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31 Re: Articles / Press Releases on Mon Jan 07, 2013 5:08 pm

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InStyle interviewed a few of the girls on their fashion.

The Bachelor Exclusive: First Look at the Bachelorettes’ Fashion







http://news.instyle.com/2013/01/07/the-bachelor-sean-lowe-bachelorettes-fashion/

32 Re: Articles / Press Releases on Mon Jan 07, 2013 5:08 pm

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Ryan Seacrest

The Bachelor’s Sean Lowe Comments on Emily & Jef’s Breakup



http://ryanseacrest.com/2013/01/07/the-bachelors-sean-lowe-comments-on-emily-jefs-breakup/

33 Re: Articles / Press Releases on Mon Jan 07, 2013 5:09 pm

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Sean's first blog:

Bachelor Star Sean Lowe Blogs: I'm Looking for Lasting Love
by Sean Lowe

Sean Lowe is the star of the new season of The Bachelor, which debuts Monday, Jan. 7 on ABC. The hunky Dallas businessman and entrepreneur will be blogging about his romantic journey for PEOPLE.com.

Wow! I'm really The Bachelor. It still doesn't feel real.

It seems like just yesterday I was chasing Emily Maynard down the streets of Prague and wondering how she stole my heart when so many people in my past have tried and failed. But it wasn't yesterday – and now enough time has passed to allow my heart to mend and give me perspective and understanding as to why Emily made the best decision for both of us.

The question I'm most often asked is, "Why do you need to be on The Bachelor?" It's a fair question and I'd probably ask the same thing to someone else in my position.

The truth is, I probably don't need to be on The Bachelor to meet someone new, as there are plenty of single, nice, attractive women right here in Dallas. But I'm a firm believer that God works in mysterious and often crazy ways and he sometimes opens doors that need to be walked through.

I never anticipated falling in love with Emily on The Bachelorette. Like many cynics, I thought the whole thing was contrived and manufactured. I never thought I'd develop real feelings under those circumstances. I only agreed to be on The Bachelorette for the travel and the experience.

Well, as you all witnessed, my cynicism quickly evaporated and I fell in love with Emily and was convinced I'd spend the rest of my life loving her and her daughter.

Of course, that didn't happen. After the heartbreak of losing Emily, I was able to really reflect on the entire journey. I came to realize two very important things: My feelings for Emily were real, but she is not the one for me.

So here I am today, The Bachelor. I believe I can find love a second time through this experience and I'm hopeful it will be a lasting love. I hope you enjoy taking this incredible journey with me and I'm excited to hear your thoughts along the way.
– Sean

http://www.people.com/people/mobile/article/0,,20662054,00.html

34 Re: Articles / Press Releases on Mon Jan 07, 2013 5:09 pm

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From Glamour:

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Today's debate: is Sean Lowe a brilliant or a boring #Bachelor choice? (Either way, we're watching tonight!) http://glmr.me/109fXqC

MONDAY, 01/ 7/2013 12:00 PM
How Are We Feeling About Bachelor Sean Lowe--Brilliant, or Boring? (The Show Starts Tonight!)
by Megan Angelo

It seems like eons ago, the Men Tell All special in which I started to get the sinking feeling that Sean Lowe was our next Bachelor.

No disrespect to the buff ginger--in the real world, you get points for being even-keeled and well-adjusted--but when I heard all that mandatory studio-audience swooning over him, I was like ohhhh nooooo. I admit it: I just kinda find him dull. I mean, do we all remember the lame "messy-room" prank they put him up to in order to spice him up a bit? That really backfired, eh? A guy can't seem more boring than when he's breaking up cookies on a nightstand as part of a really searing gotcha.

On the other hand, I continue to not have a problem with this situation:

And--to be optimistic about it--occasionally a Bachelor comes along who, in his infinite normalcy, reacts in a deadpan yet hilarious way to girl-craziness on the show. I call this Womacking, after Bradley. So maybe Sean will be into that.

But I dunno guys. I keep having flashbacks of Lowe halfheartedly jogging after Emily's retreating SUV and... I'm not sure how else to say it. We might have a jeans-ironer on our hands.

What do you guys think of Sean--does he bore you, or are you all in? I'm hoping he proves me wrong. Anyway, don't worry, the girls definitely won't be boring. We knew that even from their portraits.

35 Re: Articles / Press Releases on Mon Jan 07, 2013 5:10 pm

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HOLLYWOOD - "The Bachelor" begins its 17th season Monday night at 8 on ABC with Sean Lowe, the last bachelor to be eliminated before the finale of the most recent edition of "The Bachelorette," having 26 bachelorettes to pick from, among them five women from the Southland.

Desiree Hartsock, a 26-year-old bridal stylist from Los Angeles, said she loves it when her date "isn't trying to be someone else or act different to impress me."

Sarah Herron, a 26-year-old advertising executive from Los Angeles, says she loves it when her date compliments her.

"Guys are forgetting how important it is to tell a girl how she looks," Herron said. "She spent a long time getting ready for you. Tell her you notice."

Leslie Hughes, a 29-year-old poker dealer from Los Angeles, considers herself "a hopeless romantic."

Lacey Latka, a 24-year-old graduate student from Valencia, said she prefers "being more mysterious."

"I'm an observer and like to analyze the room before I do anything crazy," Latka said.

Amanda Meyer, a 26-year-old fit model from Newport Beach, called "The Shack" her all-time favorite book because "it's emotional and humbles you."

Lowe said he had his heart broken by Emily Maynard on "The Bachelorette" and went on "The Bachelor" "hoping that I would find the woman I want to marry."

"My feelings for Emily were very real and I think most of the people who watched the show could recognize that,"

Lowe said in a recent conference call with reporters. "I was just hoping that I would have the same feelings, if not stronger, for one of the 26 women."
Lowe said he "was blown away" by "the amount of wonderful women that we had this season... smart, well-accomplished, funny."

"I think you'll see that causes internal problems for me as the season progresses because I get to a point where I think, `Wow, I've got so many wonderful women, I don't know what I'm going to do. I don't know how I'm going to sort this out,"' Lowe said.

The 29-year-old Lowe owns a Dallas-area upscale custom furniture business and played linebacker on the Kansas State team that won the 2003 Big 12 Conference championship.

No bachelor has married the woman to whom he presented the final rose, although Jason Mesnick, the bachelor in the 2009 season, married runner-up Molly Malaney.

"I've never paid attention to the track record of past relationships," Lowe said.

36 Re: Articles / Press Releases on Tue Jan 08, 2013 1:21 am

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People played a word game with Sean and asked him to describe each bachelorette in one word. Here is what he said about the top 4.

Catherine- Sexy
Lindsay-Sweetheart
AshLee-Organized
Desiree-Hilarious

http://www.people.com/people/gallery/0,,20662400,00.html

The rest:

Sarah-Compassionate
Daniella-Fun
Amanda-Cheerful
Keriann-Sweet
Ashley H-Tiger
Selma-Hot
Leslie-Goofy
Taryn-Athletic
Jackie-Soft-spoken
Kristy-Intense
Kelly-Singer
Katie-Flexible
Ashley P-Out of control
Lauren-Intimidating
Diana-Loving
Tierra-Surprising
Paige-Nice
Lacey-Beautiful
Robyn-Spunky
Lesley-Guys girl
Brooke-Sultry

37 Re: Articles / Press Releases on Tue Jan 08, 2013 1:31 am

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Interesting!! Thanks.....he likes his sexy Cat!!

38 Re: Articles / Press Releases on Tue Jan 08, 2013 1:36 am

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He left out Kacie B!

39 Re: Articles / Press Releases on Tue Jan 08, 2013 1:40 am

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was Ashlee the first out of the limo?

40 Re: Articles / Press Releases on Tue Jan 08, 2013 1:41 am

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yes Ashlee was first!

41 Re: Articles / Press Releases on Tue Jan 08, 2013 2:22 am

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Look at the reflection in the mirror. Is that Chippy the Elf in her bed? giggle

42 Re: Articles / Press Releases on Tue Jan 08, 2013 5:44 pm

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People: ‘Bachelor’ Sean Tells Us How He Really Feels About His Female Suitors’ Style

HERE COMES THE CRAZY
"My first thought was, 'Oh, crap,'" Sean admits of contestant Lindsay's wedding dress. Perhaps the 24-year-old substitute teacher really wants to prove that she's there for the right reasons.


BLONDE ON BLING
California native Lacey arrives in a dazzling strapless gown ("She made an entrance with that thing, it definitely catches your eye," says Sean.) The wannabe Mrs. Lowe also brought along a piece of lace (which, in our opinion, looks like a thong) in honor of her name.


SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND
Several of the contestants chose sparkly numbers, including graphic designer Catherine. "That's another one where it's like, alright, this chick's hot and her dress shows it," says Sean of the 26-year-old's outfit.


BETTER OFF RED
Contestant Ashlee admits that she takes three hours to get ready for a night out. It's clearly time well spent since Sean is a fan of her look. "Red is always stunning. I love red. It stands out."


EYES UP HERE!
Classy isn't a word we typically use when describing reality show fashion, but real estate developer Selma manages to look sophisticated yet sexy in this strapless LBD, and Sean agrees, adding an adjective of his own: "That's just, like, sultry."


FESTIVE FROCK
While we're inclined to add this aqua number to our Obsessed or Hot Mess? gallery, Sean has only kind things to say about model Ashley's bedazzled design. "It makes a statement. It's a beautiful dress and a loud color. That dress says, 'I'm here to party.'"


SHEER SHE IS
In case you had any doubts that anything see-through will get a guy's attention, consider what Sean has to say about 24-year-old Tierra's black gown: "I just thought she looked hot in this dress. It's a sexy dress."


WELL RED
Despite being a bridal stylist (yes, for real), Desiree decided not to wear white, but rather to match her dress to the show's signature flower. "That stood out, again, because it's red and I later found out she made it herself," Sean reveals.


http://stylenews.peoplestylewatch.com/2013/01/07/the-bachelor-premiere-sean-lowe-contestants/[/quote]

43 Re: Articles / Press Releases on Tue Jan 08, 2013 5:47 pm

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Smack Tracker: Week One
By ABC.com

Welcome to the smack tracker. We'll keep track of some of the more memorable quotes that were said about others during the episode. Feel free to add any other quotes that stood out to you in the comments section below.

Quotes about Ashley P.
"She needs a lot of water. Water people." - Kacie
After Ashley brings her tie out for Sean. "I also brought a rape whistle in case I'm in trouble." - Sean
"Ashley P. that girl is a trip...I don't even know where to start with her." - Sean
"Fifty shades of grey may have become fifty shades of drunk tonight." - Sean

Quotes about Lindsay
"The Wedding dress...I would never. I would probably die before I did." - Ashley P

Kiss Leaderboard: Week One
By ABC.com

Kiss Leaderboard: Week 1

Welcome to the Kiss Leaderboard! This season we're tracking the number of pecks, make out sessions and hot tub kisses.

Lindsay was the only one to secure a kiss the week. Will the leader be the final Bachelorette?

44 Re: Articles / Press Releases on Tue Jan 08, 2013 5:47 pm

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Exclusive — Arie Luyendyk Jr. Breaks Down Sean Lowe’s Bachelor Contenders — Exclusive

Texas-raised, all-American entrepreneur Sean Lowe and dashing European race car driver Arie Luyendyk, Jr. are as different as night and day – but the friendship they formed while filming The Bachelorette Season 8 has bonded them for life.

So it was especially cool to see Arie drop by for a surprise visit — and some kissing lessons — with his buddy Sean prior to Sean’s first night at the Bachelor mansion. Speaking exclusively with Wetpaint Entertainment, Arie talks about why he thinks Sean will bring something new to the job — and which girls he already thinks may be Sean’s perfect match!

Wetpaint Entertainment: You and Sean don’t exactly have a lot in common, but you’re still really good friends…
Arie: Being in the Bachelorette house is a hard experience to explain to people. But when you share it with other guys and you go as far as Sean and I did, you definitely grow close. So although we’re different people, the experience left us with a solid friendship. I’m so happy I was able to come by, give him some advice and hang out before he kicked things off.

Do you think he’s going to make a good Bachelor?
I think he’s going to make a great Bachelor. He’s really good at reading people and I know he believes in the process. The only thing he’s going to have to work on is opening up more than he did on The Bachelorette. He’s going to have to learn to harness his emotions and let people in.

How do you think he did on his first night?
Really well. His direct approach by giving girls the roses throughout the night was cool and refreshing to watch. As someone who’s been on the other side of it, I think that’s a better way to do it. It’s more natural - you get to give it to someone at the perfect moment rather than waiting all night. I hope he continues to do that.

What did you think of Lindsay Yenter, who entered in a bridal gown and attempted to kiss Sean on the lips when she first met him?
I think the dress was funny but it was way too soon for the kiss. You can tell it caught him off guard — and not in a good way. He’s a gentleman and that kind of aggressive approach is not going to work with him.

So then I assume you weren’t a fan of Ashley P.’s 50 Shades of Grey approach?
Oh my god, I was scared to death of her. I think all of America should be afraid!

Ok, so who are you liking for Sean so far?
Tierra [LiCausi] was so bubbly and happy. She has an infectious smile and seems really fun to hang out with. I get why he gave her the rose right away. And I think Selma [Alameri] is just totally hot. If it was me up there, that’s who I would have given my first rose to. He seemed to have a really strong reaction to Catherine [Giudici], you could just tell he was into her. Desiree [Hartsock] I like because she seems really witty and comfortable with herself. And if you can find a way to be comfortable on this show, you’ll do well because your personality will be able to shine. Last, I was really happy for Sarah [Newlon]. I’m pulling for her. You could tell how happy she was when she got a rose.

http://www.wetpaint.com/the-bachelor/articles/arie-luyendyk-jr-breaks-down-sean-lowes-bachelor-contenders-exclusive

45 Re: Articles / Press Releases on Tue Jan 08, 2013 6:02 pm

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Thanks so much for posting these Bachelor articles for us darling Ladybug! It's interesting to note that in the People Style Watch one he called two women hot - Catherine and Tierra. The others had less personal/complimenting comments.

46 Re: Articles / Press Releases on Tue Jan 08, 2013 6:11 pm

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yumyum1 wrote:
Thanks so much for posting these Bachelor articles for us darling Ladybug! It's interesting to note that in the People Style Watch one he called two women hot - Catherine and Tierra. The others had less personal/complimenting comments.

Your welcome! kisskiss

I thought it was too. I think he's pretty much admitted he fell for Tierra's act and didn't see past the pretty face and the way she was around him, at least for a while. It took some time for him to see it, but he finally did! giggle I think she was one of those early connections that played out and he realized, no way. Apparently, there were several and I think that by letting them go early that helped clear the field for all the F4 to stick around longer and develop stronger relationships with them.

47 Re: Articles / Press Releases on Tue Jan 08, 2013 6:16 pm

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NEXT WEEK ON THE BACHELOR (1/14)
FIERCE EMOTIONS EXPLODE WHEN THE WOMEN CONFRONT THEIR FEARS,
THEIR JEALOUSY AND ONE DECEPTIVELY CHARMING WOMAN AS THEY
BATTLE FOR SEAN'S ATTENTION, ON ABC'S "THE BACHELOR"



The First Group Date Features a Competition Which Will Land
The Winner a Three-Cover Deal on Harlequin Romance Novels


"Episode 1702" - The 19 remaining bachelorettes move into the mansion with hopes that they will end up as Sean's soul mate and future wife. But first our Bachelor has a few tricks up his sleeve, as he takes Sarah on a jolting one-on-one adrenaline date, while Desiree gets the full hidden-camera prank treatment to see if she has a sense of humor. The group date will give 13 lucky ladies the chance to compete in a photo shoot challenge to win a deal to appear on the cover of several famed romance novels. But it doesn't take long for the drama to ramp up, and an intense rose ceremony lies ahead, on "The Bachelor," MONDAY, JANUARY 14 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.


Sean whisks Sarah AWAY via helicopter to the top of one of Los Angeles' highest buildings. He holds out a sweet reward: a romantic picnic - but only after the couple free-falls 300 feet to the ground. Despite the difficulty of having one arm, Sarah is ready and willing to attempt the perilous fall. Later she shares her emotional story about being physically challenged and how she strives to overcome this hurdle. But how will Sean receive this message? Will he accept Sarah wholeheartedly, or will her dream date end in heartbreak?


Next, 13 women join Sean at a sprawling Beverly Hills estate for the opportunity of a lifetime: The bachelorettes will compete in a photo shoot to see who will win a deal to appear on three Harlequin romance novel covers. Lesley M. gets the race kick-started, sneaking a kiss as she and Sean pose for their cowboy scene. Kristy sparks a jealous frenzy when she seduces Sean in front of the other women during her glamour shoot. But will all this one-upmanship matter when the winner is named? At the after party, sparks continue to fly as one pouty woman distances herself from the group, and Katie questions whether or not she should stay. Meanwhile, Kacie B. attempts to graduate from the "friend zone" to love interest by spending some alone time with Sean. However, after shocking the women, will the Bachelor give the date rose to a deserving lady looking for love, or will he fall victim to the manipulations of another woman?


Gorgeous Desiree gets the last individual date this week. Sean escorts her to a swanky art show, but unbeknownst to her, the exhibition is an elaborate hidden camera hoax. She will think she smashed a million-dollar piece of art. Does she have a sense of humor? Later at an intimate dinner, the couple bond over their similar family backgrounds and views of marriage. The night is capped off with a steamy shared hot tub and kiss. But will everything Sean has found out about Desiree add up to a rose?


Finally, at the cocktail party, the pressure is getting to the women. One bold woman puts Sean on the spot about his dating preferences. Another aloof lady poisons the night with her negative attitude. But will Sean see the true woman behind the phony smile, or will her deceptive charm prevail? At the end of the night, 16 women remain in the chase for Sean's heart.


The 19 women are:
Amanda, 26, fit model, Newport Beach, CA
AshLee, 32, personal organizer, Houston, TX
Brooke, 25, community organizer, Pittsburgh, PA
Catherine, 26, graphic designer, Seattle, WA
Daniella, 24, commercial casting associate, San Francisco, CA
Desiree, 26, bridal stylist, Los Angeles, CA
Diana, 31, salon owner, Salt Lake City, UT
Jackie, 25, cosmetics consultant, Boynton Beach, FL
Kacie B., 25, administrative assistant, Clarksville, TN
Katie, 27, yoga instructor, Charlotte, NC
Kristy, 25, model, Darien, WI
Lesley M., 25, political consultant, Washington, D.C.
Leslie H., 29, poker dealer, Los Angeles, CA
Lindsay, 24, substitute teacher, Fort Leonard Wood, MO
Robyn, 24, oil field account manager, Houston, TX
Sarah, 26, advertising executive, Los Angeles, CA
Selma, 29, real estate developer, San Diego, CA
Taryn, 30, heath club manager, Troutdale, OR
Tierra, 24, leasing consultant, Denver, CO

http://www.abcmedianet.com/assets/pr/html/010813_02.html

48 Re: Articles / Press Releases on Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:05 pm

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Does anybody know what the ratings were for Sean's premiere last night?

49 Re: Articles / Press Releases on Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:30 pm

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prettyinpink wrote:Does anybody know what the ratings were for Sean's premiere last night?

Given that he was up against the BCS championship, doesn't seem that bad. At the viper pit there is already an Arie fan saying that its down because Fleiss chose Sean, and not Arie or even Roberto. sad2

Elsewhere, ABC’s The Bachelor returned to 6.8 mil/2.3, down 12 percent and a tenth from its year-ago premiere
http://tvline.com/2013/01/08/ratings-deception-premiere-castle-bachelor-mob-doctor-finale/

50 Re: Articles / Press Releases on Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:33 pm

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Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelor' season premiere

by Chris Harrison

Let me start this season off by saying it’s always good to be back. I always miss you guys as much as you miss the show. I didn’t get a chance to put up a blog after Ashley and JP’s wedding so before I dive into the new season of The Bachelor let me back up a bit and say just a few words. I was incredibly honored to be a part of that special day. The truth is that the odds of any relationship, on TV or off, making it all the way to the altar and ending in marriage are so small that it’s something that should always be cherished and celebrated. When you add to that the fact that Ashley and JP are such good people and so fantastic together it should definitely be celebrated. One thing I’m always struck by during these Bachelor weddings is how damn fun they are. At the end of the day it’s just a bunch of family and friends celebrating one of the great things life has to offer: true love. Speaking of true love, let’s talk about Sean and his search for that very thing.

I’m glad the season started with an ample amount of Sean catching us up on his life and just enough of that came with his shirt off to let you know after his heartbreak with Emily he didn’t go on a three-month ice cream and doughnut bender. Before Sean headed over to meet with me and the 25… I mean 26 women, he had a visit from his old friend, Arie. After watching these two I’ve decided there’s nothing more natural than for a couple of guys who got dumped by the same girl to sit around, have a cold one, and talk about kissing technique. After a quick lesson in love from Arie, it was time to get serious and meet the ladies, and that’s exactly what Sean did.

I never really know the best way to write about the hijinks on the wet driveway because you see it just as I do when I’m standing just off camera watching it go down live. So I’ll go over the, ummm, highlights from the arrivals on the first night. Sean was pretty nervous but I have to say the guy did great. It’s not very easy and he was pretty smooth and handled himself well. Kelly from Nashville was the female version of “guy with guitar,” deciding to serenade Sean. Not sure it’s much consolation for Kelly, who went home, but my 9-year-old daughter said she had a pretty voice. (We’ll discuss my parenting and the fact that I let my little girl watch the first episode with me later.) Ashley P. strolled out and seemed innocent enough until she pulled out the Fifty Shades of Grey tie and was ready for a little bondage. We’ll have more on Ashley P. in a bit. I felt bad for gymnast Robyn who probably could usually pull off those back handsprings any day of the week, but choked under the pressure and took a spill. The funny thing is that probably helped her stand out even more in Sean’s mind. Paige from Bachelor Pad was back, and… then she wasn’t again. I have to say I was a little surprised she didn’t make a bigger impression on Sean and at least stay the first week. Sean is very wary of those that showed up just to be on TV and whether Paige was there for that reason or not, she definitely started behind the eight ball and never made up for that in Sean’s mind.

NEXT PAGE: Sean goes rogue with the roses
Lindsay probably pulled the boldest stunt by showing up in a wedding dress. This move and Lindsay’s personality really skirted that grey area with Sean. He has a great sense of humor but Lindsay almost pushed things too far. She did end up getting a rose, but if she expects a honeymoon any time soon she has some work to do. We surprised Sean with a special 26th bachelorette this season. We all know Kacie from Ben’s season and she pleaded for permission to come back to meet Sean. These two met before the show and apparently hit it off enough in Kacie’s mind that she felt it was worth all she’d have to go through to come back and fight for Sean’s heart along with the other 25 women.

In the middle of the arrivals Sean decided he was so impressed with one of the ladies, Tierra, that he wanted to give her a rose. Turns out, that wouldn’t even be close to the last rose Sean handed out before the rose ceremony. Sean apparently had decided it was time to shake things up a little bit on that first night and since he’s The Bachelor, he can kind of do whatever he wants. If a conversation went really well and Sean felt a connection with a woman, he figured he didn’t need to wait to let her know she was safe. Sean ended up handing out 12 roses before the rose ceremony. The only problem with this strategy was that in the minds of some of the ladies, everything became about the rose. All the women could talk or think about that night was getting a rose. So the entire time they were sitting there talking to Sean they were looking at that rose and wondering if they were going to get it and, if not, what that meant. I personally liked the change as it shook things up a bit and made for a very interesting first cocktail party.

Whether it’s The Bachelor or The Bachelorette there’s always that one person who will probably not remember much of the first night, and when they see it they’ll regret most of it. This season Ashley P. was that person. I think Sean summed it up best when he said she was Fifty Shades of Drunk. Let’s take the drinking out of it, and there are definitely some good lessons to take from her first conversations with Sean: First of all, she led with bondage. This is something maybe best saved for a second or third date. When the person you’re talking to references a rape whistle, this is a sign your conversation isn’t going well and maybe you should dial it back a bit. Then she mentioned her mother and how she was going to marry him. Telling a person you’re destined to marry them and revealing that you’ve discussed this with your mother before you’ve even had a first date might be just a tad much. At that point that was strike 1 through 9, so she not only struck out… she struck out enough for an entire team.

Because Sean was so generous with the roses all night he only had seven to hand out at the actual rose ceremony. Admit it, we’ve been gone so long you missed me coming out and saying, “This is the final rose tonight.” I know — it feels so good to hear those words again. After the roses and a few tears, you got a great look at just how fantastic this season is going to be. As I said to the ladies that first night, Sean is as sincere a Bachelor as we’ve ever had. That’s obviously a good thing, as that’s what we all want, but it also means expectations are high. When you have all these ingredients you’re bound to have an explosive season. I’m so happy to be back and I look forward to watching with you each week as Sean tries to navigate his way to finding the woman of his dreams.

Before I wrap things up, I want to let you know for the third year in a row I’ll be hosting the Miss America pageant, which will air live from Las Vegas this Saturday at 9 p.m. on ABC. I always look forward to hosting this event. It’s a wild ride and I hope you’ll be there to join me crown the new Miss America. In the meantime, you can always find me on Twitter and Instagram @chrisbharrison
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http://popwatch.ew.com/2013/01/08/chris-harrison-bachelor-season-premiere-blog/

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The Bachelor's Sean Lowe is playing by his own rules this season and proved that by handing out more than 10 roses — before the first rose ceremony.


On the Season 17 premiere, viewers were reintroduced to the sexy Texan as he began his search for the woman of his dreams. But while Sean was struck by some women almost instantly, others didn't make a good first impression despite their over-the-top entrances and personalities. Host Chris Harrison shares his thoughts on how Sean did Night 1, gives us a glimpse into who will be the season's villain and fan favorite, and explains why one familiar face got a rose, while the other one didn't.

How do you think Sean handled his first night?
Chris Harrison: First episodes are always tough. The arrivals alone is a really awkward and tough position to be in because there's nothing comfortable about meeting 26 women and trying to keep up conversation, but he pleasantly surprised all of us. He's a different man than the public has perceived him to be, in a good way.

Bachelor Host Chris Harrison: Sean Lowe is definitely not vanilla toast

This season features more race diversity than in the past. Did Sean ask for that?
Harrison: It was definitely done on purpose for our Bachelor. Sean has dated across the spectrum; that's something that very much doesn't matter to him and, in fact, he likes being diverse.

Sarah, who has one arm, received a rose. Will that ever become an issue?
Harrison: With Sarah, she's stunningly beautiful and you could definitely see on that first night they hit it off. It continues [to come up] but you get to that point where it's a non-issue, which is what you want. And the thing with her is she gets it. She's like, "Let's talk about it and then let's move on."

Was there more conversation about Sean's decision to hand out roses pre-ceremony than we saw?
Harrison: There was a part of the show you didn't see which is where he came in and talked to me before he gave the rose to Tierra. You missed a little bit of the explanation, but I liked the fact it shook up Night 1. You can tell how many of these girls memorize our show because Tierra walked in and they're like, "Oh that's the first-impression rose." They knew what that first rose meant. When the second girl came in they're like, "Wait there must be two [first-]impression roses" until they realized what he was doing. Then every conversation became, "Am I getting a rose?" Then when they didn't, it was crushing. It added a lot more drama and changed the dynamic of the first night, but also alleviated a very first long rose ceremony.

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Was Tierra's rose solely based on looks? They barely spoke!
Harrison: He was just taken by her. For some reason when she came out, his shoulders dropped, he relaxed and smiled. So he thought she's definitely one to keep. There wasn't more to it than what you saw.

Which entrances stood out to you?
Harrison: The Fifty Shades thing. You're making a reference to a very female thing; it's like coming in and doing a Twilight reference. Know your audience! If the guy you're trying to impress mentions a rape whistle, that's never a good sign. The football thing, that was cute. The wedding dress was interesting because Lindsay was really cute and she had a great sense of humor, and he really liked it at first. And then she had a little too much to drink and pushed him over that grey area of less sense of humor and more a little bit creepy. So she almost blew that gag. She should've known the wedding dress was a big enough statement she shouldn't push it any further.

Why do you think Paige didn't receive a rose?
Harrison: Part of it was because she was on Bachelor Pad. Sean is very leery of anybody looking for their 15 minutes of fame. I don't think Paige was -- she's pretty sincere, and we fell in love with her as a fan on Bachelor Pad. We really thought she was someone who would last awhile, but we were way off the mark. He was turned off that she was back coming from Bachelor Pad.

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Then what about Kacie who was on Ben's season?
Harrison: We didn't really play much of it, but he was really wary of that. He was cautiously optimistic about her. They knew each other and hung out, and she really felt like there was something there enough that she called us. We thought that's fine, we're not going to tell Sean, but if you want to explain it, that's up to you and we'll see how it goes. At this point he's going to see if it goes anywhere, but he's wary of her being on the show before.

From previews it seems Tierra is the season's villain. How come?
Harrison: I think it's one of those situations where she captured his attention so you're already in the cross hairs and it's how you handle yourself, and she doesn't do a lot to ingratiate herself to the girls. She takes the whole, "I'm not here to make friends" route. Why bring that on yourself? That's her style, and it starts rubbing the women the wrong way, and the more Sean is taken with her the rougher it gets.

Who do you predict to be the fan favorite?
Harrison: I think Sarah will be a favorite, and I'm interested to see what people think of Desiree, who didn't get a lot of time last night as girls tend to not when they're going to go further. She has this very young Katie Holmes thing and she's very laidback. I also think people will get to know and love Lindsay. She might be a comeback girl. The dress bit and the fallout after put her behind the eightball a bit, but people will get to know her better and like her.

Watch our exclusive interview with Sean below! Plus: Catch Chris Harrison hosting Miss America on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 9/8c on ABC.

The Bachelor airs on Mondays at 8/7c on ABC.

http://www.tvguide.com/News/Bachelor-Sean-Premiere-1058509.aspx

52 Re: Articles / Press Releases on Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:45 pm

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Ladybug82 wrote:
prettyinpink wrote:Does anybody know what the ratings were for Sean's premiere last night?

Given that he was up against the BCS championship, doesn't seem that bad. At the viper pit there is already an Arie fan saying that its down because Fleiss chose Sean, and not Arie or even Roberto. sad2

Elsewhere, ABC’s The Bachelor returned to 6.8 mil/2.3, down 12 percent and a tenth from its year-ago premiere
http://tvline.com/2013/01/08/ratings-deception-premiere-castle-bachelor-mob-doctor-finale/


6.8 million is not bad, and it will probably go up as the season goes on. Thank You Ladybug, I appreciate it. I tried to find it online, but I got last weeks, not this weeks. smile

53 Re: Articles / Press Releases on Tue Jan 08, 2013 11:44 pm

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Don't forget to go to AfterBuzz TV to watch what they say about Sean's first episode. I am addicted to it.

http://www.afterbuzztv.com/shows



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54 Re: Articles / Press Releases on Tue Jan 08, 2013 11:46 pm

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The true test will be next week's numbers. We can't quantify how much the BCS game dampened The Bachelor's ratings. I knew that the Arie fans would turn this into a Sean vs. Arie issue.

55 Re: Articles / Press Releases on Wed Jan 09, 2013 2:07 am

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Here is a blog that I love. It is very, very snarky. Be warned.

http://lostangelesblog.wordpress.com/

56 Re: Articles / Press Releases on Wed Jan 09, 2013 2:22 am

Gracerebecca

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Here is another blog about The Bachelor that I love. This one is a little less snarky.

http://www.tv.com/news/the-bachelors-new-batch-of-crazies-who-are-your-early-favorites-30359/

57 Re: Articles / Press Releases on Wed Jan 09, 2013 2:41 am

Gracerebecca

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This blog about The Bachelor is not snarky.

http://officestace.com/

58 Re: Articles / Press Releases on Wed Jan 09, 2013 3:01 am

Gracerebecca

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59 Re: Articles / Press Releases on Wed Jan 09, 2013 3:23 am

Gracerebecca

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60 Re: Articles / Press Releases on Wed Jan 09, 2013 4:11 am

Gracerebecca

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There is one more blog that is my favorite by far but the blogger swears a lot. It always makes me laugh out loud but is not for those that offend easily, so PM me if you want the link. She was obsessed with Jef last season.

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