Well, better late than never! Sorry for the delay in starting my blogs for the new season. I have been busy and unfortunately, Ali's drama and boy toys had to wait a bit for me to start dishing and hissing about them!! Let's not waste any more time and get right to it!
OK...I know there are a lot of people who are not huge fans of Ali. People think she was whiny and filled with drama on Jake's season of The Bachelor, and that she dropped out of the running for his heart so that she could come back to have her own season of The Bachelorette. Well, after seeing who he chose and what has happened since then, I say you go, girl! I would have dropped him too for a chance to start fresh, Vienna-free and get all dolled up for 25 men of my own.
Didn't you just love how ABC milked all the drama-infested scenes from Ali's departure on the season premiere to start off the show? I know by now, everyone is sick of seeing her cry in the middle of the hall at the hotel, in the back seat of the limo and pouting on her balcony back in San Francisco. I knew as soon as she left last season, we would have to see that at the start of her season. I hope she leaves the crybaby behind as she dives head first into her own quest for love and lust!!
I loved when Ali pulled up to the mansion in the limo and we were able to check out what she was wearing. The necklace flowing down her back was awesome!! Many people didn't think she the dress she had on suited her, but I thought she loked like a princess! Loved the black flowy dress...she looked like a diva and ready for love!
Keep in mind that Ali is a self-professed tomboy! ABC has very wisely paired her up with a great stylist that is putting beautiful and girly dresses on her to play up the image of Ali as a beautiful, desireable lady that 25 men are willing to fight over. This also explains the hair extensions that she gave Vienna a hard time about. Let's cut the girl some slack...we know she's in it to win it...she needs to use the ammunition to make her earn bonus points in the beauty department! Anyone else they selected would have done the exact same thing!
As a side note, if anyone wants information on the outfits Ali is wearing in each episode, check out the Possessionista website. There is always a breakdown of her outfits there - who the designer is, what the cost is and where you can find similar outfits at a lower cost. I love this site and always appreciate the fashion tips! :)
I will keep my comments pretty brief on the men who were selected for this new season...at least for this entry. Overall, I am not too impressed with many of the guys selected for this new season. I think ABC's casting department could have done a LOT better with most of the choices, but I know some people were probably selected for ratings purposes. In any event, here is my take on the men who rolled up in the limo to meet Ali for the first time (at leats the ones I can remember!):
Frank - 30 year old retail manager and aspiring screenwriter from Chicago. He is super cute and looks like he's there for Ali and to fall in love. I am looking forward to seeing how their story plays out! Loved when he came flying out the window to meet Ali.
Jay - 29 year-old lawyer. That's pretty much all I can remember. LOL!
Craig M - 34 year-old working in dental sales from Sarnia, based in T.O. He looks like Patrick Dempsey from Grey's Anatomy! I loved when he told Ali how happy he was to see her and not Vienna! He scored a brownie point on the spot with me! HAHA!!
Kyle - the 26-year-old outdoorsman from Colorado. Hunting since he was 4. I bet he wants to hunt Ali down and mount her over his fireplace! LOL!!
Justin - aka 'Rated R'. Entertainment wrestler from T.O. Anyone who is an entertainment wrestler must have a drama streak in him! I am interested in what stunts he pulls during this season. Anyone think he will try to put one of the guys or Ali in a headlock? He will definately get the sympathy card from Ali for being on crutches.
Phil - 30 year-old investment manager from Chicago. His brother died at age 22, and he shifted his priorities in life after that happened.
Jonathan - weatherman from Texas. I will go on record to say that this goober is NOT for Ali! Where do they find some of these men!?
Ty - 31 year old medical sales rep from Tennessee. Plays guitar and was divorced a few months before he came onto the show. Not sure if that's a long enough break to start looking for love again, but he's cute and I am looking forward to seeing what happens with him.
Chris L - Landscaper from Cape Cod. He was a teacher who moved home when he mom was sick. When she passed away, he stayed home and changed his profession. He was instantly one of my personal favourites. Cute as hell and had instant chemistry with Ali! Looking forward to seeing more of him and the two of them together.
Roberto - 26 year-old insurance agent. Ali and Roberto had huge sparks instantly and she thinks he is sexy. Ali calls him a cutie as soon as she meets him. I see him sticking around for a while. (Rick...if you are reading this...I told you once and I will tell you again and again...YOU should have applied to be on this season! I know you are a huge Ali fan!!)
Chris from Vancouver - she thinks he is cute. They seem very comfortable together. We'll see how long he sticks around.
Tyler - works in online advertising. He tells Ali that he's happy she's not on jake's plane right now. I wanted to say that would be impossible anyway, since Jake is too busy trying to be a reality star to even have a real job anymore...but that is neither here nor there. :)
Kirk - cute and asks Ali for a hug. He is the one who makes Ali a rose and says she deserves one of her own, since she will be busy giving out so many over the coming weeks.
John - got down on one knee and gave Ali a cubic zirconia ring. Dude...women prefer real bling! We will see how long he lasts.
Tyler - mentions to Ali that he wore red boots because she wore them when she met at Jake. Ali points out that she did not. Hmm...wonder what season he was watching when he saw the boots...play attention, pal! Not a smart move on your part.
Derek - brings Ali leaves because he saw that she made a wish using a leaf on her hometown date and he wants her to catch one and make a wish now. Awww...not Tyler could take a pointer from Derek. Clearly, he watched The Bachelor and took note of Ali's actions. Atta boy! ;)
Shooter - the one who tells her how he got his nickname. That was so painful to watch and sealed his fate instantly! Never, ever tell a girl you are trying to impress such a ridiculous story! Anyone who wants a recap, let me know and I will email you offline...lmao! Otherwise, I think you may be able to connect the dots on your own...;)
Jesse - the country boy from MO. Very cute and catches Ali's eye.
Jason - the one who does a backflip off the roof of the limo. He impresses Ali with that stunt.
After Ali meets all of the men, she goes inside for the cocktail party to try and get to know everyone better. Ali says how she has never felt more beautiful and special. I would say so...a lot of hair, makeup and style tips would make any girl feel diva glam! ABC has invested a lot into making Ali look like a princess, and it's paying off - at least in my opinion. I am an Ali fan and am sticking to that story!
Ali mentions to the cameras how she is ready to fall in love again and is looking for someone smart, funny and who treats her right. Frank steals her away for some 1-1time. The competition is already heating up...that's the way to make an impression and show Ali who is there to get to know her. He mentions that he is a huge risk-taker, and that she is very courageous for what she is doing. He ends their time with a hug and kiss on the cheek. You can tell they have a little spark already. I likey Frank...for the record. :)
Kirk also gets some time alone with Ali. He tells her how he spent 8 hours making her a scrapbook, which she loves. Ali is blown away by Kirk.
Kasey also steals Ali away for a chat and tells her he wants to protect her heart. Ali responds by saying his mama raised him well. They bond over sharing information about how their parents divorced when they were only 12years old. Is it me....or does this guy scream creeper!? I am a little weirded out by him. We'll see if my gut reaction changes over time.
Hunter catches Ali's attention by singing her a song and playing on a ukelele. This part was hysterical and I couldn't stop giggling at this point! Corny as hell and very entertaining.
Jonathan the weather monpolized time with Ali, leaving Craig M. without any time with Ali. Craig calls Jonathan out on all the verbal diarrhea. You can already feel the tension and dislike between these two men.
Roberto sneaks Ali off for 1-1 time. She calls him handsome and ask to know all about him. Her interest in Roberto is obvious. She says that she is very glad he is there to meet her and says how she wants a family filled with unconditional love. He gushes at her beauty and does a little salsa dance with her. She is totally into him!
Chris L. and Ali also enjoy a good conversation. He leaves out the information about his mother, saying that it was not first impression information, and decides to share this information with her later. Smart move. There is something about this guy that I really like...good looking and nice is always a great combination!
Ali and Justin also have some 1-1 time, where he tells her that he is an entertainment wrestler. He tells her that his stage name is "Rated R", and that his injury is from the wrestling. The men give him a hard time about his profession and think he is dishonest and there for all the wrong reasons. Hmmm...Rated R for ridiculous, in my opinion.
When Ali and Craig have their 1-1 time, he calls out the other guys and tell her that not everyone is there for the right reasons. He also gives Ali a yellow sneaker keychain, which symbolizes her favourite colour and her love for sneakers!! It's a bit cheesey, but all is fair in love and war!!! Ali is touched by the gift and his honesty, as she does not have the same insight on the men as others do.
Jesse also gives Ali a gift, which is a necklace with a heart that is in two pieces. Ali eats that up like ice cream on a crazy hot day. What girl wouldn't enjoy a gift from the 'heart'...awww, yes, I am a cornball! LOL!!
Chris Harrison, the host of the show, comes to crash the party and has the men write down the name of a person who they think is not sincere or there for the right reasons. Everyone is nervous about this, but most of the men write down Justin's name. Ali has the option of asking Justin to leave, or she could give him a rose. She decides to give Justin a rose and the chance to get to know each other better.
Ali comes to the point where she needs to give out the first impression rose. She gives it to Roberto, who she says made her feel at ease, was so sweet, and was someone she could see herself with at the end.
Finally, we get to the end of the show and the rose ceremony! Here is who Ali picks to stay on to get to know better:
Justin “Rated R” Rego
Chris Hasek-Watt (Canada)
Chris N. (From Florida)
Craig M. from Canada
Once again, I apologize for the delay in starting the blog entries! I hope you enjoyed the season premiere. I am still questioning a lot of the selections the show picked for Ali, but in watching clips of future episodes, it looks like is will be a very interesting season! Let me know who you think will be around for the long haul, and what you think of the remaining 17 men!
Until next time...stay dry, enjoy a cocktail or two and we'll catch up again for more dishing very soon!! XO