'THR' ranks the women vying for Nick Viall's heart based on their episode performance. This week, Kristina climbs the ranking as six women are sent home.
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.
Six are gone, while six remain, following the most dramatic night of Nick Viall’s season of The Bachelor yet.
It wasn’t a question of who cried tonight, but rather: who didn’t? The Bachelor himself was also full of waterworks as he questioned whether or not he could continue along with the show.
His two-on-one date with Whitney and Danielle L. marked the first trigger of his emotional breakdown. While he recognized the worth of these two women, he didn’t “have it in [his] heart” to give them roses.
The 36-year-old had somewhat of an existential crisis as he described the kind of partner he’s looking for, yet unable to find. “I want a woman that I feel incredibly excited about,” Nick shares after letting Danielle L. go. “You're not supposed to say goodbye to people like [Danielle L.]. Maybe I don't reciprocate the type of love that she's so willing to give,” he says on camera. “It’s hard not to wonder if the same thing is going to happen to every other one of my strong relationships.”
For all of Nick’s quirks, his fourth turn at the franchise delivered the most honest version of himself yet. The veteran of ABC’s reality dating shows addressed his concerns head on to the remaining contestants, in an impromptu visit inside their hotel room. “After today ended, I felt like I hit a new low,” Nick told his final six through tears. “I really want this to work out, but I really want it to be real. And right now I just feel like terrified that's not going to happen. I don’t know if I can keep doing this,” concludes Nick, before exiting the hotel.
But the show must go on, right? It’s unclear how or if Nick will rise above this rut, but one thing’s for sure: Corinne’s “platinum vagine” is about to have a moment, according to the teaser for next week.
Even the final Corinne vs. Taylor showdown paled in comparison to the rest of the episode's drama. Taylor “re-interrupted” Corinne one last time after getting the boot on her two-on-one date, but nothing significant came out of it. Nick wasn’t phased when Taylor claimed Corinne was a "liar." (Last week, Corinne said Taylor was bullying her and calling her stupid.) Nick shook off the accusations, assuring the blonde business woman, “My decision [to give you the rose] wasn't based on what you told me, but more where my heart was.”
Read on for THR’s ranking of Nick’s six frontrunners and six rejects below. Joining Danielle L. and Whitney as Nick’s latest exes are Josephine, Alexis and Jaimi, who say their goodbyes during the rose ceremony.
Kristina broke and melted hearts on Monday. The Russian beauty opened up about her abusive childhood and difficult journey to America on her first one-on-one date with Nick. The dental hygienist described growing up with her mother in Russia with little to no food to eat, sometimes eating lipstick when she was desperate to alleviate her hunger. After breaking her promise to avoid eating food for an entire day, Kristina was kicked out of the house and took refuge in an orphanage, where she developed a new family among the other children.
Nick listened as she explained how difficult it was to choose, at age 12, between being adopted into an American family and remaining with her sister and newfound family in the orphanage. “One of my teachers said, ‘Think of it this way: if you stayed in Russia, your life would be in black and white. If you go to America, it will be in color.'” Nick was moved beyond words and sincerely shared with her, “I feel like you bring color to my life.” After gifting her with the rose, he told the camera, “Kristina's appreciation for life is so infectious ... When you have someone like that in your life, it's a little sweeter. Kristina has everything I would want in a wife … I would be lucky for Kristina to be the person I would spend the rest of my life with.”
Raven continued to be her bubbly self. While her alone time with Nick didn’t make much air time, she still earned the group date rose after the Bachelor sent the hysterical, and horny, Jasmine home to San Francisco (see below). Since the next rose ceremony will mark Raven’s third time going in with a rose already in-hand, it’s clear this couple is one of the strongest in the house. Though it’s hard to tell how much faith Nick has in any of his relationships after that tearful address.
The Arkansas small town girl has also continued to win over Bachelor Nation as a major fan favorite. Her accent and her quips ("If we see a ghost, I'm going to rebuke that thing in the name of Jesus”) have earned her a strong #TeamRaven fanbase.
This wasn’t an easy week for Rachel. The Texan lawyer is losing confidence in her relationship with Nick, even though he told her last week he’s eager to meet her family back home. This week, she hit a personal breaking point. “I'm not going to compete for Nick's attention. I just don't feel valued,” Rachel said in her group date interview, adding that she doesn’t feel like one of his top picks. “I am falling for Nick. I want to know that like what I'm feeling is being matched.”
The 31-year-old had a chance to vocalize her concerns to Nick when they sat down together on the volleyball date-gone-wrong. Rachel told him she’s questioning if this situation is for her, since she feels so “out of [her] element.” A nervous Nick responded, “I would lose my mind if you wigged out and you peaced out.” And while Rachel clarified she’s only here for him, the Texan did not guarantee she wouldn’t walk out on him and the show.
While Vanessa appears to be a frontrunner, there’s a chance the Canadian could also end up walking out on Nick entirely. The 29-year-old cried multiple times, exhausted by the process and the challenge of sharing Nick. “I’m just fed up a bit about having to compete for time … It's so f—king annoying, and I've been so patient,” a tearful Vanessa shared to the camera. Her emotions continued to run high as the week progressed, reaching a climax at the end of the episode. “I need to get out of here,” Vanessa told the other women after Nick’s visit, as she stormed out of the hotel room.
The special education teacher made it clear to Nick she’s leaving a lot behind to be on the show. It appears her anxiety is taking a toll on her and affecting her chances at making it to the end.
Dare we say we actually feel a little bad for Corinne this week? After surviving her catfight with Taylor on the two-on-one date (and Taylor ambushing her alone time with Nick for one more verbal attack), Corinne was victim to physical aggression with the group. A crazed Jasmine pushed her down, yelling, “Get your ass back.” But there's a chance Corinne was too drunk to even remember, since she wasn't shown lashing back at Jasmine or aggressively attacking any of the other women.
She also made progress in the nudity/PDA department: For the first time on the show, Corinne wore a bikini without going topless or dry humping in public. Next week's teaser, however, shows the 24-year-old surprising Nick in his hotel room to explore each other sexually — and to introduce him to her “platinum” vagina.
Is anyone else getting the vibe that Danielle M. is going home next? With only six remaining women, and both Kristina and Raven heading into next week with roses, it doesn’t seem like the nurse’s relationship can catch up. That is, if Nick can even get back into the right mindset to pursue anyone seriously at this point. It's also not a good sign that the Bachelor barely paid attention to Danielle on their group date this week.
If there’s anything we learned from Danielle L., it’s that you’re never really safe on The Bachelor. Despite surviving her two-on-one date with Whitney, Danielle was still sent packing.
Nick’s timing to dump the Californian could not have been more painful; he chose to walk her out after she told him she's falling in love. Ahead of their breakup, Danielle shared, “I see a future with you and I want to be the last person at the end of this.” But Nick wasn’t on the same page and made it clear he did not want to waste anyone’s time. A tearful Nick said he wishes he could fall for a woman like Danielle, but the excitement just wasn’t there.
Whitney was caught in one of the worst dilemmas as a Bachelor contestant: when you earn the most air time the night you’re going home. The Pilates instructor, who’s barely held a full conversation on the show, joined Danielle L. on the second two-on-one date of the season. Unfortunately for her, luck was not on her side. While anyone could have seen her breakup with Nick coming, it’s not fully her fault for being caught offguard. Nick toyed with her emotions on what became their final date together, calling her “beautiful” and complimenting her “sweet decorum” and “warm heart.” After realizing she wasn’t the one, Nick at least let her down gently, “I feel like as much as I really want to give [the rose] to you, in my heart I just feel like I can't.”
But don’t feel too bad for the 25-year-old. The Minnesota native was a poor sport upon exiting the show; She threw Danielle L. under the bus both to Nick’s face and behind their backs. The first words she muttered to Nick as a dumpee: “You think that Danielle L. is ready for a relationship?” And later, she says through tears in her exit interview, “He's gonna realize eventually that she's not the right person for him.”
If anyone tells you to your face they want to “f—king choke you so bad” or “throw your ass down,” beware.
Jasmine showed her scary (kinky?) side this week, and Nick was not on her level. During their alone time on the group date, the 29-year-old told Nick she wants to straddle and put him in “the chokey.” Her Fifty Shades of Grey vibes must have been the final straw for Nick, as he sent her home then and there ahead of the next rose ceremony.
Jasmine essentially put herself on the chopping block this week, after pulling a Dominique from Week 3. Long story short: she lost it. Never earning a one-on-one or group date rose made Jasmine hysterical by Week 6, and she let her anxiety out on Nick and the other women. (Corinne got the worst of it. See above.) Raven described Jasmine's state of being best: “If Jasmine was a vegetable, she'd be a turnip because she's turned all the way up.” But the dancer was blind to her own meltdown (a telltale sign that the contestant would be perfect for Bachelor in Paradise), still thinking she’d be a healthy partner in a relationship. “Anybody with me would be so happy and thankful,” she shares in an interview. “I know how great I am. I know what I have to offer and it's his loss if he doesn't see that.” Unfortunately for her, Nick did not see eye to eye with the Californian. “Jasmine is just not someone I see myself spending the rest of my life with,” Nick shares after sending her home.
It’s not every day you meet a woman willing to shovel manure, milk a cow, wear a bullhorn nose ring or take on an 8-year-old ghost. Even Jaimi knows she did not hold back on the show. “I have no regrets. I know I showed my true self. I hoped that I would be in the last spot with Nick,” she tells the camera after leaving the ceremony roseless. “He wasn't feeling it, but I don't have any hard feelings towards Nick. He wasn't my person.” Hopefully love is brewing around the corner for the New Orleans chef.
We’ll miss you, dolphin-shark. Alexis brought much-welcomed humor to Nick’s season of The Bachelor, which might have been a blessing and a curse. While Nick appreciated her funny demeanor — even telling her at the rose ceremony, “You already know you're incredible” — the Bachelor never got a sense of her self-proclaimed, “serious side.” After weeks of giggles and jokes, Bachelor viewers watched the Jersey girl cry after breaking up with Nick. “It just sucks because I just feel like I didn't open up as much as I should have, but it's hard for me to be vulnerable,” she tells the camera through tears. “I didn't want to cry. I never cry.”
There are other fish in the sea, Alexis!
Let’s be honest: Josephine is lucky to have made it this far. Props to her for bowing out with her head held high and with minimal visible tears.