Bachelorette Canada Update: It’s O-V-E-R for Jasmine and Kevin

I’m a little late to the blogging game on this one but the Bachelor Canada curse strikes again!

It’s over for the Bachelorette Canada star Jasmine Lorimer and her firefighting beau, Kevin Wendt. The two have amicably ended their five month engagement, taking to  social media to announce their split.

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Are we surprised? No. Dating on reality TV defies the laws of nature and is a sick form of entertainment for us mortals.

Are we sad? Sure.

For me it’s the same as hearing about a car accident. The same questions apply.

First question: “Is everyone OK?”

Second question:”What happened?”

Third question, “Who’s at fault and can you sue?”

The writing was on the wall when the couple chose to forego their press tour following the Bachelorette Finale. In the days when it should have been UTI inducing sexcapades and shameless ring selfies, the couple was keeping a surprisingly low profile.

The British Columbia based beauty and the Toronto based piece of man meat tried to make the relationship work long distance. Which, as someone who’s tried it once can attest, it never works out, and will most likely end in wasted plane tickets and a series of break-up texts.

Sad.

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A punch to the Reality TV gut! Source – Instagram 

I enjoyed the premiere season of the Bachelorette Canada and could tell Jasmine and Kevin had some crazy chemistry. It sucks whenever someone has their heart-broken and I wish them both well. Methinks they’ll both find happiness and have lucrative Instagram sponsored ads in the future.

Since this is the third #BachCan relationship to go down the pooper, does this mean the franchise will call it quits?

You may recall both Brad Smith and Tim Whatever-his-name-is broke up with their partners after their seasons wrapped. I’ve been waiting patiently for the next Bachelor Canada to be announced but so far…nothing. Zilch. Bupkis.

Let me say this now, W Network or Slice: I NEED MY BACH FIX. So help me god, you find a way to make this happen with the same determination and can-do attitude that a junkie has when looking for a vein that hasn’t collapsed. Make it work.

Until the new season of the Bachelorette premieres on ABC in May, I’ve been hanging on by a thread with The Real Housewives of Toronto.

You can hear about that show on my podcast Boys Don’t Like Funny Girls.

Who are you hoping is the next Bachelor Canada? Do you think this is it for the franchise?

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Who will be the next Bachelor Canada?

Casting has begun for the third season of the Bachelor Canada, but at this time, the lucky guy who gets to wrangle 25 pinot grigio fueled women has yet to be determined!

Are you looking to sign up?  Head over to the W Network to apply.

Be prepared to give your best pageant answers to find love, your weight and height and what you’re looking for in your ideal partner. Just in case you were wondering, “hot and doesn’t live in Winnipeg” is a valid answer.

We jest, Winnipeg. We slightly jest.

Our fingers are crossed that Mike Ogilvie, the paramedic/firefighter from the Peg is next Bachelor Canada (see our open letter to Bachelor Producers here). Unlike his predecessors, Mike would be the first Bachelor Canada to have an actual job.

I love you Brad and whoever the second guy was, but Mike looks like he has his RRSP’s in order. Once we hit 65 we can live out my travel fantasies of touring Civil War sites in a Winnebago and get that pension money to fund our trip! Dreams can come true, guys.

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From Mike’s Instagram 
Mike’s good looking, seems funny (I technically don’t hear anything he says I just stare), loves dogs, small children and exercise, can reach things on high shelves, looks like he can remodel a kitchen on his own, and has his side passion projects so that it’s not all work, no play, blah blah blah PTSD.

Sure, you would have to spend your Friday nights at a bar watching his band, but that’s why alcohol was invented.

Who else could potentially be Bachelor Canada?

Kyle Andrew – The cat loving model and entrepreneur from my hometown of Hamilton made a big impression with the ladies.Sure, it’s unknown whether at 6″7 he’s dealing with a pituitary gland tumor that makes him Tony Robbins levels of giant, but all that means is he’s got a larger than average…capacity to love.

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From Kyle’s Instagram 
Brad Smith 2.0 – Ah, a girl can dream. We’re unsure what Brad’s current relationship status is, but why not give finding love on TV another go? Brad’s funny, humble, and hates working out. Ladies, that’s basically the date-able trifecta right there. It’s a long shot but hey, Trump’s going to be President so anything can happen.

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A Newb – Maybe the Bachelor Canada producers are going to cast fresh meat for the third season. It would be a gamble, given that there’s already a built in fan base for the previous Bachelorette Canada contestants, but it could just pay off if they find someone with a sensitive side and charisma to boot.

Who do you want to see as Bachelor?

 

The Bachelorette Canada: Jasmine and Kevin break their silence

I was going to wait until the beautiful mumbler, Nick Viall, made his debut as Bachelor to blog, but last night’s interview with Bachelorette Canada couple, Jasmine and Kevin, was too good to stay silent.

I’m coming out of retirement like Michael Jordan to muse on the latest news about our favourite flaxen haired Bachelorette, Jasmine, and her betrothed who broke their silence on ET Canada with Roz Weston.

Here’s the gist of their first interview since the After the Final Rose special aired:

Yes, They’re still engaged

No, they never broke up

Kevin’s hair is still a work in progress

Social media can be vicious

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Click here to watch the ET Canada interview. Come back and we’ll discuss.

*Cracks knuckles*

Firstly, I’m glad Jasmine and Kevin have resurfaced after what seemed like an ETERNITY away from social media. In reality, it was only a week, and the couple said they needed to decompress from the show and have some one on one time. It seems that the overwhelming social media interest and criticism was at times, too much for the newly engaged couple.

I get it. I do. I cried the first time someone trolled me online and I’m just a cat-loving, sweat pants wearing nobody. I can imagine the scrutiny can cut like a knife and no amount of replaying Taylor Swift’s “Mean” on a loop or puppy videos on YouTube can cure that level of sadness.

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However, attention comes with being on a TV show. Sure, you still have a right to your privacy, but once you sign up to have your romantic life broadcast as entertainment, you have to know that your every move will be discussed, applauded and at times, criticized by fans of the franchise who sometimes forget the “reality stars” are people, too.

I have mixed feelings about this whole thing. I’ve debated blogging about Bachelorette Canada because there seems to be a “too close to home” aspect about the show. Would I have the same thoughts about the OG Bach franchise in the States?

Absolutely not.

It takes a certain kind of person with a particular type of confidence to put yourself out there in the entertainment industry. Maybe fans assume (and you know what they say about assuming) that Jasmine’s confidence was bulletproof and no amount of online trolling would get under her skin.

I feel bad for Jasmine in the sense that, unlike many Bachelor/Bachelorettes, her finale didn’t seem to be a celebration of her “journey.” Instead, it was an awkward, emotional rehashing of a relationship that had no future.

The PR pro in me wishes they had done interviews to redirect the narrative back onto their relationship and their future, but I also get that these are real people, in a brand new situation, who probably have no idea what they’re doing or what to do next.

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I’m glad Jasmine and Kevin are enjoying their time as boyfriend/girlfriend and I hope they can adjust to some new kind of normal.

Here’s my unsolicited advice:

Pimp the hair gummy vitamins

Start a blog

Make as much money as you can and milk this cow dry

Be kind to your fans

Ignore the haters

Enjoy each other as much as possible!

 

I absolutely LOVED this season of Bachelorette Canada and am so excited that they announced casting for the Bachelor Canada will begin December 1st. Still no word on who the new Bachelor will be…

Ahem.

Mike.

Ok. I’m crawling back into my cave until Jan. 2nd.

Congratulations Jasmine & Kevin!

 

The Bachelorette Canada: Mikhel moves on but are Jasmine and Kevin still together?

He was the runner-up on the first season of Bachelorette Canada and the most beloved contestant of the season, but Mikhel Sickand is heartbroken no more!

Mikhel has officially moved on!

After a heartbreaking finale and After the Final Rose that left some fans (including myself) wondering if we were going to see Jasmine Lorimer pull a Mesnick and go back to Mikhel,  Mikhel confirmed in a radio interview with Kiss 92.5 that he has a new lady in his life.

It seems that the lucky lady is Stephanie Laforest! The two spent the weekend at the CFL Grey Cup #makingmemories together.

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If I judge based solely on her Instagram, Stephanie is a brunette beauty, with off the charts photog skills (seriously, I’m jealous) who does some serious globe trotting!

All we need to know is that if Mikhel likes her, the Mikhel Fan Club likes her!

This next part is PURE speculation but… Guess who was finally spotted together?

Jasmine and Kevin!

A fan posted a pic with the couple who’s been laying low since the Bachelorette Finale and AFR special.

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I tried to zoom in on that lanyard to see if it’s from the CFL Grey Cup but my skills or my eyes are far from perfect.

I admit, I’m a creep.

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Could they be working things out?

Dating on television seems abnormal but oh so entertaining. Add to that SIX months of being long distance and undercover, it’s no wonder the pair has had it’s issues.

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Source – Bachelorette Fan Forum

It’s probably not easy being thrust into the public eye, and having die-hard fans like myself speculate every social media move, but dem’s the breaks!

Here’s hoping Jasmine, Kevin and Mikhel are all happy!

I’m officially retiring my coverage of Bachelorette Canada for the season and taking a break until the Big Kahuna, Nick Viall in 2017!

 

 

 

Bachelorette Canada Finale: Is Jasmine going to pull a Mesnick?

Mesnick (mez-nih-ck): verb

The uncomfortable and cringe-worthy act of changing one’s mind about a romantic partner when caught in a love triangle. Originally coined in 2008 when Jason Mesnick, of The Bachelor franchise fame, famously broke up with his fiancé Melissa, because he was in love with runner-up, Molly.

Last night the finale of the Bachelorette Canada aired on the W Network with Jasmine Lorimer, the B.C based bombshell, being carried off into the sunset with her new fiance, Kevin Wendt.

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It should have been a happy moment for the couple, who have been keeping their relationship under wraps for the past six months. However, there were obvious signs that there was trouble in paradise, and many people are wondering if Jasmine is having second thoughts about her decision to say goodbye to runner up Mikhel Sickand .

The high I felt after Kevin slipped a ring on Jasmine’s finger quickly disappeared when a visibly upset Jasmine declared she still had feelings for Mikhel on the After Show.

Of course you have feelings for Mikhel, Jasmine. WE ALL have feelings for Mikhel!

In what was the most uncomfortable half hour of television. Kevin seemed like he was trying to put on a brave front and canoodle his girl, but Jasmine was as cold as a Winnipeg morning. Jasmine even went so far as to admit she and Kevin have had several issues since becoming engaged.

Meh, maybe it was just normal couple stuff, right?

Maybe not.

This morning it was announced that Jasmine and Kevin have cancelled their scheduled interviews. It doesn’t look good, kids. It doesn’t look good at all.

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Methinks the Bachelor curse has taken hold of these two good looking Canucks and it’ll be Tinder-City for Kevin on Christmas and New Years.Can someone please reach out to his mom for comment? We need boots on the ground. I need to know what’s going on with these people I’ve been emotionally invested in for close to two months!

We’ve all made mistakes. I sincerely enjoyed Jasmine as the Bachelorette. I’m not mad at her at all or judging her for her choice in Kevin over Mikhel – I saw the chemistry between them. It was undeniable.

Could it really be over already for Jasmine and Kevin?

Could Jasmine and Mikhel: The Remix be a thing?

I hope that Jasmine is surrounded by some good girlfriends, eating chocolate, watching Gilmore Girls and letting herself wallow in what has to be a confusing situation.

What’s it like to choose between two men? I wouldn’t know. I can imagine it’s incredibly validating in like, a sick and unhealthy way, but awkward as fuck. I wonder if there was ever a proposition to live poly-amorously followed by a meek little, “JK!”

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Mikhel and Jasmine

Mikhel is most definitely feeling the love from Bach Nation Canada today. A brokenhearted Mikhel driving away from Jasmine touched a lot of people. He was vulnerable, honest and literally copied word for word what most of us have said following a break-up. The tweets were pouring in from women and men everywhere who could empathize with Mikhel.

I feel empty inside despite finishing what was a great premiere season of The Bachelorette Canada. It’s kind of like eating a bunch of Chinese food and still feeling hungry. I need more. I need an After the Final Rose Pt 2: The After, AFTER show.

I’m a pop culture vulture who doesn’t want to pick at the scraps of this potential love carcass but times are tough and I obviously have too much time on my hands.

What do you think will happen next?

Would Jasmine pull a Mesnick? Would Mikhel give her a second chance?

If you can’t find love on television…where are you going to find it?

Bachelorette Canada: Finale predictions and an open letter to Bach Producers

The season finale of the Bachelorette Canada airs next Tuesday, November 22nd on the W Network, and fans are waiting with baited breath to see who gets the final rose from Jasmine Lorimer.

The Vancouver based hair stylist and model has been on the hunt for love and has narrowed down her list of suitors to the final two: Mikhel, an aviation engineer from Ottawa, Kevin W., a firefighter and former member of the Canadian Navy.

Who will Jasmine pick?

I think I’ve got a pretty good idea – so let’s dive in.

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Firstly, you should know that I love the Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise more than I love some/most of my family members. I would take a bullet for Chris Harrison (so long as it was not to the face, major organ, and was merely a flesh wound to give me street cred).

I’ve previously blogged my predictions on Hello Vancity and both Kevin W and Mikhel made my cut for the final four. You can read that post here.

If I were a betting woman (and I’m not because I’m too scared), I would put all of my fictional money on Kevin W., the family oriented, zanerobe wearing, tattooed firefighter. Here’s why:

Location, location, location

Kevin works in Hamilton and lives in Toronto. As we’ve seen from earlier episodes, Jasmine shows zero signs of moving anywhere but up in the world. The Vancouver babe expressed concerns about having a life in Winnipeg with contestant Mike earlier in the season, but Toronto seems the ideal speed for Jasmine, with lots of opportunities for her to work as a hair stylist.

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Jasmine and Kevin W.

Chemistry 

Sure, Jasmine’s attracted to Mikhel, but anyone looking at Kevin W and Jasmine would swear this is a real-life couple. From how they greet each other on dates, to the way he casually slips the word “Babe” into conversations, methinks these two have done some body karate. That matters, people. It matters.

 

Confidence 

Mikhel unfortunately went a little emo after the hometown dates and has expressed some doubt about his future Jasmine. Kevin W, alternatively, has expressed fear of a future without Jasmine, but seems dead set on getting a Michael Hill ring on her itty-bitty ring finger before the show is finished. Calling it now: 3 carat oval cut diamond, no halo.

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Mikhel and Jasmine 

Super Cuts! 

Since I’m an unapologetic creep, I look for all the contestants online for any clue to who the winner is. Kevin W. loves social media, and social media loves Kevin W. (Can i stop saying W?) Recently, Kevin cut his hockey hair. Thank Christ.

Sure, haircuts are a part of self care, but you know what would prompt a change in appearance?

A girlfriend who’s a hair stylist.

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Proof of a hair cut – Kevin W’s Instagram 

 

Will there be a Bachelor  follow-up?

I’ve loved this first season of the Bachelorette Canada, and thoroughly hope Good Human Productions gets the green-light for a follow-up season of the Bachelor Canada.

Sure, I think that some of this season’s contestants vying for Jasmine’s were riff raff and Tinder predators, but I think there’s real potential to have a Brad Smith caliber Bachelor again (Brad if you’re reading this, I still love you even though you have no eyebrows – let’s make-out).

Here is an open letter I’ve penned to Good Humans and the W Network about the desperate need for a Bachelor Canada Season 3

Dear Good Human and W Network Big Wigs,

As  a devout fan and live-tweeter of all things Bachelor/Bachelorette, I must implore you to consider Mike Ogilvie as the next Bachelor Canada.

Yes, I know convincing a woman to follow a man to Winnipeg would be a hard sell, but I think it can be done if you never, ever mention Winnipeg – or, mention Winnipeg with a super quick cut to Mike’s topless body, there will be a gaggle of single women lined up to live in a city with one week of summer a year.

Mike looks like he drinks milk. Not just milk, but whole milk. That kind of appeal is universal, and combined with his job in a uniform, and his love of animals and little children, you’ve basically got all the components needed for a real life, female wet dream.

Employed? Good

Tall? Good

Emotionally damaged? Even better.

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This show would be gold. I think you would have another hit on your hands.

I think you owe it to your viewers, and this country, to order another season of the Bachelor Canada.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth

 

 

Who do you think Jasmine will pick?

Tell me!