Michael Stagliano’s Bachelor Blog: Episode 2

Let’s dive in.

No wait…

Let’s share some gossip:

This last Friday ABC/Warner Horizon hosted a (first-time) cocktail party for press, staff, cast to come hang out for the night.  And in case you didn’t see the tweet/INSTA-fest happening that night… Let me re-cap, quickly.

Cast invited back was: Myself, Deanna, my brother (red-headed step child of the Bachelor world), Ali, Emily, Trista, Jason and Molly, Jake, Erica Rose, Jillian Harris, Courtney Robertson, and Sean… We had a BLAST.  It was open bar and we all tested to make sure it was, ALL night.  Holy crap.  So fun.

A few notes:  One, in case you didn’t know… and I would LOVE to put this to rest.  I DID NOT MARRY DEANNA PAPPAS.  I have a twin brother, Stephen, and THEY have been married for over a year now, they are crazy happy, and in love and it’s awesome… and I am hoping to be an uncle very soon.

Second, Jillian Harris is the best there ever was!!!  She is happily dating a guy named Justin, we met him at JP and Ashley’s wedding, and he is awesome.  She seems to be glowing, happy as ever; working in Vancouver on “Love it or List it”…she is just killing it.  It is always so good to see her.

Jason and Molly… holy SMILE on my face.  I just love those two… enough said. : )!!!

Trista, the mother of us all.  Such a little firecracker and so much fun to be around.  The Stagliano’s (Michael, Stephen, Deanna, Emily (almost a Stagliano ; ))… LOVE her.

Aaaaaaand we got to meet Sean.  He is everything you would expect (in a good way). Great smile, genuine, makes eye contact, respectful, fun to be around, good at conversation.  My brother and I (a few drinks in) made it a point to “steal” him from doing interviews…. as you can all probably imagine… he looked TIRED.  He has been doing press, coast to coast, the last 11 days…and we felt so bad for him.  He is the MAN… which leads me very nicely back into the episode.

“…snap back to reality… up there goes rabbit…. he won’t go down that easy… no….” Ok, that’s enough.

Sarah gets the first one-on-one date and, like you, I approved.

Her reaction to getting the first date was ridiculously sweet, and awesome.  She is shocked, she wants to cry. OH, it was my favorite.  She gets picked up in a helicopter (are we even surprised anymore?), she talks about how this is a dream come true, and they land on a building in downtown LA.

SO… she quickly learns they are going to “free fall” off the building to some champagne. She is game, he is supportive. They scoot to the edge, push off… and uh… I’m not gonna lie, when Sean said “free fall” I was expecting some lame-ass “repelling-like” slow descent down the side…. hahahahaha… AH, NO… they straight up FLEW down the side of the building. And in case you wondered about the “reality” of how fast they were going, Sarah SCREAMED the entire way down.  I loved it.  And they seemed to as well.

Fast forward a few minutes, or a commercial or two and they have dinner at night and unfortunately I didn’t love this part of the date.  Please don’t hate me for saying it, but I just heard some things come out of Sarah’s mouth a little too fast.

Things like:

“Sean is the perfect guy for me”

“I’m falling in love”

I am not saying those aren’t sweet, and probably really great to say… but I always fear when it is this early on that someone is saying that because they are in love with the BACHELOR not… Sean… Right? C’mon…

Other than that, I like Sarah a lot, and Sean seems to as well.  Hope she sticks around for a long time :)

Moving on!

Group Date. Way too many girls to name. Que: Shirtless Sean, a lot of hairspray and flashing lights aaaaand wrapped!

Here is what I gathered:

Kristy, the model, did really well…um…yay.  But, she would NOT stop squealing.

Tierra… jelly (I learned this is an abbreviation for jealous, and that’s hilarious) (also, I don’t think guys should use it) (first and last time).

Leslie M – kisses him.

They wrap, Kristy wins… which was as exciting as putting Michael Phelps in a race with Jr. High kids and learning that he won.

And it’s nighttime, was it a pool party?  With no swim suits? I missed this…

Leslie M gets some one on one time to start and honestly, she made HUGE leaps forward in my book this episode.  There was something very natural and welcoming and warm about her, and the whole “I want to kiss him” bit was soup cute.  Sean certainly didn’t mind it either.

Cut to: vegan loves beef… I don’t even have to comment on that one, it speaks for itself.

Tierra: Cat claws coming out, I don’t know… something doesn’t seem entirely accurate. EXCEPT for the fact that almost all the other girls don’t like her…THAT says something.

Katie: The Yoga instructor, is uncomfortable and leaves… Honestly, the show, and more specifically that environment is NOT for everyone, and huge props to her for doing what she thought was right. AND for pointing out that there are girls there that are FORCING IT. She doesn’t feel the need to do that. Bravo, Katie.

Lastly, Desiree (spelling?) gets the final one-on-one and while she was not a stand out for me night one, holy hell… she completely turned that around for me.

Sean sets up a prank on her at an art show and few things were worth pointing out:

1. I LOVE when people get to see Chris Harrison’s playful side.  He really is a funny guy with a great sense of humor and is NOT as formal and composed as his role on the show leads people to believe.  He is AWESOME, and very light on his feet, and some of that side of him came out on the set-up of this date.

2. Anyone watch the show “Scare Tactics”?  The actors in the episode, the “artist” and the “photographer”, were on that show… thought that was cool.  If you haven’t seen that show, I just wasted 7 seconds of your life…I apologize.

3.  Desiree handles the prank with grace and charm…and I think all of America started to fall in love with her.

If that wasn’t enough, the rest of the date with Sean back at his mansion was PERFECT.  They seemed very well connected, physically, emotionally and conversationally. She said a few things that I really like.

1. That she thinks it is important to put others first.  YEP!  If you haven’t figured this out yet people… there is something incredibly important and valuable in “serving” others, and putting others first. Huge points in my book.

2.  That the rose is a SYMBOL.  Doesn’t it IRK you guys when you hear girls talking about the “rose.”  That they want the “rose.”  It drives me nuts.  They should want Sean…not just a rose. I got the sense that Desiree understood that as well by the way she acted towards the rose.

Last thing about this episode that I thought was worth pointing out was Lindsay.  Trust me, I was with you guys. The wedding dress, first dance, kiss fail combo had her all but out the door for me and this week, those few moments she had with Sean were AWESOME. Their “best friend” conversation was really special and cool. I was very glad to see her get a rose.

Oh wait, one more thing: neon-green-flower-shoulder pads. THAT was unbelievable. Again, I don’t know much about women’s formal wear (see Episode 1 blog), but what the H was going on there? That means, that she looked in the mirror, checked her lipstick, played with her hair, looked at her shoulders and thought, “yea… those look good!”  I didn’t hear a word she said (also because she didn’t say anything) the whole night because I couldn’t not look at those things. Whew, ok, I digress.


Thank you all for commenting on last week’s blog.  I read every word… So if you feel like sharing your thoughts below… feel free. :)

Hope you guys have a good week.  Thanks for stopping by…. Now get back to work!  Hahaha

Much love,



  1. Just wondering what your thoughts were on Selma? Although there was just a brief moment they spoke on the episode, the conversation they had, was romantic. She is also age apropriate I think for Sean; not that age should matter, but sone of those youngens just have “googley” eyes and thats it. She seems mature, loving, just beautiful.

    Comment by Jen Rose — January 15, 2013 @ 11:43 am

  2. Michael! I met you once at Maddam Tussauds when you did the BP date, and the first thing I blurted out was “I know where you live!” It’s only because I follow you on Twitter. What a mess, lol. Great recap. But what did you think of Selma and Catherine? And doesn’t Desiree remind you of Deanna? Thanks for blogging. Any chance we can have a viewing party in LA sometime?

    Comment by Jenn Monterroso — January 15, 2013 @ 12:24 pm

  3. Hey Michael. Good job on the blog. I have enjoyed watching all Bachelor/Bachelorette/Bachelor Pad episodes for years and you have been one of the few “players” (for lack of a better word) that has stood out for me. I have also enjoyed listening to your music. I wish you all the best in your personal and professional endeavors. Another conversation on last night’s episode that I really liked and think deserves a mention was between Sean and Robyn. I think we, as viewers, learned a little more about Sean and what a down to earth guy he really is when he told Robyn that he’s dated women of all cultures and that his last girlfriend was black. I applaud Sean and continue to be a big fan of his. Your thoughts?

    Comment by Elaine — January 15, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

  4. Love your blog! Just listened to “My Type Of Girl” for the first time and instantly bought it on itunes! LOVE it! You have such a sexy tone to your voice! Good luck with your future!

    Comment by Amber — January 15, 2013 @ 1:07 pm

  5. This episode was great minus lindsay. She seemed pissed off. Her dress was hideous. I loved that Sean relabeled his ideas of Kacie. I look forward to more. Michael you always have great reviews of the shows. Good luck in life.

    Comment by naomi — January 15, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

  6. I love you. So much.

    Comment by Claire — January 15, 2013 @ 1:30 pm

  7. Hahha I love you Michael! Your blog always makes me laugh!

    Comment by Vanessa — January 15, 2013 @ 1:43 pm

  8. You are my favorite bachelor/contestant/participant/whatever the heck you want to call it that has been on “The Bachelor” to date I totally follow your thoughts and I concur.

    Comment by heather — January 15, 2013 @ 1:51 pm

  9. Great blog again Michael! Funny stuff! “now get back to work” … haha! OK!

    Comment by Keri — January 15, 2013 @ 2:02 pm

  10. Holly dodged a bullet!

    Comment by lois — January 15, 2013 @ 2:02 pm

  11. Jelly?! Oh no, leave it with the ‘preggers’… should only be said by ditzy girls ;)

    Love love love Desiree. But of course, only two one-on-ones so far (and I didn’t watch the beginning yet, so I need to catch Sarah’s), so I am sure I will love other girls, too. But she seems so NORMAL and great all around.

    So, ya got a thing for Emily…? :) (I think so does every single person in America, male or female, hahaha)

    Comment by Tiffany — January 15, 2013 @ 2:11 pm

  12. Loved your blog! I love that as I read it I can totally hear you saying it outloud with your funny sidenotes…can’t wait to read next weeks! Going back to work now ;) XO

    Comment by Yvette — January 15, 2013 @ 2:45 pm

  13. Just wanted to say I’ve loved seeing you on the various “Bachelor” shows and always enjoy reading your blogs!! Your music is fantastic as well! Keep it up! :D

    Comment by Amy — January 15, 2013 @ 4:10 pm

  14. I love how you write. I can totally hear your voice throughout this post. Made me laugh! Hope to see you on bachelor pad again!!

    Comment by Kelly — January 15, 2013 @ 4:29 pm

  15. Michael, your blog made me laugh so much that I actually spat out my coffee which ended up on my computer screen…and my desk…please keep the laughs coming, my computer hates me so now I can hate it back in the form of caffiene showers once a week! Perhaps with your connections could you inquire as to whether or not I can get a hold of the unfortunate neon green flower shoulder pad dress? I could use a good costume for dressing up like an acid trip next Halloween!

    Comment by Kate — January 15, 2013 @ 4:36 pm

  16. I needed the “get back to work” at the end! Tanks man.
    Btw, marry Emily already, y’all are perfect!

    Comment by Lily — January 15, 2013 @ 5:01 pm

  17. ALSO! I WOULD DIE IF YOU WOULD FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM @lily9687, I love you so much and would just be beyond excited!

    Comment by Lily — January 15, 2013 @ 5:02 pm

  18. Wondering how many people (and who) were pissed off that they did not get invited to the ABC par/tee. I am always a bit surprised at the mix of peeps who show up representing the franchise at various functions.

    Not going to name names but geesh! What a weird combo of past contestants.

    Comment by songleader — January 15, 2013 @ 5:09 pm

  19. The neon green rose shoulder pads…whaat? Definitely unique but much more suit for a 80′s themed affair in my opinion.

    Anyways, love your blogs, keep them coming! :)

    Comment by Stephanie P — January 15, 2013 @ 5:14 pm

  20. Knowing that Michael is reading this comment is freaking awesome! haha Thanks for your hilarious commentary. You make Tuesdays more bearable! :)

    Comment by Taryn — January 15, 2013 @ 5:34 pm

  21. I agree with the whole rose deal. It has almost become a game. Especially on the group dates. The focus should be on Sean and building your relationship. Not trying to impress him the most so you can get the “rose”. Anyways, I love reading your blog! Always entertaining! :)

    Comment by Ashley — January 15, 2013 @ 5:41 pm

  22. Your blogs make me smile and I look forward to reading them every week. You are hilarious. I would like to meet you and give you a hug some time. :)

    Comment by Katie — January 15, 2013 @ 8:06 pm

  23. Your blog is my favorite. I just like the way you look at things. I also think that Sarah tried a little bit too hard and Desiree just came out of left field. Really liked her with Sean. I also liked the look you gave us from behind the scenes. You have all become a family and I can only imagine the fun you guys have when you get together.

    Comment by Claudia — January 16, 2013 @ 1:47 am

  24. Was there something wrong with the color on my T.V.??? I thought the dress and shoulder pads were yellow! Sorry, I can’t remember the name of the girl who was wearing them.

    Comment by B.R. — January 16, 2013 @ 6:52 am

  25. omg why don’t you put “Emily” right after your name, i thought it was Emily Maynard or Emily from Ben’s season or someone from BachelorNation … :) )
    Anyway, good blog. I think Desiree, Robyn, and Selma stood out. I like Kacie B a lot but I think she should be w/ someone more …playful?! At the moment, I sill support Desiree 100%.
    And the whole “Tierra the Villian” doesn’t work for me. It’s just the drama… I would say sth like her if i was in her position.
    Keep up the good work. Love yaaaaaa :x
    (Sr for my English if there are mispelled words)

    Comment by Lam — January 16, 2013 @ 10:14 am

  26. Forgot to say, that Emily you mentioned, i saw a photo of you and her, is gorgeous. Wish you guys the best!

    Comment by Lam — January 16, 2013 @ 10:17 am

  27. Awesome blog! You are the best! I love all of your witty observations. Can’t wait till next week.

    Comment by Susan — January 16, 2013 @ 1:58 pm

  28. It’s really fun to read your blog- hear an insiders opinion on everything.
    Some of my thoughts (if you’re interested)

    1. I LOVE that Sean seems to have the most down to earth-dare i say normal?- girls yet. I applauded Katie for leaving.

    2. Desiree is my favorite. They had the best chemistry and conversation. It was like they were friends already. And she was the first girl i’ve seen to make the guy wait before accepting the rose. Plus, we all know the more normal dates mean better chances. It’s more realistic.

    3. I loved Sarah- don’t get me wrong. But i didn’t see the chemistry with Sean.

    4. Baaaad vibes from Tierra.

    My favorites:

    Desiree- my favorite
    Lesley- the kiss thing was cute
    Catherine- Every bit of little time she had with him they were laughing
    Ashlee- good vibes from her

    Comment by annie — January 16, 2013 @ 8:12 pm

  29. You and your girlfriend Emily are so unbelievably adorable together. She is beyond gorgeous. So happy you are so happy!

    Comment by Amy — January 17, 2013 @ 5:30 pm

  30. Come to Boston soon!

    Comment by Kaitlyn — January 18, 2013 @ 11:59 am

  31. Great job Michael… But can someone please fill me in on the vegan likes beef thing? I’m an Aussie so maybe that’s why I don’t get it? Anyone? What does it mean? Ta!

    Comment by Lucy — January 19, 2013 @ 4:34 am

  32. I absolutely love your blog! You pretty much said everything I was thinking. I died laughing with this comment, “hahahahaha… AH, NO… they straight up FLEW down the side of the building.” hahaha you are hilarious and awesome.

    Comment by Olivia — January 20, 2013 @ 2:53 pm

  33. I finally got to read this blog! I can honestly say that I laughed through the entire thing!! You are hilarious; I love your rendition of the show! Can’t wait for weeks threes blog!! All my love to you Michael! <3 <3 <3

    Comment by Kaitlyn — January 22, 2013 @ 5:53 am

  34. Love the eminem quote! Glad u kept the blog!!!

    Comment by Ashley — January 22, 2013 @ 10:45 pm

  35. Loved reading this blog!

    Comment by Jessica Sutton — January 23, 2013 @ 7:46 am

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