I think it’s time to discuss the contenders. After last night’s episode it’s pretty clear where Emily’s heart is headed. There are two guys that seem to have made the biggest impression on our girl! Arie Luendyk looks to have a lock on Emily’s attention and affection so far. Sean Lowe is close behind in an understated yet sincere performance, and Jef Holm seems to be making strides despite his goofy socks (shin guards?) and missed opportunities.
I didn’t want to fall for Arie. He seems like such a set up from the producers…a race car driver like her former love? As the season progresses though, I can’t help but find myself being sucked in by his earnest focus on her instead of the process. When he’s talking to her it’s obvious he’s into her and really wants to get to know her better. He touches her spontaneously as opposed to strategically (Hello Ryan’s arm around her whenever she’s within 2 feet!). She ‘s at ease with him in a way that makes it appear she may have already made a choice. She told him when she’s alone on the porch he’s the one she thinks of? Couple that with her comment about how guys like him are hard to find? He’s an odds on favorite to be her intended.
However, none of the above means that Sean Lowe is out of the running. Sean didn’t grab my attention at first because I’ve personally never had a thing for blondes, BUT he is steadily climbing in the “could be her true love” dept. Emily wants to be taken care of, not managed and dominated as would be the case with Ryan, but loved and looked after. Sean has the handsome, compassionate, protector vibe down. And, he’s the only one she’s been kissing with the same honesty as Arie. It’s hard to tell where this is going because the producers can edit it so many ways. Arie could lose out to Sean, Sean could lose out to Arie…but I’d bet money that it’ll be one of the two.
Jef Holm is an enigma to me. We haven’t seen very much of him and he’s definitely got an oddball side. I thought they might be giving him the Jessie Csincsak edit. I can’t figure out if he knows she’s into him and is playing hard to get to keep her attention, or if he’s really that dim and passed up beach kisses by accident. Obviously from Emily’s conversation with Chris Harrison, she likes him and I think next week’s one on one (in the previews) should clear this up for viewers.
You’ll probably note that I didn’t add Doug Clerget and Chris Bukowski to the mix. I just can’t see her falling for either in the long run (especially after watching Chris dance in the closing credits). Add to that the producer’s focus on their conflict and it equals no future with Emily for either of them. I did agree with Chris that there’s something fake about Doug’s humble man act. The more I see of him the less I like him. Reverse that for Chris even though I don’t think he’ll make it to the finals.
Last but not leas,t let me say that this season’s hidden “Wes” is Ryan. I said from their first date that something was off and he didn’t seem to be there for her. Well, from last night’s show it’s clear that he’s there to try to be the next Bachelor. Good luck with that. Chauvinistic (trophy wife?), egotistical (how are you worthy?) players tend not to win America’s heart. Emily seems to be catching on but the previews looked like Ryan’s not leaving yet and that they end up making out. Gross.
I’m hanging in there because I seriously think we’ll have a successful match from this season in the long run! Despite the slow start I’m getting into the guys and like her more than I ever thought possible. I love the disbelief that shows on her face when Ryan or Kalon make stupid comments and I can’t wait for her to tell Kalon to “get the _____ out” next week. From the previews the producers will give us lots of drama, but for the first time in a while it’s not drama created to hide the fact that there wasn’t a love connection. I think Emily’s engaged and happy. Arie or Sean – that’s my bet.