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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.
Nick Viall's big secret is out, and while it doesn't seem like it will cost him any of his relationships, he might want to prepare for another smack across the face next week.
The "most controversial ever" Bachelor hopped from one dramatic group date to another as he continued to get to know the 22 women left vying for his final rose on Monday night. Early villain Corinne blossomed into her true thorny potential when she went topless during her wedding photoshoot with Nick. (Some of her best quotes of the night: "No one has ever held my boobs like that" and "I've never been a bridesmaid. I think I was just a natural born bride.") Despite her constant interruptions and overly aggressive style, a lusting Nick awarded her with the group rose.
Nick did, however, call back his sensitive side during his one-on-one date with Danielle M., as the neonatal nurse from Nashville opened up about the death of her former fiance.
But on the second group date, Liz, his secret one-night stand from Bachelor in Paradise couple Jade and Tanner's wedding, announced details of their past in front of five of Nick's other contestants. During an exercise where each woman was tasked with acting out a break-up scene with Nick — causing Josephine to plant a serious slap on the 36-year-old — Liz dumped Nick in a way that felt a little too real.
The episode ended with a "To be continued" after Nick made his decision on whether to keep Liz around, and finally let the rest of the women in on their history.
See how all of Nick's remaining women stack up after the second episode below and check back in every Monday for THR's Power Rankings. Share your comments below.
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