Jesse’s Insider Bachelorette Blog: Ep. 8

Here we are back again for week 8 of ABC’s “The Bachelorette” season 7 with Ashley Hebert. I’m Jesse Csincsak and I am here with my behind the scenes opinions about what I saw on last night’s show. My opinions are simply based on my experiences on the show and my thoughts on the characters from last night’s show. With that being said, here we go!

Now that it’s hometown time I kind of feel like Ashley has a whole new glow about her self. It’s kind of refreshing to see really. I am interested to see how she handles the weeks to come when there are a lot more feelings attached to the decisions she’s making! This is when the toll of saying goodbye will really start to get tuff!

Hometowns are not just hard for the Bachelorette; being one of the guys isn’t easy either. When you go to your own hometown you don’t get to stay at your house. No, no, no, production gets you a nice hotel room to sit in while you’re in your town. They want to make sure they know where you are at all times and what you’re doing. They can’t have you talking to your best friend or your family on your home phone at 2AM telling them what you have been up to. After all, you’re still a contestant participating on The Bachelorette.

If you told your story your interactions with everyone on camera wouldn’t come across as genuine and real. When each of these people knocks on the front door at their houses to introduce their family to Ashley it really is the first time they have seen them in over 5 weeks. That’s why everyone is hugging and almost in tears!

Onto Cummings Georgia with Constantine –

I really liked this hometown and here is why: when you introduce your so- called girl to your family you want an honest opinion from them on what they think. I loved that his family was warm and welcoming to Ashley. It wasn’t too over the top and it also wasn’t like she was trying out for a team sport. They were chill, observant, and very normal and I liked that.

Also, Constantine wasn’t trying to over do anything or trying to impress her. He took her to his work (Giorgio’s) and showed her what it is that he really does, no bells and whistles involved! Well done in my book! He says straight out of the car, “this is my business and my family and I work very hard at it!” I LIKED THAT A LOT! It shows that he isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty and isn’t afraid to show her who he really is!

Constantine, I have to say when I first saw your dad I thought I was watching My Big Fat Greek Wedding! Your dad reminds me of the dad in that movie with all the Windex! Haha! He seems like a great guy and I loved his honest opinions. Your mom also explained the situation nicely! She said, “everything is good and fine when you’re all jetted away on someone else’s dime, but what about when that’s over?” Loved that she called that out straight away! Then your dad piped in and said, “it takes a long time to really get to know someone and that’s something you can’t force!” I love that they stand behind you but that they keep reality in perspective!

Ames – Pennsylvania

Okay, I am going to start of by saying I think Ames is a great guy and obviously very intelligent but I feel as if his hometown date was a bit weird and over the top! How many people do you know sit with their boyfriend’s sister and talk about their relationship with them by their massive indoor pool? Are we trying out for a swim team, showing off our massive things or really focusing on Ames and the matter at hand? It was like she was trying to sell Ashley a used car or something!

Then Ames talks with his sister and is basically coached on what to do with Ashley next to show her that he’s really into her. At that point I felt like we were programming a ROBOT! I am a huge fan of being yourself no matter what. Once his sister started coaching him that was honestly it for me.

After all that nonsense Ames starts rambling about his favorite magnolia tree, which he was excited about being in bloom. This would be fine except WHO SAYS THAT? That’s when I start to question if you’re straight or not. Which is also fine but figure it out. Just be yourself and girls will flock. Don’t ever let anyone tell you how to act around a girl!

Then, to top it all off you end the date randomly in a horse and buggy that I am sure your two butlers were driving. Just too much for me, but again that’s just my opinion. Ames, I got nothing but love for you bro!

Ben – Sonoma California

I want to start off by pointing out that THIS GUY IS IN THE ZONE! He is at a winery, which I feel gives him a huge advantage over the rest of the guys! It would be like LeBron taking a hometown on a basketball court! Tough to beat!

Ben seems to really open up to Ashley and have a bunch more confidence behind what he’s doing! He straight up tells Ashley that if she can’t get along with his mom and sister that it will be a deal breaker! Well done man! Ben’s sister came across as super protective to me but I am sure there is a HUGE back-story behind that, which we will never get to see. I really liked seeing Ben talk about his dad and break down in tears! In my opinion any man who is scared to cry at some point is NOT A REAL MAN! With all that being said I don’t think Ben is leaving anytime soon. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised to see him as the last man standing!

JP – Roslyn New York

I think JP was smart for doing something fun. Ashley really seemed to love going roller-skating! It’s super important to be able to have fun when you’re on your hometown date. Having fun really helps take the pressure off the experience. JP goes on to tell Ashley that he is lost without her, which is awesome because even though Ashley can’t say things like that to JP she sure does love to hear them. It could factor into whom she picks in the end.

Having a hometown visit with no stress and a positive vibe from the family is the key to going on to exotics! I loved that JP’s mom put both of them on the spot; Ashley gets questioned and finally JP is put on the spot with his poster-sized mullet photo! It just shows how real they are. Parents love doing that silly stuff!

Onto the Rose Ceremony
1. Ben
2. JP
3. Constantine
Ames is in shock when she sends him home! Sorry bud, keep your chin up you will find another.

Like I said the key to exotics is a mellow hometown. I think Ames got sent packing because it was just too much! At the end of the day MONEY CANT BUY LOVE!

Next week it’s Exotics in Fiji, which looks to be filled with crying and more drama! Who does Ashley’s sister tell her is not for her and who comes all the way to Fiji? Tune in next week same place same time! Until next week I am OUT!