This has been a roller coaster of a week for Bachelor Nation. ***IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED THE BACHELOR IN PARADISE FINALE, STOP READING NOW***
I’d like to break this down couple-by-couple, rather than moment-by-moment because I think it’ll make more sense. Please note that my opinions are not facts and they are based on what I know from the show and social media. I do not know these people personally, nor have I ever had any sort of contact with them in the real world. With that in mind, I’ll try to be sympathetic and understanding.
Anneliese and Kamil: I’m starting with these two because I want to get it out of the way. The two of them got either another terrible edit, or are actually this terrible in real life. Either way, I think everyone knew it wasn’t going to end well. I truly hope that Anneliese finds love for real so that she can stop coming onto the show. Not because I don’t want to deal with her, necessarily, but because I truly don’t believe this is the process for her to find a love that lasts. The entire interaction between them at the Tell All was absurd. First, she says everything is great, then he dumps her, and then she claims to have tried to end it two weeks prior. So is everything great or is it over? You can’t have it both ways. And, Kamil- seriously? You waited until you were on TV to end things…you know this doesn’t win you any brownie points in Bachelor Nation, right?
Chris and Krystal: I’m glad they’re happy. I’m glad they found each other. I hope they make it work in their own crazy way. Shockingly, they are the least dramatic couple.
Kevin and Astrid: These two are so good together. She is patient and understanding through his issues, but doesn’t let him walk all over her. Not that he wants to. I’m so glad to see Kevin’s growth throughout these shows and his willingness to let Astrid in and show how great he can be. I also think his transparency about needing to go back to his therapist and having brought baggage to paradise was refreshing and needed. This show is not great about connecting the drama to the real world consequences, so his honesty was definitely appreciated in Bachelor Nation.
Joe and Kendall: I am so happy these two found their way back to one another. I know people are quick to blame one or the other, but at the end of the day, this show was filmed in 3-4 weeks. Of course there are going to miscommunications, fear, and complications! Joe was terrible at expressing how he felt in a direct manner, and Kendall was afraid of commitment with someone she just met. It makes complete sense. Either way, the good news is that they’re still together, they look incredibly happy, and Joe is headed for Dancing with the Stars!
Jordan and Jenna: …..where to even start with this one. First, I feel terrible for Jordan. He had a great showing in paradise and everyone watched him fall head over heels for Jenna. It was truly love at first sight. He was giddy around her and she honestly brought out the best in him. I thought they were going to be the epic love story of paradise, until Reality Steve broke his news. Jenna is a liar and a manipulator. And yes, I believe it. I think it’s true, and if it’s not then the truth will eventually come to light, but for now, there’s no doubt in my mind. The reason I’m so quick to believe Reality Steve is that he would not have posted it if he didn’t do at least some research into the validity of this. Steve gets information from all over the place all the time, but he doesn’t post everything unless he can verify it, because that’s good journalism. Also- he’s not an evil person and does not want any of it to be true, but he posts it because Jordan, and Bachelor Nation, deserve the truth. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I’ll give you the short version (but you should really go look it up): basically, Jenna was cheating on Jordan this entire time, claimed (in text messages to another man) that she didn’t even like him and that it was all to boost her business. In an interview with Reality Steve, Jordan explained that when confronted, she gave a myriad of excuses, such as “you know how I am when I’m drunk,” and claiming she needed to check her messages, and stating that she may be mean sometimes, but she didn’t think she said that. Jordan expressed that she did not do anything to show him that the texts weren’t real. If that wasn’t incriminating enough, a friend of Jenna’s got in contact with Reality Steve to tell him that yes, the texts were real, but they were a lie and that Jenna was playing this other man for business support and that she had truly fallen in love with Jordan. Either way- it’s terrible. Jordan has refused to say any mean things about Jenna and reiterates his love for her, but he has chosen to leave the relationship because he cannot continue to be fooled. The majority of Bachelor Nation has been outspoken about supporting Jordan through this. Jenna claims to have gotten a lawyer to prove it wasn’t her, but we’ll see where this goes.
Finally- Colton for Bachelor. Honestly- I wasn’t on board at first, but I really don’t think this will be a terrible thing. He’s a likeable guy, he means well, and he wants to find love. If he’s conflicted along the way, it’ll only make for more watchable television. Also, I think the girls are going to fall head over heels for him very quickly. I only hope that by the end he finds someone who’s right for him, and that ABC can be subtle but funny with their virgin bachelor jokes.
What are your thoughts on these couples? Did any of the past weeks revelations surprise you? Are you excited for Colton to be the Bachelor? Let me know in the comments!