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‘The Bachelor’ season 17 brings out drama for female audience

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February 28, 2013

Another season of the ABC reality show “The Bachelor” is already coming to an end.

This season had similar drama and the same words of affection for every girl that have been repeated for 17 seasons: “I’m crazy for you,” or “You are smart and funny, but you are just not my future wife.”

However, every season has a new group of women who bring something a little different every year. This year was no exception to that, as the viewers were in for many surprises over the last eight weeks. I was once again one of many “Bachelor” addicts this season, catching every moment of drama, cheesy lines and hot abs.

This year, the chosen bachelor was Sean Lowe, a 29-year-old upscale furniture store owner from Dallas. He first appeared on season eight of “The Bachelorette” last summer with Emily Maynard. He was one of the final three and was sent home the week before the finale. Sean’s departure from “The Bachelorette” was one of the more heartbreaking good-byes of the show, for America had fallen in love with his sweet personality and, of course, his wonderful abs.

A surprise in the new season that perhaps no one saw coming was the return of Kacie B. from season 16, Ben’s season. She had met Sean before and became friends with him, and now she had hoped to find love with him. She was one of, if not my favorite, women on Ben’s season. She seemed different this time around, however. She seemed almost overly emotional and uptight all the time. She really ruined the competition for herself by telling Sean about drama in the house, which caused her to be sent home early on.

The season premiere was definitely one for a good laugh. Ashley P., one of the 26 women, was obsessed over the raunchy “50 Shades of Grey.” She kept alluding to sex throughout the night and constantly mentioned to Sean about how much her mother loves him. She was, for lack of a better term, a nutjob. However, I can safely conclude that there was not a moment that she was actually sober.

Just like every season, there was a whole lot of drama, and most of the time, it was caused by a single woman. Ben’s season brought America the wrath of Courtney, the “model” who was more fake than a spray tan. This season brought us the wrath of Tierra. She was someone special to Sean on the very first night, receiving a rose before even entering the house.

I thought that maybe she would be someone I would like. I was terribly wrong. Right from the beginning, she caused drama, giving the cold shoulder to the other girls, appearing on dates she is not a part of, and making rude comments.

Any chance Tierra got, she would fight for attention. In the first half of the season, she decided it would be a great idea to throw herself down the stairs and act as if she had gotten severely injured.

The paramedics had to come and even put her in a neck brace, although when they informed her that she should go to the hospital to get checked out, she refused to go. Sean, the oblivious sweetheart that he is, checked on her and spent more time with her, postponing a one-on-one date with AshLee.

Another instance was at the Polar Bear Plunge when she acted like she got hypothermia after dancing around, acting like she was in pain. We all knew she was faking when she got in high heels and headed to the group date later that evening. Sean finally realized the terror she was when it came down to the final six.

She was having a screaming match with AshLee where she announced that she cannot control her eyebrow or what her face does. Her sobbing act led Sean to realize she does not belong here and would not be his future wife, so she was sent home. She made herself feel better on the way to the airport by stating that no one can ruin her sparkle.

The final four were Desiree, AshLee, Lindsay and Catherine. Desiree was sent home after her hometown date, mostly because of her jerk of a brother who was very rude to Sean. It was too bad; I liked Desiree. AshLee was sent home after Thailand this week, and she was one girl I was very indifferent about. She was adopted and would always talk about how her birth parents never loved her, which got very annoying. The final two are Lindsay, the daughter of a two-star army general, and Catherine. These are finally two down-to-earth contestants that I do really like and are a good fit for Sean.

Cristin Dempsey is an English major and music minor from Eagan, Minn. She enjoys writing, playing the flute and swimming. After college she would like to pursue a career as an editor.