Whether you love Bravolebrities or love to hate them, the thread tying us all together is that we’re Bravo fans. If you’re reading this article, you love Bravo. These shows and the people on them bring us joy. It’s rare that we get the chance to be in a room with thousands of other like-minded people to celebrate that joy.
Two years ago, Bravo gifted us with BravoCon. It put thousands of fans together, for the first time ever, in the same room with Bravolebrities from Real Housewives, Below Deck, Vanderpump Rules, Shahs of Sunset, Top Chef, Married to Medicine, Southern Charm, Million Dollar Listing, Summer House and more! If you’re like me, and you missed out in 2019, you now have a second chance at this experience, because BravoCon is back!
After almost a year in the pandemic, December of 2020 revealed some major shifts in the reality of Bravo’s reality tv franchises. It was announced that Below Deck had taken the number one ranking on the network! That means besting every Real Housewife franchise, previously led by Real Housewives of Atlanta.
The most recent Below Deck Mediterranean season was an absolute stunner, with dramatic ripples still making their way through the Bravo-sphere. The current Below Deck Sailing Yacht franchise has also upped the drama and intrigue this season. We’re talking love triangles, anchor drama, and pregnancy announcements! Meanwhile, RHOA is bringing us some SERIOUS love triangle/engagement mess mixed with a whole lot of other drama. Like moths to a dumpster fire, fans can’t look away. No wonder viewers are scrambling for more content from both of these series!
Last season on Below Deck Mediterranean, viewers were inundated with dysfunctional boat romances. Bosun Malia White had to placate her then boyfriend Tom Checketts whenever things didn’t work out in the galley. Their relationship dynamic was all about Malia managing his ego and poor problem solving abilities. Then there was Jessica More and Robert Westergaard. They met on board and were an item for a hot minute before arguments and jealousy took hold.
But there was one coupling that fans were rooting for. It never really took off during the season, but watching deck hand Alex Radcliffe trying to woo Bugsy Drake was endearing to say the least. He adored her, but ultimately got friend-zoned. They are still friends and communicate often on social media, which raised hopes that some feelings could be rekindled. So now that Bugsy is promoting her new book, The Art of Tablescaping: Deck Out Your Table with the Queen of Theme, she also offered an update on where she and Alex stand currently.
It’s no surprise that Season 5 of Below Deck Mediterranean was such a knockout, especially after Captain Sandy Yawn’s controversial firing of longtime chief stew Hannah Ferrier. While Sandy has doubled down on her decision, saying drugs of any kind are not allowed on the ship, it raised a lot of eyebrows on whether Sandy was really worried about her captain’s license or just wanted Hannah off the boat and show. Let’s not forget that Hannah had prescription Valium, which she claims to have never even taken, and a CBD pen, which is legal in Spain. But major snake Malia White couldn’t help but kiss Sandy’s ass and report Hannah (which she wouldn’t even fess up to) once she started having arguments with her cabin mate.
But Hannah is on to bigger and better things now that her Below Deck days are over. She opened her own yachting training academy. She’s engaged and a new mommy. While she was a staple on the show since the onset, it’s good to see her living her best life after such a nasty ending.
Below Deck Mediterranean introduced our first look at a female yacht captain, Sandy Yawn. She was a leader in a predominantly male industry and provided an optimistic look towards putting a crack in the glass ceiling. When Season 5 announced a crew with women in the high-ranking positions, many viewers saw this as a potentially groundbreaking effort and a nod towards, for lack of a better term, female empowerment. Then filming began and it all went to shit.
What transpired was nothing less than an infantile display of public humiliation and accusations, helmed by Captain Sandy. She seemed to almost compete with returning Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier while Bosun Malia White was able to whine her way out of situations that didn’t benefit her career. Hannah left the series after a disturbing sequence of events, but it’s apparently not over. Recently the Captain took a rather unnecessary shot at Hannah, but this time former co-worker and barrette aficionado Bugsy Drake is stepping in.
Below Deck is overdue for another spin off. The franchise is hugely popular, and why not? What’s more fun than untethered youth working together, partying, clashing, and hooking up. Then there are the views. At least we can all live vicariously through Below Deck, Below Deck Mediterranean, and Below Deck Sailing Yacht while worldwide travel restrictions continue.
The second season of Below Deck Sailing Yacht is missing something though. The coronavirus keep the crew on the boat most nights off, so we are missing out on some shenanigans for sure. The Parsifal crew got one night on land so far. Perhaps it’s because of the ongoing pandemic that two spinoffs were announced. Their locations are both exotic and covid-free.
Hannah Ferrier and Captain Sandy Yawn are STILL TALKING about Hannah’s premature departure from Below Deck Mediterranean Season 5. Then they have to RESPOND to the others’ comments to whichever interviewer has them rehashing the past. The problem is, neither will budge on their position. So we get the same defensive statements over and over.
This time though, Sandy’s snarky responses managed to turn another Below Deck alum against her. Perhaps all the interior crew of coastal Europe should take offense to what Sandy really thinks of their work, because it’s hardly a comment that uplifts other women.
Captain Sandy Yawn has been the branded as the most intense of all micromanagers. The Below Deck Mediterranean captain has a habit of inserting herself into any crew drama, and therefore into more camera time as well.
Maybe Sandy does this because she thinks it makes her a good leader. Certainly it’s a management style, but Captain Lee Rosbach can run a tight ship without watching over each dinner service or assigning cabins. So it could just for her own benefit that Sandy waltzes on screen at any opportunity, especially to the galley.