Ali Fedotowsky eliminated eight out of 25 suitors from Monday's "The Bachelorette." What have we learned about making a first impression? Give a gift. Sing a funny song. Offer a dance lesson. Don't mistake "The Bachelorette" for someone else, call her sweetie too often, do a backflip, talk about killing things or joke about bedroom mistakes.
Ali was on the last season of "The Bachelor" with Jake Pavelka. She left "The Bachelor" when forced to choose between her job and continuing to date Jake on the show. It's a mistake she regrets, she said.
"I should have known, you go with your heart... A life without love is a life without happiness," Ali told host Chris Harrison at the beginning of her first episode. The 25-year-old is "going with her heart" now. She quit her job and gave up her San Francisco apartment to become "The Bachelorette."
"I want a life filled with love... I want kids." When Chris Harrison asked her what she hoped for in five to ten years, Ali said she hoped to be pregnant. We can assume she also hopes to be married.
After meeting the 25 bachelors, Ali said she'd never felt more beautiful or special.
"She is everything I've ever wanted," Frank said. Frank left his secure job to follow his passion and write screenplays, so he identifies with Ali's life-changing decision to find love.
At the cocktail party, Kirk told the other bachelors that he spent eight hours making a scrapbook for Ali. "If I was a girl and somebody made a scrapbook for me, I think that would be just weird," Craig M. said. "You gotta stick your neck out there," Kirk replied. Ali looked through the book and seemed impressed.
Also at the party, Kasey told Ali that his dad cheated on his mom and that made Kasey realize he never wanted to hurt a woman that way. Hunter played a ukulele and sang a funny, original song for Ali. Roberto says his happily married parents are his inspiration. "Love makes everything worth it," he said. He and Ali did a little salsa dance by the pool. "I am really, really digging Roberto," Ali said. She really was. Later in the show, she gave Roberto the first-impression rose. "I just feel really comfortable with you," Ali said. "I feel the same," Roberto said.
When Justin told the other guys that he was a professional wrestler named Rated-R, the jokes began. Rated-dishonest and Rated-bad were favorites.
Chris Harrison brought a ballot box to the party and told the guys to write the name — or names — of guy(s) they suspected weren't "there for the right reasons." Chris said Justin received an overwhelmingly high number of votes. Ali took him aside for another private conversation. "I'm not hear to play games," he promised Ali. "I think it's the wrestling thing," he said when Ali asked him why he thought the guys voted for him. She believed him. Instead of sending him home, Ali gave Justin a rose.
Jesse made Ali a wooden heart-shaped necklace. She said it was just her style.
Here are the 17 bachelors who received roses, meaning they'll continue to episode two:
Jesse: A 24-year-old general contractor from Peculiar, Mo. who lives in Kansas City, Mo. "What do you think about dating a peculiar man?" As in, a man from Peculiar, Mo.
Ty: A 31-year-old medical salesman from Booneville, Mich. who lives in Franklin, Tenn.
Craig R.: A 27-year-old lawyer from Langhorne, Penn. who lives in Philadelphia.
Tyler V.: A 25-year-old online advertising salesman from Chelsea, Vt. who lives in Milford, Vt.
Frank: A 31-year-old retail manager from Bartlett, Ill. who lives in Geneva, Ill. He popped out of the sunroof of the limo. "I'd climb the tallest tower for you," he said.
Justin: A 26-year-old entertainment wrestler from Toronto. His stage name is "Rated R." He hobbled out of the limo on crutches and told Ali to find him inside to learn how he became injured.
Steve: A 28-year-old sales representative from Chesterland, Ohio who lives in Cleveland.
Chris L.: A 33-year-old landscaper from Dennis, Mass. who lives in Cape Cod, Mass. He quit his job as a teacher in New York when his mother became ill. He moved home and took care of her for the final year and half of her life. He's glad he made the decision. "Family is number one," he said. He didn't tell Ali about his mom's death because he said it wasn't a first-impression story.
Kirk: A 27-year-old sales consultant from Green Bay, Wis. who lives in Madison. He made Ali a "some-what sad" rose out of red napkin.
John C.: A 32-year-old hotel business developer from Mukilteo, Wash. who lives in Issaquah, Wash. He got on one knee, gave Ali a faux diamond ring and asked her for some one-on-one time inside the house. Ali agreed.
Chris N.: A 29-year-old entrepreneur from Winter Park, Fla. who lives in Orlando. He gave Ali a rose, which seemed to appear from nowhere.
Roberto: A 26-year-old insurance agent from Tampa, Fla. who lives in Charleston, S.C. He offered Ali salsa lessons.
Chris H.: A 27-year-old real estate developer from Campbell River, Canada who lives in Vancouver, Canada. "Why don't we just go in and grab a seat right now?"
Hunter: A 28-year-old Internet account executive from Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas who lives in San Antonio. He said he planned something humorous to say... but he got distracted by Ali's beauty and his desire to use the restroom and forgot.
Craig M.: A 34-year-old dental salesman from Sarnia, Canada who lives in Toronto, Canada. "I'm so happy you're not Vienna," he said. Ouch.
Jonathan: A 30-year-old weatherman from Boston who lives in Houston. He gave Ali a weather magnet with a picture of a sun.
Kasey: A 27-year-old advertising account executive from Fresno who lives in San Luis Obispo, Calif. "I will always be here to protect and guard your heart," he exclaimed upon meeting her.
Here are the guys who were eliminated:
Jay: A 29-year-old lawyer from Barrington, R.I. He was quiet during the show and said he wished he'd spoken up more. He did manage to call her "sweetie" at least three times. "I would have sent myself home if I was her," he said. "It's tough."
Kyle: A 26-year-old outdoorsman from Highlands Ranch, Colo. "I know there's a lot of fish in the sea, but I'm the one for you," he said after attempting to reel her in junior-high-dance style. "I really do feel like a failure," he said about going home on day one.
Tyler M.: A 25-year-old catering manager from Helena, Mont., who lives in Austin, Texas. He wore cowboy because he thought Ali was wearing cowboy boots when she first stepped out of the limo to meet Jake. Unfortunately, she "definitely was not wearing cowboy boots," she said.
Derek: A 28-year-old sales manager from Warren, Mich. who lives in Los Angeles. He had leaves for Ali to catch to make wishes. She caught three in her hand and one in her hair. Four wishes. Too bad one of her wishes wasn't to keep Derek on the show.
Phil: A 30-year-old investment manager from Elmore, Ohio who lives in Chicago.
Derrick: A 27-year-old construction engineer from Manhattan Beach, Calif. who lives in San Diego. He said his nickname was Shooter and he'd explain why inside the house. The nickname was embarrassing. It was based on this one time in college when he, um, was a bit premature in the bedroom. "You're a brave man for telling that story," Ali said. He admitted that he shouldn't have told that story and made a fool of himself."
Jason: A 27-year-old construction consultant from Johnson City, Tenn. who lives in Broomfield, Colo. He climbed atop the limo and did a backflip onto the ground. Ali seemed impressed.
John N.: A 27-year-old engineering software salesman from Wichita, Kan. who lives in Kansas City, Mo.