the worst part of the week and then you have to learn a whole new dance again in four days, but I enjoyed it.”
Third place finalist Ricki Lake explains the show is exhausting and exhilarating at the same time; adding that the weight-loss benefits weren’t bad either!
“This really is putting everything on the line. Your body is at its limit. You get emotionally caught up in it. You want to win. You know, it’s very scary to do these moves in front of 20 million people,” Ricki described.
J.R. won more than just the hearts of the American public; he impressed Defense Secretary Leon Panetta as well!
The Iraq war veteran received a special shout out, congratulating him for both his win and the message he sent to other veterans! “Your strength and spirit captivated the nation, and your victory sends a strong message about the strength and resilience of our wounded warriors,” Panetta wrote in a letter reported by the Washington Post. And apparently Panetta would like to personally speak to J.R.!
Hopefully J.R. will be able to fit Mr. Panetta into his busy schedule! Because following his win J.R. will be co-hosting CNN’s Heroes: An All-Star Tribute on Dec. 11 and also participating in CNN Heroes: Where Are They Now? special which airs this Thursday.
Congratulations J.R. and Karina! I, for one, think you definitely deserved the win not only for your dancing, but your hard-work, class and showmanship!
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THOUGHTS ON J.R. AND KARINA’S POST-WIN INTERVIEWS? ARE YOU HAPPY WITH THE RESULTS?
Us Weekly is reporting that staffers on the popular show are “livid” over Maksim’s unruly behavior this season! “He’s a poor sport,” the insider informs Us. “People are suggesting he get anger management!” Many crew members also believe “Maks’ antics reflect poorly on the show.” You mean antics like saying “F—k Carrie” backstage, referring to judge Carrie Ann Inaba, on a family-friendly show? Yeah, I would say so!
However, another insider Maks tells the mag he is working hard to rebuild his image after a rocky season as well as make amends on set. Even going so far as to work things out with Derek Hough! “Maksim and Derek have patched things up after their big feud,” the second source reveals. “They are fine with each other now.”
Unfortunately, Maks’ bad attitude may have rubbed off on his partner Hope Solo! New reports are calling out her diva behavior on set! An insider tells HollywoodLife, that the cast and crew were glad Hope was eliminated because of her negative attitude!
“Everyone is overjoyed that Maks and Hope were eliminated,” the source comments. “There was way too much drama between them both. A bunch of people were scared J.R. [Martinez] might be the one, but he was safe.”
“Hope was humbled by getting the boot,” the source continues. “But we’re sure she’ll be back to her not so cheery self for the finale, since the past contestants are always brought back for the final show.”
While Maks may be attempting to have better relationships on “his” show — that doesn’t include everyone! He recently told the New York Post he hasn’t spoken to his ex-fiancé, Karina Smirnoff since they broke up in 2009! Despite working together for the past two years. “I will never speak to that person again,” he said about Karina. “And I never have. It has been years now. But I am not bitter.”
It’s “not easy” he concedes, “but I just go about my business and do my thing. It is very hard.” See – I call that bitter. Whether or not Maks likes Karina, he has nothing but praise for her partner J.R. – who is Maks’ pick for the win!
“If J.R. doesn’t win, there is something fundamentally wrong with America,” Maks remarked. Adding J.R. “deserves it… It is his right to walk into ‘Dancing With The Stars’ and walk away with the trophy. But on top of all of that, he is a great dancer.” I hate to say it, but I agree – J.R. deserves the win; for his classy attitude, for his dancing skills, and for his hard work on and off the stage!
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DO YOU BELIEVE MAKS HAS ISOLATED EVERYONE ON SET? CAN YOU BELIEVE HE HASN’T SPOKEN TO KARINA IN OVER TWO YEARS? ARE YOU SURPRISED TO LEARN ABOUT HOPE’S ATTITUDE?
The Bachelor is back and I know I’m probably the only person who is excited, but as a closet fan, I can’t help it!
ABC has just released the first official trailer for Bachelor Ben Flajnik’s season which is promised to be full of surprises! Among them a bachelorette that arrives on horseback to meet him! Um… I hope she wasn’t wearing a mini skirt!
Also, a bachelorette who is, shall we say, on the cougar side of things! Yes, an elderly woman exits the limo and greets Ben with “I fell madly in love with you.” I’m guessing this is a joke or perhaps one of the real bachelorette’s grandmothers! Which would be sort of cute, admit it!
Ben, of course, will be gallivanting anyplace with a hot tub and a beach with his harem of hot ladies because everyone knows finding love in a bikini is the way to go! In the preview, we also see Ben drinking some champagne and making out – because that’s what Bachelors do!
The official trailer is below! The Bachelor premieres Jan 2, 2012 on ABC (8/9c).
WILL YOU BE WATCHING OR AM I THE ONLY DORK WHO STILL LOVES THIS SHOW?WHAT DO YOU THINK THE ELDERLY LADY MEANS?
Ben Flajnik’s season of The Bachelor has barely started filming yet the drama is already out of control! I guess that’s to be expected when 25 women are vying for the attention of one man!
Reality Steve, spoiler du jour for all things Bachelor related, reports that one of the women that make up Ben’s bevy of bachelorettes asked to leave the show after she fell for one of the producers!
Here’s a little background information to set the story in motion: All of the producers on the set of The Bachelor are men! So basically these 25 women, removed from their lives and quarantined in a mansion while waiting for the attentions of one man, start to form a friendship with the producers constantly around. The women start to trust the producers. The producers play a “best friend” type role in the hopes that the women will reveal secrets, gossip and other incriminating material about themselves that can then be used for dramatic purposes to amp up the show.
Steve reports that “any” of the former contestants will vouch for this and flirting “absolutely” takes place between the women and the producers, except for the women completely focused on the prize! Well, in this situation the contestant got a little side-tracked and potentially was reading too much into the relationship she developed with the producer. Oops! Or maybe she just wasn’t feeling Ben (who does seem a little on the boring side!)?
According to Steve, the unnamed woman fell for this producer so hard she confessed to the crew that she wasn’t so into the main man! Instead of being sent home right away, she was apparently convinced to stick around for another week and was eliminated during the next rose ceremony. My guess – the powers that be at ABC wanted her to play up the ‘I think I might have feelings for someone else’ storyline without disclosing that it was actually a producer on their show!
The producer in question also happens to be married with children! And he is still working for the show, as of now, which leaves Reality Steve to believe that no physical relationship actually took place but it was merely a flirtation or perhaps an excuse for said woman to exit the show. No one knows yet if this incident will make the air, but we all know the producers edit the show how they want it to look regardless of what goes on behind-the-scenes!
Before everyone starts describing this as Rozlyn Papa 2.0 – it was nothing of the sort! In case you don’t remember Rozlyn got caught having relations (and sex!) with a producer and was sent home immediately. The producer in question was also fired.
Steve is also reporting that another contestant named Britni asked to be sent home early! Wow – Ben must really suck as the Bach! I guess we’ll have to see how it all plays out!
The new season of The Bachelor will premier on ABC — Jan 2, 2012 (8/9 ET)
THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST SPOILER? DO YOU BELIEVE THE PRODUCER REALLY HAD A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE CONTESTANT OR WAS HE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF HER TO GET INFORMATION? WILL YOU BE WATCHING BEN AS THE BACHELOR?
Apparently, during last week’s rehearsals Mad Maks’ temper got so out of hand Hope “almost quit”! Speaking to Ryan Seacreston his KIIS FM radio show on Monday, Hope spoke out about last week’s rehearsal footage in which Maks got a bit too rough with her. Some are even saying he shoved her. Hope explained that during rehearsal, Maks “placed a firm hand” on her shoulder “in an effort to make a point.”
The former pro-soccer player, who definitely knows how to hold her own, “didn’t just sit back and let that happen” and immediately put Maks in his place. “”You can tell I didn’t really flinch,” she recounts of the incident, maintaining that Maks’ domineering behavior “will never happen again.”
“I almost quit the show right then and there,” she explains. “I almost walked out, but I told myself I am in this for the long-haul, through all the bumps and bruises.”
“I want everybody to know out there that as a strong, independent woman that stands up for herself, I would never just let that go unnoticed,” she firmly states. “Outside of the cameras, [Maks] knows that he was in the wrong. He will be the first one to stand up to that.”
Luckily the partners were able to talk it out and went on to have their best performance of the season placing them in the remaining four.
Overall, this has been a rocky season for the popular Maks after he butted heads with judges Len Goodman and Carrie Ann Inaba and is reportedly feuding with Derek Hough. Hopefully he will be able to move forward with Hope as a contender for the win because clearly, after thirteen seasons, he needs one!
The video of the rehearsal incident is below. The incident happens at around the 1:20 mark…
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TELL US: WAS MAKS TOO ROUGH WITH HOPE? DOES SHE HAVE A RIGHT TO BE THAT ANGRY OR WAS IT JUST A MISUNDERSTANDING? DO YOU THINK THE PARTNERS WILL PREVAIL AND HAVE A SHOT AT THE WIN?
The couple that made Bachelor Pad 2 unbearable for all of us with their constant emotional melt downs, bickering and PDA-fests have decided to end their eight-month relationship amicably. “Vienna broke up with Kasey a few weeks ago,” a former Bachelor contestant and friend of Vienna’s reports to Life & Style. “They’d been fighting about everything. It just wasn’t working anymore.”
“They both moved out of the LA place they’d moved into together,” the friend reveals. “Vienna’s moved back to Florida, and Kasey’s moved home.” According to the source it was Vienna that decided the couple should go their separate ways, but “there was no cheating or third party involved, so a reconciliation is not out of the question.”
“It’s anyone’s guess about what happens next,” the friend adds. “But for now, Kasey is very, very hurt about it. He thought they were going to spend the rest of their lives together.” Yeah, so did Jake Pavelka!
Well, Kasey is speaking out regarding the rumor and insisting the couple is still together! “We’re just doing [the relationship] long distance right now,” he informed Us Weekly. “It’s for the best.”
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CAN YOU BELIEVE VIENNA AND KASEY BROKE UP? DO YOU THINK THEY WILL GET BACK TOGETHER?