Michael Stagliano’s Bachelorette Blog: Episode 2

OK! After all the high-hopes and butterflies I got from last week’s premiere, I must say that episode 2 was a step in the right direction FOR SURE.

We open up with a Channel 9 news brief of what’s going down in Charlotte, North Carolina, which is kind of like watching a movie preview for a movie that we have already seen… but it’s cool and certainly adds to the electricity around this season of The Bachelorette.  Emily is already a celebrity/loved by America, it’s hard to fathom the fan support in her hometown.

Someone who does get to see it first hand is Ryan, who has the first date and I couldn’t be happier with this pick. In his pre-interview for his time with Emily, he shares that someone told him once, “If you treat a woman like a queen, she will treat you like a King.” I believe his belief in this and love his “open for anything attitude.”  While the day portion of the date isn’t very exciting (deliberately), it is incredibly sweet.  It’s a glimpse (sans cameras) into what life would be like in 9 weeks if they ended up together, and honestly… It looks pretty good. Ryan is charming and caring, seems patient and kind.  Emily seems to be digging it as well.

They make cookies, hop back in the car and go to one of Ricky’s soccer games, where Emily politely asks Ryan to stay in the car as she doesn’t want him to meet Ricky just yet.  Ryan totally gets it (we did too) and somewhere in there Ryan says a line that stood out to me more than anything else ANY guy said this episode. ”It is important to find romance in the everyday things.” SO DOPE. LOVED this so much. My brother and Deanna have been married for 6 months now, which I know is much different than 6 years, or 20 years.  But, one of my favorite things about them is when they are around each other they seem to find love/romance in the everyday things: holding hands during a movie, asking if they want anything while one of them is in the kitchen, making plans together and sticking to them…etc. (long list) LOVED IT.

At night they go to dinner (shocker), conversation isn’t the most exciting; but AGAIN, Ryan says all the right things.  He explains that he doesn’t see this as a competition, and doesn’t view Emily as a prize.  WOW. Huge for me. HA-UGE.  I believe this can be one of the biggest flaws of the show, not an environmental flaw, but a contestant oversight, especially with the guys.  Bachelor Pad, SURE, game-show, compete, lie, win… Bachelor/ette it really is about love and seeing if you have a connection…not about beating the other guys to get to the end. Ryan gets this and it’s refreshing to hear.

The last thing that made this date AWESOME was the song/band that Ryan and Emily danced too.  Hundreds of people showed up to listen and watch them dance, and obviously being a singer/songwriter myself, I was listening intently to the lyrics.  And the narrative of the first verse, about “dropping you off on the porch, should have kissed you, got half way to my car, then ran back and we kissed.” OH…so good. Also made me REALLY want Ryan and Emily to kiss.  But, no dice.  And it probably WAS too soon.  But, yea…I wanted it.

Group-date-time.  Oh boy.

Right out of the gate, I was laughing, not because of the Muppets… but because WHAT… I mean WHAT IN THE WORLD was Stevie wearing.  I am NOT a fashion expert, but correct me if I am wrong, that black shirt (not collared) grey sweater over the back, tilted grey flat cap outfit…was HORRIBLE.  I honestly couldn’t pay attention the first 90 seconds cause it was such an eyesore.

We quickly learn the guys will be performing in a variety show, dancing, singing, stand-up.  I, for one, was not too intrigued, but was totally captured by Charlie’s story and his fear of speaking in public because of his accident.  I got a little confused when he asked Emily if he could dance instead, she said “Yes” (to his face)… then he ended up having to speak in front of everyone anyway.  It’s an exaggeration to say it was “emotional to watch” cause he only said 3 sentences. BUT it is a powerful, wonderful thing to see someone face their fears.


Other highlights (lowlights) ummmmm… Emily CAN NOT dance.  RIGHT?!?  I don’t THINK she was on beat, though the music could have been dubbed over what was played live, but she just kind of dipped, and swayed and held her arms above her head for like 40 seconds.  She did own up to this, which was sweet and funny.  Additionally the stand-up was LACKING.  Something was blurted out like, “what’s the difference between Kermit and me? I don’t kiss pigs.” It was not good. Chris Harrison gets to put on a new hat with that old guy Muppet character, and that had some other jokes that were… ya know…  jokes.  So…   Moving on!

The date wraps up (pun intended…wrap party… no? the bad jokes are contagious) with the guys in a condo/apartment/place.  Not much happens except we see Emily is CLEARLY in to Jef.  She admits she was looking for him, and wondering if he even likes her.  He says he does, and there is chemistry there for sure, it just seems a little undefined at the moment.  I imagine a one-on-one is coming soon for him.

There is some RIDICULOUS banter back and forth between Kalon and Stevie something about, being this guy, or that guy, I’m not that guy, you are, which is fine, cause I want to be, that guy, with the rose, but I don’t have one yet…something?  It was very confusing and made us all undoubtedly sure that those two will be leaving soon. (Hopefully.)

A guy named Joe (zero recollection of him from last week) gets the final one-on-one date.  And while, YES, Joe is incredibly sweet and kind… I was bored within 90 seconds of the date.  Emily’s chemistry radar (chem-dar) is spot on.  It’s just not happening, the love-clock thing was awkward and forced…I smiled at Emily getting genuinely choked up about letting him go, and not giving him the rose.  Such a smart choice, even though it was a hard thing to do.  I think it shows Emily REALLY DOES put others first, and cared a great deal about hurting Joe’s feeling.  So sweet.  MAN, she is just about perfect in my book so far.

Fast-forward, cocktail party.  Blah, blee, Bloo. Tony is anxious, wants some time with her.  We finally get a glimpse of Arie (still one of my favorites), all seems well in E&A land.  Ryan ends up writing a 7-page love essay and this was sweet, for sure, but I don’t know. 7 pages after a first date was a bit much. Right? Tony has front row seats to the reading…yikes. We were feeling for him, right?

Rose ceremony sends Aaron (who?) and Kyle (who was it?) packing and I have no feelings about that…good or bad… I didn’t know they were there, so…down to 16?

A good episode for sheezy, I am excited for next week… though my blog might get up a little later in the week cause I will be traveling.  Headed to my old stomping grounds: Sweet Home Chicago.  Playing my second to last stop on the Love Like This Tour!  Show number thirteen at the Newport Bar and Grille in Wrigleyville, Chicago.  SO EXCITED.  The following week I’ll be in Seattle.  Staying with Jason and Molly Mesnick and will finally get to meet Lindsay Cox from last season.  If you are nearby, come say “hi” and let me give you a hug. Tix and info at www.michaelstaglianomusic.com.

Headed into June there should be some PRETTY EXCITING news coming involving my return to the Bachelor world… Madness… I know…

Deep breath in…Hold it…

Love you guys,



  1. Michael, you’re always right on with your blog. The Gong show moments, and the really sweet one’s. Love it! Looking forward to Bachelor Pad 3, and hopefully you’ll be helping with the hosting! :) That’d make it just that much more worth watching! Enjoy your week!

    Comment by Mandy — May 22, 2012 @ 2:34 pm

  2. Please say you’re being considered as the next Bachelor!?!?!?!? You already won BP2, and got your heart literally smushed for all to see – can’t ABC tell that you’re the biggest fan favorite now? No one is more deserving and they really should give this amazing opportunity to you! Great blog this week, you write how you talk, love it! Come to Baltimore and sing for us here! MICHAEL FOR BACHELOR 2013!

    Comment by Raeann_Allison — May 22, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

  3. LOL… oh Stevie.. no fashion sense :) and can JEFF please get a one-on-one!
    CAN’T WAIT for your Seattle show! I’ve had tickets for months.. a group of me and four of my stay at home mommy friends are coming to see you. It’s ladies night! Don’t forget you HAVE to play “take me to her!” :)

    Comment by Abbey Baum.. — May 22, 2012 @ 3:21 pm

  4. I can’t even handle it. HAHA. “Blah Blee Bloo” :-D You just seem like this … mystical person that doesn’t really exist, you’re too perfect! That might be coming on a little strong, sorry, haha. Anyways, I’m loving your blogs, you speak from the heart and always make me literally laugh in public. I happen to always read your blogs in inappropriate places and people stare when I bust a gut. I wish you were on TV again, but this time, as the focal point!!! I’m jumping on the Stag bandwagon, and I hope you’re their next Bachelor. I nominate you. Keep writing gold Michael! We’re loving here in Washington!!

    Comment by SuzanneMah — May 22, 2012 @ 3:26 pm

  5. If you’re going to be the next bachelor, sign me up to be a bachelorette! Love your blog and I liked that you saw the good in Ryan.

    Comment by Crystal — May 22, 2012 @ 3:37 pm

  6. You know you love me,
    X O X O
    Gossip Girl

    Comment by Gossip Girl — May 22, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

  7. I always look forward to reading your blog and it never disappoints. Sweet, charming, smart, etc… not enough adjectives to describe how you come across. I truly hope you are the next bachelor. You deserve to find the best that the world has to offer, aaand ABC would FOR SURE be thrilled with the ratings!

    Comment by Armina — May 22, 2012 @ 4:14 pm

  8. love your recaps , Michael:)

    Comment by fatima — May 22, 2012 @ 4:36 pm

  9. Your blogs are always super hilarious! I love reading them because they always seem to cheer me up! I can’t wait to hear te big news!! I’m such a huge fan of yours and hope you get to come to San Antonio, Texas sometime so we can see you perform!

    Comment by Karisma — May 22, 2012 @ 5:02 pm

  10. Hey michael, look forward to your blog posts every week they crack me up! When I was watching the episode I knew exactly what you’d be making fun of especially the rediculous conversation between Stevie (not even gonna comment on the outfit)and kalon. As a college sophomore I’d like to think I can usually follow a simple conversation but there were so many “he’s” and “”me”s” that I was completely lost haha! But anyway thanks so much for taking the time to do the blog. It’s so rare to find a guy like you who can find humor in so many things while still recognizing the serious and important things when it comes to relationships. I know you’ll find someone great because Of that. Sensitivity goes a long way! Wishing you all the best and can’t wait till your next post!

    Comment by Brooke — May 22, 2012 @ 5:25 pm

  11. Michael. Great blot as usual. I hope you and lindzi hit it off. Either that or you better be the next Bach. Totally agree about Stevie. I am confused by him in general

    Comment by sarah — May 22, 2012 @ 5:40 pm

  12. I love this, your spot on. You have to find love in the every day and not in this fairy tale they sometimes put on. I couldn’t be one of those girls. I’m much more of a beer/pizza and hang out kinda girl.

    Comment by Kirtley A. — May 22, 2012 @ 5:50 pm

  13. Michael- LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your blog & LOVE you! I’m really hoping that you will be the next Bachelor. You would be such an AMAZING husband & father & you deserve the very best! Can’t wait to find out the news!

    Comment by Erin — May 22, 2012 @ 5:57 pm

  14. Michael Stag why cant you be in Chicago around June 6th?! Ill be there a week late:( orrr you could come to syracuse, NY! :) :) anyways, spot on with the blog, love this season so far. Last season I just did not feel a connection. I am def feeling the love this season. Love it.

    Comment by Jen Hall — May 22, 2012 @ 6:26 pm

  15. OMG!!! I hope u r the next bachelor!!!!! U totally deserve it!!!!!..Luv reading your recap every week!

    Comment by Puja — May 22, 2012 @ 7:44 pm

  16. Blue, you da man. Aunt Adrienne and I missed last night’s episode but it was great to catch up on it via your blog. (BTW: Nice shout out to Red and DeDee.) Given that ABC generally doesn’t announce the next Bachelor/ette until the end of a given season, I’m thinking your news isn’t about being the next Bachelor. Maybe you’re making an appearance on an upcoming episode? That’d be money! (is that still a “in” phrase? I heard you say it a few years ago so it may be old school by now…)

    Keep on representing the Stagliano name so well. You rock.

    The guy that dropped you on your head when changing your diaper 26+ years ago…
    Your Godfather

    P.S. Call your cousin. He misses you.
    but seriously, give him a call.

    Comment by Uncle David — May 22, 2012 @ 9:24 pm

  17. Could not have said it better myself! I am definitely pulling for Ryan..or Doug. They both seem like stand up guys with true intentions. I can already see that Kalon has essentially been cast as the “Courtney” of this season. Is it just me or does he look plastic?
    While on the topic of looks…how did Stevie even make it past open casting calls?! Not only does he has horrible fashion sense but he has nothing going on in the personality department, which we all know is most important!

    Looking so forward to seeing how this season unfolds!!

    See you in Seattle, Michael! El Corazon isn’t going to know what hit it!!

    Comment by Morgan — May 22, 2012 @ 9:41 pm

  18. I’m pretty sure you and Lindsay would be perfect together. Just sayin’ :)

    Comment by Liz — May 22, 2012 @ 9:52 pm

  19. My concern is with Stevie. He seemed more into the Muppets than Emily. I saw him checking out Miss Piggy at one point. Am I the only one who is questioning his intentions? ;)

    Comment by Valerie — May 22, 2012 @ 10:30 pm

  20. I know a lot of people have mixed feelings about Ryan but he’s still one of my favs! He’s such a gentleman and just his aura had a good vibe. You know he’s there for the right reasons, and I’d love to see him in the final four perhaps along with my other favs, Arie, Doug & Jef.

    Love your blog, look forward to reading these every week. Your always spot- on to what I’m thinking.

    PS. If you dont mind, could you tell us a little bit abt meeting up with the Mesnicks and better yet, tell us how Lindzi Cox is doing :)

    Comment by Susan — May 22, 2012 @ 10:39 pm

  21. Hi Michael… as always, love your blog writings. I’m thinking that a few of these guys are going to get better looking with their charm in the next few weeks. Until then, DO let us all know how things went with Lindzi and say “HI”.

    Comment by bev — May 22, 2012 @ 11:58 pm

  22. Um, SO excited you’ll be doing some more bachelor nation stuff! You have a great perspective on these blogs. I think it’d be great to see a former bachelor get 25 former bacheloretts (all fan favorites). I guess that’s what the parties ya’ll throw are for though :) Keep it comin!

    Comment by Beth — May 23, 2012 @ 12:58 am

  23. I would love it if you were tne next Bachelor but trying not to get too excited. Your comment could mean anything, right?
    Love your comments, as always.

    Comment by Claudia — May 23, 2012 @ 1:49 am

  24. I REALLY hope you are the next bachelor Michael! You are so loved and would be AMAZING!

    P.S. Next time you go on tour, how about a stop in Detroit, MI too?

    Comment by Saba — May 23, 2012 @ 6:08 am

  25. Dying laughing at your critique of Stevie’s clothes and Emily’s dancing! Please come back to play and eat late-night Russian food in NYC soon!

    Comment by Ashley Spivey — May 23, 2012 @ 8:50 am

  26. Here’s hoping you are the next Bachelor!

    My favorites are – Jef, Charlie, Sean and Doug.
    I heard that some pretty crappy stuff is about to be leaked about Arie from Reality Steve. : (

    Love your blog Michael!! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts next week.

    Comment by Jennifer — May 23, 2012 @ 10:56 am

  27. I find the way you write pretty annoying. You seem like someone who would annoy be after 10 minutes. WHOAW…HA UGE….A N N O Y I N G

    Comment by Jen — May 23, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

  28. It seems like most of the commenters here are so enamored with you that they are more than willing to gloss over your poor writing ability and excessive use of ellipses. Congratulations on playing acoustic guitar, do you cover ‘Wonderwall’ by any chance?

    Comment by Shouting Free Bird — May 23, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

  29. Oh I can’t wait to hear of the “return back to the Bachelor world!” Again, great blog from a great guy!! xoxo!

    Comment by Dana Doster — May 23, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

  30. love reading your blog! can’t wait to see you in Chicago Friday night!!

    Comment by Natina — May 23, 2012 @ 4:37 pm

  31. So I told myself no more bachelor/bachelorette shows for me, but here I am watching this season. And then I come on here and am glad to see Michael has continued to write! Maybe I will finish this season just to read these blogs. Anyways, Ryan is a complete slime ball. Anyone with a right head on their shoulders can see right through him. I couldn’t believe you bought his dinner conversation. Maybe you were just being polite, but let me say this guy is not here for Emily. You could totally see it as he was driving that fancy car taking her to that concert. He seemed genuine in his intro, but my opinion of him has changed since then. Kalon is just hilarious. He is an instigator, but it is just entertaining to watch him use complex sentences and words. It isn’t normal to speak the way he does, but it is fun to listen to his lingo. Jef is my favorite, but I just don’t see him with Emily. Maybe he should be with me :) Emily is beautiful and doll like but seems a bit boring to keep up with Jef’s fun side. Who knows though – I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. And their opposite personalities may work well together.

    Comment by S — May 23, 2012 @ 7:36 pm

  32. I love your post every week, you are always spot on! It is only week two and I am already loving Jef I think he will go real far, him and Arie are my favorites! *I really hope that you are the next bachelor, that I would watch for sure, however if that is the case you should probably wait to meet Lindsey because I am pretty sure you two will hit it off*

    Comment by Lindsey — May 24, 2012 @ 9:31 am

  33. Your insights are right on! Ryan is a doll and could not be sweeter, kinder, or more mature. I really hope Emily ends up with him. If she doesn’t, I may hunt him down myself. I don’t get these posters who say Emily has no personality — she’s got a strong personality and strong opinions which are nicely covered with her charm and grace, but which surface when needed.

    Comment by Annie — May 24, 2012 @ 1:44 pm

  34. I predict: Blake will become too stressed from his work, start abusing prescription drugs and beat that dingbat daily. You dodged a bullet Michael. God loves you.

    Comment by Crystal Ball Reader — May 24, 2012 @ 5:36 pm

  35. You have some really intresting things to say, really enjoyed reading this. You are so smart!
    If you’re the next bachelor, I want on! But they don’t let foreign people do it right?

    Comment by antonia — May 25, 2012 @ 8:11 am

  36. Bach Pad 3? I’m hoping you are the next Bachelor!!! That would be AWESOME to watch. I like that Em did not kiss Ryan. She seems to know what she wants but is taking it slow and not kissing everyone. For me, first kisses are special and the anticipation makes it well worth the wait. My husband and I got to know each other for a few months before our first kiss (which was the first time I ever waited that long). We both didn’t want to mess it up diving in too early. I am glad we waited because we took the time to get to know each other and really became friends before all the physical fireworks. And I appreciated the fact that he wanted to get to know me rather than just get into bed like so many other guys.

    Comment by Kristin — May 25, 2012 @ 11:12 am

  37. I totally think you and Lindsay will hit off! I am so glad you are going to meet her, I know how much you adored her last season :) Big news, June is not too far away, I cannot wait!

    Comment by Amy — May 25, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

  38. Ahahaha Michael you make me laugh! I totally agree with Stevie outfit’s comment, I was like “what is that? Did he have to get dressed in the dark?!” Horrible!
    I wasn’t a big fan of the group date, the only highlights of it for me were Jef related (he’s definitely my #1 pick right now!) and were his proposal – super sweet – and his conversation with Emily at the party, they were so cute :) also, I loooved he got the rose! The 1-on-1 with Ryan was nice, as in it was good to see them do something “normal” but I’m not sure how I feel about them 2 together and man! That letter was a tad over the top, in my opinion.. if I got something like that after a first date I’d probably ran in the opposite direction!
    2nd on my list is Arie (I guess it’s good she can’t pick both, I’d like one of them for me lol) so I’m really excited he’s getting a 1-on-1 next week!

    Whaaaat’s the news? I’m excited about it!! :)

    Comment by Chiara Sacks — May 25, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

  39. Love reading your take on each episode! Hope chi-town and your show is a blast! :)

    Comment by Jennifer — May 26, 2012 @ 7:47 pm

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