Week One, otherwise known as: “Invasion of the Faux-Hawks”
Let's be real. There were some rough hairstyles tonight!
Because the first night of any season is all about first impressions, I jotted down some of my impressions about how the night went. Due the chaos of so many guys and so many greetings, I broke it down into the night’s main categories. Next week I will have a more detailed description of the episode when we get to know the guys a little better!
The Walk Up
I found Jef’s entrance amusing. But, when he threw the skateboard into the bushes all I could think was, “Oh my God. What about ABC’s expensive and perfectly manicured landscaping?” Some rose bush got squashed, and that’s just ironic.
Stevie break-danced and moon walked his way up to Emily. No. Just…No. Another fail? The Helicopter Man entrance. I don’t even remember his name because I was too focused on how much of a jerk he seemed to be.
Arie and Lerone win “The Most Attractive Walk Up to Emily” award. They both seemed pretty nice. Lerone was almost crossing the fine line of being “too nice” and seeming a little fake in my opinion.
Randy’s entrance was just too awkward. As we learned from last season, the grandparent entrance only works if your grandparent is ACTUALLY THERE. But, props to Emily for playing along.
Travis brought an egg to represent how he will take care of Emily and her daughter Ricki. Not only was this pretty bizarre, but he was sweating buckets and his voice cracked when he hugged Emily. Poor guy. Maybe he can make some mean scrambled eggs after he gets sent home?
I liked Jean-Paul’s entrance because it was genuine, without complication, and didn’t make me cringe.
Ryan the fitness trainer’s entrance was quite possibly one of the cutest I’ve seen on The Bachelorette. He claimed that he had written down notes of what he was going to tell her. When he took out the piece of paper, the side facing Emily said “You’re Beautiful.” When he flipped it around, it said “I’m Nervous.” It was a memorable shtick without awkwardness. That’s hard to pull off on The Bachelorette.
The Cocktail Party
Chris was the bobble head guy. He brought bobble head dolls of both him and Emily. Personally, I felt like this was creepy and all I could think of was voodoo dolls. However, Emily said she liked him after their chat so…Ok.
At first I wasn’t sure about Jef, but their conversation together was really cute. He brought out a younger side of Emily and she said he made her feel like a nerd. Aww.
The guys continued to hate on The Helicopter Man, aka Kalon, and rightfully so. He reminds me of Josh from The Princess Diaries. In case you forgot, Josh was the hot Backstreet Boy-looking guy who broke Mia’s heart by seeking fame. Kalon and Stevie got to arguing after their alone time with Emily. They aren’t going to make it very far, I hope.
Arie was upfront about being a racecar driver during his alone time with Emily. Emily took it well.
First Impression Rose
The rose went to Doug, the single father. He seemed like a nice guy, but I kind of wonder if the note from his son for Emily wasn’t a little staged. Who am I kidding? A lot of stuff is staged on this show, but they seemed to connect well and there are many worse choices she could’ve given the rose to. Cough, Kalon, cough.
The Rose Ceremony
Michael. The One With The Long Hair.
Seriously? She kept Egg Guy, Break Dancer, and Helicopter Man over Lerone? But I think it was pretty fair to send home Brent, the 41 year old with 6 children.
Overall, I enjoyed the episode and I think ABC’s decision to shorten the show from two hours to one and a half was solid. It didn’t feel too long and stayed entertaining.
Here’s what I got from the season previews: Emily macks on a lot of dudes and she wears some gorgeous dresses. There is a villain this season and tensions get high among the guys. Emily actually uses swear words.
Here’s to another exciting Bachelorette premiere! Check back with Her Campus Mizzou next week as I recap the next episode.