If you’re anything like me you’ve been waiting for the premiere of The Bachelorette for a while and ever since the promos started running on ABC I have become even more anxious!
I have to admit, seeing the commercials and going through the photos of the contestants brings back memories of just a short time ago when I started the same crazy journey. I have a totally different outlook watching than previous seasons. For one, I’m getting to see a friend of mine go through this journey as the bachelorette and, two, I know what these guys are going through!
First off, major props to ABC with the selection this year. There are some quality lookers (I told you not to judge based on the photos on the website! So many are FAR better looking on the show!) with amazing backgrounds and life stories. One question I have every season…where does ABC find these guys? I’m pretty sure there is some island that breeds the guys and ABC just plucks them from it each season. I couldn’t find one of these guys in real life if I made it my life goal. I think I found my new place to search for my next boyfriend…just ignore me if you see me sitting outside of Bachelor/Bachelorette casting calls, i’m on a mission! :)
On to the first episode! So much goes into the first night/first episode. For starters, you get to see introduction videos that profile select contestants. Yes, some are completely cheesy and awkward and the contestants know they are as they are shooting them! Coming from a girl who did lunges and crunches in her intro video (and i’m leaving out the even more ridiculous stuff I did that you didn’t see!), I feel for these guys! There’s only so much you can do and sometimes circumstances just don’t want to cooperate (William saw this first hand as he got a dose of Mother Nature toying with him and his umbrella! How cute was he!).
The most nerve-wracking part of night one has to be planning the exit out of the limo. These guys should be grateful that they don’t have to weather the wet driveway in heels and a long dress! I was so focused on not tripping and slipping I almost forgot what I was going to say when I met Brad! From the second you accept the opportunity to be on the show standing out of the crowd may be what contestants think about the most. The best thing you can do is pick something about yourself that is unique and showcase it. I think this season you saw some guys teetering on the line that borders cocky and confident, ie: Anthony. If you choose to go on this show, the one thing you can’t be is cocky. You’re starting a journey with 24 other extremely attractive and quality bachelors and will be handed a reality check pretty quickly if you have a big ego. One little rose can knock you off your high horse with a force you’ve never felt before.
Some of you asked me on Twitter how long the night is and what we do to pass the time. Well, let’s just say as filming wraps we have heard roosters crow a time or two! It’s a very long night, especially in heels! I’m interested to know what the guys do to pass the time, because there sure is a lot of it! Other than chatting with the contestants about the bachelor/bachelorette, getting to know each other rand doing some interviews there is a lot of sitting around. Sarah P and I decided we would spice up the night by lurking around and taking a tally of how many fake ta-ta’s were in the house (I think we got to a total of 7!). Don’t think the guys could do that so if anyone can shed some light as to what the guys do, i’d love to hear!
Now onto who everyone will be talking about…the Mask (Jeff), Tim and Bentley. First, the Mask. While I appreciate Jeff wanting Ashley to get to know what’s inside and not be concerned with his outward appearance, I think the mask shtick was a little over the top. Had he taken the mask off partway through their one-on-one I would’ve been all for the get-up as a way to stand out. Leaving it on all night (and what looks like for a good length of time judging by the promos) came off as trying too hard and maybe a little creepy. I know there is a lot of pressure to stick out but where was his friend/family member to tell him this was a horrible idea?! On to Tim or, as most will be referring to him, the drunk guy. I find it very interesting that the guy who is a liquor distributor can’t hold his liquor! Now I’m not judging him too harshly…i’ve been in his shoes, i’ve been a little tipsy at a cocktail ceremony and on a group date, but he took it to another level! Is the cocktail party long, yes. Is there very little to do while you wait to talk to Ashley, def. Is it easy to lose track of your drinks, absolutely. Needless to say, you didn’t see anyone else slurring through a conversation and passing out. Each guy there is a grown adult capable of monitoring their drinks. Let’s hope he learned a valuable lesson and that every guy there saw what not to do while around Ashley! Finally, the guy that looks to be this season’s villain, Bentley. From the moment I saw Bentley he rubbed me the wrong way. He’s one of the guys that I think tiptoes on the cocky/confident line. Not only does he come off cocky but he also seems to be very dry and cold when he talks with Ashley. Ashley is a very bubbly person who is passionate about everything she does. I don’t see Bentley fitting with her on that level and if the previews of him saying he doesn’t care about Ashley are any indication of the path he takes, I really hope she can see through him and send him home before she starts to develop feelings for him. Some of you may say that editing may be making him look worse than he is. Hate to break it to you, but editing or a producer doesn’t make you say certain things. When you see him look straight into the camera and say things could be different if it was Emily and that he couldn’t care less about Ashley…that’s alllllll Bentley. I know producers can’t step in and alter the path for Ashley, but I would be mad if I was her, saw these comments and knew he stayed around and no one stepped in to protect me. Come up with some clever way for me to catch him red handed so I can be aware of his lack of intentions. It’s her future and happiness that’s at stake. While I know they are making a tv show and need the drama, I feel like there is a line and with Bentley being so blatant about his intentions, he crossed it. I hope he gets the boot soon…guy is grade A douche.
The guys that stand out from the first episode are William, Ryan P, Blake and JP. All are very attractive and seem genuine, outgoing and excited to get to know Ashley. We didn’t really see a lot of the other guys but over the next couple episodes I hope some rise to the top and show their fun personalities like we saw during the credits!
As always, ABC leaves us with one heck of a teaser for the season. Incredible dates, gorgeous locations with plenty of drama and emotion are all promised as Ashley searches for love. I know I will be tuning in to follow along and watch her (hopefully) find what she’s searching for!
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