Every once in a while, I have to give credit where credit is due when it comes to the reality TV stars I love to hate. I really (really, really) thought Emily Maynard would do everything in her power to remain in the spotlight following her stint as the Bachelorette. Much to my surprise – not so much!
It's been a full year since Emily and Jef Holm ended their engagement – can you believe it? – and nearly ten months since Emily gave Reality Tea anything to snark on. These days, Emily appears to be content spending time with her daughter, Ricki, and a new mystery man, as well as designing and blogging.
Chris Harrison made the announcement on Monday night's After the Final Rose special. The audience went cray cray for Juan Pablo! Chris said, "No guy has made a greater impact with less screen time," later adding, "We may need Dodgers stadium for the first episode."
Indeed! Juan Pablo, a 32-year-old former professional soccer player from Venezuela, is charming, sexy, and funny. He lives in Miami with his four-year-old daughter, Camila, and looks forward to his reign as Bachelor. Me too!
While I generally prefer the Bachelorette over the Bachelor, Desiree Hartsock and her lot of guys are not holding my interest. Am I alone? At this point, I don't know if I'll finish the season, so I have set my sights on the race to be the next Bachelor.
Imagine my surprise when a familiar name – not linked to Des – popped up!
Reportedly, Emily Maynard's ex-fiance, Jef Holm, wants the gig. "Jef has been in talks with ABC about being the next Bachelor," revealed an inside source. "He loves fame, so it's no surprise he'd be open to the opportunity."
Oh Ali Fedotowsky…I promise we won't forget you were once the Bachelorette many seasons ago. How could we? You pop up every time anything Bachelor or Bachelorette related happens. A new season? Tell us your thoughts! A bitter break-up? You can relate to how hard it is to make a fauxmance work in the public eye. A former contestant reunion? You'll be tweeting about it (and seriously, don't stop doing that–I love it!).
In all seriousness, I think Ali is precious, and kudos to her for extending her fifteen minutes from the franchise. Now, Ali's sharing her thoughts on Desiree Hartsock (she can rap, y'all! Watch below!) and sharing some behind-the-scenes knowledge that only a Bachelorette would know.
Hello out there? Are you watching reality shows or are you outside enjoying the beginning of summer? I like to think I've found the perfect balance of both, but it seems we all need to step up our game a bit and show some love to old faithfuls.
Unfortunately, Monday night's shows didn't fare well in the ratings race. Desiree Hartsock's quest for love began on the Bachelorette, but a lot less people tuned in to watch her pass out roses than in seasons past. Likewise, viewers for The Voice are on a steady decline.