Bachelor contestant gets a rose despite being drunk

Tara from “The Bachelor”
Tara from “The Bachelor” ABC-TV

We have local representation on The Bachelor, starring Iowa farmer Chris Soules, but she came thisclose to getting booted off in the first round.

Can we say, “Hiccup!”?

Yes, Fort Lauderdale’s Tara Eddings nearly was eliminated, thanks to copious alcohol consumption.

The sports fishing enthusiast (so says her ABC bio) who works in the healthcare industry (so says her Instagram account) made a fun first impression on Monday’s premiere, greeting Soules in a cowgirl outfit. Later, while hanging around the house with the other 29 ladies, she ended up drinking too much.

By the time the rose ceremony came around, the 26-year-old blond was sloppy drunk, barely able to stand. Soules stepped out of the room to voice his concerns with host Chris Harrison. In the end, Eddings did end up receiving a rose, and hopefully she can abstain in future episodes.


In other Bachelor news, Nikki Ferrell opened up as to why she and Juan Pablo Galavis split back in October.

The former contestant, 28, told host Harrison during a pre-show red carpet special that the Magic City may be partially to blame.

“He lives in Miami and he’s in the entertainment industry and that’s his job and his lifestyle,” the Kansas City pediatric nurse said of Galavis, a sports and music consultant. “It was really hard for me to fit into that.”

Ferrell says she wasn’t comfortable when visiting him in his hometown.

“His life in Miami was very much a priority for him, so when I would come there I would feel like I was just kind of like thrown into his life,” she complained. “I knew I was never going to be the No. 1 priority. He has a daughter. ... But there’s a difference between being the second priority and the seventh priority.”


Pregnant? Want to be? Or does the topic of creating life just interest you? At 6 p.m. Thursday, you are invited to attend a screening of the documentary 40 Weeks at O Cinema in Wynwood, 90 NW 29th St., 305-571-9970. The film, by New York production company Big Belli, follows 13 moms from the first ultrasound to the birth.

Organizers says there will be a step and repeat where guests can have their photos taken on the red carpet. Stay later for a Q&A with director Christopher Henze and producer Dominique Debroux. More info: RSVP:


And speaking of red carpets, comedian Kevin Hart and Josh Gad (Olaf’s voice from Frozen) will be walking the walk and chatting with press for their upcoming comedy The Wedding Ringer, over at Regal South Beach at around 7 p.m. Thursday, if you want to catch a glimpse. Hart plays the owner of a company that supplies friendless grooms like Gad’s character with best men.