'The Bachelorette' star Andi Dorfman eliminates her first six bachelors in premiere
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 05/20/2014
The Bachelorette star Andi Dorfman eliminated her first six bachelor suitors during Monday night's premiere broadcast of the ABC reality dating series' tenth season.
Emil, a 33-year-old helicopter pilot from Costa Mesa, CA; Jason, a 35-year-old urgent care physician from Sturgeon Bay, WI; Josh B., a 29-year-old telecommunication marketer from Denver, CO; Mike, a 29-year-old bartender from Alta, UT; Rudie, a 31-year-old attorney from Long Beach, CA; and Steven, a 30-year-old snowboard product developer from Encinitas, CA, all failed to receive a rose from the 27-year-old assistant district attorney and former eighteenth-season The Bachelor bachelorette from Atlanta, GA.
"I'm just super disappointed, honestly, because I'm here stuck here talking to [a producer] instead of up there with all the guys. You come here looking for a wife, and then all of a sudden, you hear all these guys [making cheers]," Josh B. said following his ouster.
"Whatever. It's embarrassing... So yeah, this was something that a friend put me up to and when I showed up, I said, 'Yeah this is great. Yeah sure, let's give it a try. Let's embarrass the f-ck out of myself for one night to do absolutely nothing, to accomplish nothing.' And then I'm going to call my parents tomorrow and be like, 'Yeah, that sucked! I'm coming home.' I'm going to face reality and be embarrassed as f-ck. Cool. It is what it is. I'm going to go home and enjoy myself and take some vacations. This is stupid."
The Bachelorette's tenth-season premiere began with Andi saying she finds her job empowering yet she's ready to give that up and leave her family behind in order to find true, "indescribable love." She was nervous and excited to begin her journey and told the cameras she didn't know what she did to deserve 25 men flying across the country to meet her. Before meeting her first suitor, her heart was pounding.
"I can see the end because I'm finally starting my beginning," Andi said as the first limo pulled up.
The 25 bachelors then arrived at the mansion in LA and met Andi one by one before the initial cocktail reception commenced. Many of the guys tried to make a memorable first impression during their arrivals.
Tasos, a 30-year-old wedding event coordinator from Denver, CO, asked her to fasten a lock on a gate to represent the "Love Lock" bridge in Paris, which Andi found "adorable." Cody, a 28-year-old personal trainer from Chicago, IL, showed off his strength by pushing his stalled limo up the driveway. Brett, a 29-year-old hairstylist from Westminster, PA, offered Andi the unusual gift of the floor lamp from his hotel room.
Nick S., a 27-year-old professional golfer from Kissimmee, FL, drove up in a golf cart. Eric, a 31-year-old explorer from Citrus Heights, CA, gave Andi a pair of dolls that a little girl in the Andes Mountains had given him to offer his future girlfriend -- which Andi found "so sweet."
In addition, Craig, a 29-year-old tax accountant from Denver, CO, uncorked an overflowing bottle of champagne in the driveway. Emil told Andi his name is pronounced "anal with an M," and Andi found Marcus, a 25-year-old sports medicine manager from Dallas, TX, "so hot."
After meeting all 25 of her bachelors, Andi told host Chris Harrison, "There were some good looking fellas," and it was "such a tough job, deciphering who's hotter."
Likewise, all the men discussed how stunning Andi was while inside the mansion. Andi admitted her biggest fear was that the guys would be disappointed she was the Bachelorette, but she felt everyone's energy and happiness. She had a feeling the love of her life was standing in that house.
Once inside the mansion, Andi began to have conversations with her suitors. She admitted Josh M., a 29-year-old former professional baseball player from Atlanta, GA, was definitely her type.
"Nailed it, pegged it, damn," Andi said in a confessional of Josh M.
However, Andi wondered whether Josh was being completely genuine with her, and she noted she'd need to keep an eye on him.
"Obviously he's my type, but there's a reason that I'm single and here, you know what I mean? So maybe my type is going to change," Andi said in a confessional.
Marquel, a 26-year-old sponsorship salesman from Las Vegas, NV, fed Andi a variety of cookies, which she loved. Eric then explained to the Bachelorette he was only in the states about three days a month for his job because he was involved in a work project to visit all 195 countries. Eric told Andi he wouldn't be finished filming his exploration show for two more years, but he guaranteed her that he could easily have a travel companion join him.
Chris Harrison then brought in the first impression rose, and all the guys immediately grew tense and became more anxious.
Meanwhile, former fifteenth-season The Bachelorette bachelor and Bachelor Pad contestant Chris Bukowski was trying to crash the party with a bouquet of roses in hand for Andi. Chris B. was begging show producers to let him inside the mansion so he could talk to Andi, however, they weren't letting him. Chris B. apparently became smitten with Andi while watching her on Juan Pablo Galavis' edition of The Bachelor.
Back in the mansion, Andi noted her group of guys was "infectious," and she loved spending time with them already.
Tasos spoke to Andi in French and she found him very "intriguing." Andi also felt "an immediate connection and attraction" to Nick V., a 33-year-old software sales executive from Chicago, IL, who talked a lot about his big family during their alone time. Andi noted in a confessional that she just got the vibe Nick V. was "sincere and modest," so he stood out to her from the rest of the pack.
Chris Harrison then approached Andi to let her know Chris B. was waiting outside and the suitor wanted to vie for her heart. Andi first thought she didn't want to lose an opportunity to find love, however, she quickly realized she didn't want to upset or offend the bachelors who took time out of their lives to prepare for the show and meet her. Andi explained to the show host the guys were still trying to conquer their nerves and she didn't want to throw a curve ball at them so soon in the game.
Chris B. was very disappointed, telling Chris Harrison he had been waiting in Los Angeles for seven days just in the hopes of meeting Andi. The host told Chris B. that if he respected Andi, he'd respect her wishes and leave. After arguing that he wasn't going to give up and he wasn't going to leave the premise until he got to speak with Andi, Chris B. finally gave up and went home.
As the cocktail party continued, Andi became increasingly more aware that her suitors were "funny, outgoing, optimistic, and awesome."
Once she was able to get to know Marcus a little better, Andi just became more infatuated with him. Marcus intrigued Andi further by speaking German and explaining to her that Polish had previously been his first language. Andi found him "worldly" and unlike anything she initially expected. Andi then admitted part of her just wanted to give Marcus the first date to see where things could go.
However, the Bachelorette chose to take an alternative route when deciding whom to give her first impression rose to.
"If you had asked me at the beginning of the night who my first impression rose would've been, it'd be someone that I was just straight up attracted to, but I had a great first impression of someone that I would not typically go for," Andi told the cameras.
Andi therefore pulled Nick V. aside and told him that he had made a lasting impression on her despite his nerves. Nick V. was apparently blown away by Andi's gesture, and she found him "endearing, cute and sweet."
Nick V. accepted the rose "with pleasure" and thanked her, saying he was ecstatic. In a confessional, Nick admitted he wasn't sure what he did or what Andi liked -- or whether she just felt bad for him -- but he was thrilled to get the rose regardless.
The Bachelorette's first tenth-season Rose Ceremony then commenced, and all the guys who didn't receive much time with Andi began to panic.
Besides Nick V., Andi handed out roses to J J, a 30-year-old entrepreneur from San Francisco, CA; Eric; Marquel; Craig; Tasos; Josh M; Brian, a 27-year-old basketball coach from Camp Hill, PA; Bradley, a 32-year-old opera singer from Holland, MI; Marcus; Andrew, a 30-year-old social media marketer from Culver City, CA; and Ron, a 28-year-old beverage sales manager from Memphis, TN.
Carl, a 30-year-old firefighter from Fort Lauderdale, FL; Chris, a 32-year-old farmer from Arlington, IA; Dylan, a 26-year-old accountant from Boston, MA; Brett, a 29-year-old hairstylist from Westminster, PA; Patrick, a 29-year-old advertising executive from Newport Beach, CA; Cody; and Nick S. also all received roses.
"This is a curve ball, not what I expected, because I came in here and I was aiming for the fences. I thought I was going to hit that ball out of the park. Everyone in my life was like, 'Oh my gosh, you guys are going to get married and have kids!' But she didn't get a feel for that, or maybe she just wasn't attracted to me. It didn't click with her. I think that finding love is really important. I think I could've had that with Andi, Rudie said following his ouster.
"It was difficult when I didn't hear my name. I'm definitely disappointed -- didn't think I'd be saying goodbye on the first night," Jason explained after he was sent home. "I was definitely looking forward to having more conversations, more time with her. It makes me think, you know, 'Is there something you could've done different? Is there something there that would've changed her decision?' But I don't know and I don't know what's next, honestly, I'm not going back to a whole lot."
The Bachelorette's tenth season will be dedicated to Eric Hill, who passed away in a tragic paragliding accident shortly after he finished filming his stint on the show.