Perky dentist Ashley Hebert spent her first days on “The Bachelor,” trying to entice Brad Womack to like her. She spent the rest of the time chasing him away. She was much more successful at chasing than enticing on “The Bachelor.”
ABC is giving self-doubting, over-thinking, fan-favorite, energy-ball Hebert another shot at love in Season 7’s, “The Bachelorette.” “I misused my time,” Hebert told viewers during “The Bachelorette’s” premiere, Mon., May 23. She’s happy for the second chance.
Every season, the powers that be at “The Bachelorette” assemble a cast of characters that follow a certain tradition: a smattering of winners and maybe’s nestled among more ne’er do wells, creepy guys, party animals and the like. The tradition dictates that the odds of finding the right man among the 25 bachelors will be the dating equivalent of scaling Mt. Everest with no equipment—and no clothes.
So what is Ashley dealing with this season? Here is the lowdown on each of the 25 men who came spilling out of those limousines, along with word on whether or not Ashley rewarded them with a rose after the cocktail party:
Ames, 31, New York, portfolio manager. Overly–intense Ames has degrees from Yale, Columbia and Harvard. He’s covered all the bases, figuratively—and probably literally—given the number of marathons he claims to have run. In his bachelor bio on the ABC website, he was asked to share something about himself. His answer solidifies his “odd duck” persona: “I can tie a bow tie perfectly while blindfolded.” In his favor, before meeting “The Bachelorette” he admitted that he was hoping it would be Ashley Hebert. Rose!
Anthony, 28, Saddle River, NJ, butcher. He seems to like the catchphrase “small-town butcher” to describe himself. When he stepped out of the limo, he turned his back on Ashley which was a bit of a sign. Whether or not Ashley would have acclimated to life as a small-town butcher’s wife will remain a mystery. No rose!
Ben C., 28, Lake Charles, LA, attorney. When Ben C. met Ashley face to face, he gave her a speech in French, mainly asking Ashley to ask him why French is important to him. When he needed the one-on-one time with her at the cocktail party, he used a prop he’d brought with him—a series of signs meant to draw her outside. There, he explained that he was born in France, lived in London, then moved to Louisiana when he was 14. Rose!
Ben F., 28, Sonoma, CA, winemaker. While the ABC website lists him as a winemaker, that’s only partially true. Ben F. is keeping a day job while the small winery he started with some friends gets off the ground. The boyishly-handsome soccer enthusiast describes himself as “guarded” emotionally since his father’s death. Rose!
Bentley, 28, Salt Lake City, business owner. Divorced father of “Cozy,” Bentley says he’s ready to move on, but in his pre-Bachelorette interview, he said he was hoping “The Bachelorette” would be Emily. Before any of the bachelors appeared, Ashley discussed some scandalous news about Bentley. He’s the one to watch, but not necessarily for the reason you’d think. Rose!
Blake, 27, CO, dentist. When Chris Harrison told Ashley there was another dentist on the show, she was clearly excited. Then an odd thing happened: he didn’t play the dentist card the first minute he popped out of the limo, nor did he tell her during the cocktail party. Rose!
Chris D., 27, IL, sports marketing coordinator. This Chris did a little rap for Ashley when he got out of the limo, then he pulled off another memorable move at the cocktail party which is why he’ll be around next week. Rose!
Chris M., 27, Canada, CEO, construction. He’s probably a nice guy, but he was also fairly forgettable—which is why he left that first night. As he walked out of the mansion, he was baffled by the loss, since he had come into the show hoping that Ashley would be “The Bachelorette.” No rose!
Constantine, 27, Atlanta, restaurant owner. Ashley gushed immediately that she loves his name. It wasn’t surprising to learn that he’s Greek. He pulled out pink dental floss when he first met Ashley, cut off a piece and tied it in a bow on her finger so that she’d remember him when she went inside. Rose!
Frank, 28, Anchorage, college administrator. Frank didn’t turn out to be so popular last year. This Frank didn’t fare much better, although he tried. He danced with Ashley, twirling and dipping her. still…No Rose!
J.P., 28, New York, construction manager. He has a captivating smile which caught Ashley’s attention immediately. They do a back-and-forth discussion on donuts, of all things. J.P. tells Ashley that in one job he was called “cupcake,” to his embarrassment. Ashley tells him that not only would she not be embarrassed by that, but she’d always hoped that her future husband would refer to her as “cupcake.” J.P. falls into the small group of long-term keepers this season. Rose!
Jeff, 35, MO, entrepreneur. He’ll forever be known as Masked Man or Masked Jeff — or Creepy Dude, depending on how a person views him. Well, that’s if and when a person could view him. Jeff popped out of the limo wearing a mask which the other men described as something out of the sex scenes in the movie, “Eyes Wide Shut.” He chose to hide his face, he told Ashley, so she would judge him by his inner self as opposed to by his exterior. Regardless of the creep factor and his anonymity, Ashley sees something in the guy, and she wants to see more. Rose!
Jon, 26, WA, e-commerce exec. Jon’s routine of picking up Ashley and tossing her gown-clad body over his shoulder seemed a bit premeditated. “Can we go straight to the honeymoon,” he asked. While she giggled, she voted “no” during the rose ceremony. As he left the mansion, Jon explained that his family loved Ashley and last season. He was heartbroken. No rose!
Lucas, 30, TX, oilfield equipment distributor. This self-described conservative Republican enjoys dressing up to go to the local country club for drinks. Rose!
Matt, 28, MA, salesman. Matt’s a contender, too. Rose!
Michael, 29, RI, salesman. Michael was purely endearing, telling Ashley he’d never been excited about seeing a dentist before their meeting. She laughed, but must have been less impressed with Michael than she looked at that moment. No rose!
Mickey, 31, NY, chef. Pulled one of the more creepy moves on “The Bachelorette,” catching Ashley off guard as he lunged in for a kiss. She nearly broke her back bending to avoid him. He bragged to the guys inside that he’d kissed her first walked in. Tough to beat a class act like this one. Rose!
Nick, 26, FL, personal trainer. Stephen may be the hair stylist on the show, but Nick has a memorable set of blond locks. He wrote a quirky poem for Ashley which will make him stick in her mind for some time. Rose!
Rob, 27, MI, tech exec. Another cutie whose personality failed to turn Ashley’s head. He told her that the difference between he and Brad Womack is that he had no crowns in his mouth. Ashley asked him if he wanted any. Again, it was a sign. As he left the mansion, he teared up, saying he was sure that this was going to be a night he’d tell “their” grandchildren about. No rose!
Ryan M., 27, MI, construction engineer. On “The Bachelorette” website, Ryan M. confessed to streaking in his younger days. He was just plain awkward upon meeting Ashley, doing the equivalent of jazz hands at one point. Then he pulled out a camera to take photos of himself and Ashley which seemed cute, but odd. It turned odder when he told her he wanted a photo of himself with Chris Harrison, and he asked Ashley to take it for him. He survived to flash jazz hands another day. Rose!
Ryan P., 31, CA solar energy exec. A definite front runner, Ryan P. told Ashley about his desire to do good things for the world. He started a solar energy company that has grown to over 600 employees. Ryan P. also told Ashley that Brad Womack’s loss was his gain. Rose!
Stephen, 27, CT, hair stylist. Although he didn’t mention his profession, Ashley commented on his hair right off the bat. Rose!
Tim, 35, NY, liquor distributor. If Jeff will forever be known as Masked Jeff, Tim will be known as Drunk Tim. And Ashley believes that he sells liquor and spurs. When Ashley sought him out for one-on-one time at the cocktail party, he couldn’t talk. She felt sorry for his bundle of nerves, and she told him to drink some water and relax. He went back inside, drank some more beer and picked a fight with the Masked Man. Although Ashley was sympathetic initially, when she found him asleep and snoring outside the mansion, she asked the other guys to load him into the back of a van. No rose!
West, 30, SC, attorney. West has the heartbreaking story this season. In his pre-Bachelorette interview, he talks about the love of his life, his deceased wife. Rose!
William, 30, cellular phone salesman. When Ashley asked him about his occupation, William answered “just a salesman,” so Ashley prodded him to “sell” her something. He began a litany of celebrity impressions that continued into the night to entertain the other guys. William’s a major front runner. On a more serious note, William’s father died of complications of alcohol. On the day his father died, at the exact time, in fact, William’s watch stopped. He’s never had it fixed so as to remind him to never let life pass you by. Rose!
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