Michael Stagliano: Episode 3

It’s 12:51AM on Monday night, I just finished watching episode 3, and at this moment I can’t comprehend finishing the writing of this blog before 4AM. There is SO MUCH to talk about.

WHAOW!

The goods of this episode were at the end so I am going to go in reverse chronological order, can you dig? (Is another way to say that: counter-clockwise?)

I am also going to try and keep things moving quickly and be brief because Holy Happiness, this episode had me laughing.

SO, the end:

I think the end of this episode proves a point that I want to reiterate from my first blog, that I am GLAD Ben is at the helm of the ship. Though I now believe the ship has morphed from a lovely Sonoma bound, wine filled gondola, to the boat ride from the first Charlie and the Chocolate factory. “There’s no earthly way of knowing which direction we are going.” Is it raining, snowing, there is no way of knowing “witch” previous contestant is going to show up. WOW this got nuts, and fast.

His decision to give Shawntel the boot and not give out the final rose was nothing short of a Tebow 4th quarter save (with or without God).  He remained calm and cool, and dodged about 13 bullets from the other girls, although he kept Courtney around, which is like pulling the pin of a grenade and hoping for the best.

This rose ceremony also brought out a few lines that made me pause the TV and laugh hysterically.

1.) After Shawntel shows up, the cocktail party gets axed, and before the rose ceremony Jaclyn says, verbatim: “On a scale of 1 to 10…I feel like I’m going to throw up.”  Jaclyn, you forgot to reference the scale that you just mentioned.

2.) As Erika is hitting the deck and passing out, SOMEONE asks her, “Are you anemic?”  A few things here:

a.) The first time through I thought she said “autistic,” so I was laughing hysterically at how wildly inappropriate and unrelated that question was.

b.) When I played it back and heard her actually say “anemic,” which is simply a blood disorders that effects your red blood cell count, which can obviously have a ton of not-so-good symptoms, but PASSING OUT on The Bachelor is NOT one of those symptoms.  Hilarious…I laughed for 7 minutes.

3.) On Shawntel’s way out she says, “I just feel dumb.” Shawntel, I completely agree with that assessment.  That was dumb, especially the choice to wear a red “smoldering temptress” dress.  She might as well have walked in with red horns and a pointy tale as well.

I am sure this is going to be the topic of the week in the Bachelor Nation.  Here is what I have to say:

-Was it wrong for Shawntel to show up?  Absolutely not.  The show is about finding love and if she thinks it can be there with Ben then she has every right to be there, and just as much as the other girls.

-Is it a little unfair?  Absolutely.  Shawntel got the jump on 7 other girls, but she is also coming in WAY late to the “game.”  We clearly already see that Ben has feelings for some of the other girls and Shawntel had missed out on a lot of time.

-Were the girls’ reactions appropriate?  No, if they truly care about Ben and want what’s best for him then they it shouldn’t matter who shows up.  Brittney went home and another girl replaced her; why does it matter if she was from a past season?  My favorite over reaction was when Erika’s vocal chords threw up, and she gutturally blurted out, “WHO IS SHE?” like Shawntel was some deformed ape woman from another planet.  Good lord ladies, she’s just a woman!

Moving earlier into the evening, I got all heated watching/listening to Courtney bash my girls Nicki and Lindzi.  I mean HEATED.  I really like those two girls and to hear Courtney dogging on them for no reason…I don’t care what happens the rest of the season, Courtney will not bounce back from that with me.  Her and Ben’s time on the roof was generic, lame, and incredibly hard to watch.  Mostly because it seems like Ben is SO into her and I think she’s the worst.  I just don’t like complainers.  I don’t enjoy or understand pointing out other people’s flaws for conversational purposes and so far Courtney is the queen of that.  Yikes.

On a completely different, happier, “make Michael smile” note:  Lindzi’s one-on-one.  Man, was I glued to the TV.  I just love this girl so much.  I love her attitude.  I loved how she said “please” and “thank you,” and “have a good night” after getting ice cream with Ben. I liked how she spun the break-up into a positive thing she learned from, AND that she is happy ALONE.  That is one of the most important steps before becoming happy WITH SOMEONE ELSE.  LOVE THIS GIRL :) (Ben, please don’t pick her. Lindzi, call me.)

The group date is a blast. Easily one of the coolest things I’ve seen, and I certainly didn’t mind the bikinis.  The night portion of the date was also super dope.  Wherever they went with the waterfall, pool, tapestry, the hippy vibe was AWESOME.  That’s on my “leap list” for sure.

Brittney bailing out was confusing, then sad, confusing again and ended wonderfully in my mind.  I LOVED what she said, and I think she truly put Ben’s interest in front of her own and acted selflessly.  My sincerest applause to you Brittney.  That was classy and loving of you and made me a fan :)

The first 1 on 1 date goes to Emily.  I WAS SO EXCITED to see this.  I am a sucker for blondes, and I LOVE her smile.  I also really like her vibe and how she started the date being totally honest and saying, “Yeah…we haven’t had a lot of time together, so let’s see what happens.”   Some other girls have already started to say they have this real connection, and are totally smitten. Emily wasn’t trying to make her relationship with Ben something it wasn’t.  They totally clicked, climbing the bridge was amazing, and the date also produced my “Flan-ick-nack” of the week, which he said on Lindzi’s date as well, “I like the way we interact.”  That is such a simple, wonderful little sentence and I think it is VITAL to learning if you would be a good fit with someone.

Lastly, (and I mean firstly, time-wise) we meet Julia, Ben’s sister.  I really liked getting to see more of Ben’s family, and hear him talk to her openly and honestly about the other girls.  It was AWESOME.  He isn’t speaking to a camera, or a girl, or Chris Harrison, just sharing his truthful thoughts with family.  Such a nice, new, neat twist.

Okay, wow, I didn’t even get to all the other goodies in this episode, but I think I kept things manageable for this blog.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read and post comments; I really do look at every one of them.

I thought I would sign-off by saying my guess is a lot us watch this show and in a small way, or for some of us: a very big way…really long for and want that special someone.  Maybe it is because you are recently single, or have been for a long time.  It is even possible that you are young and haven’t found love, or maybe older and had it with someone but lost it somehow along the way.  I would urge you to let the “wait” be it’s own journey.  Let the “wait” be a time where you learn to love you.  I promise you.  PROMISE, he or she is out there and is looking for you just the same, if you both make the best of the “wait.” Once the time comes for your paths to cross it will be all that much more of a beautiful thing.

My best to you in your quest to find:

#lovelikethis

LOVE

62 Comments »

  1. Great blog. Sweet ending!

    Comment by Mel L — January 17, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

  2. Great blog Michael! The last paragraph… now you have made me want to come see your show in Calgary. :-)

    Comment by J — January 17, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

  3. Michael, you’re amazing. If I wasn’t totally head over heels in love with someone, I’d totally go after you. ;)

    Comment by Jenna (no not THAT Jenna) — January 17, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

  4. Michael,
    Although I’ve been a fan of many seasons and followed Chris’ blog, this is the first time I’ve ever read a blog from a former person who was actually on the show. (Note: I thoroughly enjoyed it and send props for a genuine, yet entertaining review!).

    I think the most difficult part for me(a 35 yr old, happily married mom of 2 who…back in my 20′s would have probably considering giving something like this show “the old college try” at finding love, if given the chance) is to convince myself that the vast majority of the show/decisions/outcomes aren’t heavily stages or set up by the producers. Perhaps part of the fabulously addicting part is that you only see certain sides of some people early on and week after week, you’re puzzled by what in the world this seemingly nice, normal, genuine bachelor might see in her.

    It’s so hard to not accuse “the powers that be” of being more directly involved. Say for instance- things like “OK 10 roses tonight. You must keep Courtney, but you can choose any other 9 you’d like.” Believe me, I desperately want to keep the faith that it’s simply a brilliantly edited/produced show that just dares one to question the decisions and personalities of everyone involved. And, having seen the most painful moment in the show’s history, which I will NOT recap because you were there, you lived it–I then start to think that maybe all this stuff is for real. One man’s crazy is another man’s dream, eh?!? Maybe.

    The older I get, the less likely I’ll ever be to really know someone who was part of the “inside” scoop and frankly–maybe I really don’t want to know the answer. But…if your past experiences with Chris and the crew lead you to help me keep the faith in this wild workd of reality-tv-falling-in-love, enlighten me…would ya?

    Kudos again to a fab write-up! And, I know you don’t know me from the crazy lady down the street, you always came through as a stand-up, good kid and I hope your genuine, real, non-tv, not reality show happily ever after is out there.

    Keep writin’ – you’ve gained a reader! ~tiffany

    Comment by tiffany — January 17, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

  5. Michael, you’re great…. and I love your blog and tweets. That is all :) .

    Comment by Anna — January 17, 2012 @ 1:03 pm

  6. Great Blog-very easy to read-hope your Ms. Right comes along soon!

    Comment by Mairead McLaughlin — January 17, 2012 @ 1:05 pm

  7. Great stuff, man…thoroughly enjoyed it.
    -West

    Comment by West Lee — January 17, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

  8. Your blog is absolutely great! I love how it is short, but you hit all the important points with fair comments.
    The last paragraph definitely made me tear up. Wonderfully put. You were my favorite on Jillian’s season and continue to be a favorite :)

    Comment by Anna — January 17, 2012 @ 1:09 pm

  9. I love the way you write your blog, it’s not harsh or mean spirited, but I can relate to the way you see it. As well, I agree with your last statement. Its hard to find yourself if you are ‘desperate’ for love. Ben gives me hope that some good guys are still out there and the advice you said is true. You have to go through the hell to find your personal heaven. (Not in a preachy bibleish way either lol)

    Comment by Liz — January 17, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

  10. LOVED your conclusion!! Would it be weird to ask you to follow me on twitter: @lissyleibs

    Comment by Alyssa — January 17, 2012 @ 1:21 pm

  11. Wow, your amazing!
    I’ve watched you from the bachelor season-bachelor pad- now and can see how much you have changed! Keep up the great writing.

    P.S.. I’m happily married :)
    But maybe in our next life we could get together and see where it goes!
    Xo

    Comment by Whitney — January 17, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

  12. Aw, Mikey, you are so nice. Please Lindzi, call him, you’d be perfect together!!! Ben is boring and looks like Courtney is perfect for him, they are more alike than not alike. Same non-personality, smartazzes, prob. already spiltsville. Why would Ben ever think his ugly long hair longs great????? look in a mirror, dude, fugly.

    Great job, Michael.

    Comment by Meeps — January 17, 2012 @ 1:29 pm

  13. Hi Michael! I love hearing your opinion on these episodes! I think you’re my favorite guy to ever grace the Bachelor franchise.
    PS. I think you can do better than Holly. You’re amazing.

    PPS. keep the dentist jokes coming. :)

    Comment by Jordy — January 17, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

  14. I don’t actually watch the show as I don’t have cable or Internet (no I’m not from the ice age haha). I follow Michael on Twitter and am a sucker for Love, so why wouldn’t I read these. I am a wedding coordinator part-time for the simple fact that I LOVE, LOVE and seeing others in love. What better way then being part of that special day some how. I mean really doesn’t long a love like Edward and Bella where the love is based on who you are, faults and all. Where you would literally die for that person, only to live again in Edward and Bella’s case.
    Anywho…..I completely agree with you end statement Micheal. Even though currently I’m not in love if I don’t love myself first I can’t put love out fully to others. When your heart is open fully is when you can give and recieve love. It shouldn’t be forced or pressured. I do believe that when you know you’ll and it will be worth the wait. Congrats to those who have found it and best of luck to those who will find it one day!
    Michael-you rock! That’s it that’s all!! I’m sure most people empathetic to what you went thru on tv, not that I don’t, but I also woohoo! As I’m sure you learnt so much thru it and your perspective on love has deepened. Best wishes to you, who ever she is will be on luck lady!! Love and hugs to you! #smiles

    Comment by Darla — January 17, 2012 @ 1:43 pm

  15. Hey Michael,
    First of all, GREAT blog- loved it! :)
    Second, I just wanted to fix a small mistake you made. You said “My favorite over reaction was when Erika’s vocal chords threw up, and she gutturally blurted out, “WHO IS SHE?” like Shawntel was some deformed ape woman from another planet.” It was actually Elyse who said that, but I agree, it was my favorite over-reaction as well :)
    Can’t wait for your blog next week!

    Comment by Dina — January 17, 2012 @ 1:44 pm

  16. This is why you were, are, and always will be my favorite. Love hearing your insight…you always have humor and humility. Goofy yet genuine. The perfect combo :) and of course you made all the girls (or at least this girl’s) heart melt with your ending. Wish there were more men like you! I love everything you do ;) Looking forward to reading your insight next week. #love

    Comment by Kati — January 17, 2012 @ 1:44 pm

  17. This about had me laughing to the point of tears! Thank you for your real and humorous insight!

    Comment by Angie — January 17, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

  18. Love your energy and insights, but then you say how you are “a sucker for blondes”. Seriously? Is it easier for you to interact with someone who has blonde hair? At least 90% of blond hair on women is not natural. Your statement seems to conflict with all the lovely and kind things you have to say about the women who are lovely and kind… and calling out the ones who obviously aren’t.

    Comment by daisie_blasie — January 17, 2012 @ 2:04 pm

  19. Loved everything you had to say, spot on!!!!

    Comment by Traci — January 17, 2012 @ 2:16 pm

  20. Hey. I do love your blog and believe you should be the bachelor. I do want some advice though. You see, I love the last paragraph but i’m a 19 year old girl who in’t planning to get married anytime soon. I do feel I need a boyfriend but obviously with all this excitement about independent women, it scares me that I need to fake being secure in being single. Is this what guys like in any age or is it something I will grow into when I’m older?

    Comment by Alice — January 17, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

  21. Loved your blog, and agree, espically about Courtney.
    I believe the ending os your blog is true.

    Comment by Pat — January 17, 2012 @ 3:10 pm

  22. This is by far my favourite Bachelor blog, I’m so happy you agreed to do this Michael! Looking forward to reading each week.

    Side note: for anyone who has the opportunity to see the #lovelikethis tour, please go – I promise you will not regret it! I had the opportunity to see Michael in Toronto in November and was blown away by his talent. #LOVE

    Comment by katie_carino — January 17, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

  23. I haven’t talked to anyone about the episode yet–but I kept sitting here thinking that the girls were completely nuts over the Shawntel thing.

    I don’t blame her ONE BIT for coming after him if she thought they had a connection. Honestly it actually looked like he may have thought they did, too, but didn’t want to rock the boat.

    If there was a guy I was interested in and had never let him know that outright..he ended up The Bachelor…I can imagine I would certainly do what she did as a latch-ditch effort…If I KNEW I was going to regret NOT letting him know how I felt!

    I do think it would have rocked if Shawntel came to the cocktail party in her jeans and shirt she arrived in, though!

    Comment by Ashley L — January 17, 2012 @ 3:29 pm

  24. That last paragraph was so sweet. Though I think it’s a huge mistake to be attracted by hair color or any outer attributes first instead of heart & personality; it’s limiting and will tend to get you into trouble. Either you’ll give someone too much of a chance like Ben w/ Courtney or you won’t give them enough of a chance like Ben w/ Emily.

    Comment by Coherent & Deep for So Late — January 17, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

  25. Okay, let me just say that I agree with everything you said. You seem to be a good judge of character…which shouldn’t surprise me, considering your own great character on Bachelor Pad. :) You are amazing!

    Comment by Megan — January 17, 2012 @ 3:34 pm

  26. Great blog! I love the approach you take…very easy to read and not as wordy and boring as some of the blogs out there. Your honesty is refreshing and definitely appreciated!

    Comment by Shelley — January 17, 2012 @ 4:36 pm

  27. My husband just had to ask me 18 times why I was laughing so hard. Your rose ceremony list is hilarious!!

    Comment by Katy — January 17, 2012 @ 6:27 pm

  28. Your blog is the best! I really enjoy reading what your thoughts on each episode are.

    But what I love most of all in this week’s blog is definitely the last paragraph. I’m almost 19 and I’ve never even had my first kiss. I’m a hopeless romatic(blame it on all the click flicks) and I think about love way too much for my own good.

    I know I should definitely just focus on graduating university first. Once I’ve fully accepted myself, I know I’ll find love someday (cross your fingers!). Haha my friends tell me my prince charming is coming. But he got stuck in traffic, lost and is too stubborn to ask for directions!

    I know you’ll definitely find your love someday too! Its impossible for anybody to turn down your thoughtfullness, charm, good looks, amazing voice and winning personality ;)

    Comment by Sarah — January 17, 2012 @ 6:28 pm

  29. Love your thoughts!! What did you take away from Ben’s sister’s expressions while he was gushing?? Would love to hear the unedited version!

    Comment by Cindy — January 17, 2012 @ 6:31 pm

  30. Just read your blog for the first time, Michael. You come across as a honest and genuinely nice person, I hope you find someone wonderful someday! :) I think you handled yourself on TV with a lot of class.

    Your blog was really nice. I just wanted to point out one thing that a lot of guys probably don’t know about women and ‘anemia’. I think the reason someone asked her if she was anemic, is because it can be a cause of a woman feeling faint. Women who have heavy menses can get quite anemic and if they are dehydrated on top of that (as someone can when they are drinking lots of alcohol), can easily faint. I just wanted to address that since you mentioned it as an fyi. Your blog was great to read!! Thanks!!

    Comment by arch — January 17, 2012 @ 7:04 pm

  31. I would rather be watching you……Loved the BLOG!!! Hope all is well with you ♥

    Comment by Leslie — January 17, 2012 @ 7:19 pm

  32. I loved how you ended your blog. :)

    Comment by Lauren — January 17, 2012 @ 7:35 pm

  33. Michael, you’re my favorite.

    Comment by Angela — January 17, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

  34. Fabulous Michael…
    You practice a valuable skill when blogging (which Reality Steve has yet to master)…the art of condensing!

    (I can no longer read his loooooonnnnnggggg, drawn out posts)

    Comment by Mimi — January 17, 2012 @ 8:05 pm

  35. WOWOWOWOWOWOW there you go again
    with yet another incredible blog. way to be Michael!
    i couldnt agree with you more on……….. EVERYTHING.
    from losing whatever smidgen of respect i had left for courtney
    all the way to loving Lindzi and Nikki. (not only are they beautiful, but they are the most sincere, genuine, and beautiful on the inside too)
    i especially liked how Lindzi handled herself whilst Courtney was throwing jabs at her and attacking her. PROPS LINDZ :)
    now i dont want to go as far as saying Courntey is a “bad person” though the show clips do want to convince me otherwise. but before i judge i keep thinking to myself – they made Michelle Money (LOVE HER) seem not to be the nicest on Brad’s season through editing, but in reality she is one of the sweetest people! THOUGH, she was never nor would ever say things as bad as Courtney has. But im just trying to keep it positive i presume!
    Anyways, i honestly adore you and ur music is incredible. I Hope u come back to Toronto soon because i wasnt aware of ur last show and FORSURE would have went if i knew of it before hand :( BOOOOO to missing shows
    You’re the nicest guy and SOO cute (especially ur smile, despite ur well deserved dislike for dentists. u have one heck of a smile :P )
    TILL NEXT WEEK
    PIP PIP CHEERIO
    #love

    Comment by AmandaM — January 17, 2012 @ 8:30 pm

  36. Michael- How do you suppose I can vote for you to be the next Bachelor? You are simply awesome!

    Comment by Estee — January 17, 2012 @ 8:34 pm

  37. No big deal but fyi, anemia can definitely cause fainting!

    Comment by Lynn Brown — January 17, 2012 @ 8:59 pm

  38. Shawntel should have started at the beginning. Showing up late was a mistake. Ben seems to really like Courtney, they seem to have a real connection but her constant sarcasm makes her personality seem stale. I hope her intentions are genuine, Ben is a great guy. Hope he finds love and happiness.

    Comment by Vanessa — January 17, 2012 @ 9:38 pm

  39. You’re made of “all the right stuff” Michael. You will find the love of your life, no doubt about it. Let Holly be that dirtbags nightmare. They deserve each other.

    YOU deserve way better.

    Comment by Gina — January 17, 2012 @ 9:49 pm

  40. I love reading your blog. I think you would make a great couple with Nicki – she is fun and sweet and i can just picture you two dating – you would make her laugh as she has a good sense of humour. I think she is a perfect match for you.

    Comment by Anna Fortuneteller — January 18, 2012 @ 12:11 am

  41. Loved to hear your thoughts, Michael! I really like Lindzi and Jennifer. I also love Kacie B but her whining got to me tonight. I thought Shawntel should have been given at least one date to see what was there. Guess he didn’t have feelings for her though. Keep em comin, M!! :)

    Comment by Heather — January 18, 2012 @ 2:24 am

  42. Great read once again Michael. I recently just watched the Bachelor Pad 2 (we get everything behind here in Aus) and I loved you and was so happy to see u win. I would LOVE to see you as the next Bachelor. I look forward to reading your blog every week!

    Comment by Kate - Sydney Australia — January 18, 2012 @ 3:31 am

  43. Michael, first things first.. you are absolutely awesome. Thank you for that final thought, I totally agree with what you said, and even though sometimes I might get sad or feel alone while waiting, I know some day it’ll be worth it and that helps a lot. :)
    Back to the Bachelor now.. man, I love your blog. I can’t wait to get through the episode each tuesday just so that I can read what you have to say! And I love that I get to read my thoughts exactly in what you write.
    1. I hated how the girls reacted to Shawntel showing up. All that saying “you don’t know him” nonsense was riddiculous and as much as I understand why he didn’t keep her around, I can’t help but being a little sad, because I really liked her last season, she seems like a genuine girl and I could honestly see it working between her and Ben.
    2. Courtney. Why on earth is she still there? I must say, for the first part of the episode I was actually reconsidering my opinion of her, maybe because she didn’t appear that much on screen or maybe because for a change she wasn’t being particularly mean/rude. But boy, I was proved wrong. She simply is RUDE. I don’t understand why Ben would wanna be with her. And I know she shows another side of her with him, but still, the exploit at the rose ceremony with “What’s her butt” and the “bye” she gave Shawntel as she was leaving, both in front on Ben, would have been enough from me to get back that rose and send her home. I cannot stand rude people and you can see from her look that she just enjoys being mean. Disgusting. Apart from that, her conversations with Ben just seem empty to me. I’ve never heard anything actually interesting coming out of her mouth. The best she can do is talking about her job or, and I loved it (had me laugh for several minutes) “We’d make cute babies”. Really?! That’s your argument to win over a guy’s heart? Sad.
    3. My favourites: Kacie B. – she’s just so sweet and nice. I love them two together. Lindzi – she’s awesome. Love her positive attitude, she seems very genuine. Like her a lot. Emily – loved their date (but I could have never done it myself – almost had a panic attack just watching!). Jennifer – she seems really nice, can’t wait to see them having more one on one time.

    Thanks for the blog Michael, can’t wait for next week’s! ;)

    Comment by Chiara — January 18, 2012 @ 4:12 am

  44. Finally got a chnce to read your blog and loved it all. The closing paragraph shows how real you are. To have really loved someone, gotten hurt, and still is optimistic that girl, for you, is out there is so encouraging!

    Comment by Kellfu — January 18, 2012 @ 6:53 am

  45. Great blog Michael! Spot on insight and pure genius in your closing paragraph. I loved someone for 7 years and got my heart broken. It is hard to stay optimistic, but you are an awesome role model! Thanks for writing! P.S. Can’t wait to see your show in Minneapolis wooohoooo #Lovelikethis. I’m fully expecting a hug = )

    Comment by Claire — January 18, 2012 @ 8:52 am

  46. Another awesome blog, Michael. I love the way you think! Looking forward to the next one!

    Comment by Tracey — January 18, 2012 @ 9:51 am

  47. Love the blog. My only comment is on Courtney
    Courtney looks like AJ from the Sopranos show. She is not a nice person and if he ends up with her, he will be miserable and back to the drawing board at “finding” love.

    Comment by Debbie — January 18, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

  48. hey michael! i never (for real … never.) leave comments on these things, but a friend sent me a link to your blog today (since the bachelor is my ridiculously guilty pleasure) and i really wanted to say that what you wrote in your last little paragraph is completely how i feel about my own journey right now, and it was such an unexpected pleasure to hear it (read it?) coming from someone else. helps me keep the faith that the wait will totally be worth it some day soon, and i genuinely hope it is for you too! love from canada, j.

    Comment by julia — January 18, 2012 @ 1:03 pm

  49. I was a complete fan of yours and can truely appreciate your insight. Interesting to watch this process unfold.
    One thing for sure… there are a lot of very scary women out there. Kind of embarrassing to watch them (us ) in action. Wish we could be a little more “Michael like” . You were an inspiration ., My best to you in finding the one. YOu should be the next Bachelor. You were a hit!!

    Comment by Lee — January 18, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

  50. I loved watching you on BP2 and I’m really enjoying your blogs. Your energy and sense of humor are delightful (I think I’ll start following you on twitter just to hear more from you). I just hope you’re genuinely as good a guy as you seem and that when you say wonderful, respectful things about women and love, you’re not just talking about girls who are an 11 on a scale of 1-10 in hotness (see how I actually referenced my scale of 1-10 there? :)

    Comment by Jill — January 18, 2012 @ 2:48 pm

  51. Out of the park: BATTED IT

    Comment by Lane — January 18, 2012 @ 5:28 pm

  52. I absolutely adore you, Michael :) I’m so happy that other people recognize how kind and sweet some of these women truly are, and conversely also recognizing that ugliness comes more from within – I hope Ben doesn’t choose a “pretty” girl with an unkind heart, because he deserves better.

    But that’s not why I’m commenting. I’m commenting because I truly appreciate your last paragraph about why people watch The Bachelor. Because we want love in our lives. I had love and it ended up hurting me deeply, but I learned from it and I am young and still have plenty of opportunity to find happiness :) but sometimes we all need that little reminder. I am finding happiness in just being me and pursuing my goals, and I can’t wait to share that with someone. Thank you for spreading love and happiness in this world :)

    Comment by Kelly — January 18, 2012 @ 5:58 pm

  53. Look how many people commented on your blog post! You are so loved. And lovable. We want more Michael! Bachelor, please. Finally, a guy who has it all. Recent Bachelors have only had certain aspects of what it takes, but never everything together- looks, personality, charm, wit, intelligence, individuality, and passion. Michael is the whole package. Whaow!! :)

    Comment by Sarah — January 18, 2012 @ 7:41 pm

  54. You would be so perfect to be the next “Bachelor” Michael! You have so many fans all across the world that would like to see you on TV again! You were great on “Bachelor Pad 2″ and The “Bachelorette” and a lot of people really empathized and could identify with your break-up on the show. You seem like such a hilarious person on and off camera! Really can’t wait until you release a CD! So far I’ve heard a few of your songs on iTunes and am really impressed with your sexy sexy voice and your talented guitar-playing skills! Look forward to your blog next week already!

    Comment by hoping somebody starts a petition to have Michael Stagliano as the next "BACHELOR" — January 19, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

  55. Oh my goodness, you opened up the blog with your famous “Whaow!” and I just about lost it laughing. You’re one of the greatest dudes The Bachelor has! You and Graham Bunn. Awesome blog. Wishing you guys the best.

    Comment by emy — January 19, 2012 @ 6:17 pm

  56. Ha ha :-) Great blog Michael :-) Maybe you and Lindzi will get a chance?! It could be a great match. She seems very sweet! And I totally agree about the “wait”! You have to make the most of it and be happy alone :-)

    Comment by Josefine — January 20, 2012 @ 12:35 am

  57. Another fabulous blog Micheal! I have to say, reading things like this from a previous contestant’s POV is a super great way to get to know you more. I also like that you’re able to compare with these women in a way. I’ve always been a huge fan, the moment I saw you on Jillian’s season, I adored you. I know you came to Vancouver a few months ago and am so sad I missed you, hope you come back soon, maybe to visit Jill?? Anyways, good job on the blog, and I hope you write another great entry next week. Ever thought of a vlog??
    Oh, and I’m blonde and consider myself to have a nice smile, wanna date ;)

    Comment by Celine — January 20, 2012 @ 10:07 am

  58. well Michael, it’s quite obvious that you are well liked. You’ve made us all smile again.. not many men can say that!
    Courtney is just horrible!! she has very little if anything intelligent to say and I would be mortified to learn that Ben picked her. Lindzi? if your reading…. CALL MIKE NOW!!!
    {{HUGS}}

    Comment by BEVERLEY — January 20, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

  59. You are right about the making the best of life and loving yourself before you can truly love someoneelse, but I am ready to be done waiting and have Mr. Right show up. Hoping you find your Mrs. Right soon.

    Comment by Elissa — January 20, 2012 @ 5:55 pm

  60. Michael, you write very well and I totally agree with your assessment. Courtney is awful, rude, malicious and mean. If the spoilers are correct Ben picks her. That will never work out and he’ll have a life of misery until she’s no longer in it. He has so many nice girls to chose from my fav. being Kacie B. I hope Lindzi gets your message. I like her too. For a young man you are very wise and I thought your past paragraph was touching. BTW, I laughed at your “autistic” mis-hear. That was really funny.

    Comment by Sara — January 20, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

  61. Amazing! This blog looks exactly like my old one! It’s on a totally different subject but it has pretty much the same layout and design. Wonderful choice of colors!

    Comment by seo — January 31, 2012 @ 10:10 am

  62. Robert, they vary. It’s up towards the authors. Many of the letters coming up are handwritten, or hand-notated, it’s about half and half. Though most on the first letters were typed. The fourth letter was a comic.

    Comment by Sharla Steckler — September 6, 2013 @ 8:32 pm

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