Michael Stagliano’s Bachelor Pad Blog: Episode 1

OH YEAH!  I’m back.  And truly, I have missed you guys, missed blogging, reading comments, and providing a hopefully witty recap of The Bachelor/ette/pad. But I shall miss it no longer!  Over the next 8 weeks I will be putting up weekly blogs about Bachelor Pad 3 and dish on how I think each show went.  When I can I’ll provide some behind the scenes insights, and give you about as much gossip as the powers that be, will let me.  Hope you enjoy!

We start off this season with an interesting twist to the game we all know and love…  FANS will be joining us in the house and competing for $250,000.  Those of us that have been on the show (please note: I did not say, “all of us celebrities”…Argh. Exhausting) had heard that this MIGHT be happening on BP3, but didn’t know what to expect till we got there…i.e. How many fans there would be, if they would have immunity, or an advantage of some kind, would there be “teams,” etc.

Needless to say, we got a pretty awesome batch of “Rookies” joining us.  YES, some of the previous cast members immediately categorized them on a level “below” the rest of us, and went as far to say, “you don’t deserve to be here.” Cough, cough, Erica Rose.  Frankly, that was NOT the opinion of that vast majority of us.  The guys especially seemed to welcome Paige, The Twins, Donna, Chris and David with open arms, immediately.  By the second day we were all mingling together and there was no separation between Alumni and Fans AT ALL, socially.  Strategically, that is another story:

After the first competition, ‘Fall out of Love,’  (A repeat-of-sorts from BP2’s 1st challenge, ‘Hook Up’) the house naturally became divided after David and ‘Brerica’ won.  We were all pretty anxious and nervous before this competition.  We woke up REALLY early that first day but didn’t get started with the challenge till late in the afternoon.  Having the whole day to stew around and think made the actual start of the challenge super nerve racking.  Especially because we learned if you are the first to fall, you get a vote against you going into the rose ceremony!  CRAZINESS, everyone was freaking out…except Ed… Who was still trying to remember where he was…

Pretty straight forward challenge, you fall out, you lose. Sarah and I actually threw that challenge because being the first winner comes with a curse, particularly so, if you are a returning champ.  I told Sarah the key to this one is not getting out first.  That said, it was incredibly hard and I do not think we would have beat David and Erica

Date card arrives, and we were actually really glad to see how happy the twins and David were to go on the date.  David especially was smiling ear to ear.  We all REALLY liked him immediately. The twins on the other hand, oh gosh… Just wait people…  They go to Santa Monica Pier, ride some rides, dinner by the beach, skinny dip (Bachelor Pad, shocker…) And head back to the house with a plan to overthrow the Alumni.

SO… Let’s pause here for a minute.

David’s plan to control the house after the first week was hatched WAY too early.  In my opinion, he needed to come back, ask for people’s advice on what to do and start forming an alliance with people.  As you saw, when he came back and revealed what was essentially a road map of how HE was going to make it to the finale… Everyone was thinking, “We aren’t here to help you win.”  It put a target on his back, as well as all the other rookies. Guilty by association.

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