SPOILER ALERT: Spoilers ahead about the series premiere of “The Bachelorette Canada”, so continue at your own peril.
“The Bachelorette Canada” kicked off Tuesday night, and wasted no time in bringing Jasmine Lorimer face to face with the 20 suitors all vying to win her heart, ranging from an Alberta cowboy to an inventor to a deckhand to a firefighter.
First impressions were made as the men exited their limos and got to get a first glimpse (and, of course, a hug) from Jasmine. Some first impressions, however, were better than others.
Take Kevin P., for example, a deckhand from Vancouver who impressed her by entering with a ukulele and singing her a little self-penned ditty. And then there was Chris, an inventor, who dazzled her by presenting her with his latest invention: a rose that burst into flames. And JP, a “butler in the buff” from Whistler, B.C., who hopped out of the limo wearing nothing but a bowtie and teeny apron (yes, Jasmine got a good look at his bare butt, whether she wanted to see it or not).
The first night is always fraught with pressure, and it was evident as the men took their turns getting some one-on-one face time with Jasmine. An early front-runner appeared to be David, a musician, who performed a song that he wrote, accompanied by a cellist and violinist who entered mid-song and took Jasmine by surprise. She was clearly smitten — until he completed his song and cockily declared, “Top that!” to his fellow suitors.
Jasmine was impressed by the song, but not by the bravado. “Why did he have to do that? Why did he have to ruin a perfectly amazing moment?” said Jasmine, adding his outburst “made it feel like kind of a joke to me, like, who’s going to win the competition? I’m definitely very turned off.”
If that turned her off, a display of macho aggression practically turned her stomach. As she and JP were quietly chatting, tipsy cowboy Tony (who had been hitting the open bar like it owed him money) interrupted their talk, trying to butt in and get JP to leave. JP would not budge. Tony would not stop. Jasmine was seriously worried there would be a fistfight, until Tony eventually skulked away.
When it came time to hand out her first batch of roses, five of the men were sent home: Ross, Dana, Taylor, Eddie and, yes, Tony the cowboy, who griped that being sent home on opening night “stings beyond what words can describe.”
Following the rose ceremony, Jasmine announced what’s coming up: Jamaica, and next week’s episode will follow the gang as they embark on a romantic sun-and-fun trip to the tropics.
“The Bachelorette Canada” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on W Network; stay tuned after the show each week for “The Bachelorette Canada After Show”, in which Jennifer Valentyne and ET Canada’s Erin Cebula break down all the drama in each week’s episode.