As promised, Shawntel Newton from Brad’s last season of “The Bachelor” is blogging her own analysis of “The Bachelorette” 2011 each week. See how she felt about week 1 regarding the men, Ashley’s turn at finding true love, and how some of the scenes reminded her of the ones she had with Brad during the meet and greet session.
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Let the Masks fall off and the drama begin!
I am so excited to be blogging each week about our new season of “The Bachelorette.” It’s hard to believe that I was stepping out of the limo greeting Brad not too long ago. Now here I am giving my opinion of Ashley’s men and her life changing decisions.
I have to be honest…I was a little hesitant knowing that Ashley H. was going to be our new “Bachelorette.” I got to know Ashley on my season of “The Bachelor,” and she was very emotional and seemed to be having a hard time opening up — not only to Brad, but to the girls in the house. I had a hard time thinking that she was ready to be the next “Bachelorette” and to fall in love.
With that said, I stand corrected. After watching Ashley’s intro tonight, I see that she is ready to not only open up, but to fall in love. She admits that she was in love with Brad and did not tell him. She came off with regrets. Now, Ashley wants to have NO regrets and find the man of her dreams.
Now, let’s get started….
I remember when I was going to meet Brad for the first time I was so nervous, not only because I thought I was going to slip and fall, but I wanted to say something that will help him remember me. And first impressions can help make it — or break it (in this case, it’ll help you get the “first impression rose”).
As the men started coming out of the limo, I thought, Ashley is one lucky lady, hello handsome!! Even with all that distraction of hotness, I paid close attention to each man as they greeted Ashley. A couple guys that really stood out to me were Ben F. (love that he’s from Sanoma), Ryan, Ben C., William, J.B., and Nick. I think that Ben C. had the best intro with Ashley… he spoke French to her! Too cute.
What is up with Jeff??? I don’t think you have to wear a mask to make your point. The idea of the mask is nice, but I think it’s not necessary to wear a black mask throughout the night. Take the mask off Jeff! I thought Tim was going to rip that mask right off him…instead poor Tim gets too drunk and passes out. I am sure he will leave the show with regrets (he should have listened to Ashley’s intro).
Let me just put in my two cents towards Bentley. Why go on the show if you want Emily to be the “Bachelorette”? Obviously Emily was taken by Brad. Not going to happen Bentley. I am thinking that Ashley may have her hands full with this guy.
When Chris Harrison came out with the first impression rose, you can see the nervous look on the men’s faces. I remember for me, all we could do was think about that rose and that you will hopefully be getting it. I wasn’t too surprised when Ashley gave the rose to Ryan P.. He was very cute and polite.
During the rose ceremony it’s not easy standing up, waiting to see if you were liked or not. For me, I was thinking, I hope this is worth it! When Ashley passed out her roses I was really on edge to see who she was sending home that night. She really seemed to get right to it. Ashley knows what she wants and you can see her eagerness during the rose ceremony. Get it Ash!
Well, let the drama begin and please, can we lose the mask? Judging by the previews, it seems like the men I think that will be great for Ash make it pretty far. It’s hard to say too much more, but I think that Ash is on her way to falling in love. Though, I do think it won’t be easy!!!
Look forward in watching next week with you all…