First off, my apologies for being woefully absent from the blogging world the last couple of months. As I stated in a previous post, a new position at work has given me a lot less time to sit and rehash the reality television programming we all know and love. Also, in my defense the last couple of months have kind of been a wasteland on the reality tv front, after a lot of rich content this winter. The good news is that the spring of our reality tv discontent is coming to an end with the return of The Bachelorette this coming Monday (5/18). To get us excited about the shows return ABC released the bios of all the fellas who will be competing for the chance to briefly date either Kaitlyn or Britt. The is a lot of guys to cover, so many in fact that I’m planning to do this over a couple of days, so let’s not waste anymore time and get right into the guys. (Side note before I begin. I fully admit this is a ripoff of The Right Reason’s podcast which covers this same topic. This year Juliet and Jacoby did a live taping of their breakdown of all the new guys, and I highly recommend you check out their assessment as well. After reading this of course).
Name: Ben H.
Occupation: Software Salesman
Hometown: Denver, CO
All-time favorite movies: The Sandlot, Crash, 500 Days of Summer
Biggest date fear: Eating something that doesn’t agree with me and then sitting through the entire date fighting a stomach ache.
First Impression: Following the women from the last season of The Bachelor, many of the guys vying for Kaitlyn and Britt’s hearts are terrified are some sort of stomach ailment during a date. While this would certainly be shitty, pun intended, it certainly doesn’t seem like the worst thing that could happen. My personal biggest date fear has always been being kidnapped and murdered. Granted this seems like a pretty unlikely scenario to happen while filming The Bachelorette with all the camera’s around, but in the real world it’s a totally legitimate fear and much more terrifying than a bathroom situation. (This fear also may be part of why I don’t date much). My other big takeaway from Ben is his response to what being married means to him. His response was: “It is a total sacrifice. Marriage is about a commitment to another person and total sacrifice to fulfill that commitment.” Wow, that sounds like a good time. I’m not sure why anyone who describes marriage this way would actually want to get married, but since there is very little chance of getting married by being on this show it seems like maybe Ben is in the right place for now.
Name: Ben Z.
Occupation: Fitness Coach
Hometown: San Jose, CA
All-time favorite movies: Gladiator, Gone in 60 Seconds, Wedding Crashers
Biggest date fear: Falling for someone that doesn’t feel the same way
First Impression: At first I liked this Ben a lot better than the other one. His first date fear is legit, he describes marriage as finding he can share his life with and “have a blast while doing it,” and he lists his mom (who seems to have passed away) as the person he would most like to have lunch with because he would take any extra second he could have with her. For most of his bio Ben Z. seems like a tall, good-looking, nice guy, but right at the end their was something concerning. In response to the most outrageous thing he’s ever done, he responds by saying he is working on this, as he used to be “pretty reserved or calculated.” Something using calculated there sets off alarm bells for me. Ben is either a jerk pretending to be a nice guy, or he’s trying to become the next Bachelor (or I’m completely overreacting and he’s just a super fella).
Occupation: International Auto Shipper
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
All-time favorite movies: Wolf of Wall Street, Will Ferrell movies, Rainman
Biggest date fear: Someone who can’t handle or understand my sarcasm
First Impression: For the most part Bradley seems pretty dull. I do however appreciate his date fear, as someone with a dry/sarcastic sense of humor this is a fear I have anytime I’m interacting with new people. According to his bio Bradley was an all-american division one tennis player. Doesn’t Andi play tennis? If things don’t work out with Britt or Kaitlyn maybe Bradley can go back to Atlanta and find love with the former Bachelorette.