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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.
After last week's premiere of The Bachelorette, Jordan Rodgers emerged as the clear frontrunner. He snagged the first impression rose and first real kiss from JoJo Fletcher, and he wooed fans watching at home — when polled, The Hollywood Reporter's readers picked Jordan to win the entire season by a majority of 65 percent.
Going into the second episode, it looked like the former pro football player would maintain his advantage when his group date had him competing in another set of Power Rankings, picked by sportscasters Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley of ESPN's SportsNation. But Jordan didn't even make it onto the leaderboard, losing out to James Taylor (#1), Alex (#3) and, most shocking of all, Chad (#2).
Despite calling her "naggy," Chad won JoJo over with his honesty and later, his sensitivity, when he opened up about losing his mother only six months ago. But by pointing out the shortcomings of his competitors and criticizing them for seeming overzealous in their feelings for JoJo, Chad made the target on his back even bigger.
Setting up one of the more intense rose ceremonies seen on this franchise so early in the season, the night became a showdown between Chad and everyone else. Though Chad — with his barrage of off-color comments, gloating and meat-eating — deserved criticism, the other men shifted from chivalrous to full-on bullies when they ganged up against one.
“It was like watching West Side Story," Chad told the camera. Adding, while snapping, "Alright, let’s get Chad! … It was like if the Care Bears surrounded you and told you they were going to kick your ass.”
Though we hate to admit it, he has a point.
Season previews indicate that the house drama continues when the show returns next week with a special two-night event on Monday and Tuesday. For now, here's how the men shake out after tonight's face-off and rose ceremony compared to last week's THR Power Rankings.
Check in Monday for the weekly live blog and share your comments on Twitter using the #THRose hashtag.
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