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Back to school ends popular, beloved ‘Bachelor Pad’ television show for ‘super-fans’

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September 20, 2012

Students already have papers to write, mountains of homework and textbook reading to accomplish and of course, quizzes and tests to study for. Luckily, the beginning of the school year is also good news for any intelligent person out there, season three of “Bachelor Pad” has come to a close.

Yes, even stars from the “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” have to end their long nights of drunken partying and love triangle drama in exchange for a hopefully more sophisticated lifestyle.

I was one of those people that succumbed to watching “Bachelor Pad.”

A boring summer evening calls for some trashy television, after all. After tuning in each week to the triumphs and dramas of the contestants, it created a number of thoughts.

Season three of “Bachelor Pad” featured numerous old faces from past seasons of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” but it featured some new faces as well. Season three was the first season to include “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” “super-fans.”

This, however, was not such a popular idea in the house. After all, these “super-fans” had never experienced a whirlwind romance and a heart break on national television. So why were they there? For extra entertainment, of course!

Perhaps the most hated contestants on the show were a pair of twin “super-fans” named Erika and Brittany. They fit in quite well, as they were not intelligent and they were obnoxious. They acted like a pair of middle school girls and argued non-stop.

They chose to leave the show only a few episodes in, much to everyone’s relief. No one in the house liked them except a fellow “super-fan” named David.

David was the “super-fan” to stay the longest in the house. He would formulate his own plans and alliances to vote off other contestants. He was, at first, not liked by anyone. However some contestants, such as Jamie, saw a sweet, kind side to him and warmed up to him. David beat out “super-fan” Donna only by a single week.

I would have perhaps liked Donna a little better if she would put some clothes on once in a while and stop prancing around in her skimpy bikinis. I do not care if all the men back home love her, I would have liked to see some clothes on her.

Donna was smitten by contestant Michael Stagliano. Unfortunately, Michael was not interested in her. He took her on a three-on-one date, where they shared a kiss. Donna was thoroughly disappointed that Michael was more interested in contestant Rachel, one of the many romances to blossom on this season.

Upon Erika and Brittany’s departure from the “Bachelor Pad,” they passed down their “most hated” crown to contestant Chris. Chris was just on Emily Maynard’s season of “The Bachelorette” this past summer. While seemingly likeable with Emily, Chris was notorious for being a player in the pad.

He had relationships with his original partner for competitions, Blakely, and contestant Jamie. Though he was nice to them while with them, he was actually leading them on and had feelings for neither of them. The rest of the pad wanted to vote him off each week, but he consistently won challenges and was not able to be voted off.

Blakely knew that Chris had let her down and quit the partnership when Chris chose contestant Sarah to go on a one-on-one date with him. Blakely then partnered up with Tony, and Chris partnered up with Sarah. Though what exactly does Tony see in Blakely? She is rather bossy and threatens to punch people in the throat like a big tough man. Despite her tough side, Blakely and Tony did begin their own relationship, even after being voted off by Chris and Sarah.

The finale came down to couples Chris and Sarah and Rachel and Nick. Rachel had been partnered up with Michael, though he had been voted off by Erika Rose in an earlier episode. Nick was originally partnered up with Erika Rose, the obnoxious, “I hate everyone” ditz.

The two never had any real chemistry, as Rachel was still heartbroken by Michael’s departure. She never treated the partnership very well, threatening to leave without Michael there and always going to him instead of Nick.

During the finale, most of the contestants voted for Nick and Rachel to win since Chris and Sarah built such an awful reputation. The prize was $250,000. Rachel chose to share the money and keep half of it, but Nick chose to keep the money.

In that case, Nick kept a quarter of a million dollars while Rachel got nothing. I applaud Nick for standing up for himself and admitting that he had a bad partner. It will be interesting to see what will happen next summer.

Cristin Dempsey is an English major and music minor from Eagan, Minn. She enjoys writing, playing the flute and swimming. After college she would like to pursue a career as an editor.