John English the first geek eliminated from 'Beauty and the Geek'
By Christopher Rocchio, 03/12/2008
John English's participation in Beauty and the Geek's social experiment was short-lived, as the 25-year-old self-described "recovering Microsoft addict" from Tempe, AZ became the first geek eliminated from The CW reality show's fifth season during Tuesday night's premiere broadcast.
"I do regret not being able to participate in the rest of these challenges," said John following his ouster. "The short time I had here was a lot of fun and I am going to miss it. I think it's going to be really exciting to see how much some of these guys can change. I wish I could be a part of that."
Beauty and the Geek's fifth season premiere began with the nine geeks arriving at an airport hanger where they were met by host Mike Richards, who introduced them to the nine beauties. The two groups then took part in a small meet-and-greet, where they shared champagne and attempted to converse.
Mike informed everyone it was then time to pick the teams. Instead of like previous season when the two were paired into the show's usual opposite-extreme couples, Mike revealed Beauty and the Geek'sfifth-season twist would have the two cliques initially competing against other.
That night, the two teams arrived at the Beauty and the Geek mansion, picked rooms and shared a drink. Amanda, a 23-year-old model from Queen Creek, AZ, said several of the beauties were "immediately drawn" to Greg, a gay 23-year-old clothing designer/pastry chef from Azusa, CA, because he's "so sweet." Greg then fell in the hot tub as the girls sat around it.
The beauties also held a meeting to form their team strategy and quickly recognized Amber, a 25-year-old model from Los Angeles, CA, as the "weakest one" since she wasn't very focused on the game. Amber ditched the meeting, threw on her bathing suit, and hopped in the hot tub -- where she sat on the lap of Joe, a 24-year-old TV assignment editor from Nipomo, CA. The two made a deal to help each other during the competition.
Greg also met with the girls and cried about his concerns that he's not as geeky as the other geeks. The beauties told Greg not to try and pigeonhole himself as a geek and encouraged him to just be himself.
The next morning, the two teams met Mike, who explained the rules to Beauty and the Geek's first fifth-season challenge, which was all about numbers. Both teams were sent to a club and the team that was able to collect the most phone numbers from the opposite sex would win. Each team received study material, which contained information about meeting new people and breaking the ice.
However because the geeks would obviously be at a disadvantage for the challenge, the beauties would be receiving a "make-under" before leaving for the club. The winning team would have the power to send the losing team to the elimination room.
"The thought of losing my beauty put me into a panic mode," commented Tara, a 24-year-old model and Hooters hostess from Davie, FL. "I sincerely was scared."
Tommy, a 24-year-old law student from Somerville, MA, went upstairs and immediately started to go over the study material -- as did most of the other geeks -- while the beauties received their make-unders, which included plastic prosthesis, bad hair and terrible makeup.
The two teams then arrived at the club for their challenge, with the beauties revealing their make-unders to the geeks.
"I'd say confidence right now is very high because we really want to win this. We want to come out of the gate strong," said Joe.
The challenge commenced as the two teams entered the crowded club and tried to collect as many numbers as they could in the allotted 15-minute time period. Once it was over, Mike called all the numbers to make sure they were real and informed the two teams he'd be revealing the winners the next morning.
Back at the mansion, Randi, a 26-year-old stylist from Houston, TX verbally bashed Amber for her hair and being too thin. Amber overheard and confronted Randi, and the two engaged in Top Model-esque bickering.
"I think that's one of the geeks' strengths," commented John. "We're not fighting with each other. We don't hate each other -- as far as I know."
The next morning, Mike revealed the results from the challenge -- with the beauties receiving the most phone numbers. All of the beauties were safe from elimination and had to choose five geeks to send to the elimination room, with one ultimately being sent home.
The girls deliberated and were having a hard time narrowing it down to five.
"We went through and we picked the guys we knew we definitely didn't want to go into elimination," said Cara, a 21-year-old cocktail waitress and aspiring soap star from Temecula, CA. "Because they really needed to be here -- they needed to stay -- and we didn't want to give them any chance of going home."
Beauty and the Geek's first fifth-season stair ceremony began, and Amanda revealed Chris, a 23-year-old MIT oceanography student from Cambridge, MA; Tommy; Jonathan, a 26-year-old system administrator/technical consultant from Colfax, CA; Joe; and John were up for elimination. The five nominated geeks then packed their bags and said their goodbyes.
Leticia, a 29-year-old action-sports announcer from Orlando, FL, opined the potential loss of Tommy, whom she described as "surprisingly dateable" due to his personality.
The five geeks arrived in the Jeopardy-style elimination room, where Mike would ask questions about meeting new people and "the art of the pickup." The first person to buzz in could answer the question. If they answered correctly, they'd be safe from elimination. If they answered it wrong, the person who buzzed in second had a chance to answer. Last person left would be eliminated.
Tommy answered the first question correctly, followed by Chris and Jonathan. Joe answered the fourth question correctly, meaning John was the first geek eliminated.
Beauty and the Geek's next fifth-season episode will air Tuesday, March 18 at 8PM ET/PT on The CW.