By Jamie Fromberger
WATE's The Bachelorette Blogger
That's right friends. We start off this week of The Bachelorette by saying goodbye to the infamous bachelor pad and taking our remaining 13 men with us.
Is it just me, or is their time at this "playboyish mansion" getting smaller and smaller with each season?
Needless to say, three weeks in and now the entire crew has left LA and headed to Atlantic City!
From sunny weather and bikini attire to layering on clothing, as they arrive in Atlantic City we see them looking slightly frozen as they stroll along the beach in scarves and leather gloves. I'm sure they're hoping to engage in some "spooning" as a means of warming up.
Given the first one-on-one date of the night is Brad, who we recently found out is a father to a little boy named Maddox. I'm beginning to see a trend of men with kids on this show. I'm starting to question whether or not that's a requirement when casting.
As they embark on their date on the boardwalk, awkwardness and lack of conversation make it painfully obvious that there is little to no spark between these two despite the amazing sand castle they found themselves nestled in and the scrumptious dinner we watched them take forever to eat.
Desiree clearly felt the same way and declined giving him a rose at the end of their date, sending Brad packing and heading home.
Picked to go on the group date were Brooks, Bryden, Zack K, Kacey, Drew, Juan Pablo, Zac W., Mikey, Ben, Michael, and Chris. As excited as they were to be headed on this date, they had no clue the embarrassment that awaited for them.
When you are on a reality dating show visiting Atlantic City, the one thing you can bank on is a Bachelorette "Mr. America" contest? Um. No.
As awkward as that is to read, it was just as awkward to watch. Being given barely their swim attire with a 1970s vibe, the men attempted to strut their stuff and answer questions that shined a light on their lack of intellect. We saw some talented and some not so talented performances.
Stealing the show in my opinion was Zac with no "k." You know, the Elf on the Shelf dude. He whipped out some amazing guitar skills and vocal ability. Clearly that was in his secret agenda when applying to be on the show.
Desiree, however, chose to give the rose at the end to Kasey, who embellished a random story about learning to tap dance as a child. He gave an entertaining attempt at a performance in bright red pants.
Left out of the group date and given the last one-on-one date of the evening was James. He is rumored to have gone on the show in hopes of being the next Bachelor.
In previous seasons couples have enjoyed romantic dates in a helicopter over gorgeous scenery, sipped on champagne and dropped off in some magical setting. James and Desiree were given the opportunity to see the destruction of Hurricane Sandy.
I realize many people suffered from the hurricane and using this in the show as a means to raise money for the Red Cross is a positive thing, but really? A dating show doesn't need to get deep. We don't need to see real life destruction and hurt on a show that's based on fake personalities and hopes at gaining fame.
Desiree seemed to enjoy it though, because James received a rose at the end of the night. They generously donated their date to an elderly couple who had lost everything in the hurricane, then got to enjoy a private concert by Darius Rucker (who is awesome by the way).
Sad to say, even though she dismissed Brad early on, Desiree still had to let someone go at the rose ceremony. Heading home this time was Zack (with a C, and no ties to Santa).
With the trend of goodbye on the plate, the Bachelorette and her men are now headed to Munich, Germany, where the weather drops further, tensions raise drastically, and tears flow dramatically.
Until next time...
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