It the most magical time of the year…also known as Bachelor in Paradise time! Let’s be honest, the true reason to watch the seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette is to know the crazies in Paradise! I am obsessed with the ridiculousness that is Bachelor in Paradise. While it is a slightly love/hate relationship, because I hate when my favorites (aka Dean/Jared) are on it, it is such addicting TV that I can’t help but be sucked in! This year is even more interesting due to the Corinne and DeMario production shut down.
I really liked that they showed us the beginning pre-production shut down portion because shockingly there were a lot of connections made in those few days. Did anyone else wish they would have told us little more about why production really was shut down? It seems like something happened with Corinne and DeMario that someone viewed as inappropriate. I feel bad for both sides; if Corinne was actually violated than that’s not right (the investigation showed there was no wrong-doing). And if there was consent and this whole situation was blown up, I feel bad for DeMario who was implicated in something he didn’t do.
That all being said…can we talk about how awkward the group therapy session with Chris Harrison was?!! He even had a stool! I understand the need to address the situation and talk it out…but honestly Bachelor in Paradise is supposed to be a mindless escape not eavesdropping on a therapy session…while I understood why they did it, I have to be honest and say I was cringing throughout.
One of my favorite parts was the wedding of Carly and Evan. These two weirdos make an adorable couple and their wedding was a wacky as I imagined it would be. While the montages of the other Bachelor weddings could have been left on the cutting room floor (I’ve watched them all, didn’t need the recap!), the rest of the wedding was sweet and silly like Evan and Carly themselves.
The wedding also had some of my favorite awkward Bachelor moments…First, I love that the producers think we totally have forgotten about the completely fake wedding between Marcus and Lacy, but I, of course, did not forget!
Then the complete awkwardness of the wedding attendants, this has to be my most favorite part of these Bachelor family events. I will break it all down for you…Ashley I. was there not sitting next to Jared (her BIP obsession) which is weird because they are always together on social media, but not dating, poor Ashley I…(side note-listen to her Almost Famous podcast with Ben Higgins, I love it!)
Then there was Kaitlyn and Shawn, who in my opinion maybe my least favorite couple in Bachelor Nation. (Especially after a horrible interview they did with my favorite local radio station, Matty in the Morning!) I was surprised they were there because I think that they don’t really like the Bachelor world, especially after they have convinced each other that they were poorly edited, sorry Kaitlyn you actually slept with Nick, no one forced you! And speaking of Nick, he was there with Vanessa…talk about awkward…Nick, Vanessa, Kaitlyn, and Shawn did not speak on camera….probably because they were too busy actively avoiding each other! How do you not love that!
Ok, enough of that, moving on to the meat of Paradise, the cast! I have so much to say, but obviously I must start with my fave, my love, Dean. (1,000 heart eye emogis!) Is it possible that he got better looking since Rachel’s season ended like 5 seconds ago?! I was sad to hear my Dean (yes, I am referring to him as my Dean) was going to be on BIP, mostly because I think he is too sweet for the disaster that is BIP, and I do not want to hate him after this! However, I am not sad to see his beautiful face more often! While I like Kristina, I just don’t think Dean is ready for a relationship…which could be why he is pushing her away. He better not become sleazy during this…I won’t be able to handle it…
On Nick’s season, Taylor annoyed me, A LOT. But she is growing on me here, I felt bad for her walking in, she was visibly very nervous. I am really happy that she found someone, but I have heard rumors that Derek is kind of a jerk in real life, so I just hope she doesn’t get her heart broken.
Then there is Robby, aka Living Ken Doll (insert inappropriate manhood joke here)…I am not sure if he could get more annoying…that hair, the bathing suits, the “social media influencer.” Raven is right, he’s just too into himself! While his abs are impressive, you can’t fix annoying. By now we know that he and Amanda get together (way to ruin it!), which I am not surprised…she maybe almost as annoying as him. I know, you are all shocked…but with her baby voice and her many make out sessions last year with Josh Murray, and what she did to Nick, she just frustrates me.
I am glad to see Matt (the invisible man from Rachel’s season) get some air time. He and Jasmine seem destined for a break-up, however. And I feel bad for some of the men, like Diggy –why is no one into him!?
I am glad Lacey has moved away from Iggy, I think she’s right and he’s more into a bromance than a romance. Is anyone else shocked that she is so obsessed with Canadian Daniel?…I will say as crazy as he is, he is so fun to watch.
Just one more thing…why is Wells the bartender?! He’s too cute and funny to be just stuck behind the bar! I have so many questions about this…Like is he being paid by the resort?…he is wearing a uniform…Isn’t he on the radio…who is doing his show? Why isn’t he just a member of the cast? Why isn’t he looking for love?! Aghhh!!!
I am sure Paradise is bound to heat up in the coming weeks, tears will abound, connections will be made and broken, and I will be watching it all on the edge of my seat…