The Bachelor 7 debuts tonight; spoilers leak; is Charlie still in a relationship?

The Bachelor 7 debuts tonight; spoilers leak; is Charlie still in a relationship?
ABC’s The Bachelor 7 debuts tonight at 9 p.m. ET. This hopefully last-ditch effort to save the franchise means its star is a minor celebrity (Charlie O’Connell) and the show is going to loosen its collar (“unplugged,” ABC calls it). We’re already starting to hear mild spoilers, such as this report that comes to reality blurred about the identity of one of the final three or four contestants. Highlight to read if you want to know, or care enough to expend the calories:

“I live in Edmonton, Alberta and there was a recent commotion here as The Bachelor show was supposedly here filming. Apparently, the suitor for the forthcoming season … was here to meet the family of one of the final contestants. From what I have heard, her name is Kimberly Choma and they stopped by her family’s restaurant here in town. A lot of coworkers go there for lunch and apparently it has been nuts in the restaurant since the word got out that they had stopped by there.

There have also been parallel (or perpendicular?) rumors that Charlie is both still dating a woman, and broke up with her just to get his face on ABC. The woman in question is Dana Cole Minutoli. However, Charlie told People that he broke up with her recently. “After about a year you have to decide if it’s right and if it’s worth going on, and it just so happened it was around the same time. But I broke up with her, and what better way to break up with a girl than to tell her you’re going on The Bachelor?” If you’re betting on this season’s relationship lasting or failing, now you know where to put all your cash.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.