I was a kid when the first season of The Bachelor took reality TV by storm. Of course my family tuned in to see what all the fuss was about, but it didn't keep our attention long. Now, many seasons and spin-offs later, I'm watching it again. It started with a small dalliance with Bachelorette Desiree (season 9), and then I totally skipped the expectation-crushing Juan Pablo (The Bachelor season 18), and then I was head-over-heels for Georgia peach Andi (season 10) and Prince Farming Chris (season 19), and I even loved all the drama of Bachelor in Paradise.
For The Bachelorette Season 11, they've chosen two ladies: Kaitlyn and Britt. During season 19 of The Bachelor, I wasn't sure about Kaitlyn, until her down-to-earth humor and quirkiness won me over. You could also see the change in her as she fell for Chris, which was nice, and ultimately heartbreaking, to watch.
Britt, on the other hand, I liked immediately. She was beautiful, had an immediate connection with Chris, and seemed to be sweet. Over time and thanks no doubt to the producers, she became less appealing. What sealed the deal for me was on The Women Tell All episode when she didn't do herself any favors in the way she acted with Chris.
So now, two bachelorettes? When I heard this, my initial thought was that I didn't like Britt, so I didn't want to see her on the screen. However, I thought that if they kept both ladies for the whole process, it might be fun to watch them fight over the group of men and see the men struggle to decide who they liked better. But the fact that they are voting off one of the ladies on the first night pretty much makes the drama of two bachelorettes non-existent. Basically, it's a waste of a gimmick. My choice has always been Kaitlyn, even before the ladies' names were announced, and I've visited Reality Steve so I know who stays and who goes (don't click that link if you don't want spoilers!).
On to this season's dudes! I'm going to judge each guy based off of his picture (which is usually not great due to awkwardness/bad photo-shopping/yearbook-level backgrounds) and the bio information provided, but I won't be mentioning every bit of info. To see more of the contestants' bios, visit ABC or check out the hilarious breakdown on The Right Reasons.
Ben H.Jesse Bradford vibe going. His answers on his bio are pretty good - decent movie selections (The Sandlot, Crash, 500 Days of Summer), an actual important human being to have lunch with (Nelson Mandela), and mentioned Batman as his aspirational superhero (a good if safe choice). His answer about marriage is unfortunately a little hardcore: "It is a total sacrifice. Marriage is about a commitment to another person and total sacrifice to fulfill that commitment." He's not wrong, but it's a little heavy on the serious nature of commitment - marriage can be fun too!
Ben Z.Chris Evans. He looks nice, but his movie choices are a little dude-bro for me (Gladiator, Gone in 60 Seconds, Wedding Crashers). Nothing really stands out in his bio as super-interesting so he may be a little thin on personality, but I do like the last thing he says about marriage: "I want to find someone who I can share my life with and have a blast doing it."
BradyKeith Urban (probably the chin, stubble, and clothes) which is funny because he lives in Nashville and is a musician. I like that he likes Coldplay, but I've never heard of the other two artists mentioned. His answers in general are thoughtful but safe in a way that makes him less interesting, which makes me think he just looks like a rocker while actually being a Christian Contemporary artist (for the record, I have no idea what he sings).
CoryJ.J. from Andi's season, and (though I never thought I'd say this) I think J.J. is cuter. Cory's personality seems really, really thin. It feels like he picked Along Came Polly because he thought it would be a movie chicks like and didn't want to seem too dude-bro (he also chose Rudy and The Goonies, making me think he should have just gone for a Sean Astin three-peat and picked Lord of the Rings as well). His answer are also super short and a touch odd, and not in a good way.
DanielWil Wheaton...erm, I mean Daniel. Daniel is from Nashville and a fashion designer which is...interesting. I really like his answer about his most outrageous act ("Biked across America from Virginia to Oregon.") and the most romantic present he has ever received ("Support and love. Buying stuff is easy."), but then he loses me when he uses the term "baller" to describe the life of the Prince of Monaco.
JJWilson brother. He's a former investment banker, which make me wonder what he's up to now. I dislike his movie choices as a group (A River Runs Through It, Dumb and Dumber, Rocky), and his answer about his biggest date fear ("Wasting my time and money on someone who was just using me for dinner"), favorite actor (Robert Downey Jr.), and the fact that he bets money on college football (oh, and that he was an investment banker) makes me believe he is all about the dough, which is great if he's generous, but I think he's probably more of a Scrooge.
JoshJohn Travolta, and it does not work for me. His occupation is hilarious (law student/exotic dancer), and his movie choices, as a group, make no sense (Mystic River, Selma, Wolf of Wall Street). His other answers sound pretty lawyer-ly, but they are not interesting.
JoshuaPrince Harry but if he were a farmer and not British royalty. His movie choices are dude-bro unfortunately (Dumb and Dumber, Tommy Boy, The Hangover), and his biggest date fear is just weird. I like his greatest achievement ("Summitting Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa.") and who he'd like to have lunch with ("Tom Hanks"), but his answer about what superhero he would want to be is SO WRONG: "The Invisible Man -- what guy wouldn't want to be in a room full of women to listen to them talk to try to understand them better." First, The Invisible Man was not a superhero in any sense of the word (no, I'm not counting The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen as superheroes). In fact, he was a terrible person! Second, there is no way that I believe that if Joshua were to be invisible, he'd want to be in a room full of women "to listen to them talk to try to understand them better." I'm calling SHENANIGANS on that one.
Ryan B.Andrew Rannells, and he has a nice, if safe, look about him. He has an interesting set of favorite movies (Braveheart, Sliding Doors, Top Gun) that makes me think he may be older than thirty-two. His most outrageous act is pretty awesome ("Rode my bike from Florida to California for a dog rescue.") but I don't want to even touch his most embarrassing moment: "Meant to send a pic to my girlfriend and accidentally tweeted it."
Shawn B.Michael Phelps (nose), Chris Evans (eyes and smile), and Ryan Gosling (face shape and hair), you'd get Shawn B. I like his look but not his taste in music (I'm not a big country fan, though I do like some One Direction songs), and his biggest date fear is a little blah. Both his greatest achievement answer ("Owning an 1888 farm house and completely fixing/rehabbing it with my father.") and what superhero he'd want to be ("The Hulk. My two-year-old nephew is obsessed with the Hulk. I would love to surprise visit him and yell "HULK, SMASH!"") are pretty cute. I think he tried to continue the cuteness by saying he'd want to be his dog for a day, but it's more weird than anything.
And there we have it! Tune in later this week to see my thoughts on the first episode and thanks for reading!