MORE Bachelorette fandom, you ask? Oh yes, there's always more. (3 months later, of course.)
As if our last Bachelorette experience wasn't enough, Bri and I went to the Men Tell All taping! This was particularly exciting since it's not open to the public, and I had a very nice co-worker who also works on Bachelor to swindle tickets from. We went, again, as a "joke"...and it was funny. But also, you know, great.
So, ahem...The Top 5 Things That Made The Men Tell All Taping Completely Ridiculous But Also Surprisingly Interesting and Really Enjoyable:
1. It was long. SO long. Like, 5 hours long. And that was just the taping. We were lucky and my co-worker snuck us in late just before the taping started, but the rest of the audience had to be there 10am - 7pm. There wasn't a lot of down time in between the interviews either, they really were taping for an entire 5 hours. 5 I say! They interviewed Juan Pablo for an hour (he is so cool) and then only showed like maybe 5 minutes of it on the air.
2. Chris Harrison is really good at his job! This kind of surprised me. Ryan and I always joke about how he does absolutely nothing on the show but the Bachelor/Bachelorette act like they value his opinion so much. But I really felt like he was a great interviewer! He kept the pace of the show going the whole time, and was able to pull out good responses from everyone. You go Chris! Chris Harrison for Bachelor 2014!
3. I don't know why I thought anyone takes the show seriously, I thought maybe only the people I know thought it was a joke, but they played the previous episode for us and the entire audience laughed at what was supposed to be the romantic and serious moments. We're all loyal fans who think the show is ridiculous. But then again...
4. I got really into it...They taped fake reactions from us before the show started, so a lot of those classic Bachelor fan faces are fake. They would say, "Ok, act really upset." "Act like someone said something shocking." "Act like your favorite guy said something really sweet." and so many people sent me pictures of myself on TV making ridiculous faces. (Sigh.) BUT there was one shot they got of me that I'm pretty sure was a real oh-my-gosh-I-can't-believe-it face. I seriously was invested and found all the inside scoop so interesting! Which is slightly embarrassing, of course.
5. The people on the show don't take it seriously either. The stage manager said he hates the term "Bachelor Nation" they always use on the show, and all the guys mentioned multiple times how the show isn't reality and nothing like a real relationship in actual life. It made me like them more and feel like they were less crazy for going on the show. And of course none of what they said about that makes it to air - they want you to think everyone takes it seriously.
6. I think you really can find love on The Bachelor. HEAR ME OUT! I think the contestants who are normal people go on just for the experience, and then are surprised when they actually fall in love. But I mean, I could fall in love with the mail man pretty quickly if he took me to Saint Croix. I'm pretty confident as soon as they get back to reality the relationship falls apart, but I think they think they really are in love. You follow? I watched Zak tear up when he talked about Desiree and looked away from the screen when she was crying - true love I tell you!! I saw it with my own eyes!
I'm not sure how I feel about Juan Pablo being the next Bachelor, even though I kind of love him. But obviously I'll watch either way...obviously.