*****There are three clearly marked spoiler alerts. The intent of this article is to offer a review and recap, not spoil the season, but there are some interesting developments of note. You will see them clearly before you choose to read them or skip the spoilers. ******
Ali’s back as The Bachelorette and I’m glad!
During the last season of The Bachelor Ali Fedotowsky was faced with one of the most difficult decisions of her life. While a fire was beginning to smolder with The Bachelor, Jake Pavelka she was given an ultimatum by her job – leave the show and get back to work or lose her job. Afraid of losing at love and her career, Ali made the decision to leave The Bachelor.
Ali soon realized that she had made a huge mistake. She gave up the chance at true love to sit behind a keyboard at Facebook.
The Bachelorette 2010 has given Ali the opportunity to redeem her chance at love. Ali Fedotowsky is The Bachelorette 2010.
This time, Ali left behind her job and her apartment to become the 2010 Bachelorette. If all else fails, maybe she can get a gig on Dancing with the Stars, like Bachelor Jake Pavelka did.
Season Premier Review of The Bachelorette 2010
Video capturing Ali in a variety sensible and sexy poses and scenes surely had Jake Pavelka eating his heart out. After all, he is stuck with Vienna.
Ali’s natural, down-to-earth personality shone through, as did her frazzled nerves. It was obvious that changing from the pursuer to the pursued was a lot different.
Ali met a group of 25 bachelors on the 2010 season premier of The Bachelorette. Among the diverse group of men, some were handsome and debonair, others made immediate fools of themselves, and others were an obvious mismatch for The Bachelorette.
One of the things Ali made especially clear was that she wanted everyone to be honest and genuine. Ali’s comments were a backlash to Vienna’s backstabbing, self-serving shenanigans on The Bachelor 2010.
Kasey was the one bachelor who made it clear to Ali that he was there to guard her and her heart. He mentioned that a couple of times to Ali. It was a little creepy. He seemed like a nice guy, but after the previews for upcoming shows I got a feeling that he may become, or may already be, overly obsessed with Ali.
Ali, The Bachelorette 2010, Meets the Bachelors
It was hard to tell who was more nervous, Ali or the men, as the bachelors, intent on vying for Ali’s heart, piled out of the limos. There were 25 bachelors in all.
Among the bachelors, a few were notable and several were forgettable. I’m not even going to discuss the first 8 who were sent home following the first rose ceremony, except to let you know who they were (at the end of the article) and any incredible stupid things they said or did — because they did!
Chris H. – a bundle of nerves
Chris H. is a 27 year-old real estate developer. I think he has the panache to make it through a few episodes, but he was overly nervous about meeting Ali and acted a little goofy. I doubt Ali will remember that in the long run, but The Bachelorette seems a little too much of a free spirit for Chris H, who seems like he could plan everything down to his pinstriped underwear, based on his bio on The Bachelorette on ABC.com and my first impression.
Jesse – a 24 year-old for Ali?
Jesse is very handsome. Oddly, he was not introduced with much fanfare when The Bachelors were introduced at the beginning of The Bachelorette premier. He is only 24, which in my opinion is a little young, BUT he was very mature with Ali. He is laid back and down to earth, which makes him a good match for Ali. He cut her a heart out of a jigsaw, which was one of two very touching and creative gifts Ali received. (Ali received more gifts, but only two were really memorable.) My bets are that Jesse will stay in play for a while. The downside to this guy is that his aspirations are to own a house, a truck, and have a girl by his side. I’m not sure that is sophisticated enough for Ali, but that’s not what love is about, so we will see.
Chris L.- the lying landscaper from Cape Cod
My subtitle is a little harsh for Chris L. He moved back home to Cape Cod when his mother was ill to be with the family. That is touching and admirable. He won points with Ali because they are both Red Sox fans. He was very charming and open, except he failed to mention to Ali that his mother had recently passed. He felt it wasn’t the appropriate time, but I think that will become a fatal flaw for him because he was talking about his family as if his mother was still alive. Why not just come out and say something? If he can talk and lie about that, can this guy be trusted?
Bachelorette water cooler gossip – Ty’s southern accent
Women will either love or hate Ty’s deep southern accent, he is from Tennessee, and will may make a snap decision about his character or intellect based on that judgment alone. Being a southern girl, I’d say, “hang on just a minute.” Ty was one of the sweetest men who talked to Ali. His bio introduced him with his dog and showed him with his guitar. (Does everyone in TN play guitar? I’m just asking.) She acted as if she was impressed with his southern charm. He is just a good old boy. I think Ali will like him, but she is a little too cosmopolitan for him, and he is recently, very recently divorced. I don’t think divorce cuts him out of the game, but the fact that he said he has only been divorced for two months may be a part of his downfall. Two months out of a marriage and he is looking to hook up seriously again. Slow down, Ty.
Chris N. – Ali’s rose
Chris N.’s rose may not have been the most original idea for meeting the bachelorette, but bringing Ali a single red rose made enough of an impression on the Florida boy to keep him around for the first group date. Based on his bio, Chris lives green, takes care of himself, and enjoys sports – a lot of the same sports Ali enjoys. We didn’t learn much about Chris N. on the season premier, but he could be an interesting fellow to watch. He doesn’t have the stud-muffin look that some of the other bachelors have, but he has potential.
The Guardian Bachelor – Kasey
Kasey was very kind. He is the one who offered to always be there to protect and guard Ali’s heart, twice. Ali told him she found him interesting, smart, and funny. The previews are making it appear that he is the one who flies over the cuckoo’s nest in the 2010 season. I don’t think he is Ali’s ace. He seems to be the romantic among the men, though, and that may get him further with Ali than I anticipate.
While the previews make it seem like he may have done something crazy, showing an ambulance and then Kyle with a bandaged wrist, I’m reading that his wrist is bandaged because he got a tattoo reflective of guarding Ali’s heart.
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Justin – wrestling for Ali’s heart
Justin isn’t just wrestling for Ali’s heart. He is good looking, hit it off with Ali, and is a professional wrestler, which put him instantly at odds with the rest of the group. He arrived at The Bachelorette digs with his ankle in a cast. He broke it wrestling. Once the rest of the guys found out he was a professional wrestler they immediately began to harass him. Justin was even voted out by the men when Chris gave them a chance to express their opinion via a ballot box.
The men’s battle against Justin back-fired. Ali took him out for a second one-on-one talk and gave him a rose first. This tells us not only that Justin is hot and interesting. He did nothing to alienate himself from the group. They simply picked him as the pariah. It also lets us know that Ali is going to think for herself.
Regarding Justin. He may not have done anything to set himself up as the pariah, but it has only taken days for his girlfriends to break Justin’s story.
Sadly, two women in Canada have already come forward saying they are Justin’s girlfriends, and that he told them he was doing The Bachelorette to boost his entertainment wrestling career, as reported by The Hollywood Gossip. If this is true, I’m ticked because I was even pulling for Justin.
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Frank – The Bachelorette’s be speckled bachelor
I’m guessing Frank intrigued Ali to have been given a rose at the first Bachelorette rose ceremony. I thought he was a little dorky for climbing out of the top of the limo. He seems nice enough, but having quit his job to travel itinerantly through Europe shows a splash of instability. That’s not a bad thing, but I’m not sure that is what Ali is looking for if she wants to settle down with a husband and a family. Hey, Frank may surprise us all. He is tender-hearted, as he was one of the last men to get a rose during the ceremony and it looked like he was about to cry, that or his glasses were fogging up. I don’t know. One more thing, he needs a comb.
Roberto – the bachelor in the lead
The first spark on this season of The Bachelorette was when Roberto got out of the car. Ali and most women watching the show could not help but raise their eyebrows at the hunk who emerged from the limo. He gave Ali a hug and spoke to her in Spanish. It was a nice move, because she had to have one-on-one time for the interpretation.
Roberto has everything going for him. When advertising future episodes The Bachelorette alluded to one of the guys having a girlfriend. If it is Roberto I’ll be crying right along with Ali. He is a good package, as far as we can tell at this point. During his one-on-one time with Ali he taught her a few salsa moves. Ali really appears interested in him (Well, so do I, but I’m married.). Roberto’s words echoed Ali’s own philosophy when he told her, “Love makes everything worth it.”
If Roberto doesn’t make it all the way through The Bachelorette, maybe he can get a gig on DWTS. If Jake Pavelka did, anyone can. (I’m sick of Jake, is it showing?)
Craig M. – a.k.a the hair guy
Craig M. takes his own breathe away. He is cute, in a Bee Gee’s sort of way. He was tagged the “hair guy” by one of the other bachelors who also thought that perhaps he was only there for free hair products. It was funny. I’m figuring Craig scored his biggest points with Ali on his looks and the fact that he told her that he was glad she was not Vienna. He didn’t get much one-on-one time with Ali, if he did it was edited out.
Steve – Steve who?
We didn’t get much information on Steve, yet Ali chose to give him a rose. He doesn’t look like her type, but considering she had to keep at least 15 of the guys around maybe his was the luck of the draw. The comments over on ABC’s The Bachelorette website are offering up rumors that Steve has a girlfriend. If he is the one who gets booted for that a few episodes down the road, who cares? He looks like an average Joe to me, and if you are vying for love on national TV, then you need to be something special. (Calling Roberto.)
Kirk – the Bachelorette’s laid back, gentleman
Compared to the other men’s looks, Kirk was not much to write home about. He did make an impression, however, by not feeling he had to conform to the group of macho men that Ali met that night. The first thing he did was fashion a rose out of a red paper napkin. It wasn’t a great rose, but it was a pretty slick hook. He also made a scrapbook for Ali of things that were important to him, for which the other guys ragged him. However, Ali, seemed to really like the book. It gave her a real inside glimpse of the man. The scrapbook was a great idea for Kirk, because other than a smile like Jakes (I never said Jake wasn’t cute) he didn’t have a robust personality that made him stand out from the other men. The scrapbook probably saved him at the rose ceremony.
Jonathan – The Bachelorette’s personal weatherman
My forecast for Jonathan is partly cloudy. For some inexplicable reason Ali kept him around. He looks a lot younger than 30, and he acts and talks like he is about 16. He talked incessantly and neither Ali, nor any other man around them could get a word in edgewise. I predict he will not last long. He reminds me of a kid trying to fit in a grown-ups suit, kind of dorky.
Bachelorette prospects for John C.
John C. was the strong, silent type, as of the season premier. He thought of a good way to impress Ali. He kneeled before her with a cubic zirconium ring when he introduced himself out of the limo. At least he had an original idea. I also noticed John C. didn’t pile on with the rest of the guys in dissing Justin, the entertainment wrestler, and Craig R., the hair guy. He also took the initiative to ask for alone time with Ali. He seems a bit unique among these men and maybe he’ll get a chance to hang around a while and prove himself.
Hunter – a ukulele serenade for The Bachelorette 2010
Hunter did not make a good first impression, on me. When he got out of the limo his biggest concern was finding the bathroom. Ali graciously pointed him inside. I guess that proved one thing for Hunter, he is authentic.
Hunter looks a little dorky and having made a moron out of himself fresh out of the limo I didn’t quite know what to expect from him. He redeemed himself somewhat with a humorous ukulele serenade for the bachelorette. He even made the other guys laugh.
He scratched his head so much I was beginning to wonder if it was a nervous tic or head lice. I’m opting to believe the former.
Hunter is good for a laugh. He let out a dramatic, “Thank God,” when Ali finally gave him a rose at the first rose ceremony on The Bachelorette. He may hang around a while, but something tells me he’ll be on the dissed list before too long. (And it’s not the picture of Travis Wagner with a kid on Facebook that looks like Hunter.)
A serious man – Craig R.
Not among the most handsome, Craig R. is a very serious man. He is a lawyer and is going to prove to be too tame for Ali. I think he was pulling a lawyer’s stunt when he started in with Ali about not trusting all the guys who were here. That’s the same thing she said when Ali tried to warn Jake about Vienna, because she saw the real viper beneath Vienna’s veneer. So he starts the same swan song, right off the bat, not knowing any of the other men, with Ali. She said she appreciated it, but in my opinion it was a tasteless, self-centered move.
Tyler V. – blends into the background
I didn’t even remember a Tyler V. until Ali gave him a rose. I guess I thought he was the bat boy. He is so young. Not much stands out about him, but again, she could only cut so many. (Although I don’t know why, Jake changed the rules during every rose ceremony).
The Bachelorette 2010 – Season premier drama
At the end of the premier 8 men had to go home, cutting the field of eligible bachelors down to 17 for next week. Chris Harris came in to help by asking the men to write down the names of anyone they thought might not be there for the wrong reason or not be on The Bachelorette to win Ali’s heart. This was not a good idea, as mentioned earlier, the pile on Justin enabled him to talk his way into the first rose during the final ceremony.
The Bachelorette first impression rose goes to…
The first impression rose was easy to predict. It went to Roberto. She really likes him. I hope he remains sweet and comfortable with Ali. I think Roberto was a great choice for the first rose.
Currently available bachelors – the men Ali sent packing
The men Ali sent home were Kyle, Derek, Derrick, Tyler M., Jay, Jason, John N., and Phil.
Most of the men sent home during the 2010 season premier rose ceremony were mismatched with Ali from the start. Of the 8 who were sent home, I’m not sure I would have let half of them past the front door.
Too much of an outdoorsman for this Bachelorette? – Kyle’s a mountain man
It was fairly obvious that Kyle was a little too much of an outdoorsman for Ali. It was heartbreaking to see him sent home. He seemed like a genuinely nice and good guy, but he was too rugged for Ali. I hope his fifteen minutes of fame helps him hook up with the woman of his dreams who will move to Colorado with him. He said he was a mountain man and you could tell that was true through-and-through. You know, a guy like him would be an interesting change up for next season of The Bachelor. Instead of getting a study, romantic, why not a cute outdoorsman?
Derek – as dreary as the dead leaves he brought Ali
Derek just didn’t make a good impression, and he looked like he had dressed in the limo. Making a play on something Ali said in an episode of The Bachelor he brought Ali a pile of dead leaves, which he through in the air for her to catch. Ali had said she likes to make a wish when she catches a falling leaf. She caught three leaves and Derek pulled one from her hair. He made himself and Ali look a little foolish. It was no surprise that he was sent home. He seemed childish.
Derrick screwed things up for himself. First, he introduced himself as Shooter. Later, he told Ali, much to her disgust, that he earned the nickname for “shooting blanks” in college. Who would think that would be funny to tell The Bachelorette on national TV. I’ll bet Shooter has earned himself a nickname for life, now. That was plain dumb.
He wore his cowboy boots to The Bachelorette season premier!
Tyler M.’s most embarrassing moment came when he got out of the limo wearing scuffed up boots that did not even match his tux. I was embarrassed for him, but when he said he wore them because Ali wore them on The Bachelor I was no longer embarrassed for him, I thought he was an idiot. Ali must have thought the same; she sent him home. In Tyler M.’s defense his bio picture online is dreamy. You could get lost swimming in his eyes. He didn’t look quite that good on camera.
Jay – needs to marry a paralegal or court reporter
Jay was the most realistic of the men sent home by The Bachelorette. While he appeared over confident in his bio video, he came up short when he met Ali. He froze up and didn’t have much to say. He didn’t make a bad impression. He made no impression. Jay summed it up better than any Bachelorette reject I have ever seen, “I would have sent myself home.” That’s funny.
And the rest of the guys who didn’t make the first cut of The Bachelorette 2010
Apparently Jason’s dumb back flip off the limo didn’t impress Ali. It was pretty juvenile, something I’d expect my 15 or 20 year-old to do. I would have sent my 15 year old to his room. Ali sent Jason home; same difference.
We really didn’t get to know much about Phil. I don’t guess it matters now. He’s a goner, as is John N. We never saw John N. talk to Ali, nor did we get comments from him when he was booted at the end.
Bachelorette 2010 season previews
The previews for the 2010 season of The Bachelorette have been dramaticized to the point that the show now has a lot to live up to. It looks like Ali gets a whirlwind tour of the world. (Too bad Jake didn’t get that opportunity, Awww.).
It looks like Ali is carrying some emotional baggage. There were several dramatic scenes. In at least one she was crying, with the old familiar phrase, “I don’t know what to do.” I hope that isn’t going to be this season’s theme.
I’ve looked forward to seeing Ali as The Bachelorette in 2010. I think she will be unique and down to earth, bringing an entirely new angle to the reality TV show.
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