There was a time when every episode of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette ended with a rose ceremony. The dramatic climax always came down to who was given another shot at love — for at least another week in television land — and who was going home in tears. This season, The Bachelorette has chosen to end each installment mid-drama.
There’s been plenty of drama to go around. As the Inquisitr documented, Chad Johnson seemed intent on starting scuffles in the mansion and JoJo Fletcher had to discuss with her suitors a nasty tabloid interview given by her ex-boyfriend. And that’s just the beginning. Last week, after the crucial hometown dates during which The Bachelorette met the families of her final four men, the rose ceremony was interrupted by tears — belonging to Fletcher.
The catalyst for The Bachelorette’s emotional outburst was a few moments of her time stolen by suitor Luke Pell, just as she was about to begin handing out roses. During his hometown date, he apparently felt he hadn’t appropriately gushed about his feelings for her. In his blog for Yahoo, Chris Harrison described the effect of Pell’s decision to spill his emotions — at the rose ceremony — on Fletcher.
“Luke obviously left his hometown regretful of not being completely and totally forthright with his feelings, and he took this moment to express his feelings for JoJo. And it threw her whole world upside down. In no way did Luke mean to upset her, but he really sent her for a tailspin, and that tailspin took so long, we’ll have to continue it next week!”
Indeed, the episode ended on an ominous “to be continued” note, as JoJo Fletcher walked out onto the tarmac in an evening gown after getting Pell’s words of affection. The rose ceremony took place in an airport hangar, apparently for good reason: once JoJo decides who gets to proceed to the overnight dates, they will all jet off to an exotic locale.
Of course, The Bachelorette set up the drama when it came to Luke Pell. Prior to his confession in the airport hangar, Fletcher revealed to the cameras that she was going to send Luke off into the sunset — not for another romantic excursion, but back home to find his soulmate elsewhere. But as former Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky noted on her blog, Pell might be set up as the next Bachelor, not as JoJo’s new mate. Fedotowsky predicted that Pell will be sent packing when the story picks up Monday night.
“Every time he is with her, there is the most romantic country music playing in the background. I feel like I’m watching a Nicholas Sparks book turned movie when they’re together. Is that because they are meant to be together? Probably not based on the fact that JoJo was going to send him home at the rose ceremony. I’ll be so curious to see if she sticks with her decision or changes her mind. I think she will send Luke home next week.”
This is not the first time Fedotowsky has hinted that the team behind The Bachelorette have played up Pell’s appeal, potentially setting him up for a future installment of the series. As the Inquisitr reported previously, Fedotowsky was quick to name Pell as the series’ next lead. In her most recent blog, she’s narrowed it down to Pell — or Chase McNary, another of JoJo’s remaining men.
While Chris Harrison noted that Chase’s parents are divorced, something also pushed on the program during the hometown dates, Fedotowsky poo-pooed the manufactured drama, saying Chase experienced something that happens in most families.
“Did anyone else think it was weird that he (and the show) kept playing up how he was a child of divorced parents? Aren’t like 50 percent of us? My parents are divorced. I don’t think that makes me any less willing to commit to someone.”
In any event, Bachelorette fans will get plenty of action this week. In addition to the new episode on Monday night, when viewers will finally discover JoJo’s ultimate decision in the airport hangar, Tuesday night is the Bachelorette: Men Tell All special, featuring the cast of characters she’s already sent into the sunset.
The Bachelorette airs on ABC.
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