Debra Tries: “The Bachelorette”

Clare Crawley is the Season 16 Bachelorette. She is the oldest Bachelorette, at age 39.

US Weekly

Debra Garcia, Features Editor/ Business Manager

Hello, and welcome to “Debra Tries…” The series where I review topics and activities that I would not normally take part in on a normal day. For example, I will listen to music, watch movies, TV shows, play video games and even eat foods that lie outside my comfort zone. Today’s topic: The Bachelorette. 

   Today’s entry is sort of like a sequel to a previous installment of “Debra Tries” when I tried reviewing “The Bachelor.” When I reviewed it last year, I was told by my peers that “The Bachelorette” is much better than “The Bachelor.” Well let us just see. 

   My task is simple. Watch the Season 16 premiere of “The Bachelorette” starring Clare Crawley and then review the episode, sharing my thoughts/predictions on the show so far. So lets jump right into it. 

   This season stars Clare Crawley, 39, the oldest bachelorette. She is determined to find love after being the runner-up in Juan Pablo’s season of “The Bachelor”, and failing to find her one and only in two seasons of “Bachelor in Paradise” and one season on “Bachelor Winter Games.” 

   Due to COVID, this season of “The Bachelorette” was held in Palm Springs, in the La Quinta Resort. All 31 guys and Crawley had to quarantine in their rooms for 14 days and take several tests to get the okay to start filming. 

   My first impression of Crawley was how confident she was on what she wanted in a husband. She expressed numerous times that she wanted a sweet but serious man who challenged her yet would  love her as much as she loved him. 

   She comes off as relatable, as she shared her story about her father passing away and not being able to see her elderly mother during the pandemic. She’s also a dog lover, which made me like her even more.

   Now for the men in line to compete for Crawley’s heart. Now I’m not going to go through all 31 of them but I will describe my favorites that will probably play a big part in this season. 

   We start off strong with Bennett, who pulls up in a fancy scarf and in a Rolls Royce. He seemed very rich and shallow in my opinion. A dude named Jay came out in a straight jacket. Which kinda freaked me out. Then my favorite competitor, Eazy, came out of the limo. Eazy is an ex-football player who is really sazy, sweet and values family over anything else. 

   To Crawley, nobody compared to Dale. He came off as sweet, excited, cute and natural. The first thing Crawley said after he left was “I think I just met my husband.” What do you know, he received the first impression rose. Although he is not my favorite, I can see the chemistry between them already.

   It is time to talk about the drama. Already on night one two men started a feud. This was between Tyler C. and Yosef. Tyler C. was mad that Yosef was contacting other girls during quarantine, after he was told he would be on “The Bachelorette.” Tyler C. basically believed that Yosef was on the show for the wrong reasons. 

   The funny part about all this was after Tyler C. and Yosef argued, Yosef went up to Crawley to paint Tyler C. as the bad guy, because of this, Tyler C. was sent home. I thought this was really ironic and therefore hilarious.  Though, this was way less night one drama than “The Bachelor” season last year. 

   In the end, all the forgettable men were sent home, basically leaving everyone who spoke this episode to continue. Which, if you think about it, sounds so staged. 

   Time for the predictions. Thanks to the trailer and previews, indicating that Crawley with “ruin The Bachelorette” I believe that she will try to leave the show with Dale, as everyone can tell that she’s already fallen hard for him. 

    So what are my thoughts? Its safe to say thatI loved it. My peers were right, “The Bachelorette” is way better than “The Bachelor”. Everything felt lest staged and comical and I actually got chills once or twice. I am really happy I got to try this, would totally recommend it.