This week on The Bachelor, we open with a pre-episode prologue recounting last week’s drama surrounding Kelsey’s bottle of champagne, with several girls interrogating our alleged thief, Hannah Ann. The issue seems to be not that she was stealing, but the fact that she was stealing champagne. I’m surprised that the triggering beverage isn’t rosé, considering its fascinating similarity to the word “rose.” But who knows–maybe they don’t have any Gatorade on the set of The Bachelor, so the bachelorettes must rely on champagne to replenish their electrolytes. Or perhaps it’s the carbonation that makes the champagne such a delicacy, and we need to watch out for the girls stealing some other alcoholic sparkly beverages. But don’t worry, Bachelor Nation, this episode is six-packed with some serious drama, and the White Claws certainly do come out.
After our first commercial break, Peter and Victoria P. go on a wild one-on-one date. Peter, a Los Angeles native, tells Victoria that he’s going to give her a glimpse into his hometown roots. At first, this makes literally no sense, since the entire date revolves around listening to live country music, square-dancing, and shopping for authentic cowboy boots. But then it becomes clear that they just filmed this while “Old Town Road” was dominating the charts and everyone in Los Angeles was pretending to be into country music in an attempt to feel relevant. Regardless, Peter and Victoria P. have a rootin’ tootin’ good time. This ain’t their first Rodeo Drive.
Since living in the Bachelor Mansion as a bachelorette is essentially just attending the world’s most exclusive two-month long sleepover, it was only fitting that this week’s group date is a massive pillow fight wrestling match. They kind of took the fun out of a group sleepover by replacing all the sexual tension with competitive tension. But I will say, I was intrigued when Peter leaned in from the sidelines and screamed, “Finish her!!!” The pillow fight is orchestrated and judged by Demi, last year’s fan-favorite and meme supplier. After the pillow fighting is complete, Peter truly absorbs the group sleepover party energy as he spends the next segment kissing a bunch of girls for the first time.
And now, we officially announce Season 24’s rousing plunge into one of the most famous tropes in The Bachelor: the mysterious case of Who Is Here For the Right Reasons. This week, we investigate the rivalry between Sydney and Alayah.
Sydney fills Peter in on some house-wide accusations that Alayah is fake and switches up her personality in front of the cameras. This leads to a long string of dramatic confrontations amongst multiple opponents: Sydney and Alayah, Alayah and Peter, Victoria F. and Alayah, Chris Harrison and his crushed belief in humanity–it just keeps going. At one point during the episode, Sydney asks Alayah, “Do you even have emotions?” To which Alayah–spoken like a true robot–responds, “Of course I do, I’m Heh-yewww-maaaan (alternate pronunciation: “Human”). Tune in next week as Alayah encrypts Peter’s data and demands that the girls confirm their identities by identifying three crosswalks.
Best Tweets from The Bachelorette Season 16 Episode 8 About Mental Health, Ghost Hunting, and Noah and Bennett’s Rivalry
The Bachelorette Season 16 Episode 8 kicks off with Chris Harrison passing the baton to Jojo as he goes to move his son to college.
Zac Clark is Tayshia’s first one-on-one date of the episode and they get married… no joke. Following the “ceremony,” he gets deep as he opens up about his brain tumor, addiction, and healing in rehab.
The second group date requires the men to get creative and express themselves through art.
Noah and Bennett continue to take digs at each other and the “boyish drama” gets Tayshia’s attention.
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When Will Matt James’ Season of ‘The Bachelor’ Premiere? ABC Announces Winter Premiere Dates
The Bachelorette is delivering plenty of drama with the exit of Clare Crawley and the introduction of Tayshia Adams, but there’s one question on every Bachelor fan’s mind: when will Matt James’ season of The Bachelor arrive?!
ABC revealed that the season featuring the first Black Bachelor will begin on Monday, January 4!
The premiere will kick off the return of several unscripted shows.
On Thursday, January 7, the network will premiere Celebrity Wheel of Fortune with hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White, The Chase with Sara Haines and Jeopardy’s James Holzhauer, Ken Jennings, and Brad Rutter, and mystery-based game show The Hustler with Craig Ferguson.
Fans won’t have to wait long for American Idol to make its grand entrance as the reality show will return on Valentine’s Day with judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie back in action!
Here’s your winter schedule for ABC:
MONDAY, JAN. 4
The Bachelor (8/7c)
THURSDAY, JAN. 7
Celebrity Wheel of Fortune (8/7c)
The Chase (9/8c)
The Hustler (10/9c)
TUESDAY, JAN. 26
To Tell the Truth (8/7c)
SUNDAY, FEB. 14
American Idol (8/7c)
What are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments!
‘The Bachelor’ Olympics-Themed Spinoff ‘Summer Games’ Cancelled
ABC will not be moving forward with Olympics-themed spinoff “Summer Games,” Variety reported.
The competition was set to parallel the Summer Olympics in Tokyo this July, which was also canceled as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic. The sporting event was moved to next year, though, it’s unclear if the Bachelor franchise will air the series next year.
2/19/2020: The Bachelor is headed to the Olympics… well, their version of it anyway.
There doesn’t seem to be a cap on Bachelor franchise spinoffs because why would there be? We’re going to watch all of them anyway!
Just yesterday, the promo for The Bachelor: Listen To Your Heart, a musical spinoff, dropped its first promo, but here we are today talking about an Olympics-themed spinoff.
Following the success of The Bachelor Winter Games, ABC is bringing you the Summer Olympics, a summer version of the athletic spinoff playing off of the fact that the Olympics are happening this July in Tokyo.
The show will essentially feature contestants competing in Olympic-styled sports events, which will just be pure joy, and likely getting involved in drama and hooking up on the side.
“[Summer Games] will be its own thing and it’ll run — it’ll be Bachelorette Summer Games,” ABC’s Senior Vice President of Alternative Programming Rob Mills said on The Ringer’s Bachelor Party podcast on Tuesday.
“What’s nice about Summer Games, is when we did Winter Games, Bachelor was still airing, so it was a lot . . . This is Summer Games, and then Paradise will start . . . There is going to be both,” he explained.
“I think it’s going to be really fun,” he added. “We found a really great place to hold it. I mean, it’s going to be so fun seeing these people in these great, you know, track and field, and swimming. This is a real Olympics. To me, this is the real Olympics.”
“I still think we need to look at the creative, and it’s like, do you — if somebody is with somebody or not, can they be in it?” he said. “‘Cause there’s certain people that you’d love to see — I mean, I’d love to see Jordan [Rodgers] or Colton [Underwood].”
All of this basically translates to us living, breathing, and sleeping Bachelor content!
No premiere date has been set for Summer Games yet, but Listen to Your Heart arrives in April!
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