46 thoughts I had while watching The Bachelor finale as a superfan

THE BACHELOR – “2509” – It’s time for fantasy suites! Matt and his three remaining women each enjoy romantic and perfectly tailored one-on-one dates, all of which lead to the big question: Are they ready to spend the night together? But before he can truly consider moving forward in a relationship, Matt must first address the one that has previously held him back. Will an honest conversation be enough to guide him on his quest to find love? Find out on “The Bachelor,” airing MONDAY, MARCH 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (ABC/Craig Sjodin) MATT JAMES, RACHAEL

Just like Jaime, The Bachelor also makes me cringe… but that doesn’t stop me from tuning in live every single episode with a glass of wine the size of my face, and my Twitter thumbs at the ready––including for The Bachelor finale last night.

I think if there’s one thing Bachelor Nation can agree on it’s that the show is something we all love to hate. The theatrics, the blatant involvement from producers, the “I think I’m falling in love with you’s” after only a handful of conversations… It’s guilty pleasure entertainment at its finest. Yet, here we all are… watching, tweeting, and obsessing about the drama of it all. 

I first started watching The Bachelor franchise through Emily Maynard’s season of The Bachelorette. Although I thought the whole premise of the show was absolutely absurd, twenty-year-old me became unashamedly infatuated with Sean Lowe, who placed third and went on to be the next Bachelor (season 17). 

Then, in Sean’s season, his relationship with Catherine Giudici was what got me hooked for good! And kudos to my keen sense of judgment because the couple is one of the few from the franchise who are still together––married and with three children! That’s what we call #HollyGOOD news. 

Fast forward eight years and I’m still here, watching, tweeting, and obsessing about the drama over the 25th season with The Bachelor season 25 finale. Although, now I must say I’m watching through a much more skeptical and realistic lens. For starters, let’s talk about how it took the franchise 21 seasons to cast a Black lead (Rachel Lindsay, united we stan). Then, finally, in this current season, we have 28-year-old Matt James, the first Black Bachelor. It took nearly twenty years since the show first aired in 2002, but more diverse representation is on the horizon.

They still have a long way to go (if you’ve seen the recent drama with Rachael Kirkconnell and Chris Harrison, you know what I’m talking about), but after the announcement that Emmanuel Acho will step in for Chris Harrison’s place for “After The Final Rose,” Bachelor Nation is hopeful for a positive change! Plus, we just found out that two former Bachelorettes––Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe––will be co-hosting on the next season. That’s more #HollyGOOD news, too!

In the meantime, brace yourself because here are my thoughts while watching The Bachelor finale. I took over the Hollywood.com Twitter account to live tweet my thoughts and feelings.

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