The Bachelorette's Chris Harrison on First Night Impressions and Which Guy to Watch For
Desiree Hartsock, Chris Harrison
Another Bachelorette premiere and another guy kicked out of the house before the very first rose ceremony.
On the Season 9 premiere on Monday, Desiree met the 25 men along on her journey to find love, but almost immediately realized one of them was definitely not for her. After asking Des to join him in the fantasy suite, Jonathan was swiftly given the boot.
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"He was a good sacrificial lamb to set the tone for the season, because Des was able to look everyone in the eye and say, 'Don't mess with me. I want to have fun, but you better treat me like a lady or I will cut your balls off,'" host Chris Harrison tells TVGuide.com.
So who had the best first impression of the night and which guys should viewers keep an eye out for? Plus: How does Des stack up to previous Bachelorettes? Harrison dishes below.
How do you think Desiree compares to previous Bachelorettes?
Chris Harrison: She could not be more different than Emily. Emily had this certain flair about her, but Des is really just the girl next door, and you could put her in any city in America and she'd fit in. She's going to have the appeal that women will want to root for her and maybe empathize with her and guys will want to be with her.
Des told us it was a very sexy season.
Harrison: I was more worried about Des than I was about Emily as far as how sexy it would be. Would she be guarded and worried about her perception? She talked the talk early on, which they usually do, and told me, "I'm going to be vulnerable and if I feel like kissing the guy I will." But she delivers and in Episode 2 she's kissing guys and wearing bikinis.
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Who do you think had the worst first impression of the night?
Harrison: Something that bugs me is the dipping thing [Larry did]. The girl put herself together for hours and doesn't want to be picked up. There's a time and a place, but the first time you meet her and she's in a full length gown just leave her alone. But the worst was definitely stalker fantasy suite guy [Jonathan]. I get the initial joke, but as soon as you saw her reaction to it and she put her foot down, but to go back to the well a second and then a third time that was creepy and obviously the worst first impression. But he was a good sacrificial lamb to set the tone for the season because Des was able to look everyone in the eye and say, "Don't mess with me. I want to have fun, but you better treat me like a lady or I will cut your balls off."
Who had the best first impression of the night?
Harrison: Ben and his son was by far the most adorable moment of the night. By the way, as soon as he stepped out, I'm like, "No he didn't. This is a disaster." All the way up until the kid opened up his mouth, I thought it the worst idea ever. Two minutes later, I was eating my words because it was the most precious moment. Also we could hear the kid's audio when he said, "I want to stay in the party," but we didn't have a camera on it so I'm glad we still used it. It was a huge risk, but when you saw Des eat it up, it was a homerun.
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Is there anyone who will surprise viewers?
Harrison: Keep an eye on Zak. I know you might've thought this guy is a d-bag, he shows up with no shirt and jumps in the pool, but I would call Zak the Lindsay [Yenter] of the season. She wore a wedding dress Night 1, it was a disaster, she was about to go home, but Zak will redeem himself and surprise people so please don't judge him by his abs.
What can you say about the rest of the season?
Harrison: It may be our best season ever as far as the group of people, the drama, the intrigue, the love, the roller coaster ride -- there's so much to it and it happens so early. In Episode 3, the fireworks really start and from there on it's ridiculous.
Watch our video with Desiree below as she rehashes Night 1: