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Welcome to The Bachelor version of The Hollywood Reporter's Power Rankings. Each week, THR's Bachelor experts will be tuning into the romantic connections and dramatic shenanigans taking place on season 21 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 fifth week of Nick Viall’s The Bachelor kicked off with a battle of the brains, as Corinne and Taylor brought a 2017 twist to the classic reality competition catfight — instead of battling over Nick, they bickered over each other’s brain power.
On the heels of last week’s “To Be Continued…” ending, Taylor questioned if Corinne has the emotional intelligence to date the 36-year-old Bachelor. Corinne fired back, calling Taylor everything from a “dumb bitch” to a “stank face" (more insults below).
The Bachelor producers couldn't resist milking the moment, even after flying Nick and his remaining women to New Orleans. While Rachel scored a "fairytale" one-on-one date (details below), Taylor and Corinne landed the first two-on-one date of the season, forcing Nick to send at least one contestant home. Corinne's pep talk ahead of the face-off: "I'm intelligent in my own way, I'm people smart … Is intelligency a word?" She also tried to coin the phrase, "Make America Corinne Again."
Even after Corinne detailed how Taylor "emotionally attacked" her and "basically called [her] stupid," Nick gives the budding politican the date rose. But Taylor stormed her way back onto the show after being eliminated — pulling a Chad from Bachelorette JoJo's season — and refused to peacefully exit. Crashing Corinne and Nick's dinner date, she called Corinne out for "lying" and Nick for "listening to his dick" and building a relationship "off of whipped cream and lies."
Now that Taylor — along with Astrid and Sarah — is out of the picture, see how Nick's remaining women rank below. The top two are the only contestants left in their thirties, highlighting the collective age difference between Nick and many of his contestants. Share your thoughts on the episode with THR in the comments below.
Rachel, 31, attorney from Dallas, TX
She finally got her one-on-one time when Nick took Rachel — one of the few contestants joining Nick in his thirties — on a date through the streets of New Orleans. The Bachelor told the 31-year-old she’s been on his mind from the beginning, pouring on the compliments while they shared ice cream and oysters. He told the camera he has the most “explosive chemistry” with Rachel, adding that "she kind of has it all.” Nick has even thought about meeting the Texas lawyer's family and facing her federal judge of a father. So, we can just about count on a hometown date in the Lone Star State.
Viewers also got a sense of how much Nick has been struggling with heartbreak from his past relationships during their date. He opened up about how difficult it was to ask two sets of fathers for their daughters’ hands in marriage, only for them both to not work out in the end. Yet, Nick appears to have faith in his future with Rachel, telling her, “I might be breaking rules here, but I'm super into you. I want you to feel confident. I want you to know I'm putting the effort into this relationship because it means a lot to me.” Rachel, after getting the rose, tells the camera at the end of their night, “I'm not nervous anymore. I don't recognize the girl who started this journey … I don't believe in fairytales but, I believe in today and today was a fairytale.”
And with that, this relationship restores our faith that Nick is serious about finding a mature life partner with real, emotional intelligence.
Danielle M., 31, neonatal nurse from Nashville, TN
Danielle M. can breathe a little easier now that Nick confessed he's still lovesick for the neonatal nurse. Although their relationship has been a bit “slow going,” as Nick put it, he made it clear he feels strongly for the Wisconsin native. After their alone time at the haunted mansion, Nick gifted Danielle with the group date rose. Will their connection be strong enough for her to earn the final flower? It's possible the 31-year-old won't want to keep up with our bad boy.
Raven, 25, fashion boutique owner from Hoxie, AR
That awkward moment when you tell your crush you're in love with him and he doesn’t say it back…
The small-town girl is the first of the season to drop the L-word to Nick. With googly eyes, she shared how much their one-on-one date last week meant to her and described “the moment I fell in love with you.” He returned her loving confession with kisses but not with words of affirmation. The Arkansas gal has no regrets about opening up — calling it “a little too soon, but whatever. I own it" — but she still slips off this rankings top slot.
Vanessa, 29, special education teacher from Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Vanessa spent more time with an 8-year-old ghost this week than with Nick. While the Canadian connected with Mae, the haunted mansion's alleged spirit, her relationship status with the season 21 star was left in limbo. Despite little alone time this week, don't expect to see the teacher dipping out soon — especially since Vanessa has been more patient with him since their fight about Corinne. (If you need a refresher, the 29-year-old called Nick out Week 3 for dry humping in public: "I'm not judging Corinne. I'm judging your actions.")
Corinne, 24, business owner from Miami, FL
Corinne walked away with a rose, but her reunion with nanny Raquel might be sooner than you think.
The season villain beat out Taylor for the two-on-one date rose after stabbing a voodoo doll of her competition in the heart and verbally attacking Taylor both in front of and behind her back. Some highlights of her verbal carnage:
- "You dumb bitch."
- "She's a f—king idiot."
- "You have this stank face on your face."
- "She's disgusting."
- "You should feel alone and sad."
- "Who looks stupid now, bitch."
It may be premature for Corinne to be touting, "I am the queen. I won. #Winning. The Taylor ship has sailed. Bye, bitch." It's hinted in the preview for next week that Nick could be sending her out with Taylor when the mental health counselor ambushes their alone time.
Danielle L., 27, small business owner from Los Angeles, CA
Danielle L. was not in her element Monday. The Californian revealed she has a serious fear of ghosts, so a haunted mansion was far from her ideal date. But the 27-year-old brushed her uneasiness aside to confess her true feelings to Nick: “I could see myself falling in love with you.” Unfortunately for her, Nick did not hint he was feeling the same way back.
Kristina, 24, dental hygienist from Lexington, KY
Riding on the confidence of getting a group date rose the week prior, the Kentucky Kristina was hoping Nick would give that extra reassurance to someone who had one-on-one time earlier in the season. Sure enough, Nick gave the group date rose to Danielle M. (see above). While Kristina proved she’s a good team player and a caring friend, friends finish last on The Bachelor.
Jaimi, 28, chef from New Orleans, LA
It’s official: Jaimi is a badass. From milking cows and shoveling manure to taking on ghosts, this chef is cooking up some brownie points. The only question is if Nick can actually fall in love with her, or if she's just sneaking by week after week in the top of the bottom half.
Josephine, 24, registered nurse from Santa Cruz, CA
It’s a toss-up between Josephine, Alexis and Whitney for being the most surprising contestant to last this long on the show. The nurse has yet to scare Nick off, even within the walls of the haunted mansion (and after that Week 2 slap in the face). If Nick keeps the 24-year-old around for another episode, we’ll officially have no idea what his type is.
Jasmine, 29, pro basketball dancer from San Francisco, CA
If Jasmine is cursed after this group date, she had it coming. The professional dancer did not care to “respect” the spirits, touching the alleged ghost’s hat, hidden busts and possibly triggering a glass chandelier to come crashing down. Sorry Jasmine, you can't dance your way out of that bad karma.
Alexis, 23, aspiring dolphin trainer from Secaucus, NJ
Dolphin-obsessed Alexis is bringing some much-needed comic relief to a season chock full of tears, threats and creepy voodoo dolls.
Bachelor Nation watched the 23-year-old take on her greatest fear this week: Nicolas Cage. The other Nick snuck up on his suitor, wearing a mask of the National Treasure actor and demanding kisses. These two might not have the chemistry of a future husband and wife, but we’re hoping they stay buds if she ends up rose-less in the next few weeks.
Whitney, 25, Pilates instructor from Chanhassen, MN
We almost forgot Whitney is still here.
Sarah, 26, grade school teacher from Newport Beach, CA
It was hard to see Sarah so distraught after Nick sent her home, especially when she’s only known the man for a month and spent little alone time with him. She cried to the camera after her goodbye, “Love is the one thing I want in my life…but what can I do?” Tip for Sarah: Maybe don’t try to find love on reality TV?
Astrid, 26, plastic surgery office manager from Tampa, FL
Astrid’s goodbye was the same as her time on the show: forgettable. The 26-year-old joined the Bachelor rejects, even after that hot tub smooch session Week 3.
Taylor, 23, mental health counselor from Seattle, WA
Corinne spoke for everyone when she told Taylor, “I can't even believe you're a mental health counselor.” For how off-center Corinne is, it’s possible Taylor is even more lopsided. The 23-year-old flirted with stealing the title of season villain when she repeatedly spoke down to Corinne like a child and made it clear she has no intentions of making friends: “I don’t feel the need to be liked by everyone.” To her shock, when facing her nemesis on the first two-on-one date of the season, Taylor did not come out on top. (Though to be fair, Corinne made it clear if you cross her, you better watch your back.) Taylor kicked her crazy up a notch when she decided she wasn’t going to bow out easy. The loser of the two-on-one date snuck up on Nick and Corinne to warn Nick he was dealing with a narcissistic, “toddler-like” woman. Will Nick send both ladies home? ABC leaves the result of this twisted love triangle on another “To Be Continued…” cliffhanger. (That's three total, but who's counting?)
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