Michael Stagliano’s Bachelor Pad Blog: Episode 7

Blog friends,

Sorry for the delay in getting the blog up this week. I was out of town in Washington visiting my sister for the long weekend in Ellensburg. Went to the Rodeo, laughed a whole bunch, it was awesome…

But reading about my weekend is not why you clicked the link, so…

Let’s get to it.

We are down to 4 couples; it’s the last stage before the finale. While I was obviously no longer in the competition, I was surprised to learn that they changed up the format for how the 2 couples went into the finale. Last season 4 couples made it to the finale CHALLENGE. The couple that was deemed the worst went home, the couple that did the best chose the other couple going to the big dance with them…

This year they divided that process into 2 challenges, with 2 similar game mechanics…curious…

First up is a trivia-meets-dunk-tank type challenge where one person sits at a table and answers questions about the Bachelor/ette/Pad franchise, while the other ‘hangs out’ on a swing. Each missed answer equals one rope being cut that holds up the swing. Three cuts and you’re swimming.
Sarah MURDERS the competition – Chris and Sarah pick up yet ANOTHER win (Their 7th, I think?… wow) and are both very surprised they will be sticking around another week! (As are the rest of us!)

They end up sending Blakeley and Tony packing, and it crushes Blakeley. Tears, more tears, but a lot of light at the end of the tunnel when they get in the limo and realize they have each other, something way more valuable than the $$$. Love it.

Jaclyn/Ed, Chris/Sarah, Rachel/Nick move forward to the second challenge of the episode and… oh…my…god!!! It’s AWESOME.

So, (here’s some back-story) we wrapped up filming months ago for this season of Pad, and when I talked to Rachel after she left the house, she mentioned this challenge and described it as a ‘karaoke’ challenge… I remember thinking how stupid that sounded (little television, blue lyrics on the screen, microphones with cables attached???) I was BLOWN AWAY by how big and bad the concert was!

I laughed hysterically watching/listening to all 3 couples practice, and loved every second of the performances… Yes, at times I couldn’t watch because my hands were covering my eyes… but for the most part I thought each pair went all out. It takes a LOT of guts to get up there and do that, whether you have singing ability or not.

Read the rest of Michael’s blog on Parade.com!