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THE BACHELOR: “I Want Crazy” Hometowns Brings More Drama With Victoria F. And Later A Surprise Elimination

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It was “hometowns” on Monday’s night’s episode of The Bachelor! And, we all know what that means, right? Fathers questioning the intention of “The Bachelor’ with their daughters, said ‘Bachelor’ not quite saying the word “I love you” back when one or more of the contestants vying for his heart tell him the “L” word, mothers worried their daughters hearts will be broken …. and so it goes …

For Peter Weber’s season, he had “hometowns” with Hannah Ann, Kelsey, Madison and well, sort of with Victoria F.   First up is Hannah Ann’s meet and greet and grilling with her family.  When Peter talks to Hannah Ann’s dad, Rick, he tells him he is falling for her, but Rick doesn’t want him to say he loves Hannah Ann to her, unless he means it.  Later,  Peter does indeed tell Hannah Ann that he is in love with her and she repeats the same.   Hannah Ann continues to look like a frontrunner; especially after all that went down and is about to go down in the week ahead.

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Next, we go to Iowa to meet Kelsey’s family, where she first tells Peter she is also falling in love with him, to which, he can only respond, something along the lines of ‘thank you for telling me’, ‘that means so much to me’, or ‘so good to hear’.  Uh-oh!  He did not seemingly share her feelings.  Will that come back to bite Kelsey in the end? Kelsey’s mom is, of course, worried for Kelsey’s heart to be broken during their chitchat on the ‘hometowns”.  Stay tuned, mom.

Peter heads south for a date with Madison to meet her family in Auburn, Alabama.  Weber sees first hand that is a very religious family and that their faith means everything to them.   Madison’s mom, Tonya, asks her privately if she’s  talked to Peter about decisions she’s made about her relationships – that she is  saving herself for marriage.  It is then we learn that Madison is afraid to tell Peter, but won’t compromise her values, either.   Madison’s dad comes down hard on Peter about not breaking Madison’s heart, his firstborn daughter.   But in the end, it looks like Peter is still all in with Madison as a top contender for the final rose.

How apropos that the producers of The Bachelor brought in country singer/songwriter, Hunter Hayes for a guest spot and had him appropriately, sing his hit song, “I Want Crazy” during a big “set-up” impromptu concert/dance gathering in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Victoria Fuller’s hometown.   While the two have a fun-filled afternoon and seem to be enjoying each other, the drama ratchets up 100% when a mysterious woman called out Peter’s name, (while he is alone for a moment), and for some reason her face is blurred out during the conversation.

The woman is Merissa Pence, a former flame of Weber’s, who apparently lives in Virginia Beach, as well.  She tells Peter to be careful with Victoria F.  And, that Fuller has wrecked quite a few relationships around town, and is not the woman he thinks she is.   Gut-punched, Peter does not know at first what to do with the Intel.

At night, when it is time for the ‘hometown’ to meet Victoria’s family; Peter pulls Victoria aside and tells her what happened.  He notes that her ex Chase Rice stopped by one of their dates, and now the same thing has happened to him when an ex interrupted their date.  Victoria becomes extremely defensive, starts to cry, lashes out at Peter and walks away. “Do you think that I enjoy this right now?” Peter tells her,  but Victoria says it doesn’t matter anymore.  He gets in the limo, the ‘hometown’ is off, and Victoria is left crying on the street as her family comes out to her rescue to hold her.

US Weekly reported that the mysterious woman, Merrisa and Peter had dated for five months back in 2012 and ended their relationship as friends.  As to how Pence became involved in all of this, she said she reached out to the show producers, because she wanted to get a message to Peter about Victoria, expressing: “I talked to them for about an hour. They said they’d call me back. They didn’t call me back until about 9:30pm and they were like, ‘Hey, we don’t feel like we’ve vetted the situation enough to bring you on the show.’ I was like, ‘Oh, that’s a bummer, but I wish him the best and I totally understand.’ So I was kinda just like mulling over how I could still make it work,” adding that she called a producer the next day asking if she could watch filming and “maybe talk to Peter” after his date. The producer agreed and texted her 30 minutes before she needed to be there.”  The rest is, well, ‘Bachelor’ TV history.

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The next day, Victoria shows up at Peter’s hotel room and says she says she’s falling in love with him. He is confused and that they lack communication skills. No kidding!! These two put the “D” in dysfunction.  Peter says he needs some time to think about what he wants to do.

Now, we are back in Los Angeles for the rose ceremony, and Peter kicks to the curb Kelsey and keeps in the running Victoria F.!  But at the end of the episode, knowing that the group is going to Australia for the “Fantasy Suites” week, Madison chimes to Peter that she needs to speak to him.  Will she finally reveal that she is saving herself for marriage before embarking on the trip to Australia to compete for his heart?  Stay tuned.

So, what did you think about Kelsey exiting and Victoria F. staying in the running for the final rose? The “hometowns”? Comment below. But first, watch the confrontation between Victoria and Peter from last night’s episode.

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THE BACHELOR Season Premiere: Is Matt James Destined to be the Best in Franchise History? The First Impression Rose Is Given Out

On Monday’s premiere episode of the highly-anticipated seasons of The Bachelor, viewers finally saw groundbreaking lead ‘Bachelor’ Matt James in action.

James, became the first black ‘Bachelor’ in the reality-dating competition 25-year history.

It kicks-off for viewers getting an introduction into Matt’s upbringing: He’s biracial and was raised by a single mother in North Carolina. He played college football at Wake Forest University, lives in New York City and works in real estate, and volunteers a lot of his time with under-privileged children.

As pressure began to mount (right before the ladies drove up in their limos to meet Matt), he asked to talk to host, Chris Harrison, because some things were weighing heavily on him including: not wanting to let people down, knowing this was a moment in TV history.  Matt expressed to Chris: “I don’t want to piss off black people, I don’t want to piss off white people,” trying to figure how to navigate the season.

Throughout the episode, Matt’s nerves, honesty, and a request of himself and to the women, to be open through this journey, seem to serve him well, which left viewers with a solid first impression of him during the premiere.  He also led the women in a prayer before the first cocktail party kicked-off!

Speaking of the women, there are 32 this season that are vying for the final rose – the largest contingent ever.  Everyone was said to have quarantined for weeks and took four COVID-19 tests with hopes of getting to get up close and personal with Matt.  The entire season moved to a an expansive mansion and set-up in Pennsylvania, not Hollywood.

While there were so many cringe-worthy moments of the women trying to impress Matt when they first meet him … let’s not forget Katie with the vibrator dubbed “MJ”, or  Victoria who walks around calling herself “The Queen” and being the most annoying… we could already sense some possible connections with the others.

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Making ‘Bachelor’ history also was contestant, Abigail Heringer.  She is the first deaf contestant to ever appear on the franchise.   Matt was very taken with Abigail in the season premiere with her beauty and her honesty.  Right off the bat, she admitted to him that she was deaf.  Later, during the cocktail party and some one-on-one time, she also revealed that her older sister is deaf as well. Both were born with congenital hearing loss, and both underwent cochlear implantation surgery

Matt then shares his first real on-screen kiss with Abigail, and next went searching for the first impression rose, while all the other gals got jealous.  He gave the rose to Abigail.   Next, it was time for the first rose ceremony and we can’t understand (well, we can .. they need someone to stir the pot) why “The Queen” Victoria received a rose and is still in the running, but that’s another story.  Some potential picks such as Bri, Mari, Chelsea and Kristin could be in it for the long-haul, but we shall see.

The episode concluded with another promo of all the tears and drama from the gals and Matt as this season continues next Monday night.

So, what was your first impression of Matt as The Bachelor? Abigail as the women who received the first impression rose? Who do you think will win Matt’s heart in the end? Any early predictions? Comment below.

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Cassie Randolph Files Restraining Order Against ‘Bachelor’ Colton Underwood With Allegations He Put Tracking Device On Her Car & More

‘Bachelor Nation’ has been aware that things went south for the former ‘Bachelor’ Colton Undewood and his ex-lady love, Cassie Randolph for awhile now, but revelations over the last 36 hours have shed new light on their break-up and even more troubling information since.

On Friday, September 11th, Randolph filed a restraining order against Underwood in Los Angeles.   In legal documents obtained by TMZ, apparently, Randolph alleges Underwood put a tracking device on her car taped to the bottom of the back bumper to trace her every move and has been stalking her.  The documents also share that she alleges he has been sending her unsettling text messages.

In addition, Cassie claims Underwood has been showing up uninvited to her L.A. apartment and parent’s house in Huntington Beach, California.  This includes: a an allegation that Colton takes obsessed walks around her apartment complex and has loitered in an alley outside her bedroom window at her parent’s home in the wee hours of the morning.

At some point, Randolph says that Underwood even admitted to sending her accusatory texts that she was hanging out with her ex, and anonymous text messages where he was pretending to also be the victim of a stalker.  She says he later admitted to the planting of the tracking device and the messages.

The two broke up three months ago in May. The breakup came two months after Randolph helped Underwood back to health after he contracted and battled Covid-19.  The once lovebirds appeared on the 2019 season of The Bachelor,

So far, no comment has been offered up from Underwood or his reps.

What do you think of the allegations against Colton? Comment below.

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‘The Bachelor’ Names Matt James As First Black Male Lead In Franchise History For Upcoming Season

The former ‘Bachelorette’ star, Rachel Lindsay, who was up until this point, the first and only black lead on the reality-dating competition series, and who came to the forefront recently urging the popular series to “acknowledge their systemic racism” obviously that landed on some listening ears.  Couple that, with a petition signed by over 80,000 people at Change.org, demanding a black male lead on The Bachelor, and less discrimination, and ABC listened.

Now, Matt James will become the first black ‘Bachelor’ for its upcoming 25th season, which will air in 2021.

The producer of the series found James when he was going to be one of the suitors vying for the final rose from ‘The Bachelorette’ Clare Crawley’s season where production has been on an indefinite hold since COVID-19,

As for Matt,  he is reported to be a 28-year-old real estate broker, entrepreneur and community organization founder who hails from North Carolina.  James majored in Economics at Wake Forest University, and played wide receiver for the football team. He then played pro football, before moving to New York City, where he now lives.

In a statement, ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke, said: Matt has been on our radar since February, when producers first approached him to join Bachelor Nation, as part of Clare’s season. When filming couldn’t move forward as planned, we were given the benefit of time to get to know Matt and all agreed he would make a perfect Bachelor. We know we have a responsibility to make sure the love stories we’re seeing onscreen are representative of the world we live in and we are proudly in service to our audience. This is just the beginning and we will continue to take action with regard to diversity issues on this franchise.  We feel so privileged to have Matt as our first Black Bachelor and we cannot wait to embark on this journey with him.”

ABC revealed the casting news on Good Morning America on Friday.

So, what do you think of Matt James becoming the first black ‘Bachelor” on the reality-dating show franchise? Comment below. First watch the announcement on GMA .

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