'The Bachelorette' Power Rankings: JoJo's Men Ranked After Week Two

7:00 PM 5/30/2016

by Jackie Strause and Christina Schoellkopf

THR ranks JoJo Fletcher's suitors based on their episode performance. This week, Derek rises while Chad causes others to drop in rank.

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Welcome to The Bachelorette version of The Hollywood Reporter's Power Rankings. Each week, THR's Bachelor experts will be tuning in to the romantic connections and dramatic shenanigans taking place on season 12 of the long-running ABC franchise. In an effort to cater to viewers who opt out of show spoilers, these rankings are based on opinions and observations week-by-week. 

After last week's premiere of The Bachelorette, Jordan Rodgers emerged as the clear frontrunner. He snagged the first impression rose and first real kiss from JoJo Fletcher, and he wooed fans watching at home — when polled, The Hollywood Reporter's readers picked Jordan to win the entire season by a majority of 65 percent.

Going into the second episode, it looked like the former pro football player would maintain his advantage when his group date had him competing in another set of Power Rankings, picked by sportscasters Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley of ESPN's SportsNation. But Jordan didn't even make it onto the leaderboard, losing out to James Taylor (#1), Alex (#3) and, most shocking of all, Chad (#2).

Despite calling her "naggy," Chad won JoJo over with his honesty and later, his sensitivity, when he opened up about losing his mother only six months ago. But by pointing out the shortcomings of his competitors and criticizing them for seeming overzealous in their feelings for JoJo, Chad made the target on his back even bigger.

Setting up one of the more intense rose ceremonies seen on this franchise so early in the season, the night became a showdown between Chad and everyone else. Though Chad — with his barrage of off-color comments, gloating and meat-eating — deserved criticism, the other men shifted from chivalrous to full-on bullies when they ganged up against one. 

“It was like watching West Side Story," Chad told the camera. Adding, while snapping, "Alright, let’s get Chad! ... It was like if the Care Bears surrounded you and told you they were going to kick your ass.”

Though we hate to admit it, he has a point.

Season previews indicate that the house drama continues when the show returns next week with a special two-night event on Monday and Tuesday. For now, here's how the men shake out after tonight's face-off and rose ceremony compared to last week's THR Power Rankings.

Check in Monday for the weekly live blog and share your comments on Twitter using the #THRose hashtag.

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    Derek, 29, commercial banker from Ft. Lauderdale, FL

    Up from last week.

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    Derek's one-on-one date with JoJo called to mind the connection we saw between Kaitlyn Bristowe and Ben Higgins during her season of The Bachelorette. Though Ben didn't end up winning (Kaitlyn and Shawn Booth are still engaged), he genuinely fell for her after he let his guard down. Derek, who also managed to be one of the few men in the house to stay away from the Chad drama (more on that below), scored points for his honesty and communication about being cheated on in the past. The more he opened up, the more intensely JoJo gazed at the John Krasinski-lookalike. And it was mutual: “When JoJo and I lock eyes, there are fireworks and that’s powerful. That doesn’t happen with everybody,” he said after they kissed. Giving him the rose was "the easiest decision" she had to make all day.

     

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    Luke, 31, war veteran from Burnet, TX

    Steady from last week.

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    Tonight saw a valiant effort from cowboy Luke. The odds were stacked against him when he lost the challenge to the group's resident firefighter Grant, but that didn't stop the West Point grad from giving his all. Luke's eyes are deadset on his prize, as he was visibly rattled by losing one-on-one time. “My time with JoJo just completely went up in flames,” he said, adding, “The margin between victory and defeat is so so thin sometimes.” (Deep and philosophical aren't commonly used words when recapping this franchise, but there's a welcome first everything.) He also told JoJo that he's excited to be vulnerable and about their rooftop makeout session, JoJo remarked, "That’s the way first kisses are supposed to go."

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    James Taylor, 29, singer-songwriter from Katy, TX

    Steady from last week.

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    James has been off to a strong start since serenading JoJo with his authentic country twang and this week, the Texan singer-songwriter took his sweet disposition to a new level. On the group date, he took JoJo aside to read her a note, calling her “the most special woman alive” and moving her to tears with the words: “I love God but I let him down daily, and I'm working on that.” JoJo wasn’t the only one who was impressed: Earlier on the date, ESPN sportscasters Kellerman and Wiley ranked the men during a series of sports-related challenges and came to the unanimous decision that James was their No. 1 pick, even beating out former pro football player Jordan (see below).

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    Jordan, 27, former pro quarterback, Chico, CA

    Down from last week.

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    Jordan was so strong out of the gate that we know his connection with JoJo likely hasn't waned much, but he spent too much of his time trying to take down Chad tonight. The two group challenges were catered to Jordan and Grant and while Grant, a firefighter, won his and saved JoJo from a burning building, this former football player spiked his shot at winning the ESPN challenge. Plus, his treatment of Chad wasn't a good look. His intentions are in the right place, but the house villain was spot on when he described Jordan and co. as a Bachelor gang. Specifically, “It was like watching West Side Story ... Alright, let’s get Chad!” More points lost for Jordan spending his rose ceremony commenting on Chad's plate of food instead of on JoJo's dress.

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    Grant, 28, firefighter from San Francisco, CA

    Up from last week.

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    There's no denying that Grant turned up the heat during the fiery group date. The 27-year-old stole the show during the physical challenges, but that was to be expected since he is a firefighter in real life. Regardless of his advantage, Grant scored points when, after carrying JoJo to safety in his arms, he opened up to her about his selfless career choice: "I’m never gonna leave my house and not wake you up and not kiss you and not tell you that I love you before I leave [to the fire station] because, as messed up as it sounds, there's a chance that I might not come back.” 

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    Wells, 31, radio DJ from Nashville, TN

    Up from last week.

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    Wells is the underdog of the episode after nearly passing out during JoJo's firefighter boot camp. The skinny radio DJ couldn't take the heat, earning him extra attention from both the on-site medic and JoJo, who comforted him while the guys who had teased him earlier looked on from afar with jealousy. He also snagged the group date rose, thanks to his attitude and perseverance leaving a lasting impression. 

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    Chase, 27, medical sale representative from Highlands Ranch, CO

    Down from last week.

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    Chase worked with the little time he had by making it snow for JoJo during the rose ceremony, a sweet touch to show her more about who he is. The snowboarding Colorado-native was one of three to not get picked for a date this week, along with hipster Brandon and Bachelor Superfan James. Despite his company (both men were later sent home), we recall Ali Fedotowsky's advice to JoJo at the beginning of the season to ignore the men she's immediately attracted to for the first few dates and think JoJo has already set her mind on Chase.

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    Alex, 26, U.S. Marine from Oceanside, CA

    Steady from last week.

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    Alex drops this week for stooping to Chad's level and going toe-to-toe with the house outcast by the episode's end. At first, the U.S. Marine was worthy of praise for calling out Chad’s arrogant and offensive behavior, but he quickly took a turn for the worse by matching Chad's aggression. Not only did Alex rally the guys to gang up on Chad at the rose ceremony, but he approached him again for a one-on-one confrontation. "I will with no hesitation punch a guy like that in the face," Alex told the camera, coming across just as heated as the guy he was trying to call out. 

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    Chad, 28, luxury real estate agent from Tulsa, OK

    Up from last week.

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    It's clear after tonight that he has two faces, but which one is the real Chad? Season after season, we've seen both male and female contestants get too-quick of a bad rap over their interpersonal skills: just like fraternities and sororities, the Bachelor mansion isn't for everyone. While Chad spent the first-half of tonight's episode egging the guys on, he showed a very different side to JoJo when he opened up about the death of his mother and told the camera that he was experiencing "giddy" feelings. She also responded well to his group-date honesty, despite him calling her "naggy," saying, "He’s not trying to act like he’s something like he’s not, I like that about him." So when the rest of the men came together and outnumbered him, it almost felt like their efforts backfired. The scene and threats of violence exposed a few of the other guys as being equally aggressive and by the looks of the previews, things are only about to get worse between the men and the "meathead to the max." We don't think JoJo will keep this bad boy around forever, but it will be interesting to see who else he brings down with him.

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    Robert “Robby,” 27, former competitive swimmer from Jacksonville, FL

    Down from last week.

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    Robby's connection with JoJo was clear last week, earning him space in one of the top slots. But this week, we sensed his competitive side when he joined the others in the West Side Story gang. Alongside Alex and Jordan, Robby stooped to a playground-bully low when he threw a weak insult at Chad's tie, trying to get under his skin. Sticks and stones, Robby.

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    Christian, 26, telecom consultant from Los Angeles, CA

    Down from last week.

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    Christian's slide down the line could be temporary. After winning us over with his backstory and standout smile, we barely saw the biracial 25-year-old during tonight's episode. At least viewers were treated to an extra-special closing credits sequence, when Christian stripped down to his briefs to surprise JoJo with a sexy bath tub experience.

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    Ali, 27, bartender from Santa Monica, CA

    Down from last week.

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    The Santa Monica bartender didn't stir up much attention this week. Ali made little air time, other than awkwardly standing in the back during Alex and Chad's epic showdown. 

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    Nick B., 33, electrical engineer, Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Down from last week.

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    We know more about St. Nick than Nick B. — what else is under that Santa suit, Nick? Besides a kind smile and a love for Christmas.

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    James F., 34, boxing club owner from Nashville, TN

    Down from last week.

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    If there is anything memorable James did this week, it would be exposing his naiveté about Chad. Early in the episode, the boxing club owner says, “There's not any one guy that I'd say is a jerk.” Hopefully, he quickly caught on about the contestant who threatened to knock someone's teeth out.

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    Evan, 33, erectile dysfunction specialist from Nashville, TN

    Steady from last week.

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    Evan deserves a round of applause for the TV time he earned this week. Throughout the episode, he snuck in some solid commentary and even managed to steal JoJo away for alone time during the rose ceremony — before Chad butted in, of course. The credit for the erectile dysfunction specialist making it to Week 3 is likely due to his honesty and openness: The 33-year-old shared that he is the only guy in the house who is a father. 

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    Vincent “Vinny,” 28, barber from Delray Beach, FL

    Steady from last week.

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    Vinny had a lot of making up to do after his drunken frat-boy antics of last week, and we didn't see much.

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    Daniel, 31, Canadian from Vancouver, B.C., Canada

    Steady from last week.

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    Daniel scores points for not uttering the phrase "Damn, Daniel' once the entire episode, but his alliance to Chad keeps him in the bottom slot. Daniel spent all of his time being an earpiece for Chad, relating to his alpha-male nature compared to the others', and didn't expend any effort getting to know JoJo. Maybe he was too hungover to think straight. 

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    James S., 27, 'Bachelor' superfan from Phoenix, AZ

    Eliminated Week 2.

    Craig Sjodin/ABC

    At least the Bachelor superfan can add this to his résumé: "I wasn't the first person to get kicked off my season of The Bachelorette."

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    William “Will,” 26, civil engineer from Jersey City, NJ

    Eliminated Week 2.

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    Will made a last-ditch effort by having some fun with JoJo and encouraging her to T.P. the Bachelor mansion with toilet paper, but the moment of mischief and his other gags weren't enough to save him from going home. 

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    Brandon, 28, hipster from Los Angeles, CA

    Eliminated Week 2.

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    We initially saw promise in the hipster, agreeing that he is super chill and can't possibly be there for the wrong reasons. But after the aggressive showdown between his competitors on the group date and during the rose ceremony, it became clear he wouldn't be able to stand out in this pack.

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    Jonathan, 29, technical sales representative from Vancouver, B.C., Canada

    Eliminated Week 1.

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    Poor Jonathan, who fell for the producers' entrance-making advice. Arriving in a kilt due to his half-Scottish heritage was fine, but telling JoJo he wasn't wearing any underwear underneath was a fateful fail.

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    Peter, 26, staffing agency manager from Chicago, IL

    Eliminated Week 1.

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    Peter seemed genuinely bowled over by his elimination, despite viewers at home never seeing him and JoJo interact.

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    Jake, 26, landscape architect from Playa Vista, CA

    Eliminated Week 1.

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    A lack of airtime made it hard to weigh in, so we defer to JoJo on this one.

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    Colin “Coley,” 27, real estate consultant from Chicago, IL

    Eliminated Week 1.

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    Coley got more airtime during the rose ceremony than he did all episode, but we barely heard him speak. 

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    Nick S., 26, software salesman from San Francisco, CA

    Eliminated Week 1.

    Craig Sjodin/ABC

    Ascot-wearing headshot aside, Nick S. more than deserved to be sent home after being the first to drunkenly barge in on JoJo during her on-camera interview. But thank you for the entertainment, and for giving us a peek inside the secret interview room!

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    Sal, 28, operations manager from Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Eliminated Week 1.

    Craig Sjodin/ABC

    When Sal introduced himself to JoJo he brought her a gift: blue balls. About the stress balls: "If at any point you feel stressed, I give you permission to squeeze my balls." Total camera time after his intro: negligible.

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