Inside the Bachelorette Rivalry: How Shawn and Nick Feel About Each Other Now

30 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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The Bachelorette suffered through series lows during 2014’s run with Andi Dorfman, but it bounced back in a major way with its recently concluded 11th season, starring Kaitlyn Bristowe. The actor confessed to Us Weekly the morning after Kaitlyn Bristowe chose personal trainer Shawn Booth in the show: “I watched the final [episode] of The Bachelorette, which was a big, big night. It sucked.” After suffering the heartbreak from both Dorfman and now Bristowe, he also said he will not be back on the show again. “She’s not allowed to say that, even technically in private”, he noted, as seasoned Bachelor pro Fedotowsky nodded in response. But unfortunately for Sheen, his favourite contestant did not win Bristowe’s heart: “I mean, look — I don’t want to be negative about anyone, but things didn’t go the way we were hoping, let’s say that.” But despite his new obsession, Sheen is not shirking when it comes to his day job – he’s recently been announced for the line-up for sci-fi epic Passengers alongside Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence. There were tears (SO MANY TEARS), proclamations of love, heated, whispered conversations in hotel hallways, accusations of betrayal, hyperventilation, scenic cliffs of Dublin, paperthin sexual tension filmed from uncomfortably close angles, a grown man dressed as a human-size cupcake — in theory, very good reality TV.

A malfunction causes one man (Pratt) to be rudely awakened 90 years before anyone else and unable to fix the situation and seemingly doomed to spend his time dying alone, he decides to take the unusual and controversial step of waking up a fellow passenger (Lawrence). The season’s promos highlighted Bristowe sleeping with eventual runner-up Nick Viall in an early episode, along with the fallout as she tearfully told eventual winner Shawn Booth about her night of passion. That being said, he understands why she acted the way she did – after all, Kaitlyn is “someone who very much lives in the moment”. “Don’t tell them!’” she recalled. “If you did, you’d have a ring on your finger right now”, he told her. ‘It makes little things more exciting now, to be out in public and just go get coffee, and that fun stuff.’.

Even after Monday’s relatively satisfying finale, I can’t justify the horrible, ugly, and surprisingly strong feelings this show ignited in me and, from the looks of my Twitter feed, millions of others, for the sake of finding something mindless to watch on a Monday night. Added Booth: “I think that might be the best!” As her mom reminded her that there’s more to a relationship than the physical aspect of it, Nick arrived. “The days following sucked”, he admitted. This meant viewers got to see Viall shirtless and Bristowe in her sleepwear while they enjoyed room service and discussed the finer points of Canadian bacon (Bristowe is from British Columbia). Despite my admitted ignorance toward ABC’s wildly popular reality series, I had been unable to avoid knowing this fact due to the onslaught of news coverage on Bristowe’s wild, crazy decision to have sex on a show about the totally absurd process of choosing one of 25 guys to whom she’s supposed to hypothetically become engaged. The year’s journey began with the 25 men voting between Bristowe and her fellow Bachelor season 19 also-ran Britt Nilsson to determine which woman would be the focal point of the season — a gimmick attempted only once by The Bachelor, back in season six.

Standing 6-feet-tall, the 28-year-old said on his show bio page that being married means “having a special bond with someone that nothing can break” and “knowing that the person you are with is someone you can’t live without”. In fact, I vehemently urged her to vote Nick, the paramour in question, off the show, if only to scorn the haters and prove that a woman doesn’t have to commit to any guy she spends a night with. Never before has a returning castmember become such a key figure — not to mention that Viall widely was seen as the villain of Dorfman’s season, in which he was also the runner-up.

In past seasons, a former contestant would often ask to join the fray and be permitted to participate for an episode or two, until the star got fed up with the pushback from the other competitors and showed the returnee the door. Since The Bachelor’s debut back in 2002, each rose ceremony — in which the star bestows flowers on the lucky contestants who survive to the next episode — has taken place at the end of each episode. For Kaitlyn’s run, the rose ceremonies were seen well before each episode’s end, with the final scene instead featuring a fight or conflict that was concluded in the following episode in order to entice viewers to return.

The showpiece episode in which Bristowe “got it on” brought in a strong 6.6 million viewers in the two-hour timeslot, and the men’s tell-all weeks later brought in 6.97 million. (For context, Mad Men’s extraordinary series finale attracted 4.5 million. Indeed, almost every episode in Bristowe’s season ended with the words “To be continued.” Can The Bachelorette continue to build on this momentum in years to come, particularly if there’s no buzz-generating storyline like the one Bristowe and Viall provided? Some say they “hate watch,” but more often than not, they still manage to find themselves emotionally involved with the characters they claim to destain for what seem like completely superficial reasons. It’s sexist to assume that only women are watching this show, but there’s something sadistic about all the stereotypical behaviors The Bachelorette instigates in its viewers.

Huffington Post’s Emma Gray writes: “Watching the contestants of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette cry in limos, discuss their burgeoning careers as VIP cocktail waitresses, junkyard specialists, sex coaches and dental consultants, and threaten to physically harm each other over someone they barely know, is alternately horrifying and captivating.” A scientific standpoint argues that we watch because we’re trapped by our own empathy for the show’s characters, but well, no. When Bristowe made the decision to sleep with one of her suitors outside the totally arbitrary rules set by the show’s producers, fans turned on her, not her male mate.

Scorned and particularly entertaining contestants find refuge in the series spin-offs — such as Bachelor in Paradise — to avoid wasting any of their residual off-screen angst. Anyone who still believes The Bachelor/ette franchise is here to help everyday people find real romance is clearly watching the series with the sound off.

The most shocking revelation I had while watching the show was just how stiff and painfully staged the dialogue was, and that viewers willingly accepted it. There was no period within the many confessionals and admissions of feelings that I actually believed to be genuine, including those staged in Monday’s finale when (spoiler alert) Bristowe and Shawn Booth declare their love and get engaged. Yes, I’m happy that Bristowe turned down Nick and decided to go with the guy who clearly has no context of the show because he was Gone Girl-jealous when she expressed interest in other contestants. I like that he looks like a Ryan Gosling/Calvin Harris mashup, and that he chose a classic square-cut diamond engagement ring versus that pavé garbage Nick tried to pull. In the end, I’m just one of those 6 million — wishing my personal belief system and desires on Bristowe’s life choices (which I’ve resigned as misconstrued and contrived), but passing on strong judgement regardless.

I have residual frustration about what I would have done in Bristowe’s shoes, and what she did wrong, or rather, what she did that I consider to be wrong. And then I have continued angst that I would project my own morals and completely self-inflicted, selectively informed decision-making processes on another woman who I do not know and, in theory, do not really care about.

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