ABC reveals 'The Bachelorette' bachelors, format changes and twists
By Christopher Rocchio, 05/07/2008
ABC has revealed the identities of the 25 men who will compete for the affection of DeAnna Pappas on The Bachelorette's fourth season as well as some of the new twists and format changes the reality dating competition will feature.
Instead of presenting just one first-impression rose at The Bachelorette's initial fourth-seasoncocktail party, Pappas -- who was twice-rejected by The Bachelor eleventh-season star Brad Womack -- will have three first-impression rose boutonnieres to present that night.
She'll also have help from fellow The Bachelor eleventh-season suitor Jenni Croft -- who was also rejected by Womack during the final Rose Ceremony and has since gotten engaged to her former live-in boyfriend --in determining who gets one of the boutonnieres.
Croft will individually grill each of the bachelors to try and learn as much about them as possible before reporting back to Pappas, who will then offer a boutonniere to one of the men based on her conversation with Croft.
In addition, The Bachelorette's fourth season will include a twist that deals with the suitor's living situation.
Instead of living in a luxurious mansion like prior The Bachelor and The Bachelorette suitors, the bachelors competing for Pappas' heart will live in an ABC-described "unspectacular bunkhouse." However the "bunkhouse" will be "down the hill" from Pappas' own mansion, and she'll give three different trios of suitors the opportunity to live in the mansion with her at various times throughout the season.
Jenni Croft shares her notes with DeAnna Pappas after individually grilling the bachelors (Photo credit ABC/Craig Sjodin)
The Bachelorette's fourth season will begin with the 25 men arriving at the aforementioned cocktail party and immediately attempting to woo Pappas -- who appears "stunning in a sexy gold dress," according to ABC.
Pappas immediately presents one of the boutonnieres to a suitor whose "quiet charm" quickly catches her attention and offers the second one to the suitor who came out on top following her conversation with Croft. With only one boutonniere left to present, the guys waste no time in attempting to impress Pappas -- and some of their methods could be considered strange.
A Canadian sales manager reveals he's wearing a thong with Pappas' name on it; a Bostonian greets her in Greek; a professional snowboarder arrives in florescent sneakers and a flamboyant jacket; an oyster farmer presents her with a pearl necklace; a chef whips up a crab cocktail; and a martial arts master kicks a lemon off another suitor's head.
All of this leads up to Pappas eliminating 10 of the 25 men, leaving the rest of the men to compete in a season that will include group dates to the set of Ellen DeGeneres' talk show, Dodger Stadium; a stock car track, and a dude ranch, as well as a singing contest that will end with the winner accompanying Pappas to a private Natasha Bedingfield concert.
Once Pappas narrows to the field to her final six bachelors, she and the men will travel to Palm Springs for a romantic getaway that will include a special one-on-one date at Frank Sinatra's former home. Similar to The Bachelor's format, Pappas will also visit the hometowns of her final four suitors and give her final two suitors the chance to meet her family.
The 26-year-old Neunan, GA real estate agent was rejected twice by Womack -- first at the final Rose Ceremony during the show's eleventh-season finale broadcast and for a second time during ABC's The Bachelor: After the Final Rose special.
The Bachelorette's fourth season will premiere on Monday, May 19 at 9PM ET/PT. Following it's two-hour debut -- which will air immediately after Dancing with the Stars final sixth-season performance episode broadcast -- The Bachelorette will air regularly from 8-10PM ET/PT beginning Monday, May 26.