It was no shocker who won Bachelor Pad on the finale of the ABC show last night. What happened on Bachelor Pad last night? The first hour was taped. During that first hour of Bachelor Pad-here is what happened!
Tenley and Kiptyn won a Dancing With The Stars competition by the slimmest of margins over David and Natalie. That meant Tenley and Kiptyn decided which of the remaining two couples would go with them to the final four to compete for the $250,000 grand prize(which was supposed to go to just one contestant). Instead of taking Elizabeth and Jesse Kovacs, Kiptyn and Tenley opted to take David and Natalie. What was the logic behind that move? Perhaps K&T were under the impression that David and Natalie weren’t very popular or that Jesse and Elizabeth might win a popular vote. Perhaps the couple didn’t really realize what the final competition would be.
The final competition, as it turned out during a live second hour, came down to a vote of their peers.
So what happened on the Bachelor Pad second hour last night? Wes and Gia kissed after Gia announced she was no longer dating her boyfriend(who is apparently a pro hockey player). Grumpy Michelle blasted Tenley for spreading rumors. Many other little confrontations took place before the voting finally put David and Natalie as the final two. But there was a crazy twist from host Chris Harrison. The two would go in separate rooms and choose either to “keep” or “share” the money. The hitch? If both voted to share then they would split the money equally. If one votes keep and the other voted share then the person who voted keep would get all the money. If both voted to keep, neither would get a dime and the former house-guests would get dibs on the $250,000. There was some major drama in the final minutes of Bachelor Pad.
And despite a season full of very odd reality television moments, a redeeming moment actually took place to wind things down. David revealed his sign first and he was ready to share the money. That meant Natalie could take the whole prize by revealing a sign that said keep. Natalie teased as if she was actually going to take the whole $250k before she finally revealed a sign that said share. That meant that Natalie and David shared the $250,000 grand prize. It wasn’t exactly how anyone could have guessed the finale would go. Bachelor Pad, whether it was a little off the charts ethically sometimes, certainly did come through with a happy reality ending. What happened on Bachelor Pad in the finale probably couldn’t overshadow some of the trashy moments during the season that put a damper on the show in its entirety-but it certainly helped leave a good taste in the mouth of viewers by having two house-guests certainly be less than selfish.
If I were going to give the show a grade for its first season-I would probably give it a B- or C+. There were moments when the show was extremely fun but there were also moments when things just weren’t as developed. Maybe the short run of the show didn’t allow for that to happen as we expect from The Bachelor or The Bachelorette. The competitions were kind of lame and sometimes degrading to the contestants. The relationship building was fun to watch at points-but the odd three woman random kick off was still a sore spot in my mind.
There is no word on whether Bachelor Pad will return for a second season. That would require many other cast offs and my gut feeling is this particular season used many of the most remembered people(whether you loved them or hated them). The entire experiment felt a little like Big Brother on heavy medication. Alcohol seemed to be abundant and contestants were obviously having a good time as they pursued the big prize. In the end, I believe two of the people who seemed to have the best time on the show took home the big prize. It’s no shocker that David and Natalie emerged with the money. Would Kiptyn and Tenley have won if they would have picked Jesse and Elizabeth in the final four? I think K&T certainly would have had a better opportunity to beat those two-but it just seemed like Tenley had way too many enemies in the house. Kiptyn didn’t really do that team many favors by his play in competitions(excluding the final dancing theme contest).
Overall, the show was decent summer fun despite some lackluster moments. It was probably one of a kind though-I can’t imagine Bachelor Pad will be back anytime within the coming year. If it does, I think producers of the show would certainly have to weigh the option of making serious changes to the format and lame competitions. Surely there is something better than water balloons, invasive questions and kissing contests?
Then again, what do you expect from a show called Bachelor Pad.