So last night was the finale! They actually covered a little bit of everything, but here's what you didn't see...
First of all, ME! I mentioned last week that they didn't film our section of the audience very much, but I didn't mind at all since we had a great view of everything. But, I made it on camera :)
Clearly, no one would ever recognize me on there, since I am lurking in the shadows...Oh, you see the lady and guy in the first row? That's Michelle Money's mom and brother!
Several people have asked how I got tickets. Basically, I was watching it last Monday night and remembered that they were filming the next day. So I went to the Bachelor Pad website, sent them an email, and didn't expect to hear back. I got a response about 20 minutes later and then did a happy dance all around the house. This was at like 11:00 and I had so much to do! Doug helped me pick out an outfit, and then I couldn't sleep. I finally fell asleep at 2am and had to wake up at 5. I went by myself (I'm so cool) because Doug had work, but I made friends with the girls sitting next to me so it was all good :)
So here are my thoughts on the finale:
-The discussion between Ames and Jackie was painful for everyone. It was so sad for her because she was looking for answers, and he was stuttering and started to cry.
-At one point in filming, Ames snuck out to go to the bathroom. But he forgot to turn his microphone off :) We heard everything! They finally realized what happened when there was a big flush!
-Whatever you've heard about the fight between Graham and Justin, I think Justin deserved it. He was such a jerk to everyone and definitely gave Michelle (and Graham) a really hard time. He told the final four that he thought none of them deserved to be up there....he basically just loves being the villain.
-The person I was most interested to see was Jake. I wanted to see how he really acted when the cameras weren't rolling, and I wasn't surprised at all. He came in with a smirk on his face and didn't talk to any of the other contestants. Jake and Vienna actually 'made up' on the show and hugged it out, but they didn't show that.
-The whole proposal story was so lame! Ugh! I was SO MAD that Michael had to find out that way. I've heard that the show told Holly to not tell Michael so they would get it on air. Would you think I was crazy if I cried during that? Because I did. It was so sad!!
-Michael is, by far, my favorite person to ever be on any Bachelor show. He was absolutely hilarious and they took out so many of his funny remarks!
-Gia is the tiniest person I've ever seen.
-William was adorable. I wasn't a big fan of his from what he did on Ashley's season, but I realized he's just a stupid boy. Whenever he disagreed with what someone was saying, he would turn around and whisper things to our section and we would laugh during a serious moment.
-Graham told Michelle that he had something for her, and bent down and looked like he was going to propose. But he gave her a rose, and then gave a bouquet to her mom. It was really sweet- they both came over and hugged her family. Chris Harrison asked what their relationship status is...I don't know why they didn't show this part! Everyone was confused by their answer- Graham said Michelle is going to New York soon to be with him. So we didn't know if that was a visit or if she's moving there. But either way, they definitely seemed like a couple.
-I was so surprised to see how unscripted it was. It was constant conversation, and they only re-shot a couple things where the audio wasn't great.
-The audience was really mad by the end. We were in the studio for 8 hours. They gave us one bathroom break about 3 hours in, but only let about 30 people go. We couldn't go for the rest of the time, and we didn't get any food or water. We were grumpy, to say the least. Not cool, ABC.
-Chris Harrison actually surprised me the most. I didn't have a great impression of him going into it, but he was actually nice and really funny. And he isn't afraid to call the contestants out...like when he told Vienna she could leave and he'd call her a cab :)
-After filming was finished, we got to meet all of them. I chose to only meet the people I actually liked, since I would have nothing to say to someone like Vienna or Kasey. I met:
-Michael (LOVE him)
-Ella (she is my favorite girl on the show- she was SO sweet)
-Ames (so sweet, so awkward)
-Erica Rose (hilarious)
It was an awesome experience and I definitely want to go to the Bachelor finale in the spring! Anyone wanna join me? :)