Bachelor in Paradise, Bachelor Nation, Reality TV

#BachelorInParadise: Jordan Kimball Thought He Found “A Price Above Rubies”

A woman of valor, who can find? Her worth is far beyond that of rubies.

The bolded portion of the above quote probably sounds familiar if you watched this past season of that cheesy, guilty-pleasure reality show Bachelor in Paradise. Ironically, you might also know this passage from Proverbs 31. If you’re a learned Jewish individual, you know it as Eishes Chayil (“Woman of Valor”), the song a man sings to his wife praising her many virtues each Friday night before Shabbat dinner. I made a mental note when Jenna first showed Jordan that tattoo with these words: Is Jenna a woman of valor? My mind was open and I was on this journey (AKA glued to the tube for four ludicrous hours each week) to find out.

When the season premiered, I wasn’t exactly sure what to make of Jordan Kimball, the image-obsessed male model who didn’t seem like he could possibly let a woman get in a word edgewise. We first saw him strut his stuff, discuss his multiple modelesque expressions, and don a golden speedo during Becca Kufrin’s season of The Bachelorette.

However, along with many other viewers this season of Bachelor in Paradise, I discovered that Jordan Kimball was multidimensional: He possessed the ability to make fun of his self and even was able to listen. Despite some meltdowns and mini tantrums, he seemed like a doting friend and boyfriend. The cad and “villain” of Becca’s season slowly started to win us over, little by little, as he persistently courted Jenna Cooper.

Some of his methods – warring with others guys vyying for Jenna’s affections (David, Benoit) – were questionable, if not downright and dirty. However, Jordan was certain about this bleached bottle-blond who was a bit of a broken bird, and who reminded me (just a tad) of Marilyn Monroe.

To Jordan, there was something about Jenna, beyond the pretty face with false lashes and bright red lipstick and her enviable bikini bod. She seemed vulnerable, emotional, grappling with trust issues and confidence about good things happening to her. She claimed to be looking for love and by our initial estimations, she seemed worthy of finding her Prince Charming.

Described as “kooky” and somewhat of an oddball, Jordan seemed captivated and under her spell…so much so that within a few short weeks, he was talking babies and teasing her about awful name choices for their future offspring.

Last night, Jordan went on Reality Steve‘s podcast to discuss what the host had uncovered: Texts from Jenna to another paramour indicating that the relationship between Jenna and Jordan was fake, that she was “better than him” and was using Jordan for some sort of a business opportunity.

While admitting he was still shell-shocked, Jordan made it clear to Steve that he was not in denial and can fully acknowledge that Jenna was the one to write those texts. “I’m not basing this off of three texts. There’s more to it,” Jordan told Steve, who admitted Jenna never contacted him to say the texts were fake or fabricated in some way. Jordan has plans to visit Jenna and hear what she has to say, but for now he is stepping away from their relationship and all plans are indefinitely on hold. That includes the previously discussed June 2019 wedding (where Bachelor host Chris Harrison was to officiate!).

Jenna, for her part, took to Instagram in the eleventh hour and after significant pause, to say she’d prove those texts were phony and somebody had set her up.

After listening to the Reality Steve interview , what are your thoughts on the fate of Jenna and Jordan’s relationship?

Jordan thought he had found his woman of valor. Another passage in that same aforementioned ancient proverb states: “She is good to him, never bad, all the days of her life.”

I’m not surprised that this relationship turned sour because of something very pivotal that Jordan said in the interview. What viewers have to understand – he explained to Steve – is that he knew Jenna a very short time.

That is the reality behind the reality TV show. In a few short weeks time, we often have few words to go by to trust a person outside of a contained and controlled setting. Don’t be fooled by the promise scrawled in a back tattoo..and the power of lust.

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#BachelorNation and #BravoTV Stars: Kim Biermann Said WHAT?!

I had this same reaction when Kathryn Dennis said something similar:

I’m familiar with #BachelorNation, the culture surrounding ABC’s The Bachelor franchise and many of its antiquated notions with regard to casting.

Weeks ago, Kathryn Dennis claimed to have been courted by production to be an upcoming Bachelorette (People Magazine article), and now, Kim Zolciak Biermann is saying she too was once considered for the title roll.

The Bachelorette may have finally welcomed its first black lead with Rachel Lindsay during its thirteenth season to help reject rumors related to racism, but CLASSISM still marks the franchise. I don’t envision that changing anytime soon.

Lindsay was an accomplished attorney with a stellar reputation overall. Single mom Emily Maynard (Season 8’s Bachelorette) was a gorgeous widow who had tragically lost her young husband. However, a trash talking, cussing, chain-smoking single mom (Biermann) wouldn’t have fit the franchise’s “brand”, particularly at the time she claims to have been approached. That brand is about having a wholesome as apple pie image (or one as close to it as possible for a show that concludes with a “Fantasy Suite” catering to the final three contenders and lead).

Dennis’s turbulent, televised and highly publicized history with the scandalous Thomas Ravenel could not feasibly have garnered such an invitation by ABC. Simply put, they are just not that open minded. It boils down to viewership demographics and ratings.

I have to wonder about WHO was actually talking to these women and scamming them into believing these were valid offers.

In the interim, I am all for a Bravo show encouraging men to step up to the plate and vie for Kathryn Dennis’s affections. After all, Bravo gave her a platform and allowed fans to witness her maturations from season to season on Southern Charm.

Because of how Biermann was received on Real Housewives of Atlanta (RHOA), as well as unresolved havoc following the show’s reunion, I cannot imagine Bravo and its viewers would be on board for something similar with her as the lead.

Tamara Tattles brings us more information here about Zolciak Biermann’s recent remarks.

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#BachelorNation: A Perplexing Pick for ABC’s The Bachelor

**Be forewarned there are spoilers ahead. If you do not wish to know who was selected as the next Bachelor on ABC’s eponymous program, save this post for another day.

When E! leaked deets about the upcoming season of The Bachelor a few weeks ago, ABC’s choices for the title role were: Joe Amabile, Colton Underwood, Jason Tartick, and Blake Horstmann.

If Reality Steve is as right as he is usually proven to be, we’re getting Colton, AKA “the 26 year old virgin.” He was rejected by Becca Kufrin on last season’s The Bachelorette.

“Bachelor Nation” has not been reacting well to this news. Colton seems (to many) young and unready for marriage. During Becca’s season, Tia Booth admitted to still having feelings for him as the two had briefly dated before he came on the show to vie for Becca’s affection and final rose.

Subsequently, Colton and Tia reconnected on Bachelor In Paradise and it took an abundance of tears and turmoil before he made her his “girlfriend” (for about a week).

Previews for tonight’s episode indicate that this “relationship” goes to hell in a hand-basket as Colton is plagued by doubts about Tia being “the one”.

So now, this confused and (perhaps) commitment-phobic young man has agreed to choose a wife on national television, with producers present to egg him on and encourage…er, enforce… overtures? (Read the book Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman to get more insight into the process.)

Colton is a perplexing production pick when banker Jason Tartick, from Becca’s season seemed to be the ideal candidate. Wealthy, established, handsome, considerate and from an admirably loving family, Jason was a contender who didn’t even make it to the final two to amass his impressive social media following.

He seemed mature, “ready to settle down” and – well, let’s face it because we’re comparing him to a virgin – more equipped to handle the requisite Fantasy Suite at the end of the journey.

Then again, I hail from a religious community where many a young virgin with limited relationship experience has jumped right in to marriage, grabbed a life vest, realized they were fine without it and made it.

Who is to say Colton won’t find his ideal life partner through the magical matchmaking process of selective casting?

With this franchise and the few solid relationships that have resulted from it, you just never know.

Share your thoughts on Colton as the next Bachelor in the comments.

(Photo Source: Entertainment Tonight)

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