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January 2014


Clare vs. Nikki on 'The Bachelor'

This week’s episode began with Juan Pablo saying goodbye to his daughter Camila as he got ready to travel the world. 


Chris Harrison announced to the 13 ladies still remaining that they would be traveling to Seoul, South Korea.  They had just one hour to pack and get ready for their flight.



Girls learning dance
Juan Pablo arrived first and took in some of the sights of the city.  Meantime, the ladies landed and got to see their amazing hotel suite where they would be staying.  The first date card arrived for Chelsie, Cassandra, Elise, Danielle, Kat, and Nikki.  It read, “Pop”!  That could mean anything!  Nikki said she was bummed that she was half way around the world and had to spend her time with girls she finds “quite annoying.”


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'The Bachelor's' Sean and Catherine Get Married!

The biggest night in love kicked off with a look back at Sean and Catherine's engagement, and then quickly caught viewers up on what they have been up to since they got engaged.  


That included a road trip from California to Dallas.  They visited the Grand Canyon and then did a lot of talking about the wedding on the road.  Sean listened patiently as Catherine beat him to death with every detail.  He was trapped in that SUV with nowhere to go poor guy!  Still, they had a great time and before you knew it, they were in Dallas! Catherine lived with Sean's friend Laura and Sean went to live in a loft.  They live just a few blocks from each other but thought it was important to not live together until they were married.



Sean and Catherine met up with Sean's family to share the big news that they had a wedding date picked out.  Catherine seems to have a great relationship with his parents so that's great.  They even joked that they like her better than they like Sean!  Sean also used the occasion to ask his father to officiate their wedding and it brought tears to his father's eyes.


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Jealousy and Intimacy Increases on 'The Bachelor'

The first date card arrived for Cassandra and said, “Love is a wild ride”. 


That could mean anything!  But in this case, the two single parents loaded up into a duck-type vehicle that could drive on land and water.  It totally freaked her out when all of a sudden he just drove into the water!  That car could really move!  Juan Pablo thought she seemed kind of shy, but I thought she seemed to be acting pretty normal.




After they were done driving around in their water car, they boarded a yacht and had some time swimming and playing around in the water.  There was also some notable kissing going on!  Later, Cassandra went back to Juan Pablo’s house where he sent Camila to his parents’ place to spend the night so they could have the place to themselves.  He cooked dinner for her and they danced while it simmered away. 


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Recap of 'The Bachelor: Love Stories' and Trista and Ryan's Vow Renewal

We begin "The Bachelor: Love Stories" with Desiree and Chris.  They are happily living in Seattle where Desiree is designing custom ordered dresses and even sewing them herself.  They seem really content in Seattle.  They talked about wanting to get a dog together and the process of planning their wedding.



Next, Jason and Molly gave an update six years out from their experience.  They had a horribly windy and rainy wedding, but it's been smooth sailing ever since.  They are loving life with their baby Riley and Jason's son, Ty.  They even hang out with Desiree and Chris because they live in Seattle too!  



DeAnna and Stephen talked about how they are happily married and hang out with Stephen's twin Michael who was on Jillian's season of "The Bachelorette".  In other exciting news, DeAnna is pregnant with a baby girl!  So that's very exciting.  Another "Bachelor" baby of sorts is in the works.


Then it was time for an update on one of my very favorite couples, J.P. and Ashley!  They are living in Princeton, New Jersey together and are still happily married.  J.P. is still working as a construction manager, and Ashley is working as a dentist.  They're thinking about having a baby and Ashley has severe baby fever!  I hope they do soon!  J.P. says that he really wants her dental residency to be done first before they have a baby.  




The original "Bachelorette" Trista has just celebrated her 10 year anniversary with Ryan!  It's really amazing to think that they met on this TV show and have even had two children together.  They have 6-year-old Max and 4-year-old Blakesley.  Ryan is still working as a firefighter in Colorado.  They say that they are in the happiest place that they have ever been.  They looked through their wedding photos and the show aired clips of their wedding and they looked so young!  It was a beautiful wedding!  It hasn't always been sunshine and roses for the couple, but they always come back to each other despite life's struggles and stresses.  So funny enough, Ryan said that the cheesy poems worked to woo her, but now their life is a poetic experience, and that made Trista cry.  Ryan surprised Trista with a Neil Lane box with a beautiful gigantic diamond ring inside!  Wow!  They decided to renew their vows and do that in front of their children so they can see how much their parents love each other. Aw!



For the vow renewal, they dressed up in some beautiful outfits and had their closest friends and family there.  Ryan walked in with their sweet daughter, and Trista walked down the isle with their son.  They looked so classy and mature.  Now, that's how you do a vow renewal!  Ryan wore sneakers, while Trista wore some amazing sparkly heels.  Ryan reread the vows that he wrote for their wedding day.  It was really special.  Trista said "thank you, and I love you" because she has loved everything that they have in their life together and that she will always be there for him and she wants to be as good of a person as he is in her eyes.  They said their "I wills" and kissed!  It was so special to see the clips of the wedding intertwined with the clips of the vow renewal and everything their life together has given them, a family.


Catherine dress

Lastly, it was time for a look at Sean and Catherine's wedding planning and a preview of their wedding next weekend.  They showed them shooting their strange "save the date" photos.  Based on those alone, these two are meant for each other.  They took a walk around the grounds of their wedding location at the Four Season in Santa Barbara.  They walked into their wedding suite to check that out and saw the bed where the action would take place since they decided to wait to consummate their relationship, so they were really excited to see where that would take place, ha!  Sean said he's just excited for them to really start their lives together.


Hugs, Kisses, & Roses,

Jennifer Matarese


Juan Pablo Eliminates Two Ladies and a Hot Drunken Mess

At the beginning of week two, Juan Pablo walked in and greeted the ladies and was there to pick up Clare.  He blindfolded her and took her for a drive.  The date card had said, “Let’s chill”. He took her to a winter wonderland!  It was really surreal looking!  They even got to go sledding.  She was really carefree and it seemed like they got along well together.



Back at the house, Lucy decided to go topless while hanging out poolside.  Most of the ladies found that a bit strange.  The next date card came for Kat.  It said, “I can feel the electricity”.




Back on the one-on-one date, they laced up some skates and did some ice skating together.  Clare fell down a lot, but I wonder how much of that was just to get Juan Pablo to catch her.  After cooling down, they decided to heat things back up by going for a dip in a hot tub.  That’s when they got down to talking about her dad who died.  After a bunch of serious talk I zoned out during, he gave her the rose and they started kissing! 


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Juan Pablo Talks about Being 'The Bachelor'

"The Bachelor", Juan Pablo, took some time out to speak with me about what it's like being "The Bachelor", Camila's dad, and what we can expect to see this season.


Do you think Juan Pablo will find love?  Leave your opinion in the comments section below!  Also, don't forget to watch tonight at 8 p.m. on ABC!


Juan Pablo Meets His 27 Ladies on the Season Premiere of 'The Bachelor'

It’s here!  The premiere of Season 18 of “The Bachelor” with Juan Pablo Galavis!  Something you might not know about our hunk is that he was actually born in Ithaca, New York!  So he’s technically a New Yorker, although I admit, that might be a bit of a stretch.  He was raised in Venezuela and now lives in Miami.  As Juan Pablo was introduced, he did a weird dance sequence on the street and I really don’t know what that was about.  He showed off how he works as a consultant for sports (specifically the MLB) and entertainment, and of course, living in Miami is the perfect place to have a career like that.  He was also a professional soccer player for 7 years. 


His daughter Camila (who is cute as a button!) was born on Valentine’s Day in 2009.  He’s still friends with Camila’s mother whom he dated for 2 years.  He says it just didn’t work out.  So now, here he is as “The Bachelor”!

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