'The Bachelorette' Power Rankings: JoJo's Men Ranked After Episode 4

10:16 PM 6/7/2016

by Jackie Strause and Christina Schoellkopf

THR ranks JoJo Fletcher's suitors based on their episode performance. This week, Luke and Robby are up as Chad the villain nosedives.

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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. 

The Chad bear has been poked.

After growing increasingly grizzly with each episode in the competition for JoJo Fletcher on The Bachelorette, the aggressive and potentially violent season villain finally got the boot on Tuesday night. But the former marine is not saying goodbye to the drama just yet.

Here's how the Chad saga went down:

While JoJo was falling for Luke during a romantic one-on-one date, Chad sat in the woods issuing a warning to not poke the Chad bear (props to ABC for splicing in footage of an actual bear).

Then, as JoJo celebrated with the winning team from her group date football challenge — more on that below — Chad created a hostile environment in the house by prodding his housemates to take their verbal brawls outside and get physical. He even launched a post-show threat at Jordan: "When this ends and you go home, you think I can’t find you? You think I won’t go out of my way to go to your house? I’m dead serious." The attack prompted Jordan to tell the camera that Chad "has mental issues."

Finally, during the episode's much-hyped two-on-one date showdown with his rival Alex, JoJo finally sent Chad packing when she heard about his disturbing behavior. She and Alex left a dumped Chad alone by the river, without so much as a breakup wave goodbye.

But the contestant, who has threatened multiple acts of violence against his housemates during this week's two-episode event (read last night's Power Rankings here), looked to be cashing in on his promises when he stormed back to the house in the final moments. Flashing another "To Be Continued" harbinger, the TV screen faded to black as Chad menacingly — and dramatically — streaked his fingers down the glass door separating him from his roommates. 

And Chad's antics and elimination weren't the only note-worthy moments.

The football challenge featured Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as a surprise guest star, which caused a reaction on Twitter. Viewers took to social media to question why JoJo would turn to the football player, who was accused of sexual assault in 2008 and in 2010, for dating advice.

JoJo also eliminated three other contestants during the episode's rose ceremony: Nick, Ali and Christian. With Ali and Christian gone, Grant is the only remaining nonwhite contestant on a series that has come under fire in recent years over its lack of diversity. 

Though JoJo's season began as one of the more diverse groupings when compared to seasons past — 21 white and six nonwhite suitors — much of the criticism has been aimed at how the nonwhite contestants are usually among the first eliminated. Only two nonwhite contestants since 2009 have gone on to win the final rose, and the odds look unlikely for JoJo's season, which is only up to its fourth episode. 

The Bachelorette returns in two weeks on Monday, June 20, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. See how the men rank after tonight's episode below and continue to share your comments on Twitter using the #THRose hashtag. 

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    Jordan, 27, former pro quarterback from Chico, CA

    Up from last night.

    Courtesy of ABC

    Jordan makes JoJo all kinds of nervous. The early frontrunner is the only contestant to take her down a notch, as JoJo opened tonight's episode questioning if Jordan's feelings matched hers and calling him a hard read. On the flip side, Jordan vented to the camera over having to share JoJo and had trouble understanding why she isn't picking up on the vibes he's putting out. So during the group date — and after the former quarterback got a chance to show off his skills on the football field — Jordan made a last-minute decision to open up: He told JoJo that he's falling for her, earning him a rose and a leg up on the rest of the guys who will have to face another rose ceremony next episode. "I can see somebody that I can fall in love with and it means the world to me," he told JoJo as he held her in his arms. "I needed that from Jordan," JoJo said, regaining her confidence and setting these two squarely at the head of the pack.

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    Luke, 31, war veteran from Burnet, TX

    Up from last night.

    Courtesy of ABC

    Luke finally stepped into the limelight when JoJo took the 31-year-old on his first one-on-one date. After patiently waiting his turn for three episodes, Luke took advantage of his moment — the "beautiful-looking GQ model" impressed JoJo with his "hot" body, but he blew her away when talking about his past. The war veteran opened up about his time in Afghanistan and losing a close friend while in action. "I had to learn to be super connected with my emotions again," he said. "I love the moments in life that make the hair stand up on the back of your neck. … Moments like this where I can look into your eyes and know that your eyes are the eyes I could be looking into for the rest of my life. That's what gives me chills." Their night ended with many lip-locks and a private Dan + Shay concert. "My whole life I have wanted somebody to appreciate me and value me and to look at the love the same way I look at love," said JoJo. "When I think of the future and the type of man I want to spend my life with, Luke fits that perfectly."

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

    Up from last night.

    Courtesy of ABC

    There's no shortage of lust between Robby and JoJo. Though the pair admitted that they haven't spent a ton of time together, they couldn't keep their hands off each other during their pool-table makeout session. At first, it seemed like Robby was jumping the feelings gun when he said he was falling in love with JoJo already, but then JoJo told the camera: “I feel like there’s something in Robby that’s going to blow me away.” Robby said he couldn't remember if they did more kissing or talking, and neither can we.

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    Chase, 27, medical sales rep from Highlands Ranch, CO

    Down from last night.

    Courtesy of ABC

    Chase used up his one-on-one time last night, but it's still paying off. When asked by the guest-starring QB who her top picks are, Chase was the first name off JoJo's roster. The Bachelorette told the football star that Chase shot to the top of the ranks after surprising her during their steamy session of Tantric hot yoga. Relive their date here.

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

    Down from last night.

    Courtesy of ABC

    Fresh off a one-on-one date that had JoJo singing his tune, James continued to stand out during his second sports-related group date challenge. During the football game in which teams of two competed for time with JoJo, the singer-songwriter received a bad bump to the head. Determined to stay in the game, James refused stitches, wrapped his head in a gauze helmet and returned to the field with blood still dripping down his face. "That is a warrior," said Hines Ward, who was also on the field for the challenge, about James. Perhaps he's extra-determined to show his macho side after JoJo initially put him in the friend zone.

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    Derek, 29, commercial banker from Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Down from last night.

    Courtesy of ABC

    Kudos to Derek for finally labeling Chad as the resident "guy who isn't there for the right reasons." With so much focus around his "meathead to the max" aggression, Derek is the only one to call out Chad's real motivations: Wanting to be on camera. "It's the first thing you said when you walked in [the house]," Derek told him while meeting him eye-to-eye to defend JoJo's honor (extra kudos for his muscles nearly rivaling Chad's, minus the veins). After showing his sensitive side during his previous one-on-one date with JoJo, Derek also demonstrated his physical prowess when he tackled his housemates and helped to lead his team to victory on the football field. 

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

    Up from last night.

    Courtesy of ABC

    The U.S. marine is already an American hero off-camera, but tonight Alex truly performed his Bachelorette duty by taking Chad out of the game. As he went head-to-head in a potentially threatening two-on-one date, his housemates referred to the match-up as the battle of the century between good and evil. Once the 25-year-old told JoJo that Chad had threatened Jordan — her frontrunner — JoJo saw the bigger picture and began questioning Chad, quickly discovering that what Alex had revealed was true. Alex was rewarded with a rose as he and JoJo skipped off into the wilderness holding hands — but the Chad bear isn't quite done with his prey. The episode ends with the dumpee storming the house and running his fingers down the glass where JoJo and Alex are making out.

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    Grant, 28, firefighter from San Francisco, CA

    Up from last night.

    Courtesy of ABC

    With Ali and Christian eliminated (see below), Grant is the last diverse contestant on the show. While he has continued to stand up to Chad to defuse the house drama and attempt to sway focus back to JoJo — he stepped up when Chad threatened bouts of physical violence before his two-on-one date — his time with the leading lady has diminished. The only other moment from Grant came in the form of a brief pool chicken fight with Alex, but JoJo was nowhere in sight.

     

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    Evan, 33, erectile dysfunction specialist from Nashville, TN

    Down from last night.

    Courtesy of ABC

    While Evan v Chad ruled Monday’s episode, the erectile dysfunction specialist took more of a backseat approach tonight as Alex stepped up to tackle "Chad-aggedon.” But the proud bearer of last night's group date rose did find another way to poke the bear tonight, by interrupting Chad during his chat with JoJo and bugging him again about the ripped T-shirt he's owed. At least Evan can say he literally made Chad pay for his actions: Chad agreed to fork over $20 for the damages. 

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    Wells, 31, radio DJ from Nashville, TN

    Down from last night.

    Courtesy of ABC

    Wells' underdog streak came to an end tonight when he was picked on the winning team during the football group challenge, and ultimately lost. Though JoJo found herself on the sidelines while watching the game, Wells has yet to jump off the bench and truly get in this game. 

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

    Up from last night.

    Courtesy of ABC

    Daniel earned a rose during the ceremony tonight, despite viewers seeing little more than a minute of pool-party fun between the two. He did begin his road to redemption Monday night by stepping out of Chad's shadow, but there's an obviously missing spark between Daniel and JoJo.

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

    Down from last night.

    Courtesy of ABC

    The boxing club owner got a laugh out of JoJo when he dove into the deep end while dressed in his suit during the mansion pool party. But the bold move didn't seem to score him any additional time with her. She did answer an important viewer question (Does she know he exists?) when she told him "I was looking for you" when he took the plunge. 

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

    Up from last night.

    Courtesy of ABC

    Ahead of the big group date game, the barber declared, "It's time for me to step up and set the tone around here." Yet, he never lived up to his own expectations.

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

    Eliminated Week 3 - TBD

    Courtesy of ABC

    When the need for Chad to be sent home is described as being "for America," it's clear that Chad has succeeded in becoming front-and-center of The Bachelorette. With nearly three episodes focused around the drama of a contestant who has been likened to Hitler instead of the guys' connections with JoJo, Chad has stolen the spotlight by escalating the show to levels of violence and near-physical aggression never before seen on the long-running series. Finally, Chad wrote his "beautiful disaster story" tonight when JoJo discovered what's been going on with Chad whenever she wasn't around. The episode built up to a massive showdown between Alex and Chad that ultimately sent Chad packing. When given a chance to explain himself, Chad told JoJo that he threatened people only "so they would be quiet." Still, JoJo was broken up about misreading the contestant, and was left in tears as she questioned if his actions were a result of losing his mother six months ago. Though JoJo left Chad alone in the wilderness, the contestant didn't exit the show: As JoJo and Alex walked away, Chad returned to the house to lurk, appearing to deliver on his earlier promises to enact revenge. "When this ends, you go home, you think I can’t find you? You think I won’t go out of my way to go to your house? I’m dead serious," Chad had told Jordan. Though he's out of the running, it appears he's managed to stick around for one more week.

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

    Eliminated Week 3.

    Courtesy of ABC

    Nick's elimination — especially before James, Vinny and Daniel, who were the bottom three above Chad in Power Rankings — was somewhat surprising. Though the pair didn't have instant chemistry, JoJo had gravitated to the Christmas lover ever since he made her laugh in his Santa suit on Night 1. When saying goodbye, Nick was a class act, kissing her on the cheek and telling her the experience was a pleasure. To the camera, he admitted: "It sucks, especially since I felt there might have been something there, but she didn't see it."

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    Christian, 26, telecom consultant from Los Angeles, CA

    Eliminated Week 3.

    Courtesy of ABC

    Christian's relationship with JoJo never took off, but his elimination was noteworthy given the diversity controversy surrounding the long-running franchise. In the season premiere, he open up about growing up biracial and not having a relationship with his father's side of the family because they couldn't accept him. 

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    Ali, 27, bartender from Santa Monica, CA

    Eliminated Week 3.

    Courtesy of ABC

    Ali's time was certainly up, given that the Los Angeles bartender, whose family is from Iran, hadn't had much airtime. Though, if Ali's looking for love, he can scroll Twitter's attraction to his eyebrows.

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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.

    Craig Sjodin/ABC

    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.

    Craig Sjodin/ABC

    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.

    Craig Sjodin/ABC

    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.

    Craig Sjodin/ABC

    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.

    Craig Sjodin/ABC

    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.

    Craig Sjodin/ABC

    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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