Happy Bachelor 2018 everybody! Thanks so much for coming over to my Bachelor blog. I will be writing about the show all season long, so on Tuesday mornings, grab your coffee and head on over to my blog to read my thoughts each week. And I am so so so excited for this season! I feel like it’s been so long since Rachel’s season and I’ve needed my (Bachelor) fix! Yes, I am a Bachelor addict. Hello, my name is Ali Manno and I am a Bachelor-holic. So let’s get right into last night’s episode!
The two main things that stood out to me last night were that there are so many drop dead gorgeous girls the season! And it looks like there’s a handful of really young girls too. The youngest girls are 23. I almost feel like that was on purpose by the producers because if they had been 22 that would mean that they were only 17 years old (aka underage) when Arie was on Emily’s season. But even though the 23 year old women were 18 (legal to date him) when they watched him on Emily’s season, it would have felt weird and wrong if they dated him back then since he was 31. Right? I just think 23 is too young for him. Age can be just a number, but when it’s that big of an age difference at the specific times in your lives, there’s just a huge maturity difference. I honestly considered myself very mature for my age when I was younger. In fact, not a lot of people know this about me but I actually first moved out of my mom’s house when I was just 15 years old. That’s right, I’ve lived on my own/outside my parents house since I was 15. However, even though I think I was a little more mature for my age in my early 20’s, there is no way I was mentally on the same page as a 36-year-old man. You think you are, but looking back now, I know I wasn’t. Are there exceptions to this? Of course. But generally speaking, a 23-year-old woman and a 36-year-old man aren’t on the same page in terms of where they are in life.
It’s nearly impossible to recap the whole episode, so I’ll just comment on some of the girls and moments that stood out to me. So far these are the girls that I either like or they left an impression on me.
She’s the somewhat quirky gal from Los Angeles that loves taxidermy. I don’t think there’s a great chance that she’ll end up with Arie but I just find her super interesting. I think she’s going to make us laugh throughout the season and I’m really pumped that she’s on the show.
The girl who brought Arie the Elephant cuff links! I just thought she was super stunning from the moment she stepped out of the limo. And more importantly in my mind, she’s extremely articulate and just seems like a solid woman. I really hope we see a lot of her the season! I think we will.
Of course she’s friends with Raven, she basically is the Raven of the season! And I absolutely loved Raven on the show so I’m excited to see Tia on this season. And how hilarious was her gift for Arie?! I think the exchange between them felt a little awkward but it had me laughing out loud watching it. And I love that she never even cracked a smile or laughed during it. I think it just shows that she has a really good sense of humor. It felt like a joke the Raven would have made last season. I think she’ll be around for a good while. That is unless, Arie is a bit lacking in the “wiener” department. I’m not even joking! If for some reason he is, that joke would make him feel super uncomfortable and awkward around her from this point forward. So I guess we’ll find out! Ha!
Annaliese + Becca
I’m grouping these two together because they seemed to have real intimate moments with Arie and I feel like there’s real potential for both of them. And the main reason they’re on my list of people to watch is that the “lovey-dovey” music was playing when he talked to them. I always feel like the people they want you to think there’s a connection with off the bat get that lovey-dovey music.
Bekah with Short Hair (Not Becky with the good hair. Ha!)
I’m not sure if I’m spelling either Becca’s name the way they spell it. But I’ll figure it out eventually. Anyway, the way I’m differentiating between the two is that one of the Becca’s has long hair and the other one has short hair. I’ve got to make it easy on myself. Ha! I’m sure that’s how Arie talked about them throughout the season with the producers. Anyway, short-haired Becca immediately stood out to me when I watched the tease for the season a few weeks ago. But after watching the first episode I’m really not sure what to think of her. It seemed like she was egging on some of the gossip and drama with the girls. And I’m not saying that makes her a terrible person or anything. In that situation you say and do things that you maybe wouldn’t normally do in real life. And then when she was talking to Arie during their one on one time, something about it just felt very fake to me. Almost like she was an actress acting. What did you guys think about her? I’d love to know! Oh and did you guys notice that her age is NOT listed on the ABC website? I wonder if she is younger than 23?! I’m guessing she is. Oh man. I know her age is a story line this season.
I really don’t know what to think about Krystal at this point. I truly feel that deep down she’s a really good person and very caring, however, I have a feeling she’s gonna rub a lot of people the wrong way. It’s almost like she’s too sweet that she can’t possibly be that way all the time. She kind of reminds me of Britt from Chris Soule’s season. Do you guys remember Britt? She was the one who went up against Kaitlyn Bristowe for the Bachelorette one season. It was the very first season of the Bachelorette where they started with two Bachelorettes and let the guys choose. Anyway, I’m so curious to know what you guys think of Krystal. This is one girl we definitely need to discuss in the comments below!
Chelsea is obviously the villain of the season so far. It will be interesting to see how she gets along with the girls throughout the rest of the season. And I have to say is that I was pretty shocked at that passionate kiss between her and Arie right off the bat. I can’t even put my finger on why it was so shocking to me, I guess I just don’t see them together and that kiss seemed SO intimate. But I think we’ll be seeing a lot of Arie kissing the season. The way he kisses is passionate in general. I think I’m gonna have a hard time watching him kiss every girl that way. Just because when he kissed Emily like that on her season, I remember thinking that it was full of love and that’s why it was so passionate. Not that we know he just kisses like that in general, I guess it kind of loses some of its meaning to me. If that makes sense at all. I kind of feel dumb even saying all of that. Why should Arie kissing other girls mean anything to me at all?! Ha! I guess that’s why we all love the show so much. We feel super invested in his love story. And in the end, she got the first impression rose. Historically on the show, the girl that gets the first impression rose stays for a very long time. Will Chelsea? I’m not so sure. I feel like the show is setting her up to be a villain and usually the villains don’t last to the top floor. With some exceptions of course. I believe there have been two girls that I can remember that were made out to be the villains on their season and ended up winning in the end. So maybe that’s the case this season too. We shall see.
I want to end this by saying that if feels really weird for me to sit here and talk about and pick apart so many of these girls. I try to keep everything I say generally positive and give everyone the benefit of the doubt, but it must be the mother in me that feels bad even saying anything remotely negative about anyone on the show. I would hate to think that maybe one of the girls would read this blog and feel bad about something I said. It’s so crazy because when I used to write these blogs before I became a mother of a daughter, I used to speak a lot more freely about how I felt about the contestants. And I still try to speak as honestly as possible now, I’m just a little softer in my delivery since all of these girls on the show are real people and have feelings. So let’s all keep that in mind as we watch the rest of the season especially if you’re voicing your opinions of them on the internet. I remember back when I was on the show I used to read comments on articles about me and feel really sad when people would say bad things about me. So let’s just keep in mind that these are young girls with real feelings and try to be kind to them.
Hope you guys enjoyed my thoughts on the show last night. Now I wanna hear YOURS! Let’s discuss the show in the comment s below. I will also be live tweeting and doing live insta stories during the show each week so make sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram. Can’t wait for next week!
Until next time…
P.S. While you are here, check out my blog post about my New Years resolutions this year!
And for anyone wondering about the dresses, here are a few that the girls were wearing last night…
Chelsea’s Dress –
Very Similar to Krystal’s Red Dress –
Very Similar to Marquel’s Blue Halter Dress –