By Chris Harrison
Updated August 10, 2010 at 05:00 AM EDT

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Image Credit: Craig Sjodin/ABCI’m glad I get the opportunity to continue blogging this summer. This gives me a chance to continue giving you updates on Ali and Roberto and our next Bachelor season. Speaking of which, we held a Bachelorette wrap party/Bachelor Pad premiere party last Monday night. Ali and Roberto were there, and we all watched the proposal together. It was really cool, as the entire crew was dead silent, and Ali was crying watching Roberto get down on one knee. The moment it was over, we all broke out into cheers and hugs. Very cool moment for us all. Couldn’t have picked a better way to wrap up our 20th overall season. They are incredibly happy and I can’t wait for the wedding.

Now let’s talk about your new summer addiction, Bachelor Pad! I can’t begin to tell you how much fun we had producing this show. I hope you’ll have just as much fun watching it. We’ve always wanted to do an all-star edition of our show, but didn’t want to taint the franchise. Bachelor Pad is the perfect solution. It’s an all-star show, but it’s a sexy, fun summer competition. The show wasn’t just a completely different experience for the cast. I was immediately in unfamiliar territory, too, when I stood in the traditional “Bachelor position” to greet the cast. It was extremely awkward, as I’ve stood just off camera for the last nine years watching others do the same thing.

I felt a little bad for Gwen and Krisily, as they had to pretty much introduce themselves to the other cast members. You’ll notice instead of her age, there are question marks next to Gwen’s name. That’s because she told us not to put her age on the show. One of the things I loved that first day was the fact that, until they walked in the door, the cast didn’t know who else was on the show. That made for some interesting and tense moments, like between Nikki and Juan, who apparently hooked up previous to production. You reap what you sow, or you made your bed now you lie in it… one of those old sayings seems to apply here, maybe both.

Jonathan had the first home run line of the show in calling Craig a “category six A-hole.” Gotta admit that made me laugh. He might be a punching bag, but he’s a pretty funny punching bag.

The first competition was giant Twister. The game took quite a while to play, and it was really hot out there, so mental mistakes were bound to happen. I have to give Craig credit, he knew his butt was on the chopping block and he had to win that rose to save himself, and that’s exactly what he did. He followed that up with a pretty smooth move in taking Jessie S on the date. Speaking of Jessie S, when she went out to get the date card, did she really grab the entire pedestal and bring it in with the card? Wait! Quick rewind of the DVR! Yep, that just happened, she brought the whole damn thing in with the date card. Bless her heart!

Let’s talk about the relationship between Kovacs and Elizabeth. Is it just me, or is that the most dysfunctional relationship you’ve ever seen? Wait, is it even a relationship? I’m pretty sure she just threatened and blackmailed him into showing her affection, and staying in a relationship with her. It didn’t take long for the cast to quickly realize there is a lot to this game, and everything they do will affect this game and their status in the house.

I want to kind of clear one incident up. Tenley said she heard something happen the first night in the house. She said she thought it was Michelle and Craig “hooking up.” I still don’t know for sure what, if anything, happened, but I do know it stirred up a hornet’s nest in the house and sent Michelle into a tailspin. I don’t think Michelle really deserved to have the rumor started about her, but she certainly didn’t handle it very well. Trapping a Disney princess (Tenley) in a bathroom and giving her a verbal lashing is only good for one thing, and that’s a first-class ticket out of Bachelor Pad.

I really like how we carry out the elimination. Once again, I found myself in very unfamiliar and awkward territory. Standing at the podium calling out names to hand out roses was more than a little weird. I was glad Melissa was there to handle the heavy lifting. In the end, Juan and Michelle sealed their own fates at Bachelor Pad. Juan took way too long to deal with Nikki, and as for Michelle…well, she went “Michelle” on Tenley, who right now carries a lot of weight in the house. We were all learning as we went on this show, and that holds true for the competitors as well. They quickly realized everybody is playing games here. But where do the games stop and the real feelings begin? Right now, the women seem to have that figured out, and the guys are trying to play catch-up. Kovacs, well he’s just trying to figure out if he’s in a relationship at all.

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