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Defend This Show: "The Bachelor"

Defend This Show: "The Bachelor"

I should not like "The Bachelor." I should hate it with a fiery passion. I should especially not like "The Bachelor" right now, because I find this year's eligible man, Andy Baldwin, lacking anything resembling a personality. Why should I want to watch 25 women beg and plead and sell each other out for a chance to date a bland dude who looks like a Ken doll says things like "Gosh, you sure do look pretty!" and "These women are smart!" without a trace of irony? There seems to be something icky and anti-feminist about it all (and no, the fact that "The Bachelorette" exists doesn't make it better).

And yet, you know where I am every Monday night after "Heroes" ends? Sitting on my couch with a pint of Ben & Jerry's in hand, watching "The Bachelor." If it's a drug, I'm officially addicted. Sure, sure, I watch it for the comedy (and there's a lot of it — remember the bad math? the national anthem?). But I also cheered a little when Andy saw past Stephanie South Carolina's big boobs and kicked her to the curb this week, and I've caught myself having several conversations since then about whether Tessa, Stephanie Kansas or Danielle will end up with the final rose. It's hard for me to justify why I love this show so much, so I'm asking those of you who share this sickness to do it for me in the comments below. On your marks, get set, defend!

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crispet1 crispet1 9 years
I enjoy watching it too, as crazy as the show is.
earthylovingirl earthylovingirl 9 years
the girls on the show might as well be street walkers, such a disgrace to women.
CestLaVie CestLaVie 9 years
I have only caught this once but was bummed when I missed it the next week, a guilty pleasure for sure. Can't be worse then ANTM or Search for the Next Doll, my other TV reality vices :)
blinkmel blinkmel 9 years
The show to me is like watching a comedy.... and I cannot stop watching!
Summer-Sugar Summer-Sugar 9 years
Nope, time to go the way of Joe Millionaire. The Beautiful Reality of it all.
Elsa2 Elsa2 9 years
I double-checked on a Bachelor board : not only Byron (and not Baron oops !) and Mary are still together, but so are Charlie and Sara.
Elsa2 Elsa2 9 years
I admit it : I am completely addicted to the Bachelor. My boyfriend wanted to go out and see a movie last monday, but I said no because I just HAD to watch it. Taping it wasn't even an option : I had to watch it right now ! I guess us girls like it so much, because in a world of Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton who sleep around, it's one of the only remaining traditionnal fairy-tale like and very very cheesy search for love. We were raised with Cinderella and Snow White : we want to see the happy ending (and, let's be honest, the cat fights too !). I think Baron and Mary are still together, but I am not 100% sure. And there were rumors that Lorenzo was going out with runner-up Sadie, so that would kinda count as another match. I'm rooting for Danielle I think. I also like Tessa. Oh, and where can I find spoilers ? Thanks :D
Classy-Amelia Classy-Amelia 9 years
I do not know why I am hook onto this show but I totally want Andy to pick Tessa. I am all for Team Tessa!
JennyJen2 JennyJen2 9 years
I give up. :ROTFL:
JennyJen2 JennyJen2 9 years
Why is that not working for me. I swear I have not had a drink! :R O T F L:
JennyJen2 JennyJen2 9 years
OOps that should have been =: R O T F L :
JennyJen2 JennyJen2 9 years
Yes - The most dramatic Rose Ceremony ever! : R O T F L : Like we have not caught on that they will never say.. Stay tuned for a pretty average or ho hum rose ceremony. Sad part is I would stay tuned!
sanD13 sanD13 9 years
Yeah, I don't know why I addicted to this show either. No couple from the Bachelor has ever stayed together (only exception is Bachelorette's Trista and Ryan). But its such a guilty pleasure! I'm rooting for Tessa or Stephanie from Kansas. I'm so glad he saw through both Kate and Stephanie from SC. I'm definitely not rooting for Bevin, she uses her sprained ankle too much as an excuse to get attention. Can't wait to see who gets cut next in the most dramatic rose ceremony EVER!
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 9 years
I completely agree Buzz! Really, that guy is gorgeous but SUCH a boring personality! Somehow, though, I can't stop watching!!!
hanna-ashland hanna-ashland 9 years
ahhhh buzz. I think you must be buzzed. I'm so addicted to that show, and I knew, that Andy had to have so much more of a personality than what they showed. After all, he's a doctor in the Navy, he's won some awards for traveling to treat sick kids, and he wants a family? I finally got to see some of Andy's awesome personality on his fan's myspace videos - OMG - they are awesome - and they clearly indicate that there is a whole lot more there than meets the edited Reality TV eye. He seems so cool - I think the guys in the editing room were the ones that really were buzzed, they think we don't care about who he is! But we do! Show us some Andy! In the mean time, check out his myspace fans site videos at this link:
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
lol, i've been looking for something on pop all week for the bachelor! i love this show, the catty women, the "group dates" (who agrees to such a thing), the "most dramatic rose ceremony EVER" teasers, the after ride in the limo "i put myself out there and i don't understand" boo-hoo, all entertaining. i think it's possible to find love on a tv show, not likely, but possible. andy is really good looking, educated, giving, etc. wonder why he comes across so bland? maybe the tv staff is feeding him lines. i decided (no idea why) a couple of weeks ago that the teacher was going to win (dark hair from sugar land, tx). i read some spoiler the other day saying she didn't make it to the final 3! so of course i have to stick around to see who wins. anyone see the "who wants to marry a millionaire" show YEARS ago where they did it all in one episode and the couple got married right there? that would be an interesting twist :ROTFL: i think it's also watchable because the girls are all very typical in looks and careers. they're like people you could know from work or the gym. it's fun!
Hope5 Hope5 9 years
You're right Buzz!
ticklezmepink ticklezmepink 9 years
these never work out... the bachelor never works at the end... they always end up breaking up... the bachelorette on the other hand, has those success stories....
JennyJen2 JennyJen2 9 years
I hear you buzz. I am so addicted and it is on eo fthose thing sthat I just can't explain. Every season - I swear they will not suck me in and every season I end up flipping through the channels and stopping on it for just a second and then week after week - I am drawn to it like a zombie! Go team Tessa! She seems like the only one - not going gaga and acting like she can't live without Andy after spending 30 seconds with him!
sonoma-b sonoma-b 9 years
It is a guilty pleasure. I am addicted season after season. Like a bad car accident I just can't seem to turn away -- or in this case turn it off. I am pulling for Bevin all the way for Andy. I think they make a good match. GO BEVIN :) I do think it would make a good drinking game to drink every time they say officer and a gentleman! They are pouring it on a bit thick for me that he is such a catch. Almost too good to be true...
bibiruby82 bibiruby82 9 years
I don't see what's so appealing about it at all. The girls pretty much look like a bunch of golddiggers, but I guess that's because the bachelor is rich.
reeveske reeveske 9 years
gosh, buzz I feel the same way. i dont know why I love it but I just do. At least I can Tivo it and not have to watch all of the cheesy speeches and such (which is it me, or are they all the same just different guy, different season?). Im supposed to be defending this show, though. Well, some ppl fall in love on that show. It seems few and far between though. Agh, I tried. I think Ill just consider it one of my (many) guilty pleasures.
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