The first-of-it's-kind philanthropic event held last night in NYC had a fundraising goal of $300,000, which will benefit an AIDS charity of choice for 2013. The goal was set to raise awareness surrounding the staggering number of people infected with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. (an estimated 300,000+).
The couture pieces worn by the reality stars will be auctioned off in weeks following the show to also benefit the 2013 AIDS Charity of Choice.
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Leave it to Ashley "Build-A-Bear" Hebert to buck the system when it comes to wedding etiquette. Seriously, someone get this girl an Emily Post book stat! No, I'm being too hard on Ashley and her fiancé J.P. Rosenbaum. I should be applauding the Bachelorette pair for actually making it down the aisle given the curse that seems to plague all relationships born of the Bachelor franchise. Did you know that out of twenty-four seasons there have been twenty-one engagements that failed? I mean, yes, two of those engagements belonged to both Brad Womack and former flame Emily Maynard, but those odds aren't good! My math is bad…I realize that Emily's engagement to Brad doesn't factor in, but I feel like it is worth mentioning. Lots of failed relationships!
Of course, when Chris Harrison talks about the most dramatic rose ceremonies ever I never thought that he would try to orchestrate the most dramatic televised wedding ever. I don't know whether to be disgusted or proud for what will surely be Bachelor Pad style television. Slow clap, Mr. Harrison, slow clap.
The Bachelor Pad season 2 three-hour finale aired last night and new winners were crowned!
Beating out the other 16 contestants,Holly Durstand her partner/ex-fiance Michael Stagliano emerged the winners, taking home the $250,000 prize on the ABC show Monday night.
Holly and Michael beat out runner-ups Graham Bunn andMichelle Money. The 14 eliminated contestants were the ones who voted, giving Holly and Michael got 10 votes, while Michelle and Graham only got 4.
The finale was of course not without drama. It was revealed that Holly, 28, had gotten engaged to Blake Julian, 28, much to the complete surprise of her former fiance Michael, 27. Michael was understandably upset as he wondered why he had to find out about the engagement on the show.
While Michael admitted he was “hurt” he hadn’t heard about her engagement before the reunion show, he didn’t let it deter him from choosing to share the prize with Holly. The two partners ended up taking home $125,000 each.
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PEOPLE magazine confirms the couple, both age 28, are planning to tie the knot after only dating a few months. Reality Steve first broke the news, stating the engagement will be revealed during the Bachelor Pad finale.
According to RS, Blake proposed about a week ago. Holly’s ex-fiance and her partner on the show, Michael Stagliano, was reportedly unaware of the engagement and had to find out during the finale taping this week. Yikes.
ABC will air the super-sized 3-hour Bachelor Pad finale Monday night at 8/7c.
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On Monday, August 8, it’s time to hit the hot tubs! ABC is premiering the second season of the Bachelor Pad, a wonderful train wreck where the rejects (and one winner!) from seasons past move into a house together and compete with one another for a chance to win $250,000.
The opening episode apparently has so much drama and so little clothing, it needs three hours to do the show justice. Why, you may ask? Well, this time around former Bachelor, the creepy plastic Jake Pavelka (who LOVES a reality show), must face former fiance Vienna Girardi.
You may recall the couple’s break-up was less than amicable. Fear not though. Vienna has a new man, Kasey Kahl, who will surely guard and protect her heart. Holly Durst and break-dancing Michael Stagliano are also fresh from a broken engagement. Other memorable house mates include sh*t stirrer Michelle Money and Bachelor Pad alum Gia Allemand.
Check out photos of the Pad’s newest swim suit models contestants below!
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While the world continues to wonder what happened to Jake Pavelka’s pilot license or that whole not being a famewhore thingy, he is set to star in yet another upcoming reality show!
The former Bachelor star, who just finished filming a reality show for VH1 titled ‘Famous Food,’ will appear on the upcoming season of ABC’s Bachelor spinoff the Bachelor Pad! But it gets even better as his ex-fiance, Vienna Girardi, will be joining him on the show.
While ABC has yet to officially announce the cast, RadarOnline broke the news this week. Jake and Vienna had a very nasty and public split last year in June during which Vienna sold her story to a tabloid, insinuating Jake might be gayrevealing she had been in a sexless and emotionally abusive relationship with Jake.
Other cast members include guys: Graham Bunn, Tanner Pope,Kirk DeWindt, Stu Lopoten and David Vargas. And girls: Erica Rose, Melissa Shrieber, Asheigh Hunt, Madison Garton, Michelle Money and Jackie Gordon.
The second season of ABC’s Bachelor Pad premieres on Monday, August 8.
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On every season of TheBachelor, there seems to be a resident crazy pants contestant, you know, the one who seems overly attached to the bachelor, is very catty with other contestants, and is all around overly aggressive.
Well, Michelle Money, a 30 year-old Salt Lake City hairstylist, won that role this season as she found herself the villain of the show. In a new interview with PEOPLE, Michelle, who is also an actress in real life, blames editing for her bad image and reveals she actually did talk to Brad following her elimination. Excerpts from Michelle’s interview below -
Do you regret doing the show?
I have no regrets, no hard feelings. My experience was nothing but positive. I just wish those great experiences had been shown. And at the end of the day, I know what my experience was, what really happened and the friendships I made.
What about the caught-on-camera mean remarks?
I have a very sarcastic, dry sense of humor. That can come off as very intense. When you just get a small, chopped-up version of me being sarcastic, it comes across the wrong way.
And what about the aggressive behavior with Brad?
When I left, I felt really great about who I was and the choices I made. I felt Brad got a clear idea of who I am … I went on the show to find love so I took advantage of every opportunity to have time to see if he was someone I’d want in my future. Because if he wasn’t, I wanted to go home to my daughter.
Why not talk to him on the way to the limo or once you were inside?
Brad and I did have a personal, positive conversation that gave me closure and helped me feel confident in his decision. They didn’t show it. I had a lot to say in the limo as well … Me laying down was a result of being car sick from talking to the camera while driving down a bumpy road with lights in my face. I was going to throw up.
Are you worried about how you were portrayed and how it will affect your future dating prospects?
Once you meet me face to face and have a conversation, it’s very clear that I’m not a villain. I’m not worried about dating. I’ve just had a hard time finding people to date in Utah. Being a single mom, it’s hard to get out and travel and meet men. I’m hopeful. I want to get married and have more kids. I want to be in a committed, healthy relationship with somebody who is confident, can make me laugh and can be a great example to my daughter.
A new episode of the Bachelor airs tonight, in which Brad Womack travels to meet the families of his final four picks. Brad will also get to meet Emily Maynard’sdaughter. The episode airs at 8/7c on ABC.
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