Team NICK vs. Team SHAWN

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So which team are you?  We’re down to the wire and it’s all about Team Nick vs. Team Shawn!  I think people are more divided now than they were during our national elections!

Everybody’s got an opinion, in fact there is even a Team Nobody, Screw Kaitlyn!  So where do you fall?

Team Nick:

Curly-haired hottie who shares what seem to be real emotions with the Canadian Bachelorette, it’s hard to think he’s faking it, but he might be…  Will he end up her beau?

Team Shawn:

The greaser from I don’t know where who has a very nice body and doesn’t mind running around naked on golf courses for his girl (and the millions of viewers of the show)!  He’s ready to fight “THAT OTHER GUY” to the death over Kaitlyn.  (Wow, he’s SO MATURE!… NOT.)

Speaking of which, when Nick and Shawn were left standing alone together in the ballroom after the last rose ceremony, they circled each other, and their eyes avoided meeting; it was very tense.  I thought they were about to go all-out crazy and start fighting right then and there!  But they didn’t.  It was rather, boring, instead.  Oh well, there’s always the next installment!  I think mud wrestling would be pretty nice to watch lol 😉  Plus, it would fit right in to this season’s themes.

Team Nobody, Screw Kaitlyn:

Well, if you are on Facebook AT ALL, this seems to be the biggest Team this season.  I feel bad for Kaitlyn, it’s pretty harsh.  And after all of that negativity, I wonder where the show is going to go after this.

With all of that said, I can’t WAIT to see what Happens on “The Men Tall All” on Monday night!  Squee!!!  These two final contenders can wait while we hear what the men that Kaitlyn rejected have to say about their experience.  Plus, I heard that Kaitlyn is going to be addressing some of the mean things people have been saying about her.  That should prove interesting…  Will you be watching?  I KNOW I will!  🙂

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Becca, Becca, Becca, oh Whatever Will Become of Thee?

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There is a lot of talk about Becca.  I’m surprised actually at how much.  I thought she handled herself really well on the final episode of “The Bachelor,” but now it’s become this major controversy in the Bachelor world!

Lots of people are asking, “Did Chris really want to be with her, but let her go anyway?”  From what I saw, I don’t think so.  He seemed pretty comfortable to end things with her, and he seemed pretty happy to be with Whitney in the end.  But, who can say for sure but he himself?  If you have his phone number, we can call him up and ask him 🙂

Becca wasn’t sure about him all-along, and thankfully she was honest with him about it.  So they both parted ways on to better and greener pastures for themselves, without each other.  Very reasonable.  Probably actually the most adult and reasonable behavior we’ve seen on the show this season!  Maybe that’s why it threw people off 🙂  I mean, no one was throwing a fit, sobbing, pointing fingers, or laughing heartily at another woman’s loss…

That’s all I wanted to say for now, add your thoughts in the comments below.

 

 

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OK, here goes, “The Bachelor, The Women Tell ALL!” IS ON NOW

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OK guys!  I am going to give this live blogging a try!  We are all waiting for “The Bachelor, The Women Tell All” to begin!  I’ll keep writing here as the show goes along, hope it’s fun for you too 🙂  And here we go… it’s ON.

So it looks like from the previews we’re going to see all the match-ups I thought we might!  It looks like a lot of DRAMA is about to UNFOLD!

Here were my predictions:

https://sliceiconic.com/2015/02/27/girls-whats-going-to-go-down-on-mondays-episode-of-the-bachelor-the-women-tell-all/

 

And, it begins…

Love those viewing parties, lol, the drunk girls, HILARIOUS!  Gotta love ’em 🙂

 

Kelsey vs. Ashley

OOooo Kelsey, bringing more drama…  nobody is up to HER standards.

Haaahaa Ashley burns her, saying Kelsey’s laugh is such a “fake laugh”  as she laughs as evilly as possible to demonstrate lol.

 

Carly… the word I don’t like to use.

 

Carly vs. Britt, it is ON.  Chris H. wasn’t ready…

Britt calls out Carly for being a FAKE FRIEND to her in the house.  That is NOT COOL of Carly at all.

I can’t believe Carly just said to Britt, “my friendship with you.”  Wow, you thought you were her friend?

Whoa!  Jillian speaks up and agrees that Carly was really mean and out of line at SO many times.  I guess Carly said some awful things about her in the limo on the way to the mansion in the very beginning of the show.  Jillian is really upset about how Carly acted towards her AND Britt and says that Britt is truly a nice person, but Carly… not so much.

 

Britt is on the hotseat now.

She’s getting the chance to answer the girls’ comments that went on about her behind her back.  She wants everyone to know she loves kids and totally wants them.  I guess they misunderstood something she said at one point and were talking about it behind her back.  That made her upset.

Now Carly jumps in (shocking).  Carly is trying to defend what she told Chris.  She says she was the third girl to tell Chris that Britt didn’t want to move to Arlington.  Then Carly starts rehashing the things Britt said.  Now Britt has to defend her thoughts that she WOULD be cool moving to a tiny town that Chris is from.

Britt is really emotional, she seems to still have feelings for Chris.

OMG they keep talking over each other… hard to follow!  Several girls seem to have some issues with Britt.  They think she was flip-flopping between what she told them and what she told Chris in private.

Chris Harrison steps in to end the bickering and redirect.  He asks Britt what she came on the show for.  She says she came on for love and she thinks that she was “this close.”  She is almost crying again.  She does seem like she is acting a bit at this point…

Britt cries more to Chris “off camera.”  Does this mean it’s real?  Not sure.  She may be acting…

She sits down and it’s obvious some girls don’t like her.  The one sitting next to her ignores her completely, while another offers a comforting hand on her shoulder.

On to:

 

Kelsey

(this girl bugs me…) “isn’t my story amazing, it’s tragic.  But it’s.. amazing.”  Ew, the really awkward forced kiss.

And then the ?panic attack? that leads to more special attention time for her from Chris.

LOL replay of the girls happy excitement when they are “immeasurably blessed” that Kelsey is OFF THE SHOW!  I think a few of us in the audience were feeling a bit of that ourselves as well.

OMG she is saying that being on this show for her was like when her husband died; she is saying things along that vein.  That seems like she is being very manipulative in order to gain sympathy…

Chris H. is giving Kelsey a chance to set things right.  Kelsey apologizes to Ashley for the things she said in anger as a response to her betrayal and seemed genuine.  Ashley seemed to accept the apology, but we are on a commercial…

…We’re back.. Juelia says Kelsey is the fakest person ever.  Juelia also had her husband die.  Now another woman talks about her father dying.  They both felt Kelsey was very fake and calculated.  They’re not alone…

Ashley might not accept her apology.  Chris H. asks her, well didn’t you also talk badly about Kelsey behind her back?  Ashley is like, “well… yeah lol.”

Jillian speaks up to defend Kelsey when others question if her marriage was even real.  Jillian is a very compassionate person.  And her earrings are AWESOME.

Kelsey cries and explains how hard it was to go through losing her husband.  She seems honest and genuine.  I think she is just a very different type of person than many others are and she is misinterpreted for that reason.  Britt* speaks up and tells the others they really need to stop saying things like Kelsey made her husband up (even if they are wondering about that); it just isn’t the right thing to do.  Ashley seems too young to understand?  But she seems to start to understand as she realizes Kelsey is for real.

We should remember compassion for others who are different.  Good reminder here.

 

Let’s talk Ashley S. says Chris

.…comedic relief time!    He says he has never seen someone like her before…

LOL it IS funny!  She brings Chris H. an onion lol (because she kept going on about an onion and its layers on the show)!  He says it’s the best (and only) gift he’s ever gotten from one of the girls on the show.  Haha, he has a sense of humor.  She said she has started growing her own onions since the show.  For real..

When he asked her what was the deal with the pomegranate tree, she said she thought the tree looked fake (I can relate, we don’t see that kind of thing around here either) to explain why she was acting so goofy.

Her dress is awesome…

Funny jokes from the show, her with an ax and Chris Soules saying he doesn’t want to get murdered or something… lol.

Chris H. invites her to join “Bachelor in Paradise” and the crowd goes wild chanting “DO IT!  DO IT!  DO IT!”  Ashley S. doesn’t give an answer… we are to be held in suspense.

 

Ooo it’s Jade’s turn!

Chris S. seemed to really like Jade, until she told him she posed for playboy, and then showed him the pictures …and the video… ugh.  AWKWARD JADE.

https://sliceiconic.com/2015/02/17/bachelor-gossip-jade/

Jade wants to ask Chris if he let he go because of the “nude modeling” or what?  She read on his blog that he felt like she wasn’t the girl that he thought that she was.  She was crushed, and is still upset talking about it now.  She wanted honesty, especially after she was so honest and trusting with him.

She wants closure.

 

Now on to Kaitlyn.

She says felt blindsided when Chris let her go.  Especially after he told her he was “falling in love with her.”  His favorite phrase that episode…  and btw when did they change it and allow the Bachelor to say how they feel?  They always used to make them stay silent about that.  Hmm, I feel like I missed something…

Up next, The Bachelor himself, Chris Soules.  It’s about to get juicy.

 

Chris Soules and Britt

They hug, it’s so sweet.

She wants to figure out what happened.  She was confused.  He says it wasn’t due to what Carly said, but to an overall lack of compatibility.  She says a bunch of nice stuff. It doesn’t seem to really flow with what she was expressing before…?  It didn’t really feel genuine.  Now I’m really not sure about her.  I think maybe she was just faking it to be on tv.

 

Chris S. and Kaitlyn

She wants to know what happened after he acted like he was really serious about her.  He says he has no “true explanation.”  He says he was “literally falling in love with three women,” and then something like “it was like throwing darts at a dart board.”  How ROMANTIC!  lol 🙂  Glad I’m not her.  Maybe it’s a farmer thing?

 

Chris S. and Jade

She confronts him, nicely.  She believed what he said, but now she’s not really sure.  He looks at her, no expression on his face…  She was upset (and still is) that he said he was “disturbed” by how different she seemed to him versus what her family told him about her.

He says that he was telling her the truth that it wasn’t about the playboy stuff she did/showed him.  Maybe I spaced out but I didn’t really hear much of anything helpful out of him in this case.  Again, this match-up seemed a bit fake and scripted, though Jade certainly seemed genuinely upset earlier… she was too easily placated by him when she confronted him.

Maybe what people say about the reality shows being scripted is true.

 

Back to Chris H.

Now, for some out-takes.  Yikes Chris S. has a weird laugh…  apparently, it’s like a dolphin.

Some out-takes are funny.  Some are a bit odd.

And that’s the show everybody!  They ask you to tune in next week for the, guess what, dramatic season finale.  😉

 

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*Oops put the wrong name.  Had Carly, but it was Britt.  It’s corrected now 🙂

 

 

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Girls, What’s Going to go Down on Monday’s episode of “The Bachelor, The Women Tell All?!”

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It sounds like people are really ready to see some re-matches on the upcoming episode of “The Bachelor, the Women Tell All.”  Let’s take a look at the possible line-up:

 

Carly vs. Britt

Carly was told to take a hike after she told Chris that Britt was lying to him.  Did she care that she went home?  Not really.  She was more excited that Britt was sobbing outside of the mansion after she was let go.  Geez, where is the humanity??

Carly was saying in the limo on her ride outta there something like, why can’t I find someone and be happy?  Maybe it’s because you have no compassion for other people???  I don’t know girl…

Check out what I had to say before on good-ole Carly here:

https://sliceiconic.com/2015/02/19/is-carly-from-the-bachelor-a-sociopath/

and about Carly and Britt:

https://sliceiconic.com/2015/02/17/bachelor-gossip-carly-and-britt/

 

Kelsey vs. … Everyone??

Now, one girl I didn’t write about before because I have just recently started this whole blogging thing (and I am liking it!) was Kelsey.  But wow, there certainly is a LOT to say about this girl, now isn’t there?   I don’t know, maybe she is smart, but that doesn’t explain why she was SO WEIRD.

She was so manipulative and tried to control everything that happened.  I mean, she told Chris that her husband had died just so he would feel bad sending her home (not to like, let him get to know her better or something like that)…and then afterward she looks right into the camera, smiling, and says something like, “my story is so great” (her husband died, yeah, that sure is “great”…),”it’ll get me what I want” (to stay on the show).  Wow.  Not healthy or normal behavior Kelsey, sorry to say…  Most people also show some kind of emotion when talking about someone they loved that has died… and they don’t use their “story” to get men they obviously don’t really care about to keep them on a dating show!  (Can you hear me shouting there?  Yeah, well I am…a little bit.)

It’ll certainly be interesting to see what all goes down between Kelsey and the other women who were basically trapped in the house alongside her for weeks.  Yikes, that would be stressful, don’t you think?  And ew, since we’re on the topic of strange, what did you think about that forced kiss between her and Chris when she went to see him in his room?  OMG, so creepy… was I the only one who felt that way?  Let me know in the comments, PLEASE!

 

Jade vs. Chris

I am interested to see what Jade is going to say.  I think she was an interesting young lady.  She is certainly beautiful and has what seemed to be a really good personality.  I think there probably won’t be too much drama around her and how she told Chris she was a stripper and then showed him the naked pictures of herself…

Um, THAT was awkward!  Lol we’ll see if they bring it up again!

Here is what I had to say about good old Jade:

https://sliceiconic.com/2015/02/17/bachelor-gossip-jade/

 

I think those are going to be the biggest possible conflicts we will see on the show this Monday night.  It will be interesting to see how it all plays out!  See you there!

 

 

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“You’re so beautiful…” omg I can’t stop singing it!

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Wow guys!  The last episode of “Empire,” holy cow!  Amazing.  Loved it!  Only problem was it ended without telling me MORE!  Like, what happened to Serayah/Tiana?  She is amazing, PLEASE tell me she is coming back on the show…

And what happened with Elle?  Are they ever going to tell us if the security guard saw what happened?  Maybe that will be part of the whole grand Anika double-cross they mentioned in the previews?  Oooo she is so, ew…

And I figured out why Lucious is still with Anika, before tonight’s episode I realized that it was the whole thing with her FATHER, the doctor, and how Lucious needed him to verify that Lucious was in good health so his big IPO could go forward!  Omg, it sure seems like they just told us that this is why he is sticking with her and giving her what she wants (for now).  Now he needs to open up to Cookie and tell HER that’s what’s going on, otherwise, he is going to lose her forever.  Don’t you think?  Something that good doesn’t come along often, or at all, in life, Lucious, don’t mess it up!

And damn, that Jamal, amazing.  The whole scene at the white party where he is singing HIS song was awesome.  When they were singing the song in the booth, it didn’t sound good, but when he sang it out like that with the crowd, it was the bomb.  I expect it’ll be in all the clubs soon for real.

Check out the video here!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krlxHu6pAA0&spfreload=10

And his scene with his sweet little baby girl, omg, so real.  Loved to see him bonding with her, giving her the security she is going to need with her momma gone missing.  And he is starting to feel what it means to be a dad.  So cool.  So family.

What about the fashion?  Those outfits for the white party, very cool. Definitely not something I see around much.  I like that, stepping out of the usual to bring us something new and different.  The guys jackets were very east Asian or something.  Cookie’s white dress was cool too, clean and striking.

I love that Hakeem finally spoke his piece with his mom, at his dad’s prompting (a very wise man in that moment).  They are now starting to heal the wounds of his abandonment and her separation from her littlest baby.  This is real good.  And Hakeem and Jamal are finally coming back together too, and finding out what brotherhood is really all about.  Love, support, caring.  Even though the two are very different, maybe they have more in common than they sometimes remember.  Their music is their love and their passion, and when they feel that together, they are joined.

Hopefully Lucious can drop whatever baggage he has over Jamal’s sexual orientation and listen to his own advice, love your family, let them be who they are.  It doesn’t look like it’s going to happen though, does it?  I guess that is one of the many things that makes this show so REAL.

Talk to me people, what are YOU thinking?

 

 

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Empire Gossip: Last night’s episode, OOoo the Drama!

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Ok guys, so what did you think about last night’s episode?  Pretty dramatic huh?  🙂  So much went down…

You know when they showed the preview last week of Cookie and Lucious MAYBE kissing, I was like, oo-ooh, do you think they will?  But then last night…  Haha, ok, well they certainly didn’t hesitate to get back to business now did they?

I think it’s good, sort-of…  It’s obvious that they have a real connection.  But I think it’s also obvious that he really hurt her in the past, and what the hell was that?  So to be letting him back in now, that is probably going to be a big mistake for Cookie in the future.  I mean, he already showed her what he thinks of her while abandoning her for SEVENTEEN YEARS while she was in prison!  Hel-lo girl!

I think a lot of the women out there know it can be hard to let go of that true love from your past, especially if there is real chemistry, even if he was an ass.  But, hopefully as we get older, we grow and learn from those mistakes and don’t let them happen again.  Right girls?  Um, Cookie?

Now on to some BUSINESS!  Does anybody else think it’s obvious that Cookie will be the one who gets to run Empire in the end?  I know, last night kind of made it more obvious, but it has seemed that way to me from day one.  She is IN CHARGE!  She is the smart one, she knows how to handle people, she knows her music and her artists, and she is clearly a great speaker, as we saw in the episode last night.  All good skills to have to run what is really HER company after all.  And let’s face it, not one of her sons has the skills to do it.  Even combined they don’t.

There is one thing that Cookie isn’t good at, and that is trusting the people she should.  That bit last night about Elle really bugged me, in SO many ways.  Elle worked hard to get clean from heroin and then Anika (what a FREAK) dopes her to get at Cookie to make her look bad.  I mean, seriously, SICK.  Felonious-sick.  And when this happens Elle TOLD Cookie she was clean and Cookie could see that she was clean, I mean, you could tell that Elle was on board with staying clean and working hard, so then why did Cookie just turn away from her so easily?  She sticks by “her man” after all of the crap he has pulled, but the person who has worked hard for her and shown her loyalty, Elle, she just blows off in a second?  That kind of bad decision-making might just turn around and bite her.

I hated to see Elle stabbed in the back like that, not only by her supposed supporter, Cookie, but also by Cookie’s damn jealous rival, Anika.  The show made it look like one of the security guards (I think that’s who that was) might have seen what happened, so hopefully it will come to light that Anika is evil, and Elle can get back into the business she is so good at, singing.

And Anika?  Anika needs to go.  To jail.

What do you think?

 

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“Empire”

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HIT.

I think it was obvious from the ads for this new show on FOX, but after seeing it last night, it was confirmed for me:  yes, it’ll be a hit- as long as they continue to produce shows like the one they did for the premiere.

The characters are very real-to-life, so, it was a success in that aspect; they were played well and had good depth.  The music was fun, and some of it was good.  The synergy between the two brothers in composing a musical piece together was excellent.  The relationships that they are establishing are intricate and the indications of future conflicts should keep things interesting for an above-average viewer.  Being scheduled right before the huge hit “Nashville” (ABC, 9pm CST) is a good position as both shows are very similar, and yet very different, studies on a musical sub-culture in American society.  Above all, the drama and characters of “Empire” are very strong.  The cinematography is of high quality as well, with good color, depth, and lighting.  Plus the show offers stimulating visuals in the fashion choices of the lead female character, and the scenes set in expensive mansions and other amazing locations will draw in viewers just to see how the other-half (of a percent) lives.

There was one thing which I found interesting (which you may or may not appreciate, depending on which cultural groups you are or are not a part of).  The show had a young black male in the rap industry from the background which the writers have developed for him and his family which clearly identifies which cultural group they are a part of, say to another black male of his same background “the n-word” instead of actually saying “nigger” which is what he would have most likely said in the real world.  It was pretty awkward to watch, and I’m sure that if there were any black men or youths watching in Chicago that there was some discussion over that decision on the part of the director.  Then, they later say “faggot” which is an equally taboo word in current American society.  Why one and not the other?  It seems that there was some type of agenda behind their choices, and maybe it will become more obvious as the show progresses.  I’d be very interested to know what the director was thinking when they made that decision.  I can guess but I’d like to hear what they have to say about it.

Going forward, this production will need to watch the line between offending or disturbing people too much, and staying within what is socially-acceptable.  I have seen several shows that had high potential to be successful fail, simply because they crossed this line.  “Outsourced” was one.  It was a great show, with funny writing and acting, but they crossed over the line into socially-unacceptable and offensive.  This ended the show.  They didn’t seem to realize the error of their ways (maybe they should have hired a consultant?) and when they had the chance to recover, they continued down the wrong path and lost their airtime.  Other shows have followed the same path.  I say, know your audience.  While some might go for this behavior, if it’s only a minority of your viewers, and the others will turn off the show, then, you need to decide if you want to continue or not, and under what terms.

The cold-blooded murder of the traitorous childhood acquaintance was one possible line crossed on “Empire.”  The abuse of the main character’s son was another.  These were both very real, and I mean very real as in this type of stuff happens in the real world, all of the time.  They gave the show grit, character and shock value.  But too much shock would probably send people away.

The choice of using or not using socially questionable words is another tricky spot.  Do you speak the way you would in the real world?  Or do you choose not to, which might avoid offending some people, but at the same time would lessen the reality of the experience?

Personally, I’m hoping the show continues to have the high quality of writing, directing and acting it did in the first episode.  I am excited to have this series on TV.  Hopefully it will watch those lines, keeping its viewers in mind, while still maintaining the freedom to express reality and to challenge any concepts it would like to challenge.  Great productions are more and more rare these days, and as a lover of TV, music, and culture I’m ready to get pulled into this one.

 

 

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