During Joey Graziadei’s first night as Bachelor, the charismatic tennis instructor was charged with the difficult task of eliminating nine contestants!
It was a long night for everyone involved, as the women did their best to stand out from the pack with their introductions.
Week two was no easier for Joey, or for his remaining contestants, as the 28-year-old was forced to say goodbye to four more women.
It was another tough night, but Joey remains committed to the task of finding his mixed doubles partner!
Joey Graziadei Elimations: Who Went Home In His Second Week as Bachelor?
One contestant, Lauren, decided to bow out of the competition for personal reasons.
Her father had passed away just seven months prior to filming, and the wedding-themed group date wound up taking an emotional toll.
Lauren bid a tearful goodbye to Joey but reminded him that they might see each other again during the hometown round, as her sister is still in the competition!
After a testy cocktail party that featured plenty of anxiety and a fight that Maria rightly deemed “dumb,” Joey hosted his second rose ceremony.
He says it’s his least favorite part of the job, and the pain was written all over Joey’s face as the ceremony concluded, and he was forced to bid farewell to another three contestants.
First to say goodbye was Erika, a 25-year-old leasing agent from North Bergen, New Jersey.
Next came Marlena, a 26-year-old finance writer from West Palm Beach.
And finally, Joey parted ways with Taylor, a 23-year-old recruiter from Chicago.
Rose ceremonies are always a bittersweet occasion, but Joey surely went into this knowing that he would have to break a few hearts.
It’s a little earlier to start making predictions, but some of the contestants, like the charmingly eccentric Maria, have emerged as immediate frontrunners.
But sadly, quite a few potential brides were sent home before they even got a chance to unpack during week one.
Joey Graziadei Eliminates Contestants: Who Got Sent Packing on ‘The Bachelor’ Week 1?
It couldn’t have been easy for Joey to make so many cuts just hours after meeting the women, but after a marathon cocktail party with a whole lot of strategizing, he winnowed the group down from 32 to 23.
First on the chopping block was Chandler, who was sent home despite how gloriously her name would have paired with Joey’s. (RIP, Matthew Perry!)
The 24-year-old graphic designer from New York made Joey laugh when they first met, but it seems the romantic connection just wasn’t there.
Next up was Kayla, a 27-year-old guidance counselor from Ohio who might have just been too nice for this competition.
It gets pretty cutthroat out there!
That brings us to Kyra, a 27-year-old paralegal from Miami.
She also seemed like a ball of sunshine, but apparently, she just wasn’t Joey’s cup of tea.
Maybe he prefers potential partners with a bit of an edge!
Also sent packing were Sandra, a 26-year-old cyber security consultant from Nashville, and Lanie, a 27-year-old realtor from Philadelphia.
Sam H., a 31-year-old CPA from Nashville was also sent home, as were Talyah, a 23-year-old esthetician from Huntington Beach, California, and Samantha, 25, a pro football cheerleader from Miami.
One of the most surprising cuts was Zoe, a 24-year-old artist from Atlanta who was knocked out of the competition despite becoming an early fan favorite.
Not that Joey had any way of knowing if any he sent home would wind up being popular with viewers.
But hey, maybe Zoe can take advantage of the boost in her social media followers to sell more of her art.
Whatever the case, Joey has made it clear that he’s there to find a wife, not just to gain fame and hook up with a bunch of strangers.
It’ll be a grueling process, as it always is, but maybe the tennis pro from PA can help turn the show’s losing streak around.
‘The Bachelor’ Stars Who Have Married – And Stayed That Way!
Of the 27 men who have handed out roses as the Bachelor, only three are still with the partner to whom they proposed, and only one of those couples (Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici) ever made it down the aisle.
Of course, the boomer-based spin-off series The Golden Bachelor is currently batting 1.000, as stars Gerry Turner and Theresa Nist got married this month just weeks after fans swooned at Gerry’s proposal.
So maybe the women who were sent home by Joey last night can take comfort in the knowledge that the Bachelor process only works when the dude giving out flowers is over 70!