Bachelor Pad Begins August 9

ABC’s The Bachelor Pad wrapped up filming last week and is set to air beginning August 9.

Does Mike Fleiss have another winner on his hands? Probably. Especially if he can keep stoking the Jake-Vienna break-up flames until then, now that Jake has crossed over to the dark side and joined the Bachelor Pad in its waning few days. He’s going to need one when Ali picks no one at her final rose ceremony. Unless, of course, Ali reunites with one of the guys for the After the Final Rose Show.

As part of a happy couple, Ali can make a lot of money in post-show appearances. By herself, not so much. So don’t rule it out.

As to the Bachelor Pad, I’m still picking Kiptyn and Tenley as the final two. As for who will kicked off early, I’ll say Michelle and David Good. (Now wouldn’t it be something if they hooked up — the two contestants with the biggest psycho-edits since I started watching the show? ) Update 6/30: Reality Steve says the first two kicked off are Michelle and Juan. Go read the rest if you want to know more about who the final four are and if you don’t want to know how it plays out, don’t go there.)

Since they all left LA around the same day, I’m assuming they will be bringing the evicted contestants back to vote for the winner. Another reason why Kiptyn may win, they all seem to like him.

As for pair-ups, here’s what the 20th contestant, Matthue Johnson, had to say after he got canned the morning of filming. And from Reality Steve, look for Elizabeth, “the tease” from Jake’s season (who now is blonde) to heat things up with Jesse from Jillian’s season. Same for Natalie (and I suspect he won’t be the only one she’s drawn to.) I wonder who will find this guy’s tattoos attractive? Here’s a full list of contestants: Continue reading

Jake Added to Bachelor Pad, Post-Vienna Split

Radar reports what I suspected, that Jake and Vienna have been broken up for a month. Why does this timeline fit? Because Chris Harrison announced today that Jake Pavelka is indeed part of the cast of the upcoming Bachelor Pad.

The Bachelor Pad began filming around June 7. It was supposed to film for 15 days or so, which means filming has just wrapped up. Co-Host Melissa Rycroft tweeted today she’s headed back home from LA.

Why were there 19 contestants instead of the planned 20? The 20th, Mattue Johnson, was sent home the morning filming was set to begin. Was it because Jake let them know he and Vienna were headed to splitsville and they wanted to make room for Jake?

It seems to me the announcement of the Jake-Vienna split was timed to ramp up interest in the new Bachelor Pad show. Same for the new round of Jake and Vienna interviews, with each giving markedly different reasons for their split, and Chris Harrison confirming Jake has been added to the show. And it’s going to get uglier.

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The Bachelor needs for the Bachelor Pad to be a hit. This season with Ali as the Bachelorette has been the most boring ever, despite the great locations. She’s insecure and constantly alternates between her two emotions: giddiness and whining. She’s pretty but has no sex appeal. The guys are as bland a group as I can ever recall. And rumor is after her F3 Frank bows out in Tahiti, she picks no one. With this kind of a snoozer of a season, the Bachelor needs a serious infusion of energy. What better way than the Bachelor Pad, bringing back uber-enemies Wes and Jake, crazy alpha male David Good, and psycho queen Michelle. They will be balanced out by the sane Kiptyn, demure (but very sexy) Gia, goody-two shoes Tenley, party girl Natalie Getz, and a few others who were and remain, totally forgettable. Continue reading