Ben Flajnik: Lindzi Cox's good energy won her first impression rose
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 01/03/2012
Ben Flajnik says giving The Bachelor bachelorette Lindzi Cox the first impression rose during last night's season premiere was basically a no-brainer because she had a solid set of obvious good qualities.
"Lindzi had such a good energy about her that I decided she would be the perfect choice for the first impression rose. Let's be honest too... She's a beautiful, confident woman who rode in on a horse!" Flajnik wrote in his People blog.
"When I decided who was going to get the first impression rose I knew I was going to have a lot of glaring eyes on my back as I left the main room, which was not a good feeling. It was in that moment when I realized just how difficult this journey was going to be."
But Lindzi wasn't the only bachelorette who caught the eye of the 29-year-old winemaker from Sonoma, CA during the initial cocktail reception of the show's sixteenth season. In addition to Lindzi, Ben also singled out Nicki Sterling, Brittney Schreiner, Rachel Truehart, and Courtney Robertson for mention.
"I particularly remember my conversation with Nicki being very natural. It was moments such as this one where I found myself thinking that being the Bachelor was the right decision and I was going to have fun with it," Flajnik explained.
"Speaking of fun, Sheryl the grandma was also a highlight of my night. I am close with my grandma and found it to be very endearing that Brittany would bring hers along. I also really enjoyed talking to Rachel and Courtney. They both seemed like they had good families back home, and had experienced life a bit more than some of the other women."
Flajnik said that while the first Rose Ceremony put him in a tough position, he felt confident about which women he chose to send home early on.
"I think anyone who has been in my position before can attest to how difficult the first Rose Ceremony is to handle. It really is a night of first impressions, and unfortunately you only have so many roses to hand out. But at the end of the night, I was confident in the decisions I had made and was looking forward to getting to know the group of women much better," he said.
The Bachelor star also suggested his journey on the show ended positively.
"It took me a few months to decide whether or not I wanted to try and find love this way again, and after thinking long and hard about it, I ultimately thought it would be another positive experience. Guess you'll have to wait and see just how positive it turns out to be," Flajnik added.