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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. Read last week's Power Rankings here.
In the world of The Bachelorette: When one Chad door closes, another one opens.
After four episodes of next-level violence and testosterone drama, Chad "The Bear" Johnson finally exited the show after a somewhat tense confrontation and failed attempt at redemption. Upon his departure, the guys still vying for JoJo Fletcher's heart launched into a full-blown celebration, complete with sparklers, man-hugs and a celebratory cake in the face for the one who took him down, Alex. (ABC wasted no time teasing the return of their ratings superstar when Bachelor in Paradise airs Aug. 2.)
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But another Chad from the past quickly emerged. Giving an interview to a tabloid, JoJo's ex before Bachelor Ben Higgins, who is ironically also named Chad, claimed to the press that JoJo was still in love with him and that she even met up with him during her time on The Bachelor.
The article ruffled more than a few feathers in the house, especially with the rising tensions and jealousy now that the mutual enemy is no longer around. When JoJo was given the article, she broke down in tears and frustration in a way that she had yet to show. "I don't deserve that," she cried angrily, before defending her relationship with Ben as the "truest form of love" that she has felt. "Coming onto last season was the best thing that happened to me because I realized that I deserved that kind of love."
Visibly shaken, she confronted the guys about her rocky relationship from the past, something she referred to as "a terrible time in my life," and the men vowed to protect her from yet another evil Chad.
As the group traveled to Uruguay, tonight's one-on-one date cards were spent on Jordan, with whom JoJo had her own rumors to discuss, and Robby, who opened up to JoJo about recently losing his best friend. In a double elimination, the Bachelorette sent a whopping six guys packing, including the only remaining nonwhite contestant, Grant, as well as Daniel, Vinny, James F., Evan and, of course, Chad. Grant, Vinny and Evan, who were sent home in the latter rose ceremony, all left in tears.
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