A look at Rachel Lindsay first day as the Bachelorette

On the “After the Final Rose” aftershow of the Bachelor finale, Rachel Lindsay was surprised when Chris Harrison informed her that her season of the Bachelorette was going to begin right then and there on live TV.  Rachel then went on to meet four of the men that will be appearing on her season.

Well Chris Harrison wasn’t fooling around when he said that it was beginning now because it looks like filming in front of the actual Bachelor mansion began tonight!  Take a look at creator’s Mike Fleiss’ Twitter pic below.  Doesn’t she look beautiful?!

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Vanessa Grimaldi, Bachelor “winner”, has acting past

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Radar Online reported that Vanessa Grimaldi, the so-called “winner” of the recent Nick Viall season of The Bachelor, was an aspiring actress and has her own IMDB page.  She has appeared on Blue Mountain State in 2010 and Being Human in 2011.

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Vanessa Grimaldi in Blue Mountain State

Twitter followers were shocked by this information and doubted that she went on the show “for the right reasons.”  Let’s not be naive here, folks.  Any of the gorgeous people on Bachelor/Bachelorette seasons could clearly go on match.com or use some other service to find themselves a mate.  A big draw for anyone to find love on the show is that it is in fact ON TV.  No matter what your career is, I am sure you are hoping it will get a boost by being on TV.  What person in their right mind wouldn’t want to make more money if they could?

Sure it makes for a cuter story that he fell in love with a special needs teacher from Canada, but I don’t think people should be freaking out over the fact that she dabbled in acting.   It also makes sense as to why she would be so willing to live in L.A. while Nick is filming Dancing with the Stars.  She also seems like someone who would want to keep a tight rein on her man.

Do I think Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi will stay together?  Absolutely not.  It is very rare in Bachelor/Bachelorette history for the couples to actually get married and these two just don’t seem to have what it takes.  Nick went for the type of woman he’s generally attracted to and those aren’t the type of women that will work out in the long run for him.  He needs to stop going after women that will “challenge” him.  He needs to find a smart woman he can have meaningful conversation with (sorry Raven fans, she’s not the best match for him either) but not someone who is looking to get upset over things or pick fights.

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Bachelor in Paradise: Cannot stand Josh Murray!!

The finale of Bachelor in Paradise aired tonight, and even though TMZ reported weeks ago that Josh Murray and Amanda are still engaged, I was still holding out hope that their relationship crashed and burned.  I adore Amanda, but Josh just drives me INSANE.  I was shocked when Andi Dorfman picked him in her season of The Bachelorette.  In fact, I was shocked every single week when he stuck around and I didn’t think for a second she would choose him in the end… but she did.  Thankfully, she eventually came to her senses.  He is just so fake, cocky, gross, repulsive, overbearing, controlling, just….. ugh!!  Is anyone else with me on this one?!

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That being said, I love Carly and Evan and Lace and Grant together.  They are such quirky couples that just work!  I think Carly and Evan will stay together and if Lace can control her crazy and let herself be happy with Grant, they will last as well.

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‘Varsity Blues’ actor Ron Lester has died, age 45.

***Update from original post, Ron Lester has now passed away.  RIP.

If you are currently in your mid-thirties or thereabouts, you have probably seen the movie Varsity Blues.  Admittedly, it’s not a movie worthy of academy awards, and James Van Der Beek delivers the notable line “I don’t want your life” with  the worst southern accent imaginable, but even so there was something about it that spoke to my generation.  My girlfriends and I watched this show repeatedly and when we weren’t watching it, we were quoting it.  I’m not even the type to quote movies!

So today when I heard the news that actor Ron Lester, who had played Billy Bob in the movie, is in critical condition – I was naturally upset.  Billy Bob was one of the most likable characters in the movie.

Man, I love this movie!  Oh, back to the actor who played Billy Bob though…. so Ron Lester is in critical care and news sources say that hospice has been brought in, so it’s really not looking good.  He’s been in the hospital for roughly four months now.  It seems his liver and kidneys are failing.  In 2001, he lost over 300 lbs after undergoing bypass surgery.

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Varisty Blues has already lost two actors from the movie.  Paul Walker who played Lance Harbor, and Joe Pichler who played Mox’s brother Kyle.  Pichler disappeared in January 2006.  He still has not been found, but a suicide note was discovered after his disappearance which stated he wished he had been a better brother to his younger brother and to give all of his possessions to him.

Paul Walker as Lance Harbor          Joe Pichler as Kyle Mox

So sad to see these young men go.  We need to have a Varsity Blues viewing party to keep the memories of them alive.

See who the next Bachelorette will be (2016)!

According to TMZ, all signs are pointing to Caila Quinn as the next Bachelorette.  Seems there was a film crew in her hometown of Hudson, OH today in what looks like some intro shooting of the next season.  Caila just had her heartbroken in Monday’s episode of The Bachelor when Ben Higgins sent her home after the infamous “fantasy suite” date week.  Also, Caila was the only woman of the remaining three that Ben did not profess his love for… which was a Bachelor first – for The Bachelor to say “I love you” to anyone before finale… let alone TWO people.  Caila, being ultra bubbly, was a natural pick for the next Bachelorette.  I’m not crazy about her and feel a bit like Ben did about her…. that it’s hard to see the depth and real emotion underneath of all the bubbly, but she does have great hair and she’s beautiful, so hey, why not?  I prefer her over Jojo anyway!  Leave a comment about your thoughts on this new Bachelorette!

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Powerball Winning numbers for 1/13/16 – $1.5 Billion Jackpot!

It is very likely that there will be a winner tonight of the $1.5 Billion Jackpot for the Powerball lottery!  Was it you?  Here are tonight’s winning numbers:

8, 27, 34, 4, 19 with powerball number: 10

Powerball drawing tonight for $1.5 Billion!!

Stay tuned to find out what the winning numbers are for Powerball tonight for the $1.5 Billion Jackpot!  The drawing will take place at 10:59pm EST.   Want to know where you can watch the drawing live on TV?  Just look for your local station below:

State
City
Station
Affiliate
Channel
AR
Ft. Smith KHOG ABC
29
AR
Ft. Smith KHOG ABC
40
AR
Little Rock KATV ABC
7
CA
Los Angeles KCAL IND
9.1
CA
San Jose KAXT-CD IND
1.6
CT
Hartford WTIC FOX
61
CT
Hartford WCCT WB
20
DC
Arlington WJLA ABC
28
FL
Ft. Myers WZVN ABC
7
FL
Gainesville WCJB ABC
20
FL
Jacksonville WJXX ABC
25
FL
Jacksonville WTLV NBC
12
FL
Miami WPLG ABC
10
FL
Orlando WKMG CBS
6
FL
Panama City WJHG NBC
7
FL
Pensacola WEAR ABC
3
FL
Sarasota WWSB ABC
7
FL
Tallahassee WTXL ABC
27
FL
Tampa WTSP CBS
10
FL
West Palm Beach WPBF ABC
25
GA
Atlanta WSB-TV ABC
2
GA
Augusta WJBF ABC
6
GA
Columbus WRBL CBS
3
GA
Macon WMAZ CBS
13
GA
Savannah WSAV NBC
13
IA
Cedar Rapids/Waterloo KWWL NBC
7
IA
Ottumwa KTVO CBS
3
IA
Sioux City KTIV NBC
4
ID
Boise KTVB NBC
7
ID
Idaho Falls/Pocatello KPVI NBC
6
ID
North Idaho KLEW CBS
3
ID
Twin Falls KTFT NBC
7
IL
Chicago/Statewide WGN WGN America
9
IN
Evansville WTVW CW
7
IN
Ft Wayne WFFT FOX
55
IN
Indianapolis WXIN FOX
59
IN
South Bend WNDU NBC
16
IN
Terre Haute WTWO NBC
2
KS
Southwest KDGL IND
23.1
LA
Alexandria KALB NBC
5
LA
Baton Rouge/Lafayette COX Cable
4
LA
Lake Charles KVHP FOX
29
LA
New Orleans WVUE FOX
8
LA
Shreveport KPXJ CW
21
MD
Baltimore WBAL NBC
11
ME
Bangor WABI CBS
5.1
ME
Portland WPFO FOX
23
ME
Presque Isle WAGM CBS
8.2
MI
Flint WNEM CBS
5
MI
Grand Rapids KXSP MYTV
11
MI
Grand Rapids KXSP MYTV
15
MI
Grand Rapids KXSP MYTV
18
MI
Lansing WLAJ ABC
51
MI
Negaunee WLUC NBC
6.1
MI
Negaunee ELUC FOX
6.2
MI
Norton Shores WMKG IND
38
MI
Traverse City WGTU ABC
8
MI
Traverse City WGTU ABC
29
MO
Columbia KQFX FOX
22
MO
Kansas City WDAF FOX
4
NC
Asheville WLOS ABC
13
NC
Charlotte WAXN IND
64
NC
Greensboro/Winston-Salem WXLV ABC
45
NC
Greenville/Washington WITN NBC
7
NC
Raleigh WRAL CBS
5
NE
Hastings KHAS NBC
5.1
NH
Derry WBIN IND
18
NY
Albany YNN IND
9
NY
Binghamton WBNG CBS
12
NY
Buffalo WGRZ NBC
2
NY
Elmira WETM NBC
18
NY
New York City WABC ABC
7
NY
Plattsburgh WPTZ NBC
5
NY
Watertown WSYR ABC
9
OR
Bend KTVZ NBC
21
OR
Coos Bay KMCB NBC
22
OR
Eugene KMTR NBC
17
OR
Medford KOTI NBC
2
OR
Medford KOBI NBC
5
OR
Roseburg KTCW NBC
45
PA
Erie WJET ABC
24
PA
Harrisburg/Lancaster WGAL NBC
8
PA
Johnstown/Altoona WTAJ CBS
10
PA
Moosic WNEP ABC
16
PA
Philadelphia WPVI ABC
6
PA
Pittsburgh WTAE ABC
4
RI
East Providence WPRI CBS
12
SC
Aiken/Augusta WRDW CBS
12
SC
Charleston WCSC CBS
5
SC
Columbia WLTX CBS
19
SC
Florence/Myrtle Beach WMBF NBC
10
SC
Greenville/Spartanburg WHNS FOX
21
SC
Hilton Head WHHI IND
3
SC
Rock Hill/Charlotte WMYT MNT
12
TN
Chattanooga WTVC ABC
9
TN
Jackson WBBJ ABC
7
TN
Johnson City WKPT ABC
19
TN
Knoxville WBIR NBC
10
TN
Memphis WREG CBS
3
TN
Nashville WKRN ABC
2
TX
Austin NEYE Telemundo
55
TX
Austin KEYE CBS
42
TX
Dallas-Ft. Worth KTVT CBS
11
TX
Dallas-Ft. Worth WFAA ABC
8
TX
Harlingen KRGV ABC
5
TX
Houston KHOU CBS
11
TX
Houston KTRK ABC
13
TX
Laredo KETF Telefutura
31
TX
Laredo KLDO Univision
19
TX
Laredo KXO FOX
39
VA
Harrisonburg WHSV ABC
3
VA
Richmond WRIC ABC
8
VA
Roanoke WDBJ CBS
7
VA
Virginia Beach WAVY NBC
10
VI
Christiansted, St. Croix WSVI ABC
8
VT
Burlington WCAX CBS
3
WV
Beckley/Oak Hill WOAY ABC
50
WV
Bridgeport WDTV CBS
5
WV
Charleston/Huntington WSAZ NBC
3
WV
Hagerstown, MD WHAG NBC
25

Powerball Winning Numbers for 1/9/16 $900+ Million Lottery

UPDATE:  ** Preliminary reports are stating that no tickets were sold with each of the winning numbers.  In other words, no one has won the jackpot and the pot is now expected to reach at least $1.3 BILLION DOLLARS!!

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I rarely play the lottery, and this may have been my first time ever buying a Powerball lottery ticket, but when the pot the largest in history and is up to $900 Million, what did I have to lose?  Well here are the winning numbers!!  If there isn’t a winner tonight, the pot goes up to $1.3 Billion!!

32, 16, 19, 57, 34, with Powerball 13

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Miss America Results – LIVE recap

10:51pm: The current Miss America takes her final walk on the stage.  Fourth Runner Up: Miss Alabama.  Third Runner Up: Miss Louisiana.  Second Runner Up: Miss Colorado.  First Runner Up: Miss Mississippi.  The Miss America Crown Goes to: Miss Georgia, Betty Cantrell!!!  I really liked her two-piece dress even though she slipped in it three times.  Very beautiful!!

10:38pm: Questions segment of the competition.  Miss Colorado is the first to make it through.  Kevin O’Leary is the first to ask the question: Which woman should get the honor to put on the $10 bill.  Miss Colorado answers Ellen DeGeneres.  Miss South Carolina is up next… Amy Purdy asks “do you support a ban on military style assault weapons?”  She answers she does not support a ban, she thinks it starts with education.  She thinks people just need to be better trained so there aren’t as many accidents.  Ugh!  As if school shootings were just an accident.  Miss Tennessee is the next to make it through and gets judge Vanessa Williams “Should Planned Parenthood Funding by the Federal Government be cut off?” She answered no because women need the other services that Planned Parenthood provides for simple healthcare testing.  She gave the example of mammograms.  Planned Parenthood does not do mammograms!  Aside from that uneducated argument, I agree with her.  Miss Alabama up next and gets judge Tara “Why do you think Donald Trump is leading by such a large margain?”  She answers because he’s an entertainer and he says what’s on a lot of people’s minds, but the Republican party should be terrified of the attention he’s taking away from viable candidates such as Jeb Bush and Chris Christie that could do an excellent job of president.  ugh!  Miss Georgia is up and Brett Elderidge asks a question regarding “Deflate-gate.” Miss Georgia asks him to repeat the question.  Did he cheat?  She said she’d have to feel the balls for herself but yes she thinks he cheated. Miss Mississippi up now and question comes from Zendaya she asks about Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis and does it violate her religious freedom?  She answers no, it doesn’t violate her religious freedom.  But then says yes she violated the law.  The last question goes to Miss Louisiana, Danica McKellar asks the question regarding “Black Lives Matter”.  She answered with Every Life Matters, All Lives Matter…. which I can’t stand when people say that.  It cheapens the movement of what is trying to be heard.  Whew!  Tough questions!  Would have liked to have heard what solutions these women had to some of the nation’s biggest problems.  Very political questions that show an obvious bias towards one political party or the other.

10:26pm:  Back from another commercial break and Miss South Carolina is up next singing Fantasia’s “I Believe”.  Not the best song choice or something.  It’s just not very good.  Ouch.  Miss Mississippi playing the violin on a song she arranged herself.  Nails on a chalkboard!! I have goosebumps but not for a good reason.  So screechy!  Final girl through and to perform is Miss Georgia.  She is singing an opera.  Pretty dang good if you like opera!

10:14pm: Commercial break is over and Miss Tennessee is up next and will be playing the piano in a huge yellow gown. The microphone isn’t turned up very loudly on the piano.  It’s a bit hard to hear it over the background supporting music.  Very difficult piece though and she’s doing great.  Miss Texas up now singing “Son of a Preacher Man”. Umm… this sounds like karaoke.  I don’t think Miss Texas will be moving on… this is hard to listen to. Miss Alabama will be dancing on to a song from The Matrix. Her leotard isn’t very flattering, but the dance is pretty cool. Miss Colorado is performing an original monologue.  It was a moving speech/monologue.  It was a bit rushed and she came across very nervous.  But it was decent.

10:05pm: Top ten will perform in the talent competition.  Miss Florida is up first dancing to “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. Very beautiful!  I think she did a great job.  Next up is Miss Oklahoma singing “Happy Days are Here Again”.  Very theatrical, a bit pitchy, but okay…. not great, but better than I could do.  Next through is Miss Louisiana singing “Climb Every Mountain” from the Sound of Music.  Not my cup of tea… had a great smile at the end. Commercial break.

9:57pm: Bea Miller “Fire n Gold” song plays as the women walk the runway in their evening wear. Miss Georgia just slipped a bit.  But she handled it in stride with a smile and almost a sigh or relief that she didn’t fall.  Talent competition and results are up next!

9:48pm: Top 12 Announced: Miss Florida Mary Katherine Fechtel, Miss Colorado Kelly Johnson, Miss Iowa Taylor Wiebers, Miss Mississippi Hannah Roberts, Miss Texas Shannon Sanderford, Miss Tennessee Hannah Robison, Miss South Carolina Daja Dial, Miss Alabama Meg McGuffin, Miss Nebraska Alyssa Howell, Miss Louisiana April Nelson, Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell, and Miss Oklahoma Georgia Frazier.

9:47pm: A brief history of the Miss America pageant. 95th Anniversary…. former Miss Americas standing on stage.

9:40pm: Swimsuit competition just completed.  Waiting for results!

9:25pm: Miss America Top 15 is announced: Miss Iowa Taylor Wiebers, Miss West Virginia Chelsea Malone, Miss South Carolina Daja Dial, Miss Florida Mary Katherine Fechtel, Miss Oklahoma Georgia Frazier, Miss Virginia Savannah Lane, Miss Alabama Meg McGuffin, Miss Colorado Kelley Johnson, Miss Alabama Meg McGuffin, Miss Colorado Kelley Johnson, Miss Louisiana April Nelson, Miss Texas Shannon Sanderford, Miss Nebraska Alyssa Howell, Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell, Miss Mississippi Hannah Roberts, and Miss Arkansas Loren McDaniel.

9:20pm: Just tuning in!!  Totally missed the Vanessa Williams tribute/pageant apology.  Ugh!!

Bachelor in Paradise: Season 2 Finale Pt 2 Recap!

On Part 1 of Bachelor in Paradise season finale last night we saw a slew of people go home because they did not find love in Paradise: Mikey, Juelia, Jared, Ashley I, Ashley S, Chelsea, Amber, Makenzie, Dan, shockingly Kirk and Carly, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I left someone off this list… it was A LOT!  So now we’re left with four couples: Jade and Tanner, Justin and Cassandra, Nick and Sam, and Tenley and Joshua.

The ladies, especially Jade and Tenley are really shaken up about Kirk dumping Carly. The guys are worried about it effecting the girls too much and second guess their relationship.  Each couple has a date today with a possible fantasy suite as part of the date.  The mood is very serious in the house now.

The couples leave for their dates.  Nick starts talking to Sam and she’s saying all the right things and kisses him but I swear the look on her face is that she’s just trying to get through the date.  She crinkles her nose every time they kiss like she doesn’t want to do it but she’s just suffering through it.  Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t trust that she has genuine feelings for Nick.  However, I don’t exactly feel sorry for him because he’s kind of slimy guy.  It appears they’re spending the night together in the fantasy suite.

Justin and Cassandra sit down and talk and she’s kind of pulling back a little bit.  She looks uncomfortable, but she says she just wants to take things slowly and feels that the fantasy suite would be inappropriate.  Justin says it’s disappointing.  Didn’t they just meet like the day before?  I think it’s totally understandable that she doesn’t want to do it.

Tenley and Joshua talk and she’s honest with him about how she’s scared and she’s not sure if it will work in the real world.  Josh says he wants to take the chance and doesn’t want things to end.  Tenley says she just wants to be smart about things.  She’s really guarded since her relationship and break up with Kiptyn. They decided to take advantage of the fantasy suite.

On Tanner and Jade’s date they discuss about what happened to Carly and Tanner reassures her saying that things have gotten more real for him and he tells her he loves her.  He seems so genuine and she is beaming and she tells him she loves him too.  They are just beyond cute together.  She says she feels safe now and that it all just feels right and feels like love.  So of course they also take advantage of the fantasy suite!

The next morning Jade and Tanner wake up with breakfast in bed.  They seem very happy together and she is glowing. However, Jade says she’s still freaking out a little bit about the Carly situation.

Back at the resort, Chris Harrison greets everyone for the final rose ceremony.  Chris says that giving a rose today means you are committed to a life together outside of Paradise.  He’s going to give them some last moments to really think things through.  Chris says there’s nothing worse than an empty promise.

Tenley and Joshua talk and Tenley just doesn’t know how they will make it work in the real world because of the distance.  She’s really conflicted because she likes him so much.

Justin is the first up at the rose ceremony.  Each couple will go through this individually without the other couples around.  Justin’s feeling insecure about Cassandra accepting his rose because she didn’t stay the night with him in the fantasy suite.  Cassandra arrives and Justin gives a speech about how he’s excited to see what comes next in their relationship and then asks her if she’ll accept the rose.  She says “absolutely.” Then she gives a rose back to him.  She says she feels like the luckiest girl.

Nick is up next.  He says coming into Paradise his goal was to meet Sam, date Sam, leave with Sam and he’s hoping that’s the way it turns out. Sam greets him with a kiss and Nick gives his speech and he asks if she’ll accept his rose.  She says she just feels like he is her prince charming and she wouldn’t be still here if she didn’t see something coming from all of this outside in the real world.  She still doesn’t seem sincere to me!!  It seems cold and shallow.

Now Joshua is up and Tenley says in her interview that her head and her heart are still conflicted.  They greet each other and kiss and she tells him he’s so handsome.  He tells her that he’d love to try what it’s going to be like out in the real world after Paradise.  She tells him she really likes him and is getting choked up.  She says “why do you have to live in Iowa.”  She just feels like it would eventually come to one of them having to move or to break up and both of them would be leaving a piece of their heart behind if they were to move.  They thank each other for everything and then walk away without the roses.   Joshua helps Tenley get in the car.  They are both devastated.

Now lastly, there’s Tanner and Jade.  The two are just giggly and glowing.  Jade gives her speech first about how she loves everything about him.  She pins the rose on him  Then Tanner picks up the rose and starts giving his speech.  He tells her that everything in Paradise has been perfect, but then there’s the real world.  “I can’t give you this rose today” he tells her and she takes a deep breath and looks like she’s about to cry “…because what we have is worth so much more than a rose…. than a million roses.”  Then he gets down on one knee and proposes!!!  She says Yes!!  Okay, that may not have been that big of a surprise to us at home, but it was still fun to watch!  I just love them together!!!  The remaining two couples shout to them and congratulate them.  I hope this works out!!