On Sunday night I hope you watched live as Sean and Catherine became husband and wife. It was a beautiful weekend up in Santa Barbara and it ended with what I thought was a wonderful family affair. It was great getting to meet Sean and Catherine’s friends and family in the days leading up to the ceremony. They are truly loved and you can clearly see they have the full support from the people who care about them most. I was honored to be a part of their special day and wish Sean and Catherine nothing but the best as they start their new life together as husband and wife. I want to thank the Four Seasons Resort the Biltmore Santa Barbara for providing an incredible backdrop to the wedding weekend. While we’re on the subject of family, I want to mention our Bachelor family had a new addition Monday morning. Congratulations to my dear friends Andrew and Ivana Firestone on the birth of their happy, healthy baby boy!
As we rolled out of Santa Barbara and wedding bliss it was time to get back down to business because Juan Pablo is really just getting into the most important part of his journey to find love. One of my favorite parts of this show is getting to help these contestants experience once in a lifetime opportunities. This week I had the pleasure of surprising the women by telling them it was time to pack their bags and head to Seoul, South Korea. The reaction from the women was incredible and I loved seeing how truly excited they were. When you see Clare in tears because she’s never left the country before, you get to feel just how special this is. Seoul is a huge city, but it has a really personal, quaint feel to it. It was a city that was easy to walk around and get lost in going from market to market. It is a city that has a clear mix of the old and the new.
Nowhere was this more evident than in the first group date. Juan Pablo and the ladies trained and performed with the Korean K-Pop group 2NE1 (Twenty-One). I know some of you may not know who this group is, honestly I didn’t either, but they are huge in Korea. The best way I could compare it is if One Direction showed up at a mall here in the states. Every nook and cranny of this four-story mall was packed with people trying to get a glimpse of this group. It was an awesome way to kick off our travels. Kat obviously relished this opportunity, but Nikki not so much. At the end of the day, all of them had the time of their lives and loved the experience of being on stage, even Nikki. Nikki was definitely the center of the controversy on this date, but do you think the criticism and drama surrounding her is fair? Does she create the drama around her or are the girls starting to not like her because she’s getting so much attention from Juan Pablo? He clearly likes Nikki and gave her the rose once again on the group date.
Sharleen’s one-on-one date was up next. I find them to be the most puzzling and intriguing couple this season. Juan Pablo really likes her and at this point I think considers her to be his number one. The reason I find them so intriguing is at times they appear to have zero chemistry and completely don’t get each other. But then moments later they seem to absolutely understand each other and are making out. She got another rose and will live to see another rose ceremony, but you just have to wonder how long a relationship can survive like this.
On the second group date, Juan Pablo and the ladies set out to take in the culture of Seoul. Much like Nikki, Clare seems to be a target for drama and controversy. I think the same question applies for Clare as well. Is she a drama queen? Does she deserve to be the center of attention, or is she just a front-runner? The other puzzling thing this week is Juan Pablo’s decision to all of a sudden decide to stop kissing girls on this group date. He told Renee he was slowing down with her due to the fact that she’s a mother and he didn’t want to rush anything with her. Then he told others it was because he was a dad and he didn’t want Camilla to see him kissing a bunch of girls. I definitely understand their confusion and frustration on this subject, because he seems to have changed the rules in the middle of the game. They obviously know he’s kissed several of the other women, but now there’s some random moral line he seems to have drawn. In a situation like this, you have to be careful to be clear and consistent or it’s going to lead to confusion and drama for him. When you say one thing and completely do another, obviously it’s going to lead to problems.
The rose ceremony was held in an ancient royal palace that sits in the middle of Seoul. These are moments when you have to stop and take pause and truly try to take in what you’re doing and where you are. This job allows us to see some incredible places and this palace was one of those locations. Nikki and Clare are both front-runners and both are embroiled in the drama and that drama spilled over into the cocktail party before the rose ceremony. Relationships are clearly growing and women are definitely getting territorial and jealous of each other. Elise and Lauren said goodbye and headed back home. Next week the drama continues, but so does the incredible travel. We leave Korea for the exotic country of Vietnam.
Next week, as you saw in the preview, there’s an incident with Clare that will have everybody talking. The big question will be: Whose side are you on? Thanks for watching – and again, congrats to Sean and Catherine!
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