Ashley Hebert Is The Bachelorette 7

Ashley Hebert finished third in the most recent season of The Bachelor, having been passed over by Brad for Chantal and Emily. In the next season of The Bachelorette, she will be the one doing the choosing.

The Bachelorette Season 7 will premiere at 9/8c on Monday May 23 on ABC and then move to its regularly scheduled time of 8/7c the following week.

ABC Bio
Age: 26

Occupation: Dentist

Hometown: Madawaska, ME

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you bring and why?
Phone – to connect with family/friends and listen to music
Toothbrush/paste – can’t stand a dirty feeling mouth
Sunscreen – stay young!

Do you speak any other languages other than English?
No. Understand French

Tattoo Count: 1
Location: Inner right wrist

Do you consider yourself a romantic and why?
Yes! I watch all the movies, think about ideal romantic dates and am very hopeful for extreme romance to enter my life.

The Bachelor 15 Winner

After it was announced that Brad Womack would be The Bachelor again, I opted to not bother watching the show. (Is the pool of choices really that shallow, ABC?) Having wasted the last season Brad was on, it seemed even more pointless to bother watching than usual. Sure, each The Bachelor couple always breaks up within a few months, but at least they make an effort, rather than dumping everybody and saying there’s no point in even bothering trying to date. A couple million people agreed with me, putting an end to the show’s record ratings, but the viewership was still respectable.

Not wanting to become the most hated man in America (again), this time Brad was bound and gagged to choose someone.

In the end, The Bachelor 15 winner was 24 year old (Brad is 38) hospital event planner Emily Maynard. Brad opted for her over 28 year old executive assistant Chantal O’Brien.

Although they are back together for now, Brad and Emily have already broken up, and they are not going to get married nor move in together any time soon. The clock is ticking. This will be the shortest lived relationship in the show’s history (Jason “Sorry I proposed to you, but I thought you were the other girl” Mesnick’s season notwithstanding), which in itself is saying something.

The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and even Bachelor Pad will be returning over the course of the next year on ABC.

Brad Womack Is The Bachelor 15

Okay, seriously, why is this putz returning? I believe the phrase I’m looking for is jump the shark.

Three years ago, Brad Womack was presented with a choice between 25 beautiful women. He chose nobody. The whole concept of proposing after a few dates, and hence the entire premise of the show itself, is all quite silly. That said, for someone to be unwilling to even attempt dating one of the hand picked women is just ridiculous.

Nonetheless, in spite of the fact that he dropped all of the women and became probably the most hated bachelor ever, Brad Womack will once again be The Bachelor for season 15. I’m going to assume that every other potential candidate turned ABC down, so more suitable choices like Chris Lambton were not picked. Given the choice, I’d rather see Wes.

The Bachelorette Season 6 Winner

Seeing as Frank quit, we were presented with a thoroughly anticlimactic final two in The Bachelorette Season 6 Episode 9: Chris Lambton and Roberto Martinez. Tonight one of them will become The Bachelorette Season 6 winner. You know, probably.

Roberto is the first to get to meet Ali’s family, her mother, father, sister, and brother. Her mother says that whatever he’s done throughout this process is what Ali needs to make her happy. Afterward, Roberto asks her father for his blessing, which he receives after saying he does love her. Then the whole family gets up to learn salsa dancing.

Chris gets the second date with the family. He’s hopeful this will have the same impact that his hometown date did. They’re quickly finding things in common, with their Massachusetts connection kicking things off. Ali’s mom says that a slowly developing relationship may well be a strong one. As with Roberto, Chris asks for permission from Ali’s father, which he receives.

Ali’s father felt that Roberto seems a little more open to moving forward than Chris is. Her brother and sister felt differently, that Chris is planning to propose in three days. Her mother thinks they both love her.

With the family out of the way, the guys get one last date. They take a jetski to some stingrays, which they think may possibly be safe. Then it starts to rain, which they take as the cue to start making out. After drying off, he gives her their first picture. Just in case she didn’t know already, he’s falling in love with her. She’s never, ever, ever felt this good about a relationship or a person.

The way Ali’s talking, I’m half expecting Chris Harrison to be on the other end of the knocking on Chris’ door. Nope. It’s Ali. She’s acting weird. Just because they like hanging out doesn’t mean it’s supposed to be. She’s in love with somebody else (like Frank was). Apparently, kissing in the rain was all it took. Wow, no need to have a rose ceremony then. This wasn’t an easy decision, and yet, it seems like it was. At least she’s not leading him on any more. After this happens, he sees a rainbow, which he takes as a sign from his mom that he’s going to be okay.

With that out of the way, I think we can pretty safely assume that Roberto will be proposing to Ali. After they find 20 minutes of filler, Roberto does indeed propose to Ali.

After the final rose, they announce that they will be moving in together in San Diego. They don’t have a date set yet for the wedding, which is a good sign. For the first time, we get to hear Ali stop saying she “gave up everything”. It goes without saying she didn’t. And now she finally realizes it.

The Bachelor will be returning for season 15. No word yet on a bachelor, but my money’s on Chris. In the meantime, Bachelor Pad premieres next week.

The Bachelorette Season 6 Episode 9

Following the hometown dates, Kirk was eliminated in The Bachelorette Season 6 Episode 8.

Well, now that the tornado watch is over, without a drop of rain having fallen, we can get into the show and away from the lectures from news anchors about why the show’s being preempted.

Whatever Ali and Roberto did for their afternoon together will remain a mystery to me for the time being (apparently, they took a helicopter tour over Le Taha’a), but now they’re at dinner. Oh, and it’s Tahiti now. He realizes that he has been a bit reserved, but he just wants her to know that he’s falling in love with her. After that reveal, it’s obvious he will be accepting the key to the fantasy suite, which is accessible by wading through the water.

Chris is up next. They’ll be kicking things off on a catamaran, the biggest and most luxurious one in Tahiti, if that means anything to anyone. They go past Bora Bora, which I guess is too much of a tourist trap for them to bother going to. Despite their slow start, the hometown date and meeting the family kicked them in the right direction. When they get to their destination, they open up some oysters, which of course have pearls in them. Their food was wrapped in banana leaves and cooked underground. He could really see himself with her forever. Exploring that further, it’s time to start off with the fantasy suite. Good luck topping this place on your honeymoon. She might even consider going back to Massachusetts, snow and all.

That leaves Frank, who’s here to do something that’s going to hurt. He’s here to tell Ali that he’s leaving because he’s in love with his ex-girlfriend. Not to say I told you so, but she should have kept Kirk. Why now? Apparently, when they were in Chicago, he fell back in love with his ex. Really, that quickly?

Frank opens his meeting with Ali with the words “we need to talk.” She pretty much should know that’s the kiss of death. They have an amazing connection, and his feelings have been getting stronger. But there’s something holding him back: unresolved feelings for an ex-girlfriend. Trying to get closure, he instead decided he was still in love with Nicole. So why didn’t he say something before? He doesn’t have an answer for that. She gave up everything to be here (at least she hasn’t said that for a couple episodes anyway). He gave up everything, too, aside from the other woman.

Ali’s understandably upset. There’s no reason why he should have allowed himself to get to the final three without once mentioning his reservations about his ex. Granted, the warning signs were there. Frank seemed overly paranoid about the whole process, and he behaved so awkwardly at the hometown that it seemed the logical choice to cut him.

Leading up to the rose ceremony, Ali’s hemming and hawing about how maybe one of the other guys will reject her. C’mon, what are the odds of that happening? I guess they have to fill in the half an hour somehow.

The easy part of the evening is that there are two roses for both guys. Needless to say, both of the guys accept their roses, and one of them will end up as this season’s winner.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of The Bachelorette Season 6 Episode 10, which airs Monday at 8/7c on ABC.

The Bachelorette Season 6 Episode 8

Before we got treated to the trainwreck that is Jake & Vienna in The Bachelorette Season 6 Episode 7, Ali sent Ty packing to bring us down to the final four guys who will be going on hometown dates.

Ali first meets Roberto in Tampa, where she goes to the university at which he played baseball. He apparently played some minor league ball before deciding to be an insurance salesman. They go to dinner with his father (also Roberto), mother, sister (both of them are named Olga I guess), brother, and sister-in-law. His father’s concerned that maybe she wants to do too many things. I noticed that with the coming on this show and then quitting to go back to work and then quitting that to go back to this show. Regardless of any reservations he may have, he gives Roberto his blessing. They finish off the night with a dance around the living room.

Next we head to Dennis, MA on Cape Cod for a hometown visit with Chris. They meet on the beach… in the rain. That doesn’t distract them from playing with his dog and walking on the sand/mud. Ali feels comfortable in Massachusetts since she is also from there. While waiting for his family to arrive back at the house, they take a walk down memory lane and then talk about the future. His sisters-in-law are both wearing Dennis bracelets just like Ali. They really don’t present much in the way of tough questions, just wanting what’s best for him.

Kirk takes Ali to Green Bay, WI, the cheese state. His parents are divorced and don’t speak to each other, to the extent that they have to go to two different households in order to meet both of them. First up it’s the dad, stepmom, and stepsister. His father has a question: “Would you like to go see my basement?” Run away. Run away. When they get down there, there are a lot of stuffed animals. Ali makes the mistake of opening the freezer, where they keep frozen snacks like popsicles… along with dead animal parts. This is all quite creepy, not in a good way. Once they’re done trapsing through the pet cemetery, they discuss whether Kirk’s ready for this relationship, and his father thinks he is. Bringing the girl home for a change is a positive sign.

Date number two is Kirk’s mother’s house, where they meet the women in his life: his mom, grandma, and sister. There are no dead animals this time, just one of their home-cooked meals. The family gets together for every occasion, well, at least this part of the family anyway. His mom sees this journey as a new beginning for a guy who went through so much with his illness. She can tell he’s happy.

Frank gets the final date in Chicago. He’s less upbeat than the other guys, worrying that he could get sent home tomorrow. Perhaps a visit home will stop his moping. While the dinner is a lot more cheerful than their boat ride over had been, he’s still in doubting Thomas mode. Nonetheless, he still says he’s falling in love with her.

With the hometown dates over, it’s time to head back to the mansion for the rose ceremony. Before that, Ali has a lengthy chat with Chris Harrison in which she pretends any one of the guys could be going home.

Roses
Roberto
Chris
Frank

As much as I thought Frank would be sent home seeing as how uptight and unfun he seemed to make their date, the person actually being cut is Kirk. He felt good about where they were at and was looking to propose, but Ali doesn’t think they fit together.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of The Bachelorette Season 6 Episode 9, which airs Monday at 8/7c on ABC.

Ed and Jillian Break Up

It’s been two whole weeks since Jake and Vienna called it quits (and then proceeded to begin sniping at each other as publicly as they possibly could), so I guess now would be antoher good time for another break up story.

The Bachelorette Season 6 couple Ed Swiderski have now broken off their engagement. Technically, Ed and Jillian “are taking some time apart to re-evaluate their relationship,” according to People. Make of that what you will, but I wouldn’t hold much hope for reconciliation.

Still, the timing of this announcement puts them six months ahead of how long Jake and Vienna lasted.

The Bachelorette Season 6 Episode 7

The Bachelorette Season 6 Episode 6 started off with fireworks. The wrestler’s girlfriend, who was fully onboard and involved with hatching the plan for him to come on the show and try to become famous (didn’t work), got jealous of him when she found out he had another girlfriend. With that, she decided to screw him over and tell Ali not to trust him, but instead to trust her because she only tried to trick her for a little while but Justin wanted to go all the way to the final three with the lie. In the end, Justin found his way off the show, as we listened to the desperate voicemails he left for his (ex?) girlfriend. In the anticlimactic conclusion, Ali made it obvious she had no interest in Craig, so nobody was surprised when he did not get a rose.

This week the destination is Lisbon, Portugal, where there will be 4 dates and no roses.

Roberto gets the first individual date. Ali hopes to find out if Roberto can be fun. Apparently to him this means hearing music and stopping to dance in the middle of the street. Their destination is the outside of a castle. He says he’s not nervous about the hometown date. More excited than anything. As the sun sets in the background, Ali tells us that Roberto could possibly be the one.

The two-on-one date goes to Frank and Ty. They go to a castle, too. I’m seeing a theme here. When they sit down for dinner, Ali’s acting weird already. It’s not you. It’s me. Once they’re done eating, Ty is the first person pulled aside. Her concern is about his upbringing where the women did not work. Seems a little silly to hold that against him, and he hopes to ease her concerns. As for Frank, Ali doesn’t seem to be worried about him. But he has something to tell her. He lives at home with his parents. She says she doesn’t care where he lives, although she could see why he withheld that information basically until he was forced to reveal it with the hometown dates incoming.

The next date is with Kirk, and Ali’s still acting weird. Their chariot awaits, a horsedrawn carriage, which takes them to a palace. It’s been a few years since he’s brought somebody home to meet his parents, so it’s a big step for him as well. She’s not sure about, well, something. Whatever it is, it’s making her act withdrawn with each of the guys. Kirk feels that his heart’s open now, and he feels like he deserves this.

Chris is the last one to go on a date, which will take place on the day of the rose ceremony. Ali’s really sort of digging him as a friend. He’s good as long as it doesn’t involve oil wrestling or Icelandic horses. Wait until he finds out he’s gotta drive a scooter. His main goal is to not be the one who kills The Bachelorette. This slowness on the moped reminds Ali of their relationship. Once she’s in the driver’s seat, she floors it, even if that means going in the wrong lane on blind corners. Unlike the other dates, they go to a winery. He likes how they’ve talked and progressed, not too quickly, although that does not exactly lend itself to a silly process in which someone’s getting down on one knee after a few dates. He’s been holding on to a bracelet since the beginning, wanting to make sure he liked her enough to give it to her, so now would be that time.

Roses
Chris
Frank
Roberto
Kirk

Ty has been eliminated. She just can’t see them working. He hopes she realizes that she made the wrong choice.

It doesn’t end there. Now we head back to last season, with a couple that’s already broken up, which did not seem like that good a fit to begin with. Jake and Vienna are here to tell their sides of the story and call each other liars.

Before we get into that, Chris tells us many people have found love on this show. What number qualifies as many?

Jake’s story is that he was out of town, and all of a sudden he gets back and is on the cover of 5 magazines. Vienna blames the changing relationship. After the first month, the relationship was just for the cameras. She says she was emotionally abused, which by her definition means someone who doesn’t show any emotion. Oh. Good to know.

He’s disgusted with her for selling him out to a tabloid. But that’s okay because he’s a fame whore. He wants to be an actor, but at least he wants to be something. She denies cheating with some guy she doesn’t know, and she also didn’t cheat with a gay guy.

Chris wants to know why they didn’t just split and go their separate ways. Jake would like to know that as well. Vienna acknowledges that she didn’t want to give him the opportunity to do that.

For all her whining about wanting to go back to Florida and being Jake’s prisoner, Vienna has decided to take a job in LA and stay there.

How can you get sick of somebody in six months? I think the girls in the house last season would be able to answer that. It doesn’t seem as if she really wants him to get a word out. Try as he might to finish a sentence, her yapping won’t let him do so.

Vienna’s done talking about it. Well, that’s a start. After he finally raises his voice somewhat, she storms out of the interview and wants to go home. Jake says that’s what one of their arguments looks like. Not a hard thing to believe.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of The Bachelorette Season 6 Episode 8, which airs Monday at 8/7c on ABC.