Every week, Bachelor Winter Games host and executive producer Chris Harrison is giving PEOPLE his behind-the-scenes take on the latest episode. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbharrison.
Welcome to my first ever Bachelor Winter Games blog! Those two weeks were some of the most fun I’ve ever had working on the show, and I can’t wait to give you some inside scoop.
We started it all off with the big arrivals parade in Manchester, Vermont, and it was incredible. We did have to begin a little earlier than we initially planned as there was a big storm rolling in and we couldn’t literally have it raining on our parade. You can see it sprinkling there just as we were wrapping things up. A half hour later it was really coming down.
But the parade was so much fun. It really felt like the entire town came together to help us pull this thing off. I started out that day bright and early, before dawn, grabbing a tea and a scone at the local café/bookstore. If you’re ever in Manchester, give the Northshire Bookstore a visit. It’s delightful.
Having Hannah Storm and Ashley Brewer with me for those two weeks made things so much more fun. Both are big Bachelor fans and can talk Bachelor for days. I didn’t need to get them up to speed on who everyone was; they already knew everything. And they are both just such professionals. Thank you both!
Now, I know there has been some talk about my beard. No, you don’t have to adjust your television set. Yes, that is some facial hair. I just thought, why not sport a little scruff for the Winter Games? And Hannah immediately called me out on it of course. Can’t get away with anything. I also heard that there might be a Twitter handle for my beard. That’s just plain weird. But also kind of funny. Let’s see what my beard has to say over the next couple weeks! Beard, speak now, because I have a feeling you might not be long for this world. I see a shave in your future!
Back to the parade. The Americans came in first and it was like seeing a group of old friends. Ben! Luke! Eric! Ashley! Clare! Josiah! Bibiana! You know them all. And if you don’t remember someone like Lesley, you’re in for a treat. She was on Sean Lowe’s season and she’s smart and strong and has been through so much this past year.
Let’s talk about Yuki. She may not speak much English, but it doesn’t matter. Somehow you can still understand her! And stay tuned, because I did brush up on my basic Japanese so the two of us could have an important conversation. Yes, I speak Japanese on the Bachelor Winter Games!
When the Canadians rolled in, we could immediately tell there was a lot of interest in them. Kevin is the classic man’s man, and Benoit is the sensitive romantic …read more