Here we go again!
In anticipation of the Bachelorette May 23 premiere, here’s the pre-show scoop on Ashley Hebert’s 25 aspiring suitors, whom she will knock out one by one until crowning Mr. Perfect (or Mr. Perfect for Now).
UPDATE: Check out our first photos of all 25 guys right here!
Below, check out the guys’ names, ages, occupations and hometowns, plus ABC’s first press release about the Bachelorette season 7 premiere, and a super-quick preview for the season.
ABC’s Press Release
Clearly this guy named “Bentley” (woof) is going to be one of our big drama-makers for the season. Important and ridiculous parts/names bolded for your ease and enjoyment.
Ashley, 27, who is finishing her degree in dentistry in Philadelphia, meets 25 potential soul mates as she begins her own search for true love. In the premiere, “Episode 701,” 25 eligible men come from all over to try and win her heart. Immediately, the drama begins: Chris Harrison is surprised to find out that Ashley already knows about one of the men — Bentley — before meeting him. Mickey, a handsome chef, can’t help himself and steals a kiss. A sharp Wall Street banker, Ames, is right on the money when he offers Ashley a pair of tickets to the ballet [Ed. note: Hey, this isn’t The Blackmail-orette!]. Ben F., a vintner who knows his way around fine wines, pours a glass for Ashley from her own special vintage he created. And Nick, a former baseball player, recites a poem he wrote just for her. Meanwhile Jeff, the mysterious masked bachelor, [Ed. note: Noooooooo…] attempts to draw all of Ashley’s attention, but manages to irritate the other men at the same time. Then Bentley finally arrives… He is the man whom Ashley was made aware of before the show even began; a former “Bachelor” cast member tipped her that he might be there for the wrong reasons. [Ed. note: THERE it is!] When he steps out of the limo, all bets are off. She starts off being cynical, but is blown away by how attractive and charming Bentley is. [Ed. note: Wes 2.0?]
Once inside, Ashley lives every woman’s dream – surrounded by 25 handsome men, all there just for her. As the biggest night of her life begins, so does the competition between the men. Ryan P. is the first to steal the Bachelorette away for some alone time and tries to quiet her fears about the men not liking her. Matt scores big points for introducing Ashley to his mother over a speakerphone. Ben C., an attorney, makes his case by communicating a romantic message to her from across the room on giant cue cards. From behind his mask, Jeff explains to Ashley that he is not just a pretty face [Ed. note: OH MY GOD WHY!] — and wants her to get to get to know the person he is on the inside. But will his enigmatic efforts pay off with a rose? Mike has a special song for the Bachelorette and starts to accompany himself on his guitar [Ed. note: Of course.], but she is unprepared for what happens next. Moreover, Bentley surprises her with how genuine he seems.
Tensions mount and sparks fly as the bachelors vie for the first impression rose, but Tim is so nervous, he begins to drink to cover his stress, forcing Ashley to make her first major decision. [Ed. note: Translation, “Tim” gets wasted and belligerent, and Ashley asks him to leave early. Can’t wait!]
Finally, Ashley will eliminate seven of the 25 men, leaving 18 to compete for her affections and, in the end, her heart.
The Men’s Details
I have taken the liberty of bolding the names and occupations I find particularly humorous. Photos to come soon!
Ames, 31, a portfolio manager from New York, NY
Anthony, 28, a butcher from Wyckoff, NJ
Ben C., 28, a lawyer from New Orleans, LA
Ben F., 28, a winemaker from Sonoma, CA
Bentley, 28, a businessman [Ed. note: in the business of WRONG REASONS!] from Salt Lake City, UT
Blake, 27, a dentist from Greenville, SC
Chris D., 25, a sports marketing coordinator from Chicago, IL
Chris M. 27, a construction company CEO from Edmonton, Canada
Constantine, 30, a restaurant owner from Atlanta, GA
Frank, 29, a college admissions director from Murfreesboro, TN
Jeff, 35, an entrepreneur [Ed. note: does he own a masks/bad ideas business?] from St. Louis, MO
Jon, 26, an e-commerce executive from Vancouver, WA
J.P., 34, a construction manager from New York, NY
Lucas, 30, an oilfield equipment distributor from Odessa, TX
Matt, 28, an office supply salesman from Bridgewater, MA
Michael, 29, a technology salesman from San Diego, CA
Mickey, 31, a chef from Cleveland, OH
Nick, 26, a personal trainer from Tampa, FL
Rob, 27, a technology executive from Monroe, MI
Ryan M., 27, a construction estimator from Royal Oak, MI
Ryan P, 31, a solar energy executive from Corona Del Mar, CA
Stephen, 27, a hairstylist from Manhattan Beach, CA
Tim, 35, a liquor distributor [Ed. note: He distributes it to his liver] from Long Beach, NY
West, 30, a lawyer from Chapin, SC
William, 30, a cellular phone salesman [Ed. note: like at the mall?] from Galloway, OH
Check out our mysterious “masked” bachelor (PRO TIP TO ALL MEN: This will never work, you’re not Leo DiCaprio and you’re embarrassing yourself) and drunken Tim, the liquor distributor! Plus more quick cuts from the rest of the season. Just watch the first 30 seconds:
What do you think of all this information? Any early expectations for Ashley’s season? I’ll post the guys’ photos as soon as I get my hands on them.
Meet the Men:
(Image courtesy of ABC)
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Meghan hails from Walla Walla, WA, the proud home of the world’s best sweet onions and Adam West, the original Batman. An avid grammarian and over-analyzer, you can usually find her thinking too hard about plot devices in favorites like The Office, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and How I Met Your Mother. In her spare time, Meghan enjoys drawing, shopping, trying to be funny (and often failing), and not understanding the whole Twilight thing. She’s got a BA in English and Studio Art from Whitman College, which makes her a professional arguer, daydreamer, and doodler.