Brad Womack, the star of “The Bachelor” season 15, eliminated 10 of the 30 women vying for his heart on the season premiere but not before sitting down with his former Final 2 to drag out a piece of the past that will forever be one of the most insane “Bachelor”/”Bachelorette” moments ever.
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Brad being named this season’s bachelor has been extremely controversial. While some viewers are ready to move on, others just can’t get past the past and can’t believe ABC would give someone who broke two women’s hearts a second chance. Suffice it to say, the women were shocked to say Brad Womack standing in front of the “Bachelor” house. Their reaction was no surprise, especially since they were unaware of Brad’s return to the show, and their immediate concerns also weren’t a shock. Chantal was the first women out of the limo, and apparently, she was the house’s spokesperson, as she smacked Brad across the face only seconds after saying hello. The whole thing was pretty ridiculous, and it was even more ridiculous that Brad was sort of turned on by Chantal’s first impression, saying he liked her “fire” … of course, he wasn’t impressed enough to give her the first impression rose; keep reading to find out who that went to.
Of course, at the end of the night, eliminations had to be made. Ten women were sent home, leaving 20 to continue their journey for love. The 10 women Brad eliminated on the first night were: Britnee, Cristy, J, Jill, Lacey, Lauren, Lisa P., Rebecca, Renee and Sarah L.
Once all the women had made their way into the house, Brad took some time to explain his side of his past and reassure the women that, while he may not have been ready the first time, he was 100 percent ready to find his wife that night. He gave the women the opportunity to leave, but no one budged.
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Unfortunately for Brad, this was not the last time he would have to explain himself to the women. Every time he sat down with a woman the conversation was all about his past. It wasn’t until Brad sat down with Ashley S. that he heard about someone other than himself. She was charming and adorable and honest about her intentions. Brad was so happy with his first meeting with Ashley S. that he gave her the first impression rose. He told viewers that she was the first woman that night who made him hopeful about returning to the show and the first woman who didn’t question his past.
While Ashley S. made the best first impression that night, she wasn’t the only woman who made a strong impression on Brad. There was the woman who waxed his arm (Raichel, an esthetician who specializes in “manscaping”); there was the woman with fangs, who Brad found sexy but worried she may not be serious about the situation (Madison); and the women who made Brad propose to her after she got out of the limo (Sarah P).
Brad, DeAnna and Jenni reunite
Before Brad met his 30 bachelorettes, he chatted with show host Chris Harrison about his feelings going into that night. He looked nervous but sounded sincere about his return, and he once again reminded Chris and viewers that he is a better man now, a man who is capable of dropping his guard and falling in love.
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Of course, before Brad could move on, ABC had to drag him through his past one more time. Brad was shocked when DeAnna Pappas and Jenni Croft – the Final 2 from Brad’s first run at “The Bachelor”; in fact, he looked a little bit like he was going to throw up. While this conversation could have gone horribly wrong, things actually went quite well. It was nice to see that the three could act like adult, and it was nice to avoid another Jake/Vienna situation.
The trio’s conversation was brief, and much of what was said was brought on by Chris’ questions, no surprise there. Brad apologized to the women for his actions, saying he failed them both, but thanked them for meeting with him. And while Jenni seemed hopeful for Brad’s future, DeAnna was skeptical about Brad’s claims and said she was concerned for the season’s women.
Is Brad really ready to find love?
Brad Womack’s return to “The Bachelor” was a huge shock to viewers and has made for one of the most talked about “Bachelor” seasons. Brad’s first crack at being the star of the show was four years ago (season 11). Brad went into the season with high hopes, but when the time came to propose to DeAnna Pappas or Jenni Croft, Brad couldn’t bring himself to ask either woman, leaving himself, the two women and million of viewers angry, heartbroken and/or completely confused.
On the season premiere, Brad told viewers that he felt like a jerk after watching the finale. He said the decision to not choose someone stemmed from his fear to commit and caused a lot of physical and emotional issues, including panic attacks. Realizing he was a “broken man” led Brad to therapy, where he connected the lack of his father in his life to his constant need to shut out others, which he admits was a “sad way to live.”
This time around, however, Brad says viewers should be happy with the ending of the season because it is a true love story. In a December 2010 interview, Brad said he took a different approach when he met the season 15 group of women, opening up to them earlier and asking more poignant questions.
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