If you follow The Bachelor Spoilers, you already know how this season ends.
But Colton Underwood’s choice is only part of the picture. We’re eager to see how all of this plays out.
According to Chris Harrison, there are going to be a lot of tears. Colton’s tears.
Chris Harrison spoke to E! News correspondent Nina Parker, who is frankly my new favorite person at E!
As you can see in the video that we’ve included, Chris doesn’t hold back too much when it comes to discussing Colton.
After Parker calls him out on hyping up every season the same way, she then demands that he tell her “the real tea.”
After reminding viewers that the premiere is January 7, Chris then shares what has him pumped for this season.
“Colton … I’m excited for everyone to see who he really is,” Chris says.
That sentence could have an ominous meaning, but Chris then provides further details on what the Bachelor Nation can expect.
“I feel like I really did get to know the man this season,” Chris admits.
“Once you get to see him and know him,” Chris says. “I think everyone’s gonna A, fall in love with him.”
“And B,” Chris continues. “Really respect the fact that he is so open, so vulnerable, so emotional.”
Fans have already seen Colton’s tears on Bachelor in Paradise and in teaser trailers for The Bachelor.
It looks like there’s a lot more to come.
It doesn’t sound like sadness will be the only emotion that Colton evokes, however.
“It’s a pretty gut-wrenching, wild ride with him,” Chris characterizes.
We have to wonder if one of those “gut-wrenching” moments is the incident in which Colton jumps over a fance and apparently wanders off.
He shares that, unlike on The Bachelorette and in Paradise, Chris got to spend enough one-on-one time to get to know the star.
“I like him,” Chris says. “I respect him. He’s a good man.”
“And,” Chris continues. “I’m really eager for everybody to get to see what I saw.”
Naturally, there is also talk about Fantasy Suites.
Colton is famously a virgin, which really changes the dynamic in a number of ways.
Now, Colton has said that he’s not dead-set on waiting until marriage, but simply until he’s with the right person.
But the privacy of the Fantasy Suite means that a couple can seize the opportunity to talk without cameras … or to get down to business.
Chris is super vague and even evasive about it, saying that it’s all up to Colton.
Cameras may not be allowed into the suites, but thirsty members of the Bachelor Nation can rest assured in one piece of knowledge:
It’s reported that Colton’s going to spend plenty of time with his shirt off this season.
So, you know, enjoy that.
Chris Harrison, after pivoting to Colton’s virginity, ends up talking about double standards.
Under pernicious patriarchal cultural values, women are praised for remaining chaste and especially for remaining virgins.
In the mean time, men — especially celebrity athletes like Colton — are disparaged or viewed as strange or ridiculous for doing the same.
Speaking of systemic inequality, E! also asked Chris about when viewers will see the show’s first-ever black Bachelor.
The Bachelor has been airing since 2002. The lack of a black leading man is conspicuous and frankly appalling.
Chris says that his focus is to find the right “person.”
We know that he means well, if in an “I don’t see color” way, but his words imply that zero black men are “right” for the role. It’s absurd.
Anyway, if you are excited to see drama, it sounds like this season is going to give it to you.
If you wanna see a hot, shirtless virgin athlete flirt with a lot of women and also cry a lot, this season was made with you in mind.
Chris Harrison always hypes up every season, but he really does sound particularly enthusiastic — or at least sympathetic — when it comes to Colton.
We’re excited to see how it all plays out.
Chris Harrison has spoken in the past about how Colton Underwood’s virginity changes the whole narrative of The Bachelor.
Here, he may have a lot of opportunity and temptation to hook up for the very first time, especially when it’s time for the Fantasy Suites.
But Chris says that, so far, Colton sitll has his V-card.
“He’s doing good,” Chris reveals to Mario Lopez on Extra.
That’s pretty vague, but at least means that Colton hasn’t snapped under the strain of making all of these difficult choices.
“I mean, we’re in the middle of shooting right now,” Chris points out.
Meaning that there is still time for things to change for Colton. No one knows whether his ending will be happy or sad.
“So,” Chris reasons. “I can honestly say I don’t know how it ends.”
Mario of course asks if Colton has banged one of his lovely contestants.
“Not yet,” Chris replies.
(You might expect a “watch and see” instead of a direct denial for that)
“I can still tell you that the V-card is still intact,” Chris confirms.
“Will it be in the next couple weeks?” Chris asks, answering himself with: “I don’t know.”
When it comes to fantasy suites and overnight dates, Chris thinks that things may change.
“I think it will be put to the test,” he admits.
Chris then addresses Colton’s bang-free life on a more serious note.
“One thing I will also say about his virginity,” Chris says.
Chris admits that “it kind of became a cocktail joke and we are going to deal with that on the show.”
Someone else’s personal sexual choices should never make them a target of ridicule. Unless it involves a fursuit.
“And,” Chris says, the show will “deal with why he is the way he is and why he’s chosen to be who he is.”
“And I think that will be compelling too,” Chris explains.
Mario asks if it’s just a spiritual thing.
Some religions (and religious denominations) may ask people adherents to abstain from sex before marriage.
“It goes deeper than that,” Chris explains. “And I thought it was just religion too.”
Sex can be a really big deal to some people, and more can go into a choice like Colton’s than religious convictions.
“And there was a part of that,” Chris says. “He grew up very religious, and I think that was the beginning of it.”
“It also had to do with prior relationships and situations,” Chris reveals.
That is all very vague. As it should be, because Chris Harrison wouldn’t be in a job for long if he spoiled the whole season.
We know that Colton famously dated Olympic gold metalist Aly Raisman for a couple of years.
Of course, in her book, Aly Raisman warned that Colton is a selfish jerk — though she never actually named him.
In general, people who enter adulthood without having had sex either never had the opportunity, never had the desire, or had the desire but chose to avoid it.
It sounds like he has plenty of desire, and one only has to look at him to know that he’s had opportunities to go to pound town.
Viewers will be interested to hear Colton elaborate on why he has abstained.
Of course, not everyone believes that Colton is a virgin.
Some believe that it’s simply a fabrication intended to make him stand out among other The Bachelorette suitors.
If so … it worked. He went on to Bachelor in Paradise and now he is the leading man on The Bachelor.
Colton has always seemed to be drawn to women who are already in the spotlight.
The Bachelor Winter Games is more than just a way to pass the time between Bachelor episodes and reading each of The Bachelor Spoilers that leaks.
It’s also a wild ride. This episode saw a very memorable Ghost homage on a surprisingly successful date. There was also an epic kissing contest with high stakes.
But Ben Higgins realized that he was in the wrong place. After talking it over and crying over Lauren Bushnell, he decided that it was time to leave.
For starters, it turns out that Dean and Lesley aren’t just both beautiful — they’re both pretty good with a pair of skis, blowing everyone away as they raced down the slopes.
Josiah couldn’t help shading Dean Unglert at little — referring to Dean having “so many women at his disposal.”
It sounds like a compliment or perhaps even a neutral description, but it’s to remind everyone of Dean’s disastrous love triangle in Paradise.
And Clare is much harsher about it.
(Oh, Deanie Babies, the Bachelor Nation is still so disappointed in you)
However, Dean and Lesley won two date cards and after a lot of soul-searching, decided to hand off one of them to Kevin and Ashley. Which is how we got this:
That’s right, folks.
Kevin Wendt and Ashley Iaconetti did a full-on Ghost reenactment.
You’d think that a date that includes Ashley confessing that she’s a virgin would be spent awkwardly, but Kevin was totally understanding.
(He is, after all, Canadian — politeness is kind of their brand)
That didn’t stop either of them from enjoying their spin pottery date. And Ashley said that she could really see herself falling for Kevin.
A lot of folks are rooting for these two.
After Tiffany realizes that it was time to say goodbye, Ben Higgins started questioning whether The Bachelor Winter Games was really best for him at the moment.
This resulted in the tearful heart-to-heart that he had with Chris Harrison, which you can see in the video below.
“Coming back to a place like this really brings up a lot of weird memories.”
He says that he’s haunted by the “ghosts” of his past, which means that this would have made a great Halloween episode. Alas.
“And then, to try to engage in relationships here, and know that the last time that I did this was one of the best moments of my life. …”
Sometimes, you don’t know that you’re in the wrong place until you’re there.
“But, right here, right now, it just doesn’t feel right.”
“My fear is not entering into a relationship, my fear is not pursuing somebody.”
But he does know what his real fear is:
“My fear is that if I [were] to be broken again, I’m not full enough right now to recover from that.”
We can totally understand that. You need to feel secure in yourself, emotionally. Some wounds stay raw for longer than you would think.
And perhaps being on The Bachelor Winter Games has exacerbated that.
And then he talks about what sounds like being deeply impacted by comments and fan speculation — and not only that which was hurtful or intentionally hurtful.
By leaving, Ben Higgins (and Michael and Yuki) missed out on the kissing contest, which was judged by Rachel Lindsay, JoJo Fletcher, and Arie Luyendyk Jr.
Which means that Dean, Luke, Josiah, and Bibiana were engaging in a makeout contest … in front of their exes.
Awkward beyond reason.
The best kissing was definitely Ashley and Kevin — they got a standing ovation.
The worst? Josiah and Ally. Ally threw up right beforehand, and that’s just not a recipe to a good kiss.
Take a look at Ben’s tearful conversation and decide for yourself if he was right to leave:
This fourth episode of the current season of The Bachelorette marked a turning point in Jillian Harris’ journey. From David getting nixed, to Kiptyn emerging as a contender and nasty rumors circulating, things started to get a bit intense.
The venerable host and pimp of The Bachelorette, Chris Harrison, was kind enough as always to divulge, in his weekly blog with EW, some of what went on behind the scenes of the ABC hit. Here are some of his thoughts and comments …
In my mind, this season really starts now. As you could probably tell, the goofy fun and games are over and things have now taken a very serious turn.
From here on out this season of The Bachelorette is a fantastic roller coaster ride that I really can’t compare with any other season we’ve had.
This is the first season ever where three weeks in we’ve left our main house and never returned. We do have one more rose ceremony in Los Angeles later on but not at this house. Personally, I loved the travel and felt like it really fit for this season.
Jillian Harris clearly loved being back home in Vancouver. It gave her a little more confidence and an extra spring in her step being on her home turf.
Jillian definitely had a thing for Kiptyn since the moment he stepped out of the limo. She told me how gorgeous she thought he was on night one.
Their one-on-one date in Vancouver couldn’t have gone better in her eyes.
I’m going to go head and try to answer next week’s question now. No, that wasn’t Jillian’s actual loft. She does live just down the street and they are very similar, but for privacy purposes we had to use a different loft.
Jillian wanted you to know she really did make her homemade pasta sauce and salad dressing. She did it all in 45 minutes and she claims it was really good.
You could tell she loved this date and was as giddy as a school girl. Did you notice the little happy dance she did right after she closed the door? Classic Jilli.
Then came the “Olympic” group date with 50 guys. The truth is, every four years I find myself entranced by this damn sport during the Olympics.
Yeah, I said it. I like frozen shuffleboard. It’s hypnotic.
Let me just say next that I sympathize with Jake.
I too know what it’s like to have to defend yourself for being too perfect. For those of us on this planet who have never done wrong and are always right and are just downright 100 percent perfect all the time, life can be really hard.
Seriously, Jillian told me she does like Jake Pavelka. He’s a great guy but when somebody always says just the right thing at the right time you have to wonder if that’s sincere. That’s her battle right now with Jake: Is this guy for real?
Okay, I put this off as long as I could. Let’s discuss Dave.
I don’t think I even need to ask for your comments on this guy. I agree with Jillian’s reactions. This guy was way out of bounds in the way he treated her on this date. David was incredibly disrespectful and beyond inappropriate.
This is just another reason why this show is so “amazing.” I’m guessing all of you ladies out there have dated “this” guy before and had to deal with it. I hope you all were able to keep your dinner down while you were watching this.
Jillian handled herself well and took the high road.
And in the end she did the best thing she could do… show him the door. I can’t wait to talk to this guy at the “Men Tell All” reunion special!
The two-on-one date with Mark and Mike may have surprised you a bit. Mike was eloquent and said all the right things but Jillian didn’t know him any better (kind of like Jake). He spent the night selling himself instead of making a connection.
Mark on the other hand spent his time telling Jillian stories about his past and really connected with her. She knows people will think she’s crazy for letting a guy like Mike go but she felt a deeper connection with Mark, so he got the rose.
The cocktail party started out great in theory. We had one of the top floors of the Fairmont hotel in Vancouver to ourselves and Jillian brought in her cousin Tori to meet and help judge the guys. But, of course, you never got to see Tori.
Jillian Harris was already stressed over letting Mike go and showed up this night really looking for the guys to cheer her up and relieve the stress.
Then, in her words, everything turned into a “Gong Show.”
One by one, guys started telling Jillian that certain men weren’t here for the right reasons, and that some might even have girlfriends back home.
Then came Tanner P.’s discussion… the straw that broke Jillian’s back.
After this chat, Jillian called off the party and by the time I found her in the deliberation room, her head was spinning and she was pretty upset.
This is where I have to admit it’s different for me to host The Bachelorette than The Bachelor. I went into that rose ceremony a little pissed off and wanted to get to the bottom of all of these rumors for Jillian.
I also felt so bad for Tanner P. during this. Even though some won’t feel sorry for him since he stirred all this up, I really thought he was going to pass out.
Jillian got a little annoyed with the guys because instead of worrying about who might have a girlfriend, all the guys cared about was who said what.
This confrontation went on for a while. Emotions were running high. In the end, Jillian really didn’t get any answers and sent Dave and Juan home.
As you can probably guess, this particular bit of drama isn’t over and Jillian is now very skeptical of several guys heading into next week’s episode which takes place just a couple hours away from Vancouver in Whistler.
This week’s episode of The Bachelorette, the third of the current season, featured some atrocious acting, more of Wes’ lame singing, a one-on-one date with fan favorite Ed, Tanner P.’s fetish and David’s rapidly escalating rage.
Bachelorette host-pimp Chris Harrison certainly had ample material for his weekly blog with EW, and was kind enough to share some funny thoughts and anecdotes with us. Here are some behind-the-scenes excerpts …
We have a lot to deal with this week… Dave’s rage, Tanner’s fetish, etc,
Many of you asked to see more Ed. If you liked Ed before, I’m guessing you love him even more now. Is it just me, or was that the slowest zip cord ride ever?
Jillian told me she wanted to go faster but they wouldn’t let them.
Now on to the group date, or as I like to call it, the Western Porn.
Tanner P., I’m sorry man, that outfit was just wrong. Brad’s kiss… was it “ultra bad ass” or ultra awkward? The Brokeback Mountain scene… let’s just move on.
Jillian Harris was a little freaked out by all the kissing scenes but dealt with it. Just know she wasn’t happy about all that. David’s rage begins to build, level 1!
Juan and Jillian act out a scene in a faux Western. David’s rage level climbs.
Sasha got the other individual date. This was a dream date for Jillian.
It seemed like things were going well but Jillian just wasn’t feeling it and with so many guys left, if she could eliminate one then, it made life that much easier.
Jillian told me she was really concerned about Sasha’s lack of relationship experience. He’s never been in love and that’s something she wants her partner to have gone through. My question: Did we really send him home on a city bus?
Let’s talk about Wes and his golden guitar of love.
Please give me your thoughts on this because I have to admit, it’s wearing on me a little bit. Jillian says it melted her heart (her words not mine). She has a weak spot for live country music, especially when she’s being serenaded.
Apparently [Wes Hayden] is many girls’ fantasy. Is that true?
The cocktail party begins with Dave’s rage quickly building to level 3. Interesting to think back to sweet, innocent, shy Dave who got the first impression rose.
Oh geez, Juan interrupts Dave’s time with Jillian… Rage now at level 6!
We leave the rage-fest for my favorite part of this episode: Tanner P.’s toe suck dance. I’m sorry did he just say, “I’m here to suck on some toes and meet some Jillian”? You can’t think this guy is creepy ’cause he’s too damn funny.
Uh-oh, David’s rage meter now up to level 8!
At this point, Dave was being extremely rude and condescending to Juan. I can’t believe Juan was able to keep his cool as well as he did.
As you heard some of the other guys also feel Juan is a bit insincere, they just don’t threaten him with death. This is where it’s tough for me as the host/friend.
In the deliberation room, I could clearly see Jillian had a small clue as to what was going on but at this point she obviously doesn’t know or see everything.
We’ve always maintained that The Bachelor / The Bachelorette needs to find things out and judge for themselves. I try to lead her as best I can and give her direction, but in the end, this is her journey and these are her decisions.
Don’t worry, Jillian’s not an idiot, and she’s a great judge of character.
I think we all learned some valuable lessons this week, namely what a toe suck dance looks like, and whatever you do in this life, don’t ever, ever fake a shot.
As angry Dave would say, have a great week and stop being a cheese-ass.