The dates and bare-naked drama began Monday night on "The Bachelorette" with Andi Dorfman. The bachelors stripped for charity in front of a live audience and deceased cast mate Eric Hill received the first one-on-one date.
The season began with a tribute to Eric Hill who died in a paragliding accident last month at the age of 31. Whether coincidence or producer edited, the bachelor was the first to not only earn the initial one-on-one date with Andi, but also to receive the first date rose from “The Bachelorette.” The romance began on a “place called the beach,” with a helicopter ride to Bear Mountain where the pair learned to snow board. It was sad and eerie at the same time to watch Andi and America fall for Eric during an intimate dinner in a log cabin.
Far from the awkward moments of the opening night of introductions, the group date was an eye candy festival as fifteen of the bachelors stripped for charity at the OHM Night Club. Former cast mates of Andi’s from the dreaded Juan Pablo Galavis’ season of “The Bachelor” witnessed the all male review as Chris Harrison also received a bit of a lap dance. As the date progressed into the evening, “The Bachelorette” wanted to get serious and learn more about the men. However, Craig drank an overabundance of alcohol and jumped in the pool with his clothes on, which didn’t sit well with the no-holds-barred speaks-her-mind Andi. Her southern drawl came out as she reprimanded the men to basically chill out. Marcus received the date rose after his solo striptease ignited a spark within “The Bachelorette.”
The Assistant District Attorney for Fulton County in Georgia took Chris on the second one-on-one date to Santa Anita Park and a day at the races. The 26-year-old “Bachelorette” played the part in “40s glam” and dressed her date accordingly. A couple of 55 years that sat next to Andi and Chris advised the new pair to “learn to trust each other.” The date was “encouraging” for “The Bachelorette” to see another on a quest for a “great love.” A first kiss was shared and of course, the bachelor received the date rose sealing his fate for another week towards love with Dorfman.
Nineteen bachelors began Monday night’s episode, however as is tradition, three were sent home, including Craig, the tax accountant, despite is poor attempt at an apology, Carl, the firefighter and Nick S., the pro-golfer. “The Bachelorette” returns next Sunday with16 men vying for the ADA’s heart as Andi Dorfman searches for a husband in a two-night event.