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Ok guys. Bachelor in Paradise is really over. My Sundays and Mondays are now going to be back on track with things like, you know… making dinner. Getting my daughter to bed on time. Showering. Things like that. Basically, our escape from reality has come to an end. And an abrupt one I might add. Did anyone else find themselves saying, “Wait. What? After all that, Samantha ended up with Nick?” and “How am I supposed to care that Jade and Tanner are engaged when they didn’t get any real air time together?” I mean, Tanner got his fair share of snarky and somewhat annoying recaps of what was going down in paradise, but I don’t really feel invested in them. I do feel like they are genuinely in love tho from what I saw on After Paradise. But. I have to say, I am so happy I was on the very first season of the show. I think that not knowing the format and what exactly was going to happen made for a much more genuine experience for everyone. The planning and plotting was very clear. The one thing I can say is that Samantha has single-handedly prevented any future contestants from ever contacting one another before the show! So that will hopefully help next go round! Regardless, I just hope that the show doesn't become calculated and premeditated.
So I wanted to quickly share my thoughts on my favorite contestants from this season. When those credits started rolling, in my head there was a standing ovation for the following cast members:
I mean, seriously tho. Bravo! You really made this show worth it! Carly… you were beyond darling with Kirk the whole season. The way things ended was heartbreaking to watch and my heart genuinely hurt for you. Ashley and Lauren? You guys were pure comedy! I mean, I really think the two of you have something perfectly dysfunctional. Ashley S? You were the perfect combo of entertaining and endearing. Clare? Thank you for representing us “old ladies” with that sexy bod and class act! Get it girl! Juelia, you were strong and classy. Dan, you were well spoken, kind-hearted and clearly the eye candy of the season! (Thanks for that btw). Tenley, you were the Tenley you have always been. Sweet, genuine and kind to everyone around you. Always supporting and encouraging! Jared, you seemed to me like the male version of Tenley! You came across level-headed and balanced in everything you did! Oh, and also. Eye candy.
BUT…. If I HAD to pick one person that MADE the show, I would say that it had to be Ashely I.
Imagine the show without her in it. It would have been far less entertaining. The reason I am giving Ashley I. the MVB award, (Most Valuable Bachelorette) is because she went in completely open and vulnerable. She put her heart on the line and entertained us all along the way. The banter with Lauren was hysterical. I mean, the way she completely unfiltered every insecure thought in her mind was magical. Pulling out the “old” card when she was feeling especially insecure was great! I mean, it really is so relatable to so many women! When you think about it….anything “the other woman” has to jab at to make you feel better is always going to come out in times of insecurity. She was completely candid and held nothing back. And the fact that it was all so raw and genuine was endearing to me.
Now, clearly….I don’t believe she handled her approach with Jared the right way, but she did admit that she learned a lot. If anything, she may have helped millions of women understand why self-confidence is so important to have. It can be so hard to attain, but it is one of the most valuable and attractive assets a girl can have. Ashley is definitely a confident women in many ways. But not when it comes to dating. Although I have a feeling that will probably be changing! I hope so at least because she is an amazing woman!
So there you have it! That is my Bachelor in Paradise 2 awards ceremony on paper! lol! Congrats to everyone for surviving another season of amazing TV! Can’t wait to see Ben’s season of The Bachelor this January!
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