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The 5 Guys Who Made the Worst First Impression on ‘The Bachelorette’

We knew this season of The Bachelorette would be different from the moment they announced both Britt and Kaitlyn would be vying for the title. And while this certainly made the evening awkward—and downright distasteful—at points, we couldn’t get over the lackluster line-up of gentlemen that showed up to court the two women. We’ve rounded up the 5 guys who made the worst first impression below.

1. Tony

As if it wasn’t enough that Tony kissed his plants and called them his “babies,” he was sporting what appeared to be a black eye. On top of all that, he gave Britt and Kaitlyn the exact same speech right in front of each other. Oh, Tony… just bow out now buddy.

2. Josh

Let’s get one thing straight. Your Magic Mike-style flirting won’t help you here, Josh. And his introduction video alone should’ve been enough to send him straight to a waiting rejection limo. We don’t exactly see the roles of husband and exotic dancer going hand-in-hand.

3. Shawn E.

Shawn E., learn the rules of the road before you get yourself hurt. There is absolutely no reason to go in night one trying to pick a fight. And are we the only ones wishing we would’ve skipped over that last clip of his conversation with Britt? A word of advice: wait until the third or fourth date to discuss your dream of being an amateur sex coach, okay? Your hot tub car does not make you cool enough to get away with these shenanigans this early in the game!

4. Ryan

Where do we begin? The outright drunkenness is to be expected at the first cocktail party, but it’s what followed that had us outraged. He got a bit too physical with Kaitlyn by brazenly making contact with her derrière and asked a fellow suitor, “Why am I not raping you right now?” There are no words to describe this level of idiocy, which is why we’re glad our knight in shining armor—Chris Harrison, of course!—stepped in to dismiss him.

5. Mike Fleiss

Technically, this guy is not a contestant on the show. But as Bachelorette head honcho, he is the one to blame for this disaster. We love this franchise for what it is, but a special sort of joy fills our hearts when it’s the Bachelorette’s turn to find love. Taking what little bit of happiness our feminist selves could once salvage from the show is beyond cruel. We hate that Britt and Kaitlyn are being pitted against one another in what is edited to seem like your everyday, run-of-the-mill female brawl. And having the outcome decided by men who barely know them and could only be judging them based on their looks? Deplorable.

Who do you think made the worst first impression, collegiettes? 

Erin was previously the Entertainment Editor of Her Campus. She graduated from Belmont University in 2015, where she studied English and Elementary Education. Before joining the team full-time, she was a national contributing blogger, viral content writer and editorial intern at HC. In addition to her work for Her Campus, Erin was formerly an editorial assistant at Nfocus Magazine and has been published by HelloGiggles and Man Repeller. In her free time, you can find Erin falling for yet another TV boyfriend (her long list of ex-lovers includes Nathan Scott, Chuck Bass and Pacey Witter, to name a few), reading chick lit and/or celeb memoirs and hanging with her puppy/soulmate, Cooper.