Bachelorette Blog: On First Impressions and Faux Pas
05/25/2010 AT 12:00 AM EDT
What a night! Let me first say that this was the most terrifying and exciting night of my life. I'm sure it is so obvious to all of you that I was unbelievably nervous. Throughout the night I said things that didn't even make sense.
To Chris L: "Have a good night!" Oh my. Poor guy. It's like I was saying, "Thanks for coming! See you at the rose ceremony."
To Jesse: "You're a what man?" I think he told me his was a "peculiar man" about four times before I actually heard him.
To Roberto, when he told me his name: "You're going to have to help me with that one." Really? I couldn't pronounce Roberto? Pull it together, girl!
To Frank: "Paris is amazing. I've never been." How would I know it was amazing if I've never been?
The first guy I met was Chris H. How adorable is he?! I remember thinking, "If 24 more guys like Chris H. get out of these limos, then there is absolutely no way I will be able to let anyone go tonight." Be careful what you wish for because I met 24 more amazing men that night. Kyle reeled me in, Jonathan N. brought a little sunshine into my life and John C. proposed! I can't believe all the things they did to get my attention. All I can say is: It worked.
Once I met all of the guys, I was excited to get inside and get to know them. Derrick, I mean Shooter, well, I don't think I need to explain this one. I hope Derrick's friends aren't giving him too hard of a time for telling me that story. He was a good sport. I'm sure many of you are wondering if I didn't give him a rose because he told me that story. No, that was not the case. I had to let eight guys go and I just didn't think Shooter was a match for me, regardless of, well, you know.
Next up, the "first impression" rose: I really wanted to make sure that I thought carefully about who received the "first impression" rose. I wanted to give it to a guy that I could see a future with and on the first night, I got that feeling from Roberto. I just felt so comfortable with him and there was an immediate connection. Plus, he is super hot, which didn't hurt.
All and all, the night went smoothly -- up until the ballot box came out. I felt really bad that the guys had to write a name down, but having their advice that night couldn't be a bad thing.
When Chris read Justin's name, I was shocked. Talking with him he seemed so nice and sincere! Justin thought the guys chose him because he is a wrestler, and I honestly feel bad that a few of the guys were making fun of something he loves to do. Okay, an entertainment wrestler isn't the type of guy I'd normally date, but I commend him for doing what makes him happy regardless of what others think. I decided to keep Justin because he was nothing but nice to me.
Letting eight guys go at the end of the night was hard. In particular, I really would have liked to spend more time with Phil and Jay. They both seem like fun, genuine guys that I would have liked to have gotten to know better.
All in all, it was definitely a crazy first night and that is just the beginning! Until next week ...
With love, Ali
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