Hello again, Bachelor Nation! We are halfway through the two-day television event of the summer, and all I can say is “Chad.”
It’s been such a dramatic journey for JoJo so far. This week alone she had amazing dates with Chase and James T., but the real drama is taking place back at the Bachelor mansion. Before we get into that, let’s start at the beginning.
Right off the bat, JoJo took Chase to do some hot yoga and there is no better way to get your walls to come down than to do something totally and completely uncomfortable. Letting your guard down is an important part of falling in love, and as silly as it seems, Chase and JoJo were able to let loose and talk about some really personal things. Chase really opened up about what he wanted and I can really see a spark forming between them. While back at the house, sparks were flying with Chad, fireworks were going off all around Chase and JoJo as they were serenaded by Charles Kelley.
But before the night ended, Chad let the other guys know that he didn’t think a date with 12 guys would go well, and well, he was right. In fact he made sure of it. Tensions with Alex, Jordan and the others are running high, but it’s pretty clear that Evan has pretty much made it his mission to let everyone see the “real Chad.”
“Sex Talks” was a very different group date idea, but the truth is, many of these dates are about challenging yourself and stepping outside of your comfort zone. At first the guys were a little scared, but as soon as they started planning their stories, it became very fun for them. Especially Evan. It was fun for everyone — except for Chad.
Chad looked like he was going to shoot lasers from his eyes while Evan was talking about steroids. And when Chad and Evan passed, well it’s hard to say exactly what happened. It looked like they were both trying to get by each other, but somehow Chad ended up with Evan’s shirt in his hand and before you knew it, it was ripped. That would have been enough, but after a pretty bad idea (kissing JoJo on stage) went awry, Chad punched the living hell out of a door and let Evan know that he was going to die. Statistically speaking that’s true, eventually, but we hope that doesn’t happen to any of these guys anytime soon.
This is when the rumblings started, and someone let our staff know that they were slightly worried. Obviously, we already have security on site all day and night, but to make everyone feel a little better, we brought a security guard up into the house. So when Evan told me that there were further threats of violence, I had to take action. Of course there is going to be drama between 26 guys trying to compete for one woman, especially a woman as wonderful as JoJo, but if there is actually fear of violence, we have to step in and make sure everyone feels comfortable.
I want to quickly sidestep and talk about James T. JoJo planned an old fashioned date with him and it was really incredible. Jean Veloz has been dancing for 9 decades, and to get a lesson from her is a pretty incredible thing. And then to step out into Culver City and be transported to the past with a swing dancing flash mob? Well, it couldn’t have happened to a better guy. JoJo said that she felt so comfortable with James, but wanted to see it go to the next level romantically. When James opened up about his insecurities stemming from his past, and then when he took all his feelings and put them into song for JoJo, he really helped her see that romantic part of him and they connected in a way I don’t think she expected. He got the rose and he was emanating pure white light of excitement. That’s James.
With roses in the hands of Evan, James T, and Chase, and with such a dramatic week, JoJo decided to cancel the cocktail party and opted for a more laid back daytime pool party. She got to spend quality time with literally every guy, but the thing that kept coming up was Chad. As you can see, Chad has a lot of anger, but he’s not totally out of control. He does seem to know exactly what he’s doing. Whether you like him or not, you kind of have to respect that he is sticking to it. The Chad is The Chad, and at least for now it’s very fun to follow along.
As you can see we are only getting started with all of this drama, and it will all continue tomorrow night at 8 p.m. Don’t miss it, or you’ll have no idea what everyone is talking about at work on Wednesday. See you tomorrow, Bachelor Nation!
The next episode of The Bachelorette airs Tuesday, June 7 at 8 p.m. on ABC.