'The Bachelor: London Calling' star Matt Grant cuts three more suitors
By Christopher Rocchio, 04/01/2008
Matt Grant got physical with his suitors -- in more ways than one -- during last night's The Bachelor: London Calling broadcast, and when it was over, he sent three more bachelorettes packing in his journey to find true love via the ABC reality dating series' twelfth installment.
Amy, a 22-year-old nanny from Stockton, CA; Erin Storm, a 33-year-old hot dog vendor from Venice, CA; and Kristine, a 32-year-old personal trainer from Charlotte, NC, all failed to receive a rose from the 27-year-old international banker, bringing an end to their The Bachelor experience.
"I was kind of surprised," said Amy following her rejection. "I was pretty confident in getting a rose. I felt like Matt blew it. He didn't realize what he could have had. That was sad and I'm bummed out that he didn't get to know me. I'm taking away a friendship -- a couple friendships -- and the loss of a guy."
The Bachelor: London Calling's third episode began with host Chris Harrison informing the 12 remaining bachelorettes that there would be two one-on-one dates and a group date before the next Rose Ceremony, with Matt giving out a rose at each. The bachelorettes who received the roses would be safe at the upcoming Rose Ceremony, however if the bachelorettes on the one-on-one dates failed to receive a rose they would be immediately eliminated.
Holly, a 25-year-old children's author from Suffield, OH, was informed she'd be accompanying Matt on the first one-on-one date and learned the two would be going to a special private screening of the film Made of Honor.
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Matt and Holly arrived via limousine at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, where they were given the red carpet treatment complete with media interviews and putting their hand prints in cement. Matt commented that they "rocked the red carpet."
Holly cried at the conclusion of the film before Matt whisked her away to a rooftop terrace for dinner. He inquired about her career as a children's author and also asked what she's looking for in a potential husband. Not surprisingly, she answered Matt's "100%" what she's looking for in a guy. Matt then told Holly he feels the two are "almost too comfortable" together and their relationship lacks "electricity."
"I was definitely bothered when he said he didn't know if there was any electricity between us," opined Holly. "It would be hard to leave here tonight without a rose. Everything's changed. My feelings are in it now."
The two retreated to the hot tub and after some flirty conversation started to make out. Matt described the kiss as "great" and added it "completely broke the ice." He then presented Holly with the rose, meaning she'd be safe at the upcoming Rose Ceremony.
"Going forward -- being totally honest -- it's going to take a hell of a lot to beat this," said Matt.
Back at the house, Shayne, a 22-year-old actress from Malibu, CA, learned she'd be accompanying Matt on the second one-on-one date.
"Matt chose me for the one-one-one date," she said. "I told him I'm not the type of girl that wears my heart on my sleeve, so if he wanted to get to know me then you obviously have to get to know me."
However before he got to know Shayne better, the 10 other bachelorettes -- Amanda R., a 27-year-old account executive from Niceville, FL; Amy; Ashlee, a 22-year-old singer/songwriter from Jacksonville Beach, FL; Chelsea, a 24-year-old pharmaceutical sales representative from Durango, CO; Kelly, a 24-year-old medical sales representative from San Diego, CA; Kristine; Marshana, a 27-year-old fashion designer from Brooklyn, NY; Noelle, a 26-year-old photographer from Loveland, CO; and Robin, a 22-year-old advertising coordinator from Holland, MI -- would be accompanying him on the group date.
Matt and the bachelorettes arrived at a rugby field to play the bachelor's favorite form of football. The girls warmed up, which included stretching in their tight clothing and wrestling each other on the ground, much to Matt's delight. He commented how Robin was doing "awesome" and was surprised how seriously she was taking it.
With Kelly and Marshana as captains, the teams were selected and Ashlee was the last bachelorette chosen.
"If you where fake eyelashes at a f**king rugby game, you deserve to be picked last," said Chelsea.
As the game commenced, Chelsea immediately took aim at Ashlee and knocked her to the ground with a vicious elbow, which prompted Ashlee to compare Chelsea to a "big old dude." However it was Marshana who was the first to be seriously injured, as her mouth was bloodied at one point during the match. Matt spent some time with Marshana on the sideline, which some of the other girls weren't too pleased about.
"I know for a fact that the girls think that I'm being a wimp about the injury," said Marshana. "My ego's not bruised because I look fabulous -- busted lip and all."
Matt thought Marshana showed "great strength and character," but she still watched from the sideline as the rugby match came to a close. Matt was impressed with their effort overall and moved the group date back to his bachelor pad for a party, where he surprised them with masseuses.
The girls got into their bikinis and frolicked in the hot tub before Matt revealed that for being the winning team's captain, Kelly would accompany him for a massage. After bantering about some sexual innuendos while receiving their massages, Kelly stepped in for Matt's masseuse, sat on the bachelor's butt and rubbed his back. While Matt commented he likes being around Kelly, he still expressed concern that she might not be right for him.
Matt and Robin then shared some one-on-one time, and he reiterated why he's attracted to her -- a fact that was evident during the previous episode. The two went into the hot tub and made out.
Amanda R. -- who received the first-impression rose on the first night -- then had some alone time with Matt, and was afraid that since she wasn't spending much time with him he'd find her "boring or reserved." The two discussed musical interests -- but right in the middle of their conversation, Noelle and Kristine arrived.
"It was kind of just an awkward moment, because for some reason I just get tongue-tied," said Amanda R.. "At this point, I'm trying to prepare myself for the possibility that I might not get a rose and I might be going home."
Matt then gushed that the rugby date was his "favorite day by a stretch" so far in the competition before handing the group date's rose to Robin.
"I don't think Robin deserved the rose at all," opined Chelsea, who felt she deserved it.
"Robin, I don't think ever in a million years if I was a dude would want to date her. Never!" added Kelly. "Robin should go home and I should be here to the end, and I will."
The next day, Matt arrived at the bachelorettes' house to pick-up Shayne for their one-on-one date, which would be a romantic day in wine country at Casa Barranca. While Matt said he was attracted to Shayne, he also faulted her for the "few tantrums" she previously threw and the "character clashes" the two might have.
As they relaxed, Matt pestered Shayne about her parents, and she was still reluctant to talk about it because she didn't want to feel like she was dropping names. Eventually she relented and said her father is former Renegade star Lorenzo Lamas, who is "well-known in America" but to her he's just "my dad."
Shayne then explained how both of her parents have had several failed relationships and reiterated she's on The Bachelor "looking for love just as much as [Matt] is."
The two then discussed marriage -- and at 22-years-old -- Shayne said she didn't think she was ready for it quite yet, but would be someday. Matt described Shayne's age and work as an actress as a "big concern."
"To me that just says no go as far as settling down," he said. "But she might prove me wrong. I think Shayne can prove me wrong. I don't think she is just a beautiful, blonde actress. I think there's a lot more to her."
The two enjoyed dinner, and Matt described Shayne as the "ultimate L.A. sex kitten." Shayne tried to defend herself by saying she's "not pretentious or uptight."
"You wouldn't say you were high maintenance?" asked Matt.
"No. I would say I am. Because I am," answered Shayne with a laugh.
Matt found Shayne charming and liked that she was both "glam" and "vulnerable." The two settled in front of the fire place for dessert and Matt admitted he'd been being "really tough" on her. They subsequently made out, and Matt described it as an "amazing kiss."
"She makes me feel like a 16-year-old boy," gushed Matt before presenting the rose to Shayne, meaning she'd be safe at the impending Rose Ceremony.
"I'm very, very drawn to Shayne. Without a doubt, she has cast a little spell on me," confessed Matt. "But there are a lot of other amazing girls and it would be very foolish of me to throw it all into Shayne right now."
The next night, Matt and the 12 remaining bachelorettes gathered one last time before the upcoming Rose Ceremony.
Matt spent some alone time with Chelsea, and after she had previously been "reserved" the two participated in some "full on kissing," according to Matt.
With time winding down the bachelorettes who had not yet received a rose tried to spend as much time as possible with Matt, however Robin saw an opportunity to steal him away for a while and did so. This didn't sit well with the other girls, causing Shayne, Kelly and Amy to approach the two and explain Robin shouldn't be stealing time from other girls.
"Robin, you have a rose," agreed Matt before walking away to spend some time with somebody else.
Inside the house, the other girls tried to explain to Robin why what she did was wrong, and cattiness ensued -- with the majority of the bachelorettes ganging up on Robin. Kristine met with Matt and explained she was trying to avoid the drama, however their conversation seemed like it was lacking.
The drama was reaching a boiling point and Robin shouted she was going to "fight" for what she wants -- aka Matt -- and if the other girls don't like it, too bad.
"If everybody's running the same race, only one person can win. You can't be like, 'Okay we tie!'" said Robin.
The Bachelor: London Calling's third Rose Ceremony then commenced.
"It really hit me tonight -- more so this evening than ever before," explained Matt. "You have 12 girls in front of you, to whom this is extremely important. I realized that this was going to be very, very tough."
In addition to Holly, Robin and Shayne, the bachelorettes who received a rose were Amanda R., Ashlee, Kelly, Chelsea, Noelle and Marshana.
"I am a little disappointed. Matt didn't think I was his type," opined Erin S. after her ouster. "That's his deal. I don't know what to say. That's up to Matt. I came here to find love so there is that disappointment."
"I don't think I got a rose tonight because I have a hard time opening up. It's a big problem for me," explained Kristine. "I tend to wait to see if the person's into me before I show signs of my interest. It's a pattern."
The Bachelor: London Calling's next episode will air Monday, April 7 at 10PM ET/PT on ABC.
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