Following the controversial “The Bachelor” season finale on March 10th, Juan Pablo Galavis has been heralded as the “worst” bachelor in the ABC show’s eighteen seasons. Lambasted on countless websites, the American-born Latino star’s behavior has been picked apart by fans of the series, Reality TV critics, and even fellow celebrities; Kirstie Alley tweeted that Galavis was a “narcissistic idiot,” chiming in with other fans on the social media site as the finale aired. But amidst all the accusations, negative press, and borderline-slander aimed at the still-bachelor, one announcement has received approval and excitement among fans: Andi Dorfman, the contestant who opted to leave the show of her own accord after a “nightmare” evening in the fantasy sweet with Galavis, was officially named as the next star of ABC’s “The Bachelorette.”
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Fans of the show praised Dorfman for being brave enough to call a spade a spade, and to leave before knowing whether or not Galavis intended to bestow a rose upon her in invitation to the final two. After her night alone with Juan Pablo on “The Bachelor,” Dorfman confronted him to clarify her feelings. She stated that Galavis knew nothing about her, and that he always managed to change the conversation to revolve around his life experiences without allowing her to finish her story; the pair argued about semantics, and Galavis’ liberal use of the phrases “it’s okay” and “it’s fine,” until viewers were no doubt as ready to scream as Dorfman appeared to be on-screen.
As Dorfman prepared to leave, Juan Pablo commented in his solo interview, “Am I disappointed? Just maybe a little bit,” confirming Dorfman’s instincts about his lack of affection for her. He went on to say that even if Dorfman had wanted to stay, that argument between them had sealed the deal for him and he was no longer interested. Despite the tearful finale, the scene allowed fans to see a vulnerable side of Dorfman, and it offered proof that not all cast members on “The Bachelor” are determined to make it to the final rose whether or not the feelings are sincere. As a long-time fan of “The Bachelorette” who only occasionally follows “The Bachelor” with the same loyalty, I for one am thrilled to see a strong, independent woman who is far from desperate for a man’s lukewarm affections.
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In the final episode, Juan Pablo declined to propose to Nikki Ferrell, stating that he “liked her” a lot – but neglected to mention any feelings of love. However, Galavis isn’t the first star of the partner shows to decline to propose to a final contestant – and is far from the first to dodge a hasty wedding. Juan Pablo’s status as the first “minority Bachelor” had many fans questioning whether his reputation as the “worst” Bachelor would diminish the chance of additional minority contestants, given the poor reception Season 18 received and the lack of a proposal.
Fortunately, Andi Dorfman made it clear that she’s still looking for love as her taxi drove away from a less-than-devastated Galavis during her show exit, saying that “walking away from [the show]… without that love does hurt, it does suck. I wouldn’t want it from [Juan Pablo], but I still want it … I still want it from someone … I want that in my life.” She further confirmed her intent to find love during the After the Final Rose special that followed Monday’s “The Bachelor” finale. “I feel all in. I feel mentally all in, emotionally all in, physically all in,” she stated during the special. “I am in a place in my life where I’m just so ready for this. I hate say it because I don’t want to jinx myself … but I am ready.”
Andi Dorfman as “The Bachelorette” premieres Monday, May 19th, on ABC.
Tierney Bricker, “Andi Dorfman Is Officially the Next Bachelorette! Find Out When Her Season Premieres”, EOnline
Breeanna Hare, “‘The Bachelor’: Six ways Juan Pablo lost this season,” CNN