If you watched Kaitlyn’s season of The Bachelorette, you know Ben as the nice, sweet, extremely good looking guy who sadly somehow came in third place. Ben has the textbook attributes of what every girl wants in their man: attractive, caring and smart. This is what made every girl in America fall in love with him during his time on The Bachelorette. So when Ben revealed to Kaitlyn that his biggest fear in life is that he is unlovable, it seemed completely absurd. Unlovable? Ben? But…we all love you! While Nick Viall and Shawn Booth were busy fighting each other and causing constant drama, Ben stood innocently at the side doing nothing but trying to prove his love for Kaitlyn. We were all rooting for Ben. Unfortunately, he got pushed to the side and sent home in the second to last episode.
Now, fans of the franchise rejoice as Ben takes center stage to be this season’s Bachelor. I’ve been pretty excited for Ben to take on the role of Bachelor for a few reasons. Ben seems like a genuinely great guy. He’s the type you would want to bring home to Mom & Dad; he’s a family man, he has a good job, great personality, and his beauty doesn’t hurt either. I think he deserves his chance at love and honestly, I want him to end up happy. My second reason is mainly that there have been a few less than great Bachelor’s for the last few years and I think ABC needed to step up their game. Juan Pablo was a royal dick and Chris Soules could not be more boring of a human being if he tried. Ben will definitely provide for a more interesting and exciting season.
Next, here’s a recap of what went down during the premiere:
Ben, Chris Soules & Sean Lowe preshow pow-wow: Sean Lowe & Catherine Giudici are still going strong and are even expecting their first baby! He’s not a bad go-to for some advice for Ben. However, I’m still wondering why they would bring Chris Soules in for any advice at all. His engagement lasted about as long as my last stomach virus. Definitely not the role model Ben was hoping for, I’m sure…
The #Squad: On arrival, these girls are pretty impressive. They are beautiful and well dressed. Ben is stunned. So stunned in fact, that he can’t contain his excitement over how gorgeous they are. Next week I challenge you to play a drinking game. Take a sip every time Ben says the word “gorgeous.” You will be drunk by 8:45pm. Can we take a minute to discuss these “careers” that some of these girls have listed? Obviously in a group of 25 girls there are bound to be some girls that are more ambitious than others. But, can someone please explain to me what the hell a chicken enthusiast is? Do I qualify for the role if I love chicken fingers enough? When did “Twin” become a job? How do I sign up? Seriously thinking about getting myself cloned at the moment if it means I’ll get paid for it. What really caught my eye in this group of girls though was how young they all were. Half of them are in the age range of 22-24. When you’re 23 you’ve basically just learned to wipe your ass on your own. You’re just beginning life in the “real world.” I’m not sure how these girls think they are ready for marriage when they are 23 and unemployed. They still have so much time in life to figure out their career, learn about themselves and get involved in a rewarding relationship. In my opinion, it’s a little early to be turning to a reality television show to find love.
After the limos arrive: Ben calls his parents to tell them how great he is feeling and how gorgeous all the women are. That is the first time I have seen anyone take the time to call their family on night one before entering the house. He just keeps reinforcing that he is a true family man. Stop it Ben! Once again, you are making girls everywhere in America swoon over you.
They Key Players: Who was memorable after tonight? Who should we give AF about?
Mandi: Aka Crazy Dentist. I foresee her becoming the Ashley S. of Ben’s season. If you don’t remember Ashley S from Chris’s season, you probably just know her as onion girl. I’m 90% sure Mandi is batshit crazy after she insisted on checking Ben’s mouth for gingivitis. I’m pretty sure if any one asked to give me an oral exam on a first date, I would run for the hills. Somehow she still got a rose and is in the running next week.
Becca: Becca from Chris Soules’ season is back and looking for a second chance at finding love with Ben. She was the first runner up on Chris’s season but seems to me like she lucked out by getting dumped because Ben is the better pick. Becca is best known for her status as a virgin. She’s also beautiful, nice, and now will be the most hated girl in the house because she has an advantage over everyone there.
Amber: Did I mention Amber from Chris’ season is back as well? You probably don’t remember her though. She was pretty irrelevant. Well, she’s back to try to continue her reality tv career.
Olivia: Beautiful, blonde, smart. She left her job as a news anchor to be on the show and telling Ben this sweeps him off his feet. Leaving a great job like that has to be tough, especially when you risk being sent home on the first night. She got the first impression rose which came as no surprise. She seems to be a likely frontrunner in the competition.
The Twins: ABC needed to fill their valley girl quota this year.
Russian Girl (Shoshana?): Still not sure how this girl got a rose…he can’t understand a word she is saying as she didn’t speak a lick of English. The fact that she got chosen over girls he can actually converse with says a lot…cough *producers* cough.
JoJo: Cute, likable girl. She’s a real estate developer so clearly she is established and driven. They seemed to vibe so I think she will be around for a bit.
Jubilee: She was a war veteran that fought in Iraq. Enough said. This girl is TOUGH. I’m looking forward to seeing a powerful character on this season.
Lace: Let’s save the best for last. First off, she seems like a royal b****. ABC pegged her as the villain within the first hour. Therefore Lace, you’re doomed. Without a doubt, her comments about how much prettier she was than the other girls were bound to rub everyone the wrong way. I get that it’s a competition but putting everyone else down to make yourself feel better is never ok. Next, she was hammered. Literally obliterated. I had so much second hand embarrassment watching her chase Ben around the house slurring her words. I cringed on my sofa as she asked him for a better kiss than their intial hello kiss on the cheek. Ben, ever the gentleman, had the perfect reply. He told her he wanted to get to know everyone first before getting physical. There he goes being perfect again! Lace ends up getting the last rose of the night but this was still not good enough for her. She goes to talk to Ben yet again after the rose ceremony to say how he didn’t look at her enough or pay enough attention to her. The crazy is coming OUT. That’s for sure. Come on girlfriend! You’re supposed to hold the crazy in for about 6 months, not let it out on day one.
Unfortunately, he sent home some nice girls like Laura (Red Velvet) and Lauren R and kept the Wicked Witch of the West. But, we all know that makes for good television and lots of drama will make for an exciting season. Looking forward to what’s to come!