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CHOCO
Nov 21st, 2002, 02:36 PM
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Once there were 25 and now there is only one. Aaron Buerge, a 28-year-old banker from Springfield, Mo., poses with his new fiancee Helene in this undated handout photo. Buerge chose Helene, the grade-school psychologist from New Jersey, over Brooke, a student at the University of Alabama, in the series finale of ABC's 'The Bachelor,' which aired Wednesday evening, Nov. 20, 2002. The finale of ABCs 'The Bachelor' was challenged by a rival harem as CBS aired 'The Victorias Secret Fashion Show' in a battle of tacky TV.


`The Bachelor' Chooses Helene

Nov 21, 7:48 AM (ET)

By FRAZIER MOORE

NEW YORK (AP) - Brooke got the kiss-off, then Helene got the ring on "The Bachelor" finale Wednesday night.

Dropping to one knee, Aaron Buerge chose Helene Eksterowicz in the closing moments of this romance-reality series.

"Will you marry me?" he asked.

"Yes, I will," she replied. "Without a doubt."


"Without a doubt," he echoed.

By then, the runner-up was already history.

"It breaks my heart to have to do this," Buerge had told Brooke Smith moments earlier.

"It's fine," she said bravely, then broke up in the limousine as it whisked her away. "Why didn't he know I was the one for him?"

It was a battle to the finish. But in a larger clash of tacky TV, the ladies of ABC's "The Bachelor" were challenged by a harem in skivvies as CBS aired "The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show."

Along with lots of supermodels, the Victoria's Secret special boasted pop singers (including Phil Collins and Marc Anthony), consumer tips (when shopping for lingerie, consider speed of access), and 34 racks of bras and panties waiting for the runway.

Meanwhile, on "The Bachelor," Buerge, a 28-year-old banker from Springfield, Mo., was wrestling with "one of the toughest decisions I've ever made."

Having whittled a field of 25 candidates, he was torn between brunette Helene (a 27-year-old grade-school psychologist from New Jersey) and blond Brooke (a 22-year-old senior at the University of Alabama).

To help him seal the deal, he took each finalist home to meet his family.

"Do you work when you're not having a good time?" Grandma asked Helene.

The next day, Buerge's dad warmly greeted Brooke. "A pretty name for a very pretty girl," he said.

"THANG-kewww!" she drawled.

Then Buerge had one last, laid-back date with each contender.

"You want mushroom?" he asked Helene, offering her pizza.

"What are you, reading my mind?" she chirped.

But so far there had been no reading Buerge's mind.

"I'm still on the fence," he kept telling the camera until he popped the question.

The two-hour "Bachelor" concluded an eight-episode odyssey by Buerge to test-drive would-be partners while the nation looked on. Though blasted by critics as a glorified escort service, the series had lots of viewers wedded to it (16.7 million just last week), enough to put a dent in NBC's hit drama "The West Wing."

But as airtime approached, many "Bachelor" fans doubted whether there would even be a bride. In the first edition of "The Bachelor" last spring, Harvard-educated management consultant Alex Michel picked his favorite bachelorette, but held on to the ring and his bachelor status.

So what? More than 18 million viewers tuned in to see him duck the issue.

There was no such timidity when the Victoria's Secret fashion show aired last year on ABC, to high ratings. That telecast was sufficiently provocative to prompt an investigation by the Federal Communications Commission, which eventually ruled the show did not violate decency standards.

Unassuaged, several women's groups and media watchdog organizations this year asked CBS not to air the show, calling it a "soft-core porn infomercial" that degrades women.

But like the "fashions" being "modeled," the broadcast had one undeniable virtue: brevity. Lasting just an hour, it allowed its audience to switch to ABC and join "The Bachelor" midway. After all, why should a viewer be married to just one tacky show?

CHOCO
Nov 21st, 2002, 02:38 PM
The Debate Over "The Bachelor"


ABC's latest bachelor picked his brideWednesday night. Millions watched as Aaron Buerge, a banker from Missouri, chose Helene for his bride.

The show has quickly become one of the most watched on television with more than 16 million viewers last week, and an estimated 20 million this week.

"The Bachelor" is not just wooing women on screen--he's capturing the attention of many females in East Texas. Four young women sat down with Channel 7 to tell us why.

Reporter: What are women getting out of this show? Why are they flocking to watch this every week?

Holly (18): "There's a lot of women in this world, and there's a lot of them that are single, divorced, separated. They look at him and they see what he's doing--all these romantic things. They're envisioning themselves as that lady. And they're like, 'Oh, I want that.'"

Ashley (17): "It's entertainment, but you also see what guys look for, instead of what they're known to look for."

Reporter: Do you think the show is at all degrading toward women?

Robin (18): "No, I don't feel that it's degrading. It's just like everyday life, but with cameras."

Lacey (18): I don't think it's degrading, but I think it's kind of playing with their emotions. It's interesting to see how he's going to pick his bride or bride-to-be.

As much as some women love "The Bachelor," the show has it's fair share of critics. Marriage and Family therapist Gayle Burress calls it a Hollywood fantasy that gives women an inaccurate and unhealthy look at relationships.

Gayle: "It's fantasy, and it's their version of Cinderella. This isn't about dirty dishes and laundry and paying bills and changing dirty diapers."

"The Bachelor's" run on network television began earlier this year, and the show's success was apparent immediately. More than 18 million viewers tuned in last Spring to see if the first bachelor would propose. The latest bachelor is considered more popular and is expected to draw higher ratings.

AjdeNate!
Nov 21st, 2002, 02:38 PM
He shoulda picked Brooke. She's gorgeous!!
Plus, it bugs me that everytime Helene & Aaron kissed, she was always talking.... Hello bitch, one thing with your mouth at a time! :)

i-girl
Nov 21st, 2002, 02:41 PM
that's the show that's been chewing at "The West Wing" rating, right? I'm glad it's over. though it looks like season 4 of the West Wing is so annoying that they deserve to lose rating.

CHOCO
Nov 21st, 2002, 04:34 PM
Nov. 21, 2002 / 8:58 a.m. ET
MSNBC


Victimology: What a bore! Last night’s finale of “The Bachelor” was the longest, windiest, phoniest romance I’ve ever had the pain of sitting through. If not for my professional obligation to watch it — because of this column — I would never have tuned in. The show was so unbearably dull that I’m thinking of filing for worker’s compensation for headache injuries suffered on the job. I’m still medicating myself this morning.

CHOCO
Nov 21st, 2002, 04:38 PM
'The Bachelor' chooses Helene while 'Victoria's Secret' struts its stuff: a battle of bawdy TV

By FRAZIER MOORE
ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK, Nov. 20 — Brooke got the kiss-off, then Helene got the ring on ''The Bachelor'' finale Wednesday night.
Dropping to one knee, Aaron Buerge chose Helene Eksterowicz in the closing moments of this romance-reality series.
''Will you marry me?'' he asked.

''Yes, I will,'' she replied. ''Without a doubt.''
''Without a doubt,'' he echoed.
By then, the runner-up was already history.
''It breaks my heart to have to do this,'' Buerge had told Brooke Smith moments earlier.
''It's fine,'' she said bravely, then broke up in the limousine as it whisked her away. ''Why didn't he know I was the one for him?''
It was a battle to the finish. But in a larger clash of tacky TV, the ladies of ABC's ''The Bachelor'' were challenged by a harem in skivvies as CBS aired ''The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.''
Along with lots of supermodels, the Victoria's Secret special boasted pop singers (including Phil Collins and Marc Anthony), consumer tips (when shopping for lingerie, consider speed of access), and 34 racks of bras and panties waiting for the runway.
Meanwhile, on ''The Bachelor,'' Buerge, a 28-year-old banker from Springfield, Mo., was wrestling with ''one of the toughest decisions I've ever made.''
Having whittled a field of 25 candidates, he was torn between brunette Helene (a 27-year-old grade-school psychologist from New Jersey) and blond Brooke (a 22-year-old senior at the University of Alabama).
To help him seal the deal, he took each finalist home to meet his family.
''Do you work when you're not having a good time?'' Grandma asked Helene.
The next day, Buerge's dad warmly greeted Brooke. ''A pretty name for a very pretty girl,'' he said.
''THANG-kewww!'' she drawled.
Then Buerge had one last, laid-back date with each contender.
''You want mushroom?'' he asked Helene, offering her pizza.
''What are you, reading my mind?'' she chirped.
But so far there had been no reading Buerge's mind.
''I'm still on the fence,'' he kept telling the camera until he popped the question.
The two-hour ''Bachelor'' concluded an eight-episode odyssey by Buerge to test-drive would-be partners while the nation looked on. Though blasted by critics as a glorified escort service, the series had lots of viewers wedded to it (16.7 million just last week), enough to put a dent in NBC's hit drama ''The West Wing.''
But as airtime approached, many ''Bachelor'' fans doubted whether there would even be a bride. In the first edition of ''The Bachelor'' last spring, Harvard-educated management consultant Alex Michel picked his favorite bachelorette, but held on to the ring and his bachelor status.
So what? More than 18 million viewers tuned in to see him duck the issue.
There was no such timidity when the Victoria's Secret fashion show aired last year on ABC, to high ratings. That telecast was sufficiently provocative to prompt an investigation by the Federal Communications Commission, which eventually ruled the show did not violate decency standards.
Unassuaged, several women's groups and media watchdog organizations this year asked CBS not to air the show, calling it a ''soft-core porn infomercial'' that degrades women.
But like the ''fashions'' being ''modeled,'' the broadcast had one undeniable virtue: brevity. Lasting just an hour, it allowed its audience to switch to ABC and join ''The Bachelor'' midway. After all, why should a viewer be married to just one tacky show?

CHOCO
Nov 21st, 2002, 06:21 PM
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Bachelor Aaron Buerge presents a long-stemmed rose and a marriage proposal to Helene Eksterowicz. She accepted.

Nov. 21, 2002. 06:40 AM

Bachelor chooses door number two (the brunette)


FRAZIER MOORE
ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK — Brooke got the kiss-off, then Helene got the ring on The Bachelor finale last night.

Dropping to one knee, Aaron Buerge chose Helene Eksterowicz in the closing moments of this romance-reality series.

"Will you marry me?" he asked.

"Yes, I will," she replied. "Without a doubt.''

"Without a doubt," he echoed.

By then, the runner-up was already history.

"It breaks my heart to have to do this," Buerge had told Brooke Smith moments earlier.

"It's fine," she said bravely, then broke into tears in the limousine as it whisked her away. "Why didn't he know I was the one for him?''

Buerge, a 28-year-old banker from Springfield, Mo., said he was wrestling with "one of the toughest decisions I've ever made.''

Having whittled a field of 25 candidates, he was torn between brunette Helene (a 27-year-old grade-school psychologist from New Jersey) and blond Brooke (a 22-year-old senior at the University of Alabama).

To help him seal the deal, he took each finalist home to meet his family.

"Do you work when you're not having a good time?" Grandma asked Helene.

The next day, Buerge's dad warmly greeted Brooke. "A pretty name for a very pretty girl," he said.

"THANG-kewww!" she drawled.

Then Buerge had one last, laid-back date with each contender.

"You want mushroom?" he asked Helene, offering her pizza.

"What are you, reading my mind?" she chirped.

But so far there had been no reading Buerge's mind.

"I'm still on the fence," he kept telling the camera until he popped the question.

The two-hour Bachelor concluded an eight-episode odyssey by Buerge to test-drive would-be partners while the nation looked on. Though blasted by critics as a glorified escort service, the series had lots of viewers wedded to it (16.7 million just last week), enough to put a dent in NBC's The West Wing.

But as airtime approached, many Bachelor fans doubted whether there would even be a bride. In the first edition of the show last spring, Harvard-educated management consultant Alex Michel picked his favorite bachelorette, but held on to the ring and his bachelor status.

So what? More than 18 million Americans tuned in to see him duck the issue.

CHOCO
Nov 21st, 2002, 06:59 PM
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CHOCO
Nov 21st, 2002, 11:11 PM
:)

CHOCO
Nov 22nd, 2002, 02:30 AM
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Aaron Buerge, 28, a banker from Springfield, MO., and his fiance Helen Eksterowicz pose for photographers, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2002, at ABC Studios in New York where they met the media after the final showdown of the hit romance-reality series 'The Bachelor.' Buerge proposed to Eksterowicz, a school psychologist from Gloucester City, N. J., in the closing moments of the show Wednesday, which attracked an average of 26 million viewers


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Brooke Smith, 22, a University of Alabama senior, Aaron Buerge's runner-up candidate for wife on ABC's romance-reality series, 'The Bachelor,' glances up in a news conference,Thursday, Nov. 21, 2002, at ABC Studios in New York where she, Aaron Buerge and Buerge's fiancee Helene Eksterowicz met the media

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Aaron Buerge (L), the bachelor on the ABC television show 'The Bachelor,' laughs with Helene Eksterowicz, the woman who apparently won his heart on the popular reality show, during an interview in New York, November 21, 2002. Eksterowicz is a school psychologist from New Jersey and Buerge is a Missouri banker.

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Aaron Buerge, 28, a banker from Springfield, Mo., and his fiance Helene Eksterowicz, right, pose for photographers Thursday, Nov. 21, 2002, at ABC Studios in New York where they met the media after the day after the final episode of the hit romance-reality series 'The Bachelor.' Buerge proposed to Eksterowicz, a school psychologist from Gloucester City, N. J., in the closing moments of the show Wednesday.

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Aaron Buerge and his new lady, Helene Eksterowicz of Gloucester, N.J. , pose during an appearance Thursday morning Nov. 21,2002, on ABC's Good Morning America television show. Aaron, a 28-year-old banker from Springfield, Mo., and Helene got engaged in the final showdown of the hit romance-reality series ``The Bachelor, '' Wednesday night. In another showdown, network executives are awaiting early ratings numbers in the shows battle against ``The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show,'' which aired oppositeit on CBS.


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Missouri banker Aaron Buerge, 28, (L) gave his final rose to Helene (R), a school psychologist, in the series finale of ABC's 'The Bachelor.' The couple are shown in a publicity photograph.


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Aaron Buerge and his mother, Kathy, watch the show he stars in, The Bachelor, at a watch party in Springfield, Mo., on Oct. 16. The Bachelor boosted ABC's ratings in the Neilsens.

CHOCO
Nov 22nd, 2002, 03:24 AM
I wonder if they will actually get married. They look like a nice couple.

AjdeNate!
Nov 23rd, 2002, 02:42 AM
Brooke is sooooo pretty. And he's gorgeous, too!!! I wish them well.

disposablehero
Nov 23rd, 2002, 02:48 AM
Perhaps if I had ever watched this series, I would better be able to find words to describe how pathetically sad the premise is.