'Ready for Love's Ernesto Arguello and Ben Patton each narrow bachelorettes to eight
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/17/2013
Ready for Love bachelors Ernesto Arguello and Ben Patton both narrowed their love searches to eight bachelorettes during Tuesday night's second episode of the new NBC reality dating series.
Ready for Love's second broadcast began with the show's three matchmakers Amber Kelleher-Andrews, Tracy McMillan and Matt Hussey each selecting four women they're mentoring for Ernesto, an entrepreneur with a social vision from Miami, FL, to try to get to know without seeing what they look like or meeting them face to face.
After hearing each group of four girls describe themselves one by one and talk about why they could be a potential match for him, Ernesto had to eliminate one woman from each matchmaker's pool of bachelorettes.
Amber picked Alba Reyes, a 30-year-old who currently resides in Houston, TX; Elizabeth Capela, a 30-year-old who currently resides in Dallas, TX; Erica Larson, a 25-year-old who currently resides in Addison, TX; and Shandi Finnessey, a 33-year-old who currently resides in Los Angeles, CA, to introduce themselves to Ernesto.
Ernesto chose to move forward with Alba, Erica and Shandi.
Matt selected Kristen Sikorski, a 25-year-old who currently resides in Austin, TX; Mandy Wagner, a 26-year-old who currently resides in Studio City, CA; Sonia Lettig, a 31-year-old who currently resides in Miramar, FL; and Summer Burns, a 31-year-old who currently resides in Austin, TX.
Ernesto opted to advance Sonia, Kristen and Mandy.
Tracy set Ernesto up with Katie Crosby, a 26-year-old who currently resides in Chicago, IL; Lisa Marie Hall, a 30-year-old who currently resides in Covina, CA; Olivia Matti, a 26-year-old who currently resides in Sterling Heights, MI; and Victoria Mora, a 24-year-old who currently resides in Chicago, IL.
Ernesto decided to keep Olivia, Victoria and Katie.
At this point in the episode, Ernesto had narrowed his 12 bachelorettes down to nine, ultimately letting go of Elizabeth, Summer and Lisa Marie. Ernesto then went on a group date with all of the remaining women. They built a house for Habitat for Humanity and then drank champagne at a spa.
After the group date, Ernesto and his bachelorettes returned to the live studio where each matchmaker had to nominate one girl on his or her team for elimination. It was then up to Ernesto to determine which of the bottom-three women he wanted to send home.
Tracy nominated Victoria, Matt put Kristen on the chopping block and Amber picked out Erica from the bunch.
Ernesto first chose to save Kristen. His decision then came down to ousting either Victoria or Erica, and he chose to send Victoria home.
"This just isn't me... I guess I regret that I didn't adjust as fast as he wanted me to, you know, it's tough. It was a tough situation. I'm at a point where I know what I want. Ernesto could've been him but I don't know!" Victoria said following her ouster.
The second half of Tuesday night's broadcast picked up with the three matchmakers undergoing the same process for Ben, an international financier from Dallas, TX, which was selecting four women they're mentoring for the bachelor to try to get to know without actually meeting them.
Amber selected Lynsee Gonzales, a 26-year-old who currently resides in Portland, OR; Tarryn Franco, a 26-year-old who currently resides in San Francisco, CA; Seneca Berniard, a 34-year-old who currently resides in Los Angeles, CA; and Kari Krakowski, a 27-year-old who currently resides in Dallas, TX and dated Ben in Texas about five years ago.
According to Amber, Kari and Ben had a great love together but experienced an unfortunate "explosive breakup." Later in the episode, viewers discovered Kari had blindsided and dumped Ben and he was heartbroken because of it.
Ben opted to advance Lynsee, Tarryn and Kari.
Tracy picked Angela Zatopek, a 24-year-old who currently resides in Houston, TX; Katie Coyle, a 34-year-old who currently resides in Pella, IA; Renae Virata, a 31-year-old who currently resides in Houston, TX; and Kristina Zapata, a 26-year-old who currently resides in Los Angeles, CA, to introduce themselves to Ben.
Ben chose to move forward with Angela, Katie and Renae.
Matt set Ben up with Rachel Briese, a 26-year-old who currently resides in Schaumberg, IL; Beth Richman, a 30-year-old who currently resides in Charlotte, NC; Jade Dhir, a 24-year-old who currently resides in Austin, TX; and Allie Wagner, a 26-year-old who currently resides in Cincinnati, OH.
Ben decided to keep Beth, Rachel and Allie.
Ben had narrowed down his 12 bachelorettes to nine after sending home Seneca, Kristina and Jade. He then went on a date with his remaining girls in which they participated in a mud-run and had drinks at a little country house afterwards.
Once they returned back to the live studio, each matchmaker nominated his or her bottom-three girl.
Amber nominated Kari, Matt chose Rachel and Tracy picked Angela.
Ben decided to save Angela and then eventually eliminated Rachel.
"Nice guys finish last, so maybe I shouldn't be so nice. But I am not going to change who I am... I'm heartbroken. I'm just really hurt and disappointed. I think it took courage to come out in a superhero outfit. I can't breathe. I'll be okay. I know hopefully I'll eventually find the person -- just not today or now," Rachel said following her ouster.