On the last season of The Bachelorette, viewers were saddened to see Desiree Hartsock send home fan favorite, Juan Pablo Galavis. Therefore, it was not at all surprising when he was announced as the star of The Bachelor.
It’s very clear why he won the hearts of women across the country – he’s got a twinkle in his eye, an adorable accent, smoking hot looks and a little girl he’s devoted to. Indeed, for many, he seemed like the perfect man.
Before the season even began, the hysteria mounted and so many women auditioned that they actually had to increase the number of contestants. Things started great with Juan Pablo’s signature sensitivity making women swoon but as the weeks went on, things grew increasingly questionable.
With The Bachelor: Women Tell All airing tonight (the commercials look intense and explosive!), let’s take a look at some of the things that have raised more than a few eyebrows this season.
At a network party, The TV Page’s Sean Daly asked Juan Pablo if he thought having a gay or bisexual Bachelor would be a “good idea.” His response rubbed many the wrong way. He said: “No… I respect [gay people] but, honestly, I don’t think it’s a good example for kids …” He went on to say “there’s this thing about gay people … it seems to me, and I don’t know if I’m mistaken or not … but they’re more ‘pervert’ (sic) in a sense. And to me the show would be too strong … too hard to watch.”
After suffering some backlash, Juan Pablo did issue an apology, and said that, with English being his second language, some of the things he said came out wrong. What he meant was that gay people are too “affectionate,” “intense” and “racy” for television. Unfortunately, that also irked people and only seemed to make matters worse – especially since this is coming from a guy who was dating more than two dozen women at once!
Another criticism is that the hunky single dad seems more interested in forming a physical connection with the women than an emotional one. There have been times when he’s actually silenced women by either shushing them or covering their mouths with his own lips. Indeed, it appears as though the man doesn’t really want to know how the women feel and who they are – he just cares about their sexual chemistry and whether they would be willing to take care of his daughter.
Women Dropping Out
So far, two front-runners have actually taken themselves out of the show and, both times, it seemed that they felt Juan Pablo wasn’t good enough for them. This is a real departure from what we normally see – women begging to stay and claim another rose. So what exactly sent these two intelligent, strong-willed women running for the hills?
Sharleen, a Canadian-born opera singer (currently living in Germany), was clearly one of Juan Pablo’s favorites from the beginning. He felt that she was different from the others and he really liked her. The problem was that, while they had clear physical chemistry, Sharleen struggled to develop feelings for the bachelor and even hinted at the fact that he just wasn’t smart enough for her. Ever the independent, honest and intelligent woman, Sharleen lamented that she was “missing the cerebral connection” that she needed with Juan Pablo. At one point, he mused “I like the words you use. How you speak – so proper.” She replied (as everyone watching at home almost died!): “I wish I was a little dumber. It’d be so much nicer.” It was only a matter of time before she packed up and went home.
After the hometown dates, with only three women left, Juan Pablo and Andi Dorfman, an assistant district attorney, hit the honeymoon suite for some “quality time” but, the dark haired beauty from Georgia described it as a “nightmare.” Andi told cameras: “not once did he really ask anything about me. I’m not unsure. I know he’s not the one.” She also accused him of being “inappropriate” and that he uses the “language barrier” excuse too much. Sharleen and Andi even took turns taking jabs at Juan Pablo on Twitter when Andi’s “exit” episode aired.
Even though the season hasn’t really ended, it would appear that Juan Pablo is already beginning to miss out on some of the good things that could have come from this experience.
Most viewers really loved Renee, a single mother who, like Juan Pablo, lives in Florida. She wasn’t as “hot” as some of the other contestants but she was mature, genuine and seemed to really care about him. When she took him home to meet her family, he watched her son’s baseball game and it just seemed like such a natural fit. It was shocking, therefore, when he sent her home in favor of keeping Andi who later dumped him.
One major theme this season has been music and dancing with Juan Pablo showing his love for both. It made sense, therefore, that Dancing with the Stars, which airs on ABC (the same network as The Bachelor) was considering him for their upcoming lineup. While this was once a really fun idea, multiple sources are not claiming that the 32-year-old is “no longer wanted” since he is “just too risky” and “there’s too much negativity at this point.”
Hopefully, for his and his daughter’s sake, he will pick a woman at the finale and things will work themselves out in the end. Otherwise, all of this will be one big waste of time for everyone – viewers included.
What do you think? Is Juan Pablo a bad guy?
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