'Bachelor Pad' crowns David Good and Natalie Getz winners
By Reality TV World staff, 09/14/2010
Bachelor Pad crowned David Good and Natalie Getz its winning couple during Monday night's broadcast of the finale of the new ABC reality competition, which featured 19 former The Bachelor bachelorettes and The Bachelorette bachelors competing for a $250,000 cash prize.
Dave and Natalie received votes from Ashley, Jesse Beck, Jessie, Krisily, Michelle, Nikki, Peyton, and Wes while Kiptyn and Tenley received votes from Craig, Gwen, Jonathan, and Juan.
Given Dave and Natalie had already secured enough votes to win Bachelor Pad, the votes of Elizabeth, Gia and Jesse Kovacs were not shown.
Bachelor Pad's finale began with three couples -- Dave and Natalie, Kiptyn and Tenley, and Elizabeth and Jesse Kovacs -- still in the running to win the competition and host Chris Harrison surprising them with the news that their final challenge would require the couples to perform a ballroom dancing routine -- a format which seemed to heavily favor Tenley, a lifetime dancer.
"Each couple will get to train with a professional choreographer [and] you will perform you dance tonight in front of a panel of three judges and the couple that performs the best -- gets the highest score from the judges -- will secure their spot in the Final 4," Chris said.
Upon arriving at their practice studios, the couples learned that they would be getting trained by professional dancers from Dancing with the Stars. Dave and Natalie practiced with Louis van Amstel while Kiptyn and Tenley rehearsed with Chelsie Hightower and Elizabeth and Jesse worked with Edyta Sliwinska.
Before they danced that evening, the couples learned that they would be getting judged by three former Dancing with the Stars contestants: first-season The Bachelorette star Trista Rehn, fourteenth-season The Bachelor star Jake Pavelka, and thirteenth-season The Bachelor bachelorette and Bachelor Pad co-host Melissa Rycroft.
Given Tenley's extensive prior dance experience, Kiptyn and Tenley predictably won the challenge with 26 out of 30 possible points from the judges. Elizabeth and Jesse received 24 points while Dave and Natalie received 25 points.
After being declared the challenge's winner, Kiptyn and Tenley opted to eliminate Elizabeth and Jesse and take Dave and Natalie to the final vote with them.
"Tonight's decision was really hard, but Natalie and I are just really, really close, and Dave has shown such great loyalty through this whole game. And I kind of feel like bringing Dave and Natalie was the right thing to do," Tenley explained afterwards.
"Sending Kovacs and Elizabeth home tonight was not easy, that was one of the hardest decisions of my lifetime," Kiptyn added.
After being declared Bachelor Pad's winners, Dave and Natalie were surprised with an additional twist in which they then each had to privately vote on whether they wanted to split the $250,000 prize with their partner or attempt to claim it all for themselves.
If only one of them voted to keep the entire $250,000 then that person would receive the entire amount and the other partner would receive nothing, however if Dave and Natalie both voted to keep the entire $250,000 for themselves then neither would receive any of it and the prize would be split among Bachelor Pad's 17 previously eliminated contestants.
But Dave and Natalie -- who insisted they haven't decided whether to continue the romantic relationship they began developing during Bachelor Pad outside the competition yet -- both voted to split the prize, resulting in each one receiving $125,000.
During the finale's reunion segments, Elizabeth and Jesse also revealed their own romantic relationship has ended.
"He's single! [If] anyone wants to date a playa, here you go!" Elizabeth said. "I feel like there were feelings that had started on the show, and we discussed those and where we wanted them to go and he wanted to have a casual relationship and I don't do casual relationships."
"I went on there because it was competition to win $250,000 and I never once lied to Elizabeth, I never once said I wanted something that I didn't want. I told her the truth," Jesse replied. "My ideas were completely different from hers and I don't feel like I was a bad guy and playing you... I think you're making that up in your own head, so I'm sorry you feel that way."
In addition, Wes also made it clear that he is still interested in dating Gia -- who has since broken-up with the boyfriend she had been dating during Bachelor Pad's filming.
"There was only one girl that I did want to kiss in the kissing competition and she kind of yanked away from me. I don't know if I can kiss you now... is it okay?" he said before the pair shared a kiss.
"Can we have the fantasy suite now?" Gia joked afterwards.