‘Bachelor Pad 3’ finale: Nick Peterson says watching show influenced decision

Before we leave the massive trainwreck known as “Bachelor Pad 3” for good, we do have to share some comments from contestant Nick Peterson that we find to be particularly interesting, if for no other reason than that they suggest that similar to the third season of “Big Brother,” the end result was influenced by factors that existed outside of the game … like watching the first part of the season as it aired.

Speaking in a conference call with reporters about his decision to take the money and run versus give his partner Rachel Truehart anything, Nick explained that while he was on the show, he actually had every intention of sharing it:

“[We] had talked about it leading up to the finale. We agreed upon it. I thought, ‘We’ll definitely share this. There’s no reason not to.’ And then like I said, in the last second I get to see these episodes and it’s, like, ‘Wow, really? I can’t believe you said all those things and you really didn’t want to be partners.’ I was pretty sure but I wasn’t 100 percent going into that room to pick the sign.”

In many ways, Nick’s comments here show what is the biggest flaw in the “Bachelor Pad” endgame: in not taping the finale until several weeks later, you are potentially allowing other issues to come into play as to who everyone will vote for. While we understand wanting to get updates on couples, couldn’t you just have a smaller reunion show and have everyone vote for the winner while in the house? You can reveal the results during the reunion a la “Survivor” if you’re that desperate to avoid spoilers, but at least that way you are not basically telling everyone that they have to censor their actions so that they don’t look bad while watching it back before taping the finale.

Do you think “Bachelor Pad” should force their contestants to vote before watching the episodes, just for the sake of keeping the integrity of the confessional room intact? We want to hear some of your thoughts below! If you want to find out more about the relationship that Michael Stagliano is in now, be sure to read the story here.

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