Bachelor Pad host Chris Harrison admits he was shocked by the outcome of this week's spelling bee competition.
"I did not foresee Chris and Sarah being such a force," he tells TVGuide.com. "Ed is a well-educated man and Jaclyn is a smart woman, so I really thought they would do well."
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On this week's episode, not only did Ed prove he wasn't so stellar at spelling, but again he let down his partner —both in the game and in bed —by revealing he had feelings for someone back at home.
Keep reading to find out why Harrison says Ed makes every situation worse, how he finds Kalon "pleasantly amusing" and how Nick almost lost himself the game.
Were you embarrassed for the contestants during the Spelling Bee?
Chris Harrison: I'm going to defend them a little bit, only because I've been on game shows before and [it's not easy when] all of a sudden the lights are on and someone asks you the simplest question. And the way we made them do it back and forth with somebody is not an easy way to spell. So, I'm going to give them a little bit of slack here. I don't know why I thought Kalon and Lindzi would be so good, but I thought they would hang in there. And I did not foresee Chris and Sarah being such a force. Ed is a well-educated man and Jaclyn is a smart woman so I really thought they would do well. Despite public appearance, those are two of the smarter people on the show.
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Did Ed makes things worse by telling Jaclyn about his woman back at home?
Harrison: Ed makes every situation worse. He doesn't mean to, and you can't help but like Ed. Even Jaclyn loves Ed, and she knows in her heart and brain she should not. Every woman Ed has probably met realizes, "I should not like this guy, no good will come from it." Yet they fall for him. Even Jaclyn sitting there when he told her he's into another girl, she was still into it and couldn't help it. I guess he's addicting.
Nick almost cost himself the game when he pressured Tony to keep him safe.
Harrison: He doesn't say a word and then when he does, he hangs himself. I was like, "Stop talking; you're safe!" The thing about Nick is he's been the odd man out. No one has given him the time of day. He's not part of the cool kids' club, and he's been this floater yet he sailed up. He's still here, he hasn't won a competition, hasn't had a legitimate partner and he hasn't had an alliance. It's amazing.
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What did you think of Kalon pulling an Ames during his exit?
Harrison: I loved it. I know Kalon is easy to dislike, but for some reason I don't. I find him pleasantly amusing and I think he's a lovable character. And he and Lindzi bring out the best in each other. I know he's in on the joke when he throws out these jewels sometimes.
Next week is the penultimate episode.
Harrison: Next week is an amazing episode. We have two challenges: the first trivia challenge to narrow it down and then the karaoke to Sister Christian. I got to spend two days with Night Ranger. It was just heaven for me.
Bachelor Pad airs Mondays at 8/7c on ABC.