The Bachelor Arie Gives Single Mom Chelsea First Impression Rose
For many of us, ABC’s The Bachelor is a guilty pleasure. The idea of finding love on television, competing against dozens of other women, and seeing who is chosen in the end, is highly captivating.
Last night was the season 22 premiere of The Bachelor, where 36-year-old racecar driver Arie Luyendyk meets all 25 women for the very first time. You might recognize Arie from Season 8 of The Bachelorette, where he was in the final two competing for the heart of Emily Maynard. Emily, a single mom, dumped Arie, leaving him heartbroken. And in the past 5 years since the show, Arie has not found a love quite like the love he felt for Emily.
In the beginning of last night’s show, they prefaced Arie’s former love for Emily and her daughter. Arie himself also mentioned how desperate he is to be married and start his own family, now that even his younger brother is married. So, with all of that in mind, it’s not surprising to see him give the first impression rose to Chelsea, a 29-year-old real estate assistant from Maine, who is also a single mom to a 3-year-old son.
However, the show painted a picture around Chelsea as being aggressive, competitive, mysterious — as if she is on the show to win, no matter what it takes, even if it means making enemies with the other women in the house. This is a very different depiction of Emily Maynard, where the show gave her an aura of being gentle, motherly, and compassionate in her relationships with the women in season 15 of The Bachelor, and in her interactions with Arie in season 8 of The Bachelorette.
While we have not seen Chelsea interact much with her son yet, it’ll be interesting to see if the show depicts her role as a mother in a different light – to see if her personality shifts from dominant and cold, to tender and warm, as a mom and potential wife to Arie.
Though the show is entertaining and filled with drama, many viewers have varying opinions about the “realness” behind the show itself. Some people find it shallow and fake. Some say the motives of the contestants are to find fame, not love. However, others say love can be found anywhere, even on TV. Others say it’s worth a shot, no matter what the motives of the contestants are.
We would love to hear from you on this topic! Are you watching this season of The Bachelor? Are you surprised that Chelsea got the first impression rose? What are your thoughts on single moms competing as contestants?