The Bachelorette Update: Separate Ways for Ali and Roberto

News is out that Ali Fedotowsky and Roberto Martinez are going their separate ways. Ali and Roberto haven’t released any official statements and her Twitter (@AliFedotowsky) hasn’t mentioned anything yet either. For those of you hoping Chris Lambton might step in, get over it. He and Peyton Wright, a contestant on season 10 of The Bachelor, have been engaged since June 2011. Check back in January for sizzling recaps of The Bachelor featuring a fan favorite, Ben Flajnik. His season begins Monday, January 2, 2012. For a recap of Ali’s season, click here.


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Ali Fedotowsky The Bachelorette, Episode 11. Roberto vs. Chris L.

This episode comes to us from “everybody goes here on their 6th date” Bora Bora. All I can do is extend a hearty congratulations to Roberto for earning the very first rose, and now the last. It’s been dramatic, embarrassing, funny, thrilling, scary, and that was just the Jake/Vienna confrontation episode. Good luck to Roberto and Ali.

My advice to Roberto:
Stay humble and be a good man.

My advice to Chris L.:
Move on, brother. You’ll be fine without her.

My advice to Ali:
Stop going to the tanning bed as soon as and/or before your body is darker than your face. That goes for men and women everywhere. I’m just saying.

In the words of my junior high yearbook signature, it’s been real. It’s been fun. But it hasn’t been real fun.

Ben.

P.S. the best commercial out right now is Geico asking how much a bird in the hand is worth. They show Antique Roadshow and the expert is pricing how much a bird in a statue hand is worth. He concludes that it’s worth two in the bush. Great commercial.

Ali Fedotowsky The Bachelorette, Top Three Bachelors.

Ali Fedotowsky’s narrowed it down to her top three: Roberto, Frank, and Chris L. Most of us probably have seen the previews that Frank leaves the show by his choice. Rumors are that when he went back to his hometown (episode 8 recap) he rekindled a flame with an old girlfriend. So if that’s true and Frank goes home, that’ll leave Roberto and Chris L. for the season finale. When this season started, I made some predictions on who would make it into the top three. I chose Roberto, Justin, and Kirk. Here was my take on each of the recent contenders, as noted after episode 1.

Roberto: 26-year-old who recently moved to Charleston, SC. He grew up in Tampa, FL learning to admire his parents and wants a relationship like theirs. When he first met Ali, he complimented her, and she complimented him. He also spoke Spanish to her and said he’d teach her to salsa dance. He hadn’t said his name yet so Ali said she’d just call him “Cutie.” Roberto emerges quickly as a fan favorite, and the producers will edit the show that way. He got the first impression rose.
My take: Top three. I expect him to last a long time this season because he seems very likeable.

Frank: 30- or 31-year-old from Chicago or Geneva. He tells Ali that he quit his job to chase his dreams. When he found out Ali was The Bachelorette, he was very excited. He’s the Clark Kent of this season. He’s already said he loves Ali, and they’re getting married. Arriving at the mansion to meet Ali, he climbs out the limo sunroof, so needless to say he’s got a flare for the dramatic. He seems nice, he’s adventurous and sees that same quality in Ali.
My take: he’s a firecracker, so Ali better be careful that he doesn’t blow up. I predict he’ll have some sort of meltdown which will cause his elimination. Top ten, possibly top five because producers love drama.

Chris L.: 32-year-old from Cape Cod, Massachussetts. He moved to New York to teach at an inner-city public school. This will possibly set him up as an emotional favorite. When he met Ali, he acted a bit creepy. He uses words like “wicked” and lives with his dad, near his brothers. His mom died recently. Again, the emotional favorite.
My take: There’s something guilty about him that I don’t trust. I think it’s his teeth, however, I put him in the top ten, possibly top five.

Kirk: 27-year-old from Green Bay, Wisconsin. He cleverly made a rose out of a red napkin when he first met Ali. Later in the show, he also gave her a homemade scrapbook highlighting his personality. The guys made fun of him for this.
My take: girls like guys that spend time doing something special for them. If he keeps this up, he will go far. Top three.

Justin: 26-year-old entertainment wrestler from Toronto, Canada. He claims he’s a villain in the ring, Mr. Rated-R, but opposite in real life. He appeared comfortable upon meeting Ali, though he was on crutches. In episode 1, he got some one-on-one time and explained the broken foot. Although some guys doubt, he claims he’s “there for the right reasons.” He also received a first impression rose, even after the guys vote him as the one who’s there for the wrong reasons.
My take: Some guys are threatened by him, so they want him eliminated. He seems genuine. Top three because either the audience will love him, or love to hate him, and this is a show producer’s dream.

Ali Fedotowsky The Bachelorette, Episode 8.

The only solace I have today is knowing that George Steinbrenner was alive long enough to see Ali meet the remaining four bachelor’s families. Talk about weight lifted off the shoulders. Wooo. *wiping nervous sweat from forehead*

First up on the hometown visit episode was Roberto. He takes Ali to the University of Tampa’s baseball field, where he played in college. They walked around the field and practiced batting and fielding. Clearly Ali is smitten with Roberto but an expert Bachelorette consultant friend of mine pointed out that Roberto doesn’t seem to be reciprocating the affection quite as much. Holy Justin Bieber, Batman! This could be crucial info as the season comes to a close. Ali and Roberto did more baseball related things, which apparently makes Ali laugh because she laughed quite a bit throughout the baseball field tour.

Ali: “Today’s date had all the elements I want in life.”

Yeah, first base, second base, third base… places you’ve already been with how many bachelors? Hiiiyoooo! Later Ali meets Roberto’s family. His dad pulled Roberto aside and called him “a big price.” I love when parents are encouraging. So much of what’s wrong in the world (and in this show!) would be remedied if parents would love their children and encourage them. Justin Bieber! I didn’t mean to get deep so quick. Sorry. Before the hometown date was over, Ali mentioned she’s getting cold feet. I only hear that phrase when it’s related to a wedding. Interesting.

the circle of trust.

The next hometown date was with Chris L. If I had to describe Chris in a few words: solid, genuine, deep. We learn from this date that Chris comes from good stock. His dad is cool, his brothers are cool, and his sister-in-laws are cool.  They live by the motto: “Love is the only reality.” While they were all talking, Chris’ sister-in-law asked Ali about the tennis bracelet he gave her in Portugal. My only question is, will Roberto mail the bracelet back to Chris L. when the show is over? There’s a Lambton circle of trust, and Ali won’t make it in.

Kirk Sir-Smiles-A-Lot hosted Ali in his hometown next. His parents are divorced so this date will include two separate visits with his dad then his mom. Turns out Kirk’s dad is passionate and professional about stuffed animals. Literally. Real animals. Stuffed. He brings Ali down to the basement to show her his trophies.

Ali: “What is this thing?”
Kirk’s Dad: “What that is, is a caribou foot that I put eyes on.”
Ali: “Wow.”

Unfortunately, this little visit didn’t seem to please Ali, which will not award Kirk any points. She probably thinks of Kirk as an apple that won’t fall from the tree. On a sidenote, Kirk’s dad if you’re reading this, I have a few moles digging up my yard that I’d love to have taxidermied. Email me. Part two of this date is at the home of Kirk’s mother. The headlines from this portion are that the cheesy potatoes were a big hit. That’s about as interesting as it got for the rest of that date.

The final hometown date was in Chicago with I’m-Wearing-A-V-Neck-That’s-Not-Really-A-V-Neck Frank. They meet on the Navy Pier, run to each other and hug. In a raspy voice, Frank says, “Ali.” They take a boat ride across the water, aaaand scene! On the boat ride, Frank revealed some of his insecurities about the relationship, which surprised Ali. Eight episodes into the season and this is the first time we hear of Frank’s doubts? Whatever happened to reality television? I’m suspicious that somewhere deep in the bowels of ABC there’s a host of writers along with a team of producers along with a pack of wolves along with Kasey who’s pitching songs he makes up on the fly.

In the end, roses went to Roberto, Chris L., and Frank in that order. It was Kirk’s time to go home, so he made like a pelican and flew out of there.

caribou foot with eyes.

Ali Fedotowsky The Bachelorette, Episode 5.

Tonight I’ve realized out of the ten bachelors interested in this show (the nine guys left on the show, and me), I’m the crazy one. Why? Because it’s Tuesday night and I’m overwhelmed with excitement to catch up with episode 5. You see, I was out of town Monday night shooting video on the Gulf Coast and missed The Bachelorette, something most married men would consider a dodged bullet. Maybe that’s why I’m single. Watching The Bachelorette. On a Tuesday night. Alone. I’m pressing play now.

The crew’s in Iceland and all the guys are excited. The first task is to write a love poem to Ali. At stake, a one-on-one date. Some of the poems are funny, some are thoughtful, but let’s be honest here, they’re terribly corny. Ali picks Kirk as the winner, earning him his first one-on-one date of the season.A rose is on the line so if Kirk drops the ball, he’ll be going home. On their date, he and Ali are pretty natural together. They feed some geese in the wild tundra of Iceland. They also wear matching clothes. She asks him to tell her things she doesn’t already know but he’s nervous about something big in his past. By the end of the date, though, he tells her a little bit of his death-defying history and gets a rose.

Next up, the group date including Roberto, Chris L., Chris N., Craig R., Ty, and Frank. It’s a horse ride out on the frozen mountainside. They travel up to a cave where Ty arises as a cowboy among justboys. Each of them repel down into the cave with Ali and freeze their little digits off. Chris L. offers Ali a pair of gloves, because he’s had two pairs of gloves this the whole time! Hello, it’s Iceland! Later, Ali calls Frank out on not smothering her enough. At the end of the date they all jump into the “magical” Blue Lagoon. The other bachelors (see how I’m excluding myself this time?) seem to be excited about the sausage fest in the warm lake. Ali pulls Ty aside to chat. I wonder what the other guys do while Ali’s with Ty? Probably say things like, “Is that an iscicle or are you just happy to see me?” Or “This pool is warm, isn’t it, guys?” Or “I feel a warmer spot, did someone just pee?” At the end of the group date, Ty gets the rose.

Time for the two-on-one date with Justin and Kasey. Ali will give a rose to one, and send the other home. Justin pretty much threatens to kick Kasey’s ice. Will Kasey reveal the tattoo? Will Justin tell Ali about it before Kasey can? I see a blizzard of iceberg proportions approaching! Ok, yes I miss Jonathan the weatherman. Anyway, the guys meet up with Ali at a helicopter and in Kasey’s voiceover, he still seems to think physical pain is the key to Ali’s heart. If it is, he’ll have his chance to bring the pain on their date at an active valcano. Honestly I don’t see this ending well for Kasey. Or the valcano. Justin gets the rose by default. Ali gives a classy break up speech to Kasey, then leaves him in the middle of the snowy embankment. That’s cold, Ali! No really, that’s cold.

The quote of the day goes to Kasey: “This physical pain is nothing to me. I like feeling pain.”

Before the rose ceremony the guys were given some time to be alone with Ali. Frank goes first and promises to turn the smother-meter up to full blast, Ali’s happy. Kisses. Fingers through hair. Kisses. Nasaly talking from Ali. Craig R. pulls out all the stops by drawing a tattoo a la Kasey on his arm. Ali eats it up, laughing all the way. That’s cold, guys! No really, that’s cold. Ali chats with Chris N. who talks about how funny he is. Awkward silence. Chris L. asks Ali what her concerns are. She says it’s location, location, location! Ali’s trusting this guy more and more, but I’m still concerned about his teeth. Does that make me wierd? Possibly. Or genius. Roberto is humble. We get that and I like him. So does Ali.

Roses go to: Kirk, Ty, Justin, Frank the Smotherer, Chris L., Roberto, and Craig R.
going home: Kasey and Chris N.

Check back next week for a recap of episode 6 where I predict Craig R. will be eliminated, and if there are two eliminations, Ty.

Ali Fedotowsky The Bachelorette, Ali Update.

In episode 1, Ali Fedotowsky rattled off a list of promises she’s hoping to fulfill this season. After numurous accusations of who’s “here for the right reasons” and a plethora of eliminations, let’s see how things are shaping up for her.

Promise #1: Ali will not going to let fear hold her back.
Early on she claimed to be afraid of flying, so with all the flying she’s done and the highwire act with Roberto on their date, she’s doing pretty well with this promise.

Promise #2: to find that guy.
If “find that guy” means “make out session with ten plus guys,” mission accomplished. Boots may have been made for walking, but Ali’s lips weren’t made for talking, if you know what I mean. This promise will end up unfulfilled. Ali may indeed get married at some point, but she will not find lifelong love via “The Bachelorette.”

Promise #3: she’s not going to let go of love this time.
Until she does.

Promise #4: she’s going to be strong.
She never clarified this promise. Did she mean physically strong? I haven’t seen her doing any push-ups or sit-ups. I see little to no definition in her arms, although there are signs of exercise in her abdomenal region. Maybe she meant emotionally strong? In the end, I hope she’s able to stand strong, stand proud, because voices that care are crying out loud.

Promise #5: not let everything that scared her in the past hold her back.
Only she knows what scared her in the past. Evidently she’s never been body slammed or watched Single White Female. Otherwise she would’ve eliminated Justin and Kasey much sooner.

Promise #6: to grow and become a better person.
The only thing growing is the risk of herpes of the mouth. That, and ringworm. I’m just saying ringworm spreads quickly, especially among wrestlers. I may or may not know that first hand, I’m just saying.

Promise #7: leave with no regrets.
There will be experiences she regrets from this season of the show. Not getting rid of Kasey sooner, for one.

Promise #8: move forward with an open mind and heart.
Seeing as how it’s impossible to move backwards, she’ll do fine here. I can’t say whether her mind and heart are open, but her mouth certainly is, if you know what I mean, heyyyoooo!

Promise #9: hoping she’s standing in some amazing place with tears in her eyes looking at a man down on one knee asking her to be his wife.
Hard to tell on this one. In episode 4 as she got her makeover, the makeup artist asked if the man she’d “end up with is here”? She responded with, “I do. I really, really do.” Sounds like she’s trying to convince herself. Too bad she let Craig M. go.

Check back soon for an update of episode 5!

Ali Fedotowsky The Bachelorette, Episode 4.

So far the least dramatic of the four episodes, but evenso, two guys struck out without a rose. The award for most entertaining goes to Jonathan this episode, impressing me each time he swung his bat and hit a comedy homerun, after all didn’t he say his secret weapon was humor? With a rich arsenal of words and phrases like “dolt,” “shmuck,” “this storm crapped in my face,” and “beehive of knives,” he hit enough homeruns for both teams!Between he and Frank the Smotherer I don’t know who is more desperate. Kasey comes in a close third, his desperation revealed in the first one-on-one date of the episode. The date card clued us in that they’d be doing “what comes natural.” So I guess they’re going to breath and sleep. Maybe, if the date goes well, they’ll poop. After their helicopter takes off from the USS Intrepid, they touch down in a field and have a picnic followed by a trip to the American Museum of Natural History. Oh, that’s what natural meant. Ali doesn’t think Kasey is being genuine and tells him that. Ali throws a curveball by not giving him a rose but! also not sending him home. Steeeerrrrike! The count is no balls and one strike. As referenced in meet the bachelors, Kasey will not last long if Ali doesn’t see a dangerous side. He may be a good man, but is he a bad boy? Back at the Bachelor suite, the group date card arrives with the clue, “let’s play.” This date includes Roberto, Jesse, Craig R., Kirk, Jonathan, Frank, and Ty. They all assume it’s some sort of sports competition, but are disappointed to find out “play” meant “theater.” Another curveball! Low and inside, ball one.

The guys find Ali at a Broadway stage where they’ll be auditioning for The Lion King. The director listens to them perform on stage and has the honor of choosing which bachelor gets the next date with Ali. Roberto wins the director’s vote based on his performance. He’s a baseball player but didn’t expect another curveball when he and Ali were told they’ll also be performing in The Lion King that night. Just a bit outside, ball two! Jealousy ran rampant among the other guys, especially Jonathan who’d love to have two balls thrown at him.

Ali and Roberto rehearse for their debut on Broadway, and of course Roberto does very well, making the guys jealous, again. At the end of the night Ali is “under the weather” and I don’t mean Jonathan the weatherman. He wishes! Or does he? In not-so-dramatic fashion, Ali tells the guys there won’t be a rose given out on this group date. Kirk kindly escorts her to the suite where he helps her drift off to sleep. What a kind and gentle competitor. We haven’t seen much of Justin up to this point, and we’re going to have to wait longer because Chris L. got the next one-on-one date.

Curveball! Ali is too sick to go on the date with Chris L. but she didn’t want to let him down on his birthday, so she invited him to her suite. “Sweet,” thought Chris L. Later Ali felt better so they spent the evening out on the town. Josh(who?)a Radin performs a few songs on a rooftop for them. Chris L. gets to second base and scores a rose at the end of the date.

Adding some overhyped drama, Kasey sneaks off to begin what will be an embarrassing story he’ll tell his grandkids one day, and later Jonathan sings to a girl, an embarrassing story he’ll tell his therapist one day. Highlight of the episode goes to Chris L. when he said about Kasey’s tattoo, “So you’re gonna be the tattooed bachelorette guy for the rest of your life. That’s gonna be probably your nickname.”

In the end roses went to Chris L., Kirk, Frank the Smotherer, Craig R., Chris N., Roberto, Justin, Ty, and Kasey. Sent home were Jonathan and Jesse.

Check back next week for a recap of episode 5!

Kasey's shield and heart tattoo.