One of the most exciting days ever to be had in Atlantic City was when The Bachelorette, Desiree Hartsock, came to town with a slew of her perspective suitors on March 27th & 28th.
We were lucky enough to be in the audience for the taping of the Mr. America Pageant you saw on the show earlier tonight. The taping took about two hours from start to finish and it went by like a flash. It was live to tape, no additional takes or do-overs were needed. And it literally started off with a bang as the Mr. America signage hanging on set crashed to the ground, almost taking out one or two of the contestants.
A couple of the guys tried to put it back in place, but the crew came to the rescue and secured it back to its rightful position. Be sure to watch for that one on the end of the season bloopers on the Men Tell All. We’ll put money down on that!
The pageant itself was…interesting…as you saw on the show, but absolutely hilar. Des had made a comment that she thought the talent portion of the competition would have turned out better on stage than in rehearsal, but apparently no such luck. It’s okay though, cause we had fun at their expense. And Chris Harrison really had fun at their expense. His sense of humor paved the way through the entire taping, and it didn’t matter if the camera was rolling or not. He played off the audience too. After the first contestant, Kasey, went all out with that tap dancing-ish routine, Chris made a remark about how we still had the majority of “talents” to see. An “oh, boy” came loud and clear from the audience and Chris answered back, “Oh boy is right!’. A little while later the tune remained the same. “I know that you got in here for free, but you may want to get your money back anyway.” Our ribs hurt from laughing so hard. For reals.
Then of course there were lots of manly abs flashing around. Can’t complain about that. Chris joked again that abs were the secret ingredient of the show coming off Sean Lowe’s season. (Doesn’t hurt at all, Chris!). And then there were the acts that went from “talent” to strip tease…real fast. Our favorite had to be the hip thrusting straight into the face of Atlantic City Mayor (and Judge #2 of the pageant), Lorenzo Langford. Where else is it acceptable for some random dude to thrust into the face of an elected official?! Too funny. To which Chris Harrison asked the question “Do you want us to leave your city yet?”. The whole night was a laugh fest as I’m sure you sensed from tonight’s episode. We had a blast being there!
The Mrs. enjoyed the fillet while the Mr. chowed down on the sea bass. The production for this particular scene started about five hours late and our server Josh who was supposed to be serving the couple throughout the evening, only showed up at the end of the night to present them with their album!
Another behind the scenes tidbit was that there was supposed to be a surprise party going on in Foundation Room after this scene for a producer’s birthday. Since the night was a late one, everyone involved had to improvise a bit. “They had a cake for the producer for a birthday and we had this whole thing planned out and no one knew about it and it got so late that they told me to put the cake up on the bar,” said Josh. “I put plates up there and gave them forks and napkins, put the cake up there, put the candles in the cake and left a pack of matches next to the cake and left. Since no one knew about the surprise party, no one was really doing anything to facilitate it happening.”
At any rate, we’re hoping that a celebration did eventually happen later on in the night and that everyone enjoyed the cake!
After the Foundation Room, Des and her date surprised the couple with a private concert with Darius Rucker at our House Of Blues Music Hall.
There was dancing and smiles and Darius stayed late to talk to everyone, almost missing his flight!
So there are a couple behind the scenes tidbits for your Bachelorette viewing pleasure. We hope you enjoyed the show!