Brad meets the ladies (and a vampire) on 'The Bachelor'
January 4th, 2011
10:44 AM ET

Brad meets the ladies (and a vampire) on 'The Bachelor'

Last night's "Bachelor" premiere opened with host Chris Harrison letting us know that this season is already one of the most "shocking" in show history. Guess he never got that thesaurus I sent him over the holidays.

Since Brad Womack is this year's "Bachelor," let's go back to 2007, when he famously rejected both Jenni Croft and DeAnna Pappas at the end of his first season. Brad claims he was a broken man when he came home from the show, reduced to eating food out of bowls, surfing the Internet and showing off his ugly back tattoo to the world.

Now, after three years of therapy, Brad believes he has a handle on the trust and commitment issues he struggled with the first time around. He's ready to return to the show and potentially face another three years of therapy.

Let's start by taking a closer look at the 30 women "from across America" (alas, no Canadians this time) who will be chasing Brad. There's a dancing dentist who likes to talk to Ben Franklin statues in her spare time, a funeral director who appears to promise Brad a free funeral if she wins, and a professional "manscaper" who waxes hair off men for a living.  We also have a woman who believes she's a vampire.

No, that last sentence wasn't written in error. The woman's name is Madison, and she has fangs. She also said that she confirmed her vampire tendencies after meeting with the "leader of the underground vampire world," presumably at a pancake house at two in the morning. Sadly, we did not learn her opinions on sunlight, wooden stakes and sleeping in coffins.

After a break, Brad and Chris had the traditional pre-game chat. Unfortunately, the two did not discuss any renovations done to the "Bachelor Pad" since Brad last lived there.  Rather, Jenni Croft and DeAnna Pappas were brought out to confront Brad. Let's forget the fact that Brad apologized to at least one of them on an ABC News special not too long ago - it's apparently not an official apology unless Chris Harrison gets to witness it.

Brad apologized for "not being capable" of making a commitment in 2007, and thanked Jenni and DeAnna for helping to make him a better person. The women, looking quite bored, expressed hope that Brad will find true love the second time around, but still seemed skeptical.

Then it was time for Brad to meet the ladies, who were unaware that he’s this year's "Bachelor" until they got to the manor. The first woman to greet Brad was Chantal O., an executive assistant from Seattle who slapped him in the face, saying it was for "all the women in America." Brad appeared to enjoy the slap, which was a little disturbing.

The dancing dentist, Ashley H., asked Brad if he's ready to answer lots of questions. Honestly, it would have been a lot easier to turn the party into a news conference, as he's already apologized more times than Tiger Woods and Bill Clinton combined.

A bartender named Stacey admitted to Brad that she had no idea who he is, and we also got to meet a "musical theater performer" named Sarah who had a major secret to tell Brad: she can't snap her fingers. As expected, she got the boot at the end of the show.

Brad also chatted with Madison the vampire, who informed him that he’s “delicious.” At first, Brad thought her fangs were odd, but then he did a 180 and referred to them as "hot." Alas, we didn't get to hear her stance on cooking with garlic. We also didn't see her asking the funeral director if she could get a great deal on a casket.

At least there's a chef/food writer in the house this year – hopefully Britt could improve the current food situation, which always seems to consist solely of light appetizers. On the other hand, thanks to a woman named Alli who approached Brad in the house to ask about the size of her bottom, we also know that alcohol is once again flowing freely in the manor.

In the end, Brad gave roses to 20 of the 30 women.  Madison the vampire is staying, as well as Chantal, Ashley the dancing dentist and Raichel the "manscaper."

Among those getting the boot was Renee, an Illinois nanny whose numerous efforts at getting alone time with Brad were thwarted by the other women. We also lost "J," a Seattle woman who was celebrating her birthday that day. Hope she got more letters in her first name as a gift.

Next week on "The Bachelor": more adventure, more arguments and more from the vampire.

What do you think of the premiere?

soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Andree Alexander

    It's interesting to note that every season of the Bachelor is 'the most shocking season yet'. When is Chris Harrison going to change his tune. I personally would like to see a more ethnic blend of participants – not just these blond, long haired females. As far as I know (and correct me if I'm wrong) there's never been a dark skinned Bachelor on the show. Don't they exist? Similarly, hardly any non-caucasian ladies. Exactly how is the selection made?

    January 19, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. colclough

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    January 10, 2011 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. nhs

    I love J and wish she would have stayed! Apparently he prefers crazies...

    January 4, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. lol

    The only thing worth noting on this show was the slap in the face... I saw a preview of that and was amused. That's all I will watch of the show.

    January 4, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. orpheus

    This entire show is very disturbing and for people to actually think this is real is even more disturbing. whats up with the twilight groupie.

    January 4, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joaquin

    What kind of idiot would keeo a vampire around? She's obviously unstabe.

    January 4, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. reality tv hater

    Reality Tv is a complete joke...has ANY of these relationships lasted?...i hope this fool gets whats coming to him...Karma will get him and leave him all alone this time...

    January 4, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Babs

    I am Asian. Oriental refers to objects from the Orient, not people. Irish American is your ethnicity, not your race. You are Caucasian. It's not p.c. garbage. It's called educated.

    January 4, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. boom goes the dynamite

    Oriental refers to people from the orient. I'm sick of all the stupid pc garbage it's like everyone calling black people african americans. Not all blacks originated in africa idiots. Actually, I'm sick of being called white, please refer to me as a third generation irish american whose great great grandparents emmigrated from poland to ireland.

    January 4, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BlueAlliance

    Sad to see this kind of women representing single women in America. Surely there are decent women out there with principles and a sense of morality or are they too boring for the producers of this show? It's understandable that Brad was unable to make a decision last time and I admired him for that. Now he says he had to have three years of therapy because of that indecision! There is something wrong with this picture! It's the women who need to take a look at themselves. What a sad reflection of our society this show is!

    January 4, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. victoria

    where are all the asians, blacks, hispanics, etc.??!! geez, these grls look the same to me=FAKE

    January 4, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Father Sebastaan

    Well I am Madisons "Vampire Dentist" good to see you all enjoy it.

    January 4, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bobby G.

    Nice to see different shapes and sizes, could use a sprinkling of ethnicities though.

    January 4, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. debbie

    i wish brad lots of luck...hope that he put his demons behind him...and he finds true of luck rooting for u

    January 4, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. suzi starz n peace

    This is not a negative comment but rather an observation. The people on the show especially the bachelors seem gay to me. A lot of them look like they are on the down low and give hetero relationships a bad image. Also i agree i would love to see bachelors and bachelorettes of different ethnicities. And get rid of the alcohol because thats what often ends relationships. So its not a good idea to start off on the wrong foot hello! And if u need alcohol to loosen up then u really prob need counseling. What a way to get ratings.

    January 4, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  16. vanessa

    No wonder the middle east hates us with the way women exploit themselves here in the US and the way the (mostly male)producers of Hollywood come up with this garbage tv. Hide your sons and daughters from this cr*p!! The less they are exposed to this type of exploitive tv, along with the likes of Jersey Shore and Housewives series, the better for their own good and the good of their future relationships!

    January 4, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Bollocks

    This show is, without a doubt, the worst display of human egotism on the planet.

    January 4, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Nisee

    I have one question. Why are we recyling old Bachelor that have already been on the show? I know there are plenty of black, hispanic, indian or oriental bachelors out there waiting for a shot on this show. Since the show's inception the only Bachelors they seem to want to profile are White Causian. This is one reason I refuse to watch this show based on their discrimation of other cultures. What's up with that ABC?

    January 4, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • clare

      Orientals? Really?

      January 4, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nic

      I was just about to comment on that as well. "Oriental" does not refer to people – they're not rugs. Try "Asians".

      January 4, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • KKKKKatie

      I agree, it would be nice to see some new faces. I don't mean to sound negative but I have a hard time accepting that these beautiful girls can't find a date. I know finding true love is hard but come on....

      January 4, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  19. batmansays

    Let's start by taking a closer look at the 30 women "from across America" (alas, no Canadians this time) who will be chasing Brad.

    >>Keltie Colleen is Canadian.

    January 4, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • really...REALLY?

      i think you are missing the point – the point is this show is not worth following

      January 18, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  20. jessee

    I'm glad you pointed out the free flowing booz. Because nothing says love more than meeting strangers, getting bombed out of your mind on national t.v. and proposing a marriage offer.

    No wonder divorce is at it's highest rate. We should be so proud of ourselves and what we watch on t.v.

    January 4, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  21. patti

    It was interesting. Now onto next week.

    January 4, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |

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