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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.

Breaking News

‘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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‘The Bachelor: The Most Unforgettable – Ever!’ To Bow In June; While ‘The Bachelorette’ Season Is Shutdown Due To COVID-19

With the coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc on TV production, it greatly impacted the reality-dating competition season of The Bachelorette.  This was to be Clare Crawley’s turn as the girl that all the guys are vying for that final rose for; but instead ABC has made a move to keep ‘Bachelor’ programming on during the summer.

With over 18 years, hundreds of men and women, countless romances and some heartbreaks along the way, Bachelor Nation has witnessed some of the most unforgettable love stories in television history.  So, announced today and beginning on Monday June 8th (8:00–11:00 p.m. EDT),  The Bachelor: The Most Unforgettable – Ever! will take audiences on a journey to look back at some of the most dramatic moments ever from The Bachelor franchise in a 10-episode series event.

Each Monday, directly from the Bachelor mansion, host Chris Harrison will reach into the vault and bring back one of his favorite seasons, highlighting some of the most devastating rose ceremonies, passionate proposals, unexpected new arrivals, dramatic meltdowns, biggest breakups, and, of course, the most romantic moments.

The weekly retrospectives will also include virtual catch-ups with fan-favorite Bachelor alumni, checking on the latest in their lives after their final rose.

Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainmen said in  a statement: The Bachelor: The Most Unforgettable – Ever! is a love letter to our fans who have been with us through some of the most heartwarming, heartbreaking and unexpected moments throughout Bachelor history. We can’t wait for Bachelor Nation to fall in love all over again as we take this wild journey down memory lane.”

So, what do you think of the summer replacement series of The Bachelor looking back at some of the most infamous and unforgettable moments in the series past, while The Bachelorette is on hold? Comment below.

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THE BACHELOR: Did Madison Walk Away From Peter For Good?

On last night’s “Fantasy Suites” episode of The Bachelor, as predicted from the previews, Peter took his relationships with Hannah Ann and Victoria F. to the next level and with overnights.  Did he sleep with both?  That left the big question of the installment, what would happen between Madison and Peter, the final women left in the running for his heart.  .

When they sit down for their date, (which happened last on the airshow)  Madison emphasized that she is saving herself for marriage, won’t change her values, expects and that Peter would not have sex with any other women in the competition series, when she expresses: “I’m not in any way trying to come across as judgmental or hold something over your head, but at the same time, those are just my expectations that I have in life,”

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Peter admits that he did have sex with someone else, and apologizes to her.  Madison does acknowledge that she had been testing him, and that he’d failed, miserably. In her testimonial, she shares: “He (Peter) knew coming into this week, because I had made it clear, that there was a chance that he could lose me if he made certain decisions and he made them anyways. I’m so frustrated with him, I’m so mad at him.”

Madison walks away from their table in tears.  Peter sits at the table also in tears.  Then, Peter gets up and tries to make things OK, by going after Madison to comfort her.  Next, he begins apologizing for hurting her and tells her that he can see a future for them …and to please not walk away.  But, Madison made it clear that she does not want him getting down on one knee six days after he had slept with someone else.

In the end, Madison walks away and out of camera range, and the episode comes to its conclusion.  Now this moment harkens to the mystery that people have been talking about all season long … who is the woman that Peter’s mother is crying over in the promos and tell him to go after her and bring her home?  From all accounts after this episode that would be Madison!  And in next week’s promo, it’s Victoria F. and Hannah Ann who are at a rose ceremony with no Madison in sight.

What did you think of Madison walking out on Peter? Do you think she had a right to give him an ultimatum about the other women? Comment below.

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