'Bachelorette' Season Premiere: Taking "Not Here for the Right Reasons" to a Whole New Level
'Bachelorette' Season Premiere: Taking "Not Here for the Right Reasons" to a Whole New Level
Meghan Carlson
Meghan Carlson
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
It's that time again! After screening the first episode of this season of The Bachelorette, I'm back to kick off the season with some hints, sneak peeks and bits of analysis for the upcoming season 6 premiere.

Spoiler Update: ABC will reveal the identities of the 25 men sometime this week, and until then it's not my place to spoil your surprise. I don't know who gets eliminated during the May 24 premiere, and I will not reveal who gets the First Impression Rose. But here are other more juicy tidbits to tide you over until this season's premiere (or at least until we get the pictures and info about Ali's 25 eligible bachelors!).

First, how's our woman of the summer, Ali, dealing with all this? In her chat with host Chris Harrison, we learn what's new with her:

  • What she learned last season: "I should have known better [than to choose my job over Jake]. I don't want to ever make that mistake again. I know a life without love is a life without happiness."
  • She has given up her job and her apartment to be The Bachelorette: "It's all on the line. I've given up everything. And there's something so scary about that, but [...] it makes me feel free and invigorated, and I feel like I could do anything I want!"
  • What she's most scared of: "I'm very scared that someone will let the idea that this is a game to be won get in the way of whether or not they really have feelings for me."

And thus the "are they here for the right reasons?" discussions commence, and look like they will not subside anytime soon.

During the Meet and Greet:

  • More extreme measures to make a good first impression straight out of the limo, of course! Some go over well, like the guy who climbs through the limo sunroof and declares his love. But some--like the guy who wears cowboy boots because "Ali wore some the first night on The Bachelor" (she didn't)--just leave her confused.
  • One guy's initial pick-up line: "How do you feel about dating a peculiar man?" (Hmm... what a peculiar question!)
  • Did he REALLY just say that? Another initial pick-up line: "I'm so happy you're not Vienna!"
  • One man's broken foot and crutches make some other guys speculate if he's out for a pity rose--or is he just there for the wrong reasons?
  • A sexy Latin bachelor takes his new nickname from Ali, "Cutie," and runs with it.
  • Gifts, gifts, gifts! Which include a sun, a shoe, a scrapbook and a salsa lesson.
  • But, the best gift of all comes from a goofy guy named Hunter with a ukulele, whose original song for Ali includes the lyric, "If you want to make out in the hot tub, I'm your dude."
  • What's in a name? Well, for the guy whose nickname is "Shooter," it's an extremely awkward story that actually evokes a "What the f***?" from the Bachelorette.
  • One "chivalrous" guy and Ali bond over how their parents divorced early in their lives.

The theme for the season: "Not Here for the Right Reasons"

The real drama starts when one guy warns Ali that someone seems suspiciously invested in his career, not her. Using your one-on-one time to talk about another dude? That never bodes well for a rose ceremony, buddy. But this guy sincerely wants to warn her of a fame-seeker. Or so it seems.

Then Chris Harrison brings out his ballot box and asks each guy to write the name of someone who might not "be there for the right reasons." The man who gets the most votes (an overwhelming number, Chris tells us) has the chance to talk one-on-one with Ali and convince her that he's after love, not fame. Will she believe him? And, even if she does, is he telling the truth? And what about the upcoming scandal involving a girlfriend back home? How does that factor in?

I don't have the answers, but it's clear that this is an issue that will come up over and over as the season goes on. You'll have to judge for yourself, but the guy who got the most votes isn't the one who raised the red flag in my head. It was another handsome smooth-talker, whom Ali just couldn't stop raving about, but who seemed a little too prepared with just the right romantic things to say. She may not be suspicious of his motives now, but something tells me that more and more mushy talk of "protecting her heart" will soon have Ali asking, "Is this guy for real?" It sure had me wondering, and if I know those Bachelorette producers and that clever puppet master Mike Fleiss, all the feelings I'm feeling are their very intentional doing.

I can tell you this: I'm super excited to watch my gal Ali this season. Jake drove me just a little bit bonkers, but from her accidental flubs (like telling one guy to "have a good night," as if she wouldn't see him inside the mansion) to her all-out crack-ups at the guys' goofy attempts to woo her, she's just as down-to-earth and adorable as she was last season on The Bachelor. With a new-found perspective on love, and without any other ladies to bring out the competitive side we saw last fall, she's a refreshing, beaming bundle of sincerity akin to the last goofy, gorgeous tomboy we saw in this role, Jillian Harris. Let's just hope all these casanovas' compliments don't go to her head.

What else awaits Ali this season on The Bachelorette? Read the highlights from ABC's press release to find out all the fun date activities they've got planned and the FIVE (!) exotic countries she and her bachelors will visit this season.

I hope you'll follow along with me here at BuddyTV as I cover the whole Bachelorette season with recaps, interviews, photos, romance rankings and more. Watching Ali alone will be entertaining, but having you along for the global adventure will make it a heckuva lot more fun.

Are you rooting for Ali to find true love this season on The Bachelorette, or are you still bitter about her drama-filled departure (and feud with Vienna) on The Bachelor last season? Either way, I bet you won't be able to resist watching as these guys put it all out on the line to win her over.