Marissa May: An Insiders Look at the Premiere

Hey Bachelorette fans! If you are anything like me you have been waiting for the premiere of The Bachelorette for a while and ever since the promos started running on ABC I have become even more anxious!

I have to admit, seeing the commercials and going through the photos of the contestants brings back memories of just a short time ago when I started this crazy journey. I have a totally different outlook watching than previous seasons. For one, I’m getting to see a friend of mine go through this journey as the bachelorette and, two, I know what these guys are going through!

So much goes into the first night and the first episode. For starters, you get to see introduction videos that profile select contestants. Yes, some are completely cheesy and awkward and the contestants know they are as they are shooting them! Coming from a girl who did sit-ups and crunches in her intro video, I feel for these guys! There’s only so much you can do and sometimes circumstances just don’t want to cooperate (William saw this first hand as he got a dose of Mother Nature toying with him and his umbrella!). The most nerve-wracking part of night one has to be planning the exit out of the limo.  From the second you accept the opportunity to be on the show this may be what contestants think about the most. The best thing you can do is pick something about yourself that is unique and showcase it. I think this season you saw some guys teetering on the line that borders cocky and confident. If you choose to go on this show, the one thing you can’t be is cocky. You are starting a journey with 24 other extremely attractive and quality bachelors and will be handed a reality check pretty quickly if you have a big ego.

Now onto who everyone will be talking about…the Mask (Jeff), Tim and Bentley. First, the Mask. While I appreciate Jeff wanting Ashley to get to know what’s inside and not be concerned with his outward appearance, I think the mask shtick was a little over the top. Had he taken the mask off partway through their one-on-one I would’ve been all for the get-up as a way to stand out. Leaving it on all night (and what looks like for a good length of time judging by the promos) came off as trying too hard and maybe a little creepy, in my eyes. On to Tim or, as most will be referring to him, the drunk guy. I find it very interesting that the guy who is a liquor distributor can’t hold his liquor! Needless to say, you didn’t see anyone else stumbling over themselves and each guy there is a grown adult capable of monitoring their drinks. Let’s hope he learned a valuable lesson and that every guy there saw what not to do while around Ashley! Finally, the guy that looks to be this season’s villain, Bentley. From the moment I saw Bentley he rubbed me the wrong way. He’s one of the guys that I think tiptoes on the cocky/confident line. Not only does he come off cocky but he also seems to be very dry and cold when he talks with Ashley.  Ashley is a very bubbly person who is passionate about everything she does. I don’t see Bentley fitting with her on that level and if the previews of him saying he doesn’t care about Ashley are any indication of the path he takes, I really hope she can see through him and send him home before she starts to develop feelings for him.

The guys that stand out from the first episode are William, Ryan P, Blake and JP. All seem genuine, outgoing and excited to get to know Ashley.

As always, ABC leaves us with one heck of a teaser for the season. Incredible dates, gorgeous locations with plenty of drama and emotion are all promised as Ashley searches for love. I know I will be tuning in to follow along and watch her (hopefully) find what she’s searching for!