SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't watched the trainwreck that was The Bachelor finale last night, please do so, then come back because I need to hear your comments!
I've been watching The Bachelor since the very beginning. I have never witnessed a season quite like this, nor an After the Final Rose show as awkward as that. I'm trying my hardest not to pass too much judgement, but based on the live audience reaction, those people clearly were.
The entire season not a lot of women liked Clare as she did some things and rubbed some of the other girls the wrong way. Honestly, I wasn't really paying attention, but when Juan Pablo sent her home, I applauded the way she went out:
JP said something along the lines: we had some great times, I have to send people home at some point, now I have to say goodbye, byyeee, and as he went in for the hug, Clare did that ^. It was great to watch a woman stand up for herself, let this guy have it, and get all of the closure she needed. So many of the women on this show appear to be blindly in love with whoever the bachelor is, and it was so refreshing to see a woman have doubts AND follow through with them.
I think she was nice? The other girls seemed to like her. But, I'm not sure I would have accepted a rose from a guy who really said I'm not 100% into you.
the happy couple.I couldn't help but feel badly for Nikki as I watched her sit uncomfortably next to the man she loves but has never heard him say 'i love you'. And things continued to get more and more awkward. It was like everyone in that room was throwing the red flags at her, and she just went along with whatever it is that they have. And she really didn't say a word otherwise, or try to defend herself or her man. Odd.
I admit, I was excited when JP was going to be the bachelor, then I got bored very quickly, and because I can't turn away from this mess, I continued to watch week after week. The thing about JP that I don't buy is his language excuse. Back when I was student teaching in college, I dealt with many children whose first language was not English. The teachers all told me that these children were very smart, and knew more English than they let on. Some of the children did this, possibly because it was easier to get out of things, and oftentimes some people would give up on these children rather than try to understand them. It's the same way that I see how JP uses language to manipulate and give the run around when answering tough questions. He talked in so many circles, claimed not to understand a few things, and just kept talking until Chris Harrison simply gave up.
At least it's over, and at least we've named ANDI as the new bachelorette! I am very excited to see a strong woman take the lead. I'm hoping abc doesn't turn her into a mess, but we can't rule that out quite yet.
What were your thoughts on the finale? Do you think JP was an awful bachelor? How can we free Nikki?