It's hard not to like Becca Kufrin.
And it's not just because she's a wounded woman on the rebound after a failed relationship with Arie Luyendyk Jr., one of the least attractive and appealing Bachelors in the history of the franchise. No, this woman is genuinely winsome because she's warm and honest and pretty in the safest of ways.
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So when the 28-year-old public relations professional decided to become "The Bachelorette" this season and look for love again after Luyendyk dumped her, it didn't take long for Bachelor Nation to sing her praises and root for her. She even met with past Bachelorettes Rachel Lindsay, JoJo Fletcher and Kaitlyn Bristowe at the beginning of Monday night's premiere.
But fan allegiances got tested soon after when the Minnesota native started to "do the damn thing" and met the 28 men vying for her heart and hand. Right off the bat, Kufrin showed who's in charge by kicking off Jake, a dude she knew through mutual friends in Minneapolis. Kufrin got a bad feeling Jake is fake and he had to go. This made him curse about being "f-cking romantic" and proved that Kufrin has good instincts for spotting rose red flags -- just like us!
Let's get started with two of the biggest warning signs from the premiere.
What about the Chicken and the Model?
That said, Kufrin later chose to give roses to David, a 25-year-old Denver venture capitalist dressed in a chicken costume, and Jordan, 26. He's a professional "fashion model" who takes posing and prattling to new heights. Red flag alert: If you're worried about disingenuous dudes, why are these two weirdos still around?
Kufrin also kicked off Chase, 27, an advertising vice president from Sanford, Fla., because one of his ex-girlfriends text messaged another "Bachelorette" suitor named Chris, 30, and told him Chase is a player who uses women. Goodbye, Chase. Kufrin rewarded Chris, who not only proved invaluable as a snitch but likes gospel choirs, by keeping him around.
It also has to be noted that Kufrin likes the chocolate and seven of the eight men she picked initially are African American. This includes Jean Blanc, 31, the Haitian immigrant with the extensive cologne collection. It also means that America will likely and finally get its first black "Bachelor."
She also gave her First Impression rose to Garrett, a 29-year-old medical sales rep from Reno, whose Chris Farley as Matt Foley impression is so spot on it almost seemed real. Garrett won over Kufrin by showing up in a minivan and proving that he's ready for a real relationship.
He also made her laugh, got the first rose and the first kiss. Later, the interwebs exposed Garrett as being possibly transphobic but something tells us he's going to go far on this show in spite of this. Garrett has tangible chemistry with Kufrin and she'll likely forgive him and try to show him how to be more tolerant and accepting.
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Seven Serious Contenders
Garrett is an obvious frontrunner but he's not the only one. Seven other men to keep in mind include Colton, the 26-year-old former NFL player who once dated Aly Raisman. Colton also claims to be a virgin -- though no one on Twitter believes him.
In fact, Colton is one of three football players Kufrin picked. There is also Mike, 27, the man-bun blond who played football in college and Clay, an NFL tight end. He's a 30-year-old free agent who has played for everyone from the New England Patriots to the Detroit Lions.
There's also Lincoln, 26, the account sales executive with the hot British accent; Connor, 25, the fitness trainer from Florida with the impeccable hairline; Ryan, 26, the Cape Cod native and banjo player; and Wills, the 29-year-old graphic designer and Harry Potter nerd from Los Angeles.
"The Bachelorette" airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. on ABC.