The Bachelor Finale: A Withered Rose

Deep breath.

I am a fan of The Bachelor. rose The Bachelor

There. I’ve said it. Go ahead, judge me. Tell me I have no life. Call me shallow, tasteless. Of surprisingly poor character.

But as this season’s Bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis would say, “S’okay. I’m just being honest.”

I’m a Hopeless Romantic.

I admit that I look forward to Monday nights with an inordinate amount of pleasure. I get completely caught up in the week-to-week adventure of a good-looking guy looking for love and hoping to find it among the 25 or so young woman on the show. As they travel from one exotic locale to another, I lose myself in the romance, artificial as it is.

I settle in front of the TV and block out extraneous interference. My children know that if they call between 8 and 10 pm. it is my husband who answers the phone. If it is an emergency, I will speak with them during a commercial.

The fun of watching is surely due to the hilarity of live tweeting, so entertaining that it keeps me laughing even (especially) when the show falters. Let me just say that there are some funny people on Twitter.

Is it the voyeur in me that enjoys following the “journey” ( a commonly used Bachelor term, along with “for the right reasons”)? Or the romantic part of me that hopes that by the end of the season the Bachelor (or Bachelorette) finds true love and lives happily ever after? One can hope. The track record on this show is pretty dismal, but there are some exceptions; several couples have gotten married and remain together, happily, it seems.

The Bachelor was a Loser

What made this season “the most dramatic Bachelor season ever” (always used in Bachelor promos, but perhaps true this time) is that hunky but personality-deprived Juan Pablo pretty much alienated almost every contestant. As well as us viewers.

This season I never became emotionally invested in either of the finalists, Clare and Nikki, and Juan Pablo’s machismo had grown so annoying that I was no longer besotted. He was cocky, inarticulate and one-dimensional.  Like former contestants Sharleen, an opera singer, and Andi, an attorney, I  bailed on him toward the end. Bravo to them, by the way.

Even his family members warned Clare and Nikki that he was “rude,” “liked to argue and walk away,” and “difficult.” This is from his family, mind you!

Spoiler Alert

Iwithered rose The Bachelorn the end, Clare was booted, Nikki got the final rose but no proposal, and Juan Pablo’s likeability rating took a nose dive. Even Chris Harrison could barely speak to him.

The good news? Lawyer Andi is the next Bachelorette.

I can’t wait.

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61 Thoughts on “The Bachelor Finale: A Withered Rose

  1. I loved Sean’s season even though it had its issues, but couldn’t bring myself to watch this one. No interest in JP. What WERE they thinking? I’m not sure I’ll watch again, there’s so much better TV out there. Seems like the older seasons were better. Yeah, I do love me some trash tv at times, too!
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    • hbludman on March 12, 2014 at 9:12 am said:

      I liked him in the beginning just because he is so easy on the eye (I know, shallow). But as the season progressed I liked him less and less, and by the end, OMG. I liked Sean’s season, too. He seems like a genuinely nice guy.

  2. I have to admit I’ve never seen it, but I do sometimes read the Twitter chat about the show–I suspect I might be getting the better deal, at least this season! 🙂
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  3. I have never watched this show but I admit that it does sound entertaining!
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  4. I don’t watch the show but I almost tuned in based on how terrible everyone said Juan Pablo was. I’m not sure what that says about me but I may try watching the Bachelorette next time!

    • hbludman on March 12, 2014 at 9:14 am said:

      Haha! The Bachelorette could be interesting because Andi is very bright, accomplished and well liked by the viewers.

  5. I’ve never watched the Bachelor… I’m more of a Walking Dead fan, lol! 😉
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  6. I’ve actually never seen this show before. Of course I have heard about it, but I know all those reality shows are staged, so I don’t watch 🙂
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  7. Not a Bachelor fan, but we all have our TV trash favorites. Enjoy!
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  8. I used to love watching The Bachelor, but… after the first few seasons the romanticism seemed to just disappear and it became apparently forced. But, we all have our guilty pleasures. I hate admitted that I love Pretty Little Liars. 😉
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  9. I’ve never watched The Bachelor — trust me, I have my own guilty pleasures — but my friends who do totally agree with everything you said here. Will have to try it one of these seasons, although I don’t need to become addicted to another TV series!
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  10. I have never watched this show, but I can see where it would be a guilty pleasure. I did read the TVLine post about the finale this morning and it sounds like he is a real jerk. Those poor girls!
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  11. LOL! I haven’t watched yet, but I already knew who was going to win early on. And I knew Juan Pablo was a loser, soooo no surprises! I can’t wait to watch this train wreck go down!
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  12. brett on March 11, 2014 at 2:39 pm said:

    I’ve never ever watched the bachelor. it was fun to see my facebook feed exploding with comments last night !!

  13. No judgement from me… though I must say I’ve never watched The Bachelor. Just the funny Bachelor-type skits Jimmy Kimmel does with kids playing the parts. My oldest daughter, though, loves the show. She, too, is a hopeless romantic. 😀
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  14. I love the show too! But hated this season and didn’t even watch past the second episode. Still shocked they picked such a loser! Looking forward to next season!
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  15. I have never watched this show before but I have seen a lot of talk about it throughout the web.
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  16. I have never watched the Bachelor but it sounds like this season was very dramatic.
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  17. I’m not a faithful watcher but since my daughter is addicted I pay a little bit of attention. I have to tell you though, Juan Pablo gave me the creeps!

  18. I haven’t watched the Bachelor since … I honestly can’t remember. It just sounds so silly and unrealistic to find the right person for you under all those circumstances. although one couple did, Trisha and Charlie, which I watched because she was the first Bachelorette. They probably should’ve been more selective with their Bachelor. Now it makes it even more unworthy to watch for next season. At least for me that is.

    • hbludman on March 12, 2014 at 9:18 am said:

      They don’t have a great track record, but there are two other couples who are still together, and another that just got married. So … it can work, even though the odds are slim.

  19. I have to admit, I’ve never watched the Bachelor, but I did hear a lot of hoopla after this one! I hope the next one is better for you!
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  20. I stopped watching the bachelor like years ago! I feel like they are so fixed these days!
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  21. I have never watched the show and can’t bring myself too. Sorry! I am not a reality fan at all. Give me some good old fake drama or a funny sitcom and I am good to go. The shows seem too fake to me.
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  22. I have never watched the show. My good friend does and she was not happy with the ending.

    • hbludman on March 12, 2014 at 9:20 am said:

      Boy, it seems I am well in the minority here. Not many of my readers share my addiction!

  23. I’ve never watched the Bachelor, but I can see how people get sucked in! Sounds like it was an interesting season!
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  24. I DO watch The Bachelor and the Bachelorette. It’s a guilty pleasure. However, this season was so painful. JP comes off as a narcissist. There are a lot of poor choices that he makes, but the single trait that bothers me the most is his inability to admit his wrong about anything. He refuses to apologize. Ever. About anything. Notice how he told CH in “Women Tell All” that he (JP) has no regrets. He is also a bad listener, self-absorbed, self-promoting, and a pleasure seeker. He’s 32 and acts as if he’s 20. Even his own family members were warning the final two women about JPs faults. That was very telling. I suppose JP could make a course correction and grow up, admit to some of his faults, and spend more time listening to others and worrying about their happiness. I don’t want to damn him. I do believe people can change. But I don’t see it happening this spring. I hope that Andi can get through the Bachelorette with her sanity in tact. I don’t think I could date 25 guys at once and not cry daily.
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    • hbludman on March 12, 2014 at 9:23 am said:

      Thank you, Karen! Now I know who to talk to about The Bachelorette! I agree with you 100%. He never listened to anyone because he was too busy preparing his next comment. Now he’s trying to do damage control, apparently. I just hope Nikki comes to her senses although I honestely believe he’s going to dump her sooner or later.

  25. I have not followed this show, sounds like a drama filled show!
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  26. I Used To Watch But don’t Have The Time Anymore Love It!
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  27. hbludman on March 12, 2014 at 9:21 am said:

    I think he was chosen because he was VERY well liked when he was on The Bachelorette. That’s because he was very good-looking but also because he didn’t get much air time — no one really got to know his personality.

  28. It is a weird premise to participate in a show like this to get a mate. I would not have liked to go through this kind of overt competition for a mate.

  29. Here is where I admit I’ve never watched it! I do love romance. I get my thrills between the covers of a book. ‘Nuff said! 🙂
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  30. Oh, wasn’t he just such a DUD? Wait, no. He was worse than that. I actually found myself getting angry with him and I don’t even watch the bachelor!
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  31. Ya know, I’ve always wanted to keep up with the shows, I really need to start watching! It sounds so good!

  32. I have not watched it at all this season. He just did not set well with me from the start.
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  33. Honestly it seems odd to me to find love in front of million people.I never was interested in these kinds of program.But I am happy for you.I may watch it some day lol
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  34. I’ve never watched any of the reality shows, but I know a lot of people love “The Bachelor”. Perhaps one of these days I’ll have to take a look.

    We all have our guilty pleasures; some day I’ll have to write about mine. I remember for a short time getting hooked on one of the soap operas in college, and it was the biggest rage when Luke and Laura got married. Funny how hooked you can get on it!
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    • hbludman on March 17, 2014 at 5:37 pm said:

      Cathy, I used to be hooked on “One Life to Live” and “All My Children.” Because we got the ABC station on the radio, I would leave my office at 1 pm for lunch, go to my car and listen to the show!

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