Debra Tries “Bachelor in Paradise”

As I watch week one of the seventh season of “Bachelor in Paradise” I came to adore every aspect of this show. Everything about the show drew me in, from the drama, romance and new arrivals.



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 Hello, and welcome to “Debra Tries..,” the series where I review topics and activities that I would not normally take part in on a normal day. For example, I will listen to music, watch movies, TV shows, play video games and even eat foods that lie outside my comfort zone. This month’s topic: ABC’s “Bachelor In Paradise.” 

  Today’s entry is the last installment of the “Debra Tries Bachelor” series, as in the past two years I have reviewed “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette.” My assignment is to watch Season 7 of “Bachelor in Paradise” and review my thoughts on this series. Well, let us just see if “Bachelor in Paradise” can top both of these reality dating shows. 

   The concept and rules of “Bachelor in Paradise” are simple. Many beloved contestants from previous “Bachelor,” “Bachelorette” and “Paradise” seasons return to a beach in Mexico to find love with each other. At the end of each week, there is a rose ceremony, and those without roses at the end are forced to go home. At the beginning of each week, more contestants arrive at the beach to form more connections. 


   Without further delay, here are my thoughts on “Bachelor in Paradise.”


   Wow. I loved it. The drama was so entertaining, the romance was actually sweet to watch and the twists and turns along the way really made this show more engaging than both its predecessors. I adored that the producers brought in past contestants and added new arrivals every week. I found myself actually rooting for these people, always wanting more. 


  The relationships in this show are so perfect in many ways and as a hopeless romantic myself, it really sucked me in. For example, the relationship between Serena Pitt and Joe Amabile really made me believe in love again. 


   Amabile came to the beach for the second time two years after his breakup with Kendall Long. He was scared to be back at the beach, where he and Long fell in love. Pitt was fresh off of  Matt James’s season of the Bachelor and was ready to find her person. Throughout this season of Paradise, both Amabile and Pitt had excellent communication, cute dates and managed to get through everything production through at them. Even when Long showed up trying to get Amabile back twice. Such an amazing couple. 


   Though, the romance was not the only reason the show tops the other Bachelor franchises. The drama inside the house became real spicy, real fast. 


   A perfect example of this is the Aaron Clancy, Chelsea Vaughn and Ivan Hall incident. For some background information, Clancy and Vaughn went out on a one-on-one date and have been ‘vibin’ ever since. Hall, who has not made a connection since Jessenia Cruz left him, said earlier that he will not be trying to take anyone’s rose unless a new arrival comes in. Not even five minutes later, he asks Vaughn to talk, and they end up kissing in front of Clancy. 


   Clancy went to confront Hall about lying and basically breaking the “bro code.” Hall responded saying Vaughn asked him to talk. Funny enough, the producers then played a clip of Hall asking Vaughn to chat, calling him out for lying. This drama ended with Hall going home for a whole other incident that occured while the chat was at the hotel during the tropical storm. 


   As far as romance goes, oh my goodness I loved every bit of it. At the end of the season finale, three couples got engaged. They consisted of Pitt and Amabile, Mari Pepin-Soils and Kenny Braasch and Marrisa Gunn and Riley Christian. Each couple had their ups and downs but came together to fall in love. Honestly, the proposals made me cry and made me feel so single. It was lovely. 

   ABC’s “Bachelor in Paradise” is what I like to call perfect trash television. It is useless, stupid but entertaining enough to keep viewers watching and wanting more. I am so glad I tried this, as now I am fully invested in the whole “Bachelor” franchise and will be tuning in for all “Bachelor,” “Bachelorette” and “Bachelor In Paradise” seasons yet to come.