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And The Final Rose Goes To…

Gabrielle Olya |
July 2, 2010 | 10:29 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

There is no denying that “The Bachelorette” is an addicting show, and with scant offerings elsewhere on TV during the summer months, I find myself watching the reality dating show religiously.

The Monday night ritual has become an excuse to get together with girlfriends and drink wine while we ogle the shirtless bachelors (shirtlessness somehow manages to be in every episode, even the one that brought the cast to freezing-cold Iceland).

The people on the show are more likely looking for camera time rather than true love (forgive me for being cynical about the idea of finding a life partner in front of a nationwide audience), but it’s still an entertaining two hours of television.

Haven’t been watching this season? It’s not too late to start. Here’s a rundown of the five remaining bachelors and why you’ll love to love them or love to hate them.

Chris L. is a 33-year-old landscaper from Maine who is definitely one of the frontrunners of the remaining men. He gave up a job teaching in New York to take care of his sick mother in Maine and stayed there after she passed away. He still lives there with his brothers. Chris proudly dons a tattoo of his mother’s signature under his heart in her memory.

In my humble opinion: This guy is TOO family-oriented. I understand going home to take care of your mother –I mean, that is really sweet—but why is he still living at home?

Frank is a 31-year-old “retail manager” (does he work at The Gap?) from Illinois, who gave up a job in finance to pursue his passion for screenwriting. After scoring the first one-on-one date with bachelorette Ali, the two have maintained a connection throughout the show.

In my humble opinion: This guy is red flag central. I appreciate people who are passionate about things, but quitting a secure job to write screenplays just seems downright irresponsible. He’s also creepily possessive of Ali, and was a tad bit too excited during screening interviews when they revealed to him that Ali was going to be the bachelorette this season (he had already decided he liked her after seeing her on the previous season of “The Bachelor.”)

Kirk is a 27-year-old sales consultant from Wisconsin who has a great sense of humor and an even better set of abs (not to objectify him, of course). It seems that his connection with Ali is more physical than anything else right now, so we’ll have to wait and see if their relationship blossoms throughout the next episodes.

In my humble opinion: I don’t think Kirk is going to be the guy Ali ultimately chooses, but he can stick around as long as he keeps taking his shirt off.

Roberto is a 26-year-old insurance agent who lives in South Carolina. The ex-baseball player impressed Ali right off the bat by teaching her some salsa moves during their initial alone time, and he has continued to woo her throughout the show. He’s definitely a frontrunner along with Chris L.

In my humble opinion: I’m unabashedly on Team Roberto. He seems really genuine and sweet, and he is certainly easy on the eyes.

Ty is a 31-year-old medical sales representative who lives in Tennessee. He’s made his mark on the show with his Southern drawl and his guitar-accompanied crooning. Although Ty has been previously married, he does seem genuine in his pursuit of Ali and the two do seem to have a real connection.

In my humble opinion: I like Ty. I’d say he ranks third (after frontrunners Chris L. and Roberto) and has a chance to win Ali’s heart in the end.

Intrigued? Tune in to “The Bachelorette” every Monday night at 8 p.m. PT on ABC.


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