Welcome to the WABC's "Coming Up Roses: The Bachelor" blog. This blog is written by WABC employee Jennifer Matarese, a loyal viewer of "The Bachelor," "The Bachelorette," and "Bachelor Pad," who has been a fan since season 1. Let's hope Juan Pablo can find his true love!


New 'Bachelor' Spin-off CONFIRMED! 'Bachelor in Paradise' Begins this Summer!

There's a new member of the "Bachelor" franchise!  It's called "Bachelor in Paradise" and it's confirmed by ABC to be starting this summer!  

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Entertainment Weekly exclusively reported today that the new show will last six episodes and feature a rose ceremony!  

It will reportedly take place on an isolated island location and will bring back many favorite "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" contestants.  

This is sure to be a welcome replacement for fans of "Bachelor Pad" which did not get renewed for last summer.  

It seems that this new show will feature more on love connections and hookups than game playing, although I wouldn't rule anything out at this point.  

Chris Harrison announced the other day that there would be a big announcement and this is big!  He, of course, is returning as the host.  

The premiere date and location of the show have not yet been revealed.


Hugs, Kisses, & Roses,

Jennifer Matarese


'I Like You a Lot' Juan Pablo Tells Final 'Bachelor' Pick, 'Bachelorette' Chosen

This is it, the big finale of “The Bachelor” with Juan Pablo.  Before we find out why on earth the final two girls are seen crying so much in all of the promos, Clare and Nikki are meeting Juan Pablo’s family.  Well, it’s new for at least Clare.  Nikki met most of them on a date earlier this season.



Clare family

Clare was up first to meet Juan Pablo’s family, which included his daughter Camila.  She spoke to his parents about how she wants three kids one day, and they seemed to like her a lot.  She told his mother that she feels love for Juan Pablo.  His mother also said that his attitude basically makes her cry sometimes too the way it did with Clare over the whole “swimming” situation.  I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not.  His cousin really seemed to like her a lot and he told Juan Pablo that Clare is ready to get married right away, but he’s not going to say “She’s begging for it.”  That caused the studio audience watching the finale have a good laugh.


While Clare spoke with Juan Pablo’s father, they held hands the whole time.  It seems a little odd.  But, he told her that he loves her and that he would be there like a father for her.  Wow.  Why can’t Juan Pablo be that sweet and sincere?  Clare thinks Juan Pablo is just like him, but I don’t exactly see it.  I think he takes a bit more after his mother.


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'The Women Tell All' about Juan Pablo

“The Women Tell All” episode actually began with Sean and Catherine talking about their wedding special and how their honeymoon went. 


Catherine said the wedding night was very romantic and Sean said there were fireworks.  They seem very happy together.  They said that they swam with sharks and stingrays on their honeymoon.  He said a stingray latched on to his “man parts” and it hurt really bad, but he was OK thank goodness.  That’s crazy!  They also said that they would like a year of being together and then they will start trying for kids!  There could be some “Bachelor” babies on the horizon!




The ladies first talked about how he never listened to him, he wasn’t genuine, and he wasn’t really that easy to talk to.  The biggest complaint was that he mostly talked about himself.  The ladies went there to find a husband and Andi said that they all pretty much think he’s there to find a girlfriend.  They also said that he used his daughter as an excuse to pull away from the women he wasn’t interested in. 


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A Disastrous End to a Fantasy Suite Date on 'The Bachelor'

It’s time for the overnight fantasy suite dates in St. Lucia!  It’s truly a beautiful island.  Clare was up first.  She and Juan Pablo took a boat ride over to a different part of the island and boarded a private yacht.  They snuggled up and made out on the deck.  Clare revealed that her mom and dad got engaged after three weeks and that she understood how Clare could have such strong feelings for Juan Pablo.  Of course, her sister was like, “It’s a TV show!” and Juan Pablo was like yeah that sounds about right from her!  I don’t think he totally warmed up to Clare’s one sister.


Clare actually looked very beautiful for the dinner portion of the date.  She wore a long white dress that even Juan Pablo complimented her on.  Clare thought they had a great day together and she was looking forward to having an in depth conversation about his daughter that evening.  She told him that she would care about Camila and would just add more love to her life and not try to step in as a “mom” too much because she already has a wonderful mother.  Juan Pablo seemed to really appreciate what she had to say.


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Juan Pablo Visits the Final Four Women's Hometowns on 'The Bachelor'

Juan Pablo traveled to meet his final four this week.  First up, was Nikki in Kansas City. 


Juan Pablo says that he really likes how well they get on and that he loves their relationship.  She took him to Oklahoma Joe’s Barbeque, the most famous BBQ place in her town.  They had some ribs and boy, did those look delicious!  They had a great time chowing down, but then they were off to a bar to try some mechanical bull riding. 

Bull riding

It was a fun time for them, but of course it ended up with more making out.


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One Woman Chooses To Leave, Others Compete for Hometown Dates

This week the final six are in Juan Pablo’s city of Miami, Florida.  He begins by visiting his daughter, Camila.  He hadn’t seen her in three weeks. 


He was so excited to surprise her, which was actually really sweet. They had a lot of hugs and they were obviously overjoyed to be reunited.



Juan Pablo dropped off the date card himself and handed it to Sharleen.  It said, “Come sea my city.”  She didn’t seem enthused at all.  She’s still battling her confusion over her feelings for him.  Once she was ready, they walked up to a yacht, and got ready to take to the water.  They laid down on a blanket on the front of the boat and Sharleen told him that he looked “too cozy”.  They kissed and made out a little bit, but you could tell that she was pulling away from him and not into it.  She playfully told him, “You’re trouble”.  But she even admitted that they do have good chemistry and she’s attracted to him.  She just feels like something is lacking.


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Juan Pablo Dumps a Girl on her Birthday, While Another has Doubts

“The Bachelor” and his remaining ladies headed to Taupo, New Zealand. 


It is incredibly beautiful there and the ladies were understandably blown away.  The first date card arrived and it said, “Andi, let’s heat things up.”  Finally!  Andi got her one-on-one and will stop complaining.  Clare was obviously jealous right away.




Andi met up with Juan Pablo outside and they got on a little river jet.  After zipping around for a while they pulled up to a spot to go swimming.  Andi said it felt really, really cold.  After walking through a maze of mossy rocks that continued to get narrower until they got to a beautiful waterfall!  It was really amazing!  She said that the water got a lot warmer too which was fantastic!  Then of course they started making out under the waterfall! 


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Juan Pablo and Clare Take a Risque Dip in the Sea

Juan Pablo and his remaining 11 ladies traveled to Vietnam this week.  The women were welcomed into an amazing hotel where a date card was waiting for them.  It said, "Renee, are we the right fit?"  Will she finally get that kiss she's been after?  She said that he makes her palms hurt...that's weird.  Ha, I've heard of getting sweaty palms, but making them hurt?

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They met up in Hoi An, where they got to explore the area and it's culture.  Juan Pablo and Renee both are single parents who are 32 and want more kids, so they have that going for them.  They stopped into a dress shop and they picked out fabrics to have an authentic dress made for Renee.  Juan Pablo peeked when the seamstress measured her bust, bad boy!  While she was standing there sweating and getting measured, Juan Pablo ran off and bought a fan to fan her with, which was very sweet of him.

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Clare vs. Nikki on 'The Bachelor'

This week’s episode began with Juan Pablo saying goodbye to his daughter Camila as he got ready to travel the world. 


Chris Harrison announced to the 13 ladies still remaining that they would be traveling to Seoul, South Korea.  They had just one hour to pack and get ready for their flight.



Girls learning dance
Juan Pablo arrived first and took in some of the sights of the city.  Meantime, the ladies landed and got to see their amazing hotel suite where they would be staying.  The first date card arrived for Chelsie, Cassandra, Elise, Danielle, Kat, and Nikki.  It read, “Pop”!  That could mean anything!  Nikki said she was bummed that she was half way around the world and had to spend her time with girls she finds “quite annoying.”


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'The Bachelor's' Sean and Catherine Get Married!

The biggest night in love kicked off with a look back at Sean and Catherine's engagement, and then quickly caught viewers up on what they have been up to since they got engaged.  


That included a road trip from California to Dallas.  They visited the Grand Canyon and then did a lot of talking about the wedding on the road.  Sean listened patiently as Catherine beat him to death with every detail.  He was trapped in that SUV with nowhere to go poor guy!  Still, they had a great time and before you knew it, they were in Dallas! Catherine lived with Sean's friend Laura and Sean went to live in a loft.  They live just a few blocks from each other but thought it was important to not live together until they were married.



Sean and Catherine met up with Sean's family to share the big news that they had a wedding date picked out.  Catherine seems to have a great relationship with his parents so that's great.  They even joked that they like her better than they like Sean!  Sean also used the occasion to ask his father to officiate their wedding and it brought tears to his father's eyes.


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