Welcome back! Hope you're enjoying the new season so far. Sorry for the delay in posting. Life can get a little crazy, and things sneak up on us. I spent some time in the naughty corner to make up for it, and am back to dish with you on the first dates! Grab your bevvies...here we go!
I liked that Des chose Brooks for the very first 1:1 date. Brooks hasn't had as much airtime as some of the other bachelors in the house, so it's nice to see him get some private face time with Des. I'm not sure about going to a wedding gown shop to start off the date trying on tuxedos, but if he didn't run away screaming at the sight of Des modeling bridal gowns, he just might be a keeper!
I do need to say that I'm disappointed in how so many of the previous season's dates/locations are being recycled on newer seasons of The Bachelor/Bachelorette. I'm sure the show can try to come up with more original things to see/do for the couples on the dates! The Hollywood sign dates have popped up several times, as has dinner on a blocked off bridge. I love the Bachelor shows, but let's try to step it up a bit by choosing other places for them to hang out on dates!! You have a private jet, helicopter, and Bentley...take them on a new adventure! OK, rant's over...back to the date...:)
Despite the recycled date locations, it's obvious there is a lot of chemistry between these two. They're both laid-back and clearly enjoyed each other's company. I'm sure Brooks is happy that he got the first kiss of the season! If anyone is keeping tabs on the kisses for this season, let me know. I'm sure a TON of them will be given to this little cutie, since he was offered a rose on the date.
Date number two for the week was a video shoot with Soulja Boy. Let's be honest...how many people thought a paper cut would be more comfortable for some of the guys, as opposed to starring in a rap video? That was about as painful to watch as getting a root canal without Novocaine! Who did you think gave the best performance during the video shoot?
I'll be totally honest...the only memorable thing about this group date was when Ben stole Des mid-chat with Mikey to get more alone time with Des, and Mikey pulled him aside to talk about what had happened. We know this show is all about drama and ratings, and this is setting the stage for more drama in future episodes. It worked in his favor, as Des offered him the rose. Ben is clearly becoming a thorn in the side of many of the guys in the house, and I am looking forward to the fireworks in the future!
Did anyone else think that Brandon is very much like Kasey Kahl from Ali's season? I think he would do anything to "guard and protect' Des' heart, too! Let's see if he ends up sneaking off to a tattoo parlor in a future episode.....;)
The final date of the week is a road trip with Bryden to check out a few sites in California. Again, a lot of cheesey locales, until they hit the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa (now we're talking!) Finally, a hot tub scene sneaks in, and takes the date up a notch. There's only so much you can get out of running through an orange grove and trying to fly a kite on the beach. While I appreciated Bryden opening up to Des about the terrible car accident he was in after college, I'm not sure it was something you need to share on a first date. I was also surprised he pulled out the scary hospital pictures! It was a bit TMI for me...but fortunately for him, Des gave him the rose.
Finally, it's time for the cocktail party, and more drama involving Ben. I thought he was such a great guy in the first episode, but it's obvious that he's not opposed to stepping on a few toes (or people!) to get more time with Des. I guess the old saying rings true on this show..."All's fair in love and war"! Ben is very quickly becoming Public Enemy Number One, and doesn't care that he already has a rose. He wants more face time, even though there are still several bachelors who want more time to convince Des why she should offer them a rose later. You could tell Mikey wanted to throw a case of whoop-ass on Ben, after he interrupted his time with Des. I can't wait to see them battle it out down the road!
Rose ceremony time finally comes, and with three roses already secured, Des makes her choices:
James, Kasey, Dan, Juan Pablo, Brad, Chris, Brian, Zak W., Drew, Mikey, Zach K., Michael, and Brandon. Will, Nick, and Robert were sent home. If you follow Des on Twitter, it turns out Robert used to date Des' roommate, so his days were already numbered!
OK, time for another giveaway! Jacob's Creek (http://www.jacobscreek.ca/home) has very kindly offered a prize pack for me to give to one lucky reader! To win, you need to post a comment below, telling me which bachelor gave the best performance in the Soulja Boy video shoot, AND what song you would perform if you were going to star in your own video shoot! I will announce a winner on Thursday, June 20. Good luck! Make sure to follow Jacob's Creek on Twitter (@JacobsCreekCA), and tweet along with them every Monday night during the Bachelorette, using the hashtag #MoscatoMonday! :)
Thanks so much for sharing your comments and feedback with me! Until next time...xo