Our pal Jesse Csincsak -- the free wheelin', free spirited professional snowboarder who won the fourth season of The Bachelorette -- is exclusively blogging for RadarOnline.com, and he's here to give his candid takes on the 15th season of The Bachelor, featuring the return engagement of Texas barowner Brad Womack.
I loved watching the show with my beautiful wife and son (Noah) and we have been doing nothing except changing dirty diapers.
OK, so let me start off by saying, this is when it really starts to hit home as a contestant on this show, about how real this process is and what could happen. At this point in the process, you aren't living in a huge house with all the other contestants anymore. You're alone in a small condo thinking about every possible thing that could happen, and thinking about your hometown date, and how you want it to go, and if you will be getting engaged in another two weeks.
Then, when you get to leave your condo and travel to your hometown, you don't get to stay at your house -- you have to stay in a hotel up the road from your house. It's a very weird feeling being in a hotel in your hometown. That's why when each contestant sees their family at the home of their door, everyone seems so excited to see one another. That's because they haven't seen them in over a month.
When I was on the show, we were driving down the street in my hometown, and I saw my parents out the car window and we weren't even allowed to stop and talk. This makes for a real reunion, and lots to talk about when the cameras are around to document it.
Like I said, this show is REAL -- VERY REAL.
Chantal O.; Seattle
I loved seeing all the producers sitting at tables and walking around the Seattle park they were filming in. (Remember, they can't film hometown dates in highly populated areas, that just wouldn't work.)
I was super-pumped to hear Chantal say her parents would be mad at her when they found out that she slapped Brad; that tells me she knows it wasn't right and her parents raised her with good morals.
Also, I am sure everyone noticed that Chantal's parents' house probably had its' own ZIP CODE, but it was refreshing how down-to-earth her parents seemed. Her dad's statue of a man carving himself out of stone was awesome; he said the meaning was A SELF-MADE MAN. Very respectable, I like that a lot.
Ashley H.; Maine
Moose Burgers or Lobster? Lobster it is. Thought it was absolutely hilarious that Brad spoke Spanish in a French restaurant. A cute couple if you ask me, but I don't see Brad picking Ashely in the end. Watching Ashley H.'s hometown made me think about my hometown experience. Ashley H. seems to be a very down-to-earth girl, and her parents seem to be an honest and open middle-class family. I love that and can relate ... VERY COOL !!!
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Shantel N.; Chico California
If you ask me, this girl has been set up to go home since the previews of last week's episode. Thought Shantel's dad telling Brad not to give her a rose for what she did to him at the funeral home was funny. But I don't agree with parents trying to control the future lives of their children like where they want to live, or what they want to do for work. Let your kids live where they want, and do what makes them happy -- within reason.
I hate hearing about children who do everything that their parents wanted them to do, then one day their parents pass away and they are then sitting there, asking themselves why they wasted their entire lives living for someone else, then live the rest of their life MISERABLE ... YO DAD! Shantel seems to be a very smart and successful, beautiful girl -- you should let her do what makes her happy. I got news for you, it will pay off better in the end.
Shantel, you are gonna be just fine: You're successful, honest, beautiful and you're not gonna have any problems getting a date anytime soon, I promise.
Emily; Charlotte NC
Emily is very cute with her daughter Rikki. This hometown date reminded me of my boy Jason Mesnick's hometown date with his amazing son Ty. I loved that when Brad met Rikki, he sat down on the ground and talked to her at her level. Very respectful and kids love it. Everyone noticed how shy Rikki was toward Brad in the beginning of the hometown date ... but I got news for you, she wasn't just being shy towards Brad... she was being shy because she also had 15 producers and cameramen and sound people standing over her dressed in black with huge cameras on their shoulders!
After this week, all-in-all, I THINK BRAD CHOSE as any other guy would have and did it with class.
One last note: In addition to the diaper-changing, we're also rallying voters for my campaign to be the VP of Popchips next to Ashton Kutcher. People can vote for me at Facebook; The contest ends March 2 and let me tell you taking last night off to write our exclusive RadarOnline blog was a much needed break!
Next week, The Bachelor travels to South Africa; tune in next week to see my blog with all the behind the scenes details. Same place, same time.