The Bachelorette 2010 continues Monday evening as love-looker Ali Fedotowsky and her ever-dwindling Man Pack head to Turkey for more magical matchmaking merriment. Although the ‘net is rife with Bachelorette spoilers that narrow the field down to the last two men standing, salacious spoilerage simply isn’t my style. I’d rather look at the guys as we’ve seen ’em, and decide who should win based on good old fashioned observation – spoilers be darned! Here’s a peek at each dude who’s still vying for Ali’s heart, along with the odds of him taking the rose… AND popping the question.
The Bachelorette 2010 contender #1: Chris L., Cape Cod, MA. Chris is an everyday guy who works a humble job as a landscaper and has family roots that run deeper than the holler, to borrow from the great Randy Travis. Although Ali certainly likes him and appreciates his emotional vulnerability, she doesn’t seem really, re-he-heally into him, either. Don’t get me wrong: I think Chris may well be the most genuine guy in the pack this season, and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least to see him make the last round. But that’s as far as he’ll get: Physical attraction-seeking Ali will cast off her best bud and break his heart. On the bright side? If he can hack more fakery, Chris would make an endearing Bachelor down the line.
The Bachelorette 2010 contender #2: Craig R., Philly. The Pennsylvania lawyer seems like a nice enough guy. In fact, I can’t think of a lot about him that’s truly objectionable. Now that could be because he’s had fairly limited airtime, or it could be because he’s a nice dude. Dunno. That said, the lack of face-time doesn’t bode well for him. He hasn’t established much of a connection with Ali, and that’ll be his death on the show.
The Bachelorette 2010 contender #3: Frank, Geneva, IL. Despite the headlines I’ve read around the web that might suggest otherwise (don’t shoot! If you read enough you’ll see ’em even if ya don’t click!), I really like bespectacled Frank. He and blondie have some of the most toe-curling, blush-inducing chemistry on The Bachelorette, and he just seems so darn sweet. Over-the-topness aside, it’s even kinda sweet that he gets jealous of the other guys when they’re having alone-time with Ali, because he SHOULD be envious. It’s not normal for a guy who likes a certain girl to see her smooching someone else and think ‘oh, that’s nice. Now where’d I put my beer?’ I’d like to say that he’ll find himself in the final three, but I don’t think it’ll happen.
The Bachelorette 2010 contender #4: Justin, Toronto. Douche. Bag. I’ve said it for weeks now, and I’ll say it again: The wrestler is out for number one. He doesn’t need Ali because he’s already madly in love with himself. He’s conniving, arrogant, and hypocritical. Remember how much flack he gave poor Kasey over lying about his tattoo? Sure didn’t take him long to forget that he’d lied about his trek to visit blondie. Anyway, I don’t want to waste any additional keystrokes on this punker. If Ali has any sense at all, he’ll be gone-zo before you can say Rated R.
The Bachelorette 2010 contender #5: Kirk, Madison, WI. Kirk is interesting, and I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t wind up in third place. Ali likes him, he seems pretty darn real, and he’s persistent. He was the super star of Barenaked Ladies week when he nursed a sick Ali toward health (and stole some extra smooches), and she probably won’t forget it. However, he’s not as emotionally vulnerable as Chris, and she seems to have stronger physical attraction to a few others, so he won’t get that last rose. Sorry Kirk.
The Bachelorette 2010 contender #6: Roberto, Charleston, SC. Ali is so smitten with Roberto that the world will be upended if she doesn’t offer him that coveted last rose. She wants him in a really bad way, and twitters about his hotness like a lusty junior high schooler whenever they’re together. But is he really into HER? Jury’s out. I think he’ll get that rose, but I don’t think he’ll offer up a sparkly rock in return. There just isn’t enough there (yet!) to warrant a proposal. I think Roberto is smarter than that.
The Bachelorette 2010 contender #7: Ty, Franklin, TN. The Southern boy came to life last week during Ali and the Man Pack’s group date in Iceland. Ali liked his take-charge attitude and rewarded his efforts with a rose. But does he have staying power? Nah. He’s cute and all, but she doesn’t lust after him like Roberto and simply doesn’t seem all that interested in taking their relationship to a new level.
So as of this point, I have Roberto, Chris L. and Kirk in the top three, with Kirk exiting first and Roberto taking the rose but not giving a proposal in return. Where does this leave The Bachelorette 2010? With a wild card.
The Bachelorette 2010 wild card: Jake Pavelka, Previous Bachelor, ex of Vienna Girardi, Dancing with the Stars 2010 contestant. Ali left The Bachelor in favor of work, asked to return, and was denied. With the Jake and Vienna pairing a thing of the past, an Ali/Jake reunion suddenly seems a little less improbable. And a little more interesting.
The Bachelorette 2010 weeks 3, 4 and 5, ABC