If you’re a fan of The Bachelor, you know there are certain things that happen every season — crying, drinking, roses being coveted, and a dreaded two-on-one date, in which only two women are taken on a date with the Bachelor, and he gets to eliminate one of them. It’s the literal Thunderdome of The Bachelor — two walk in and only one walks out. Ben Higgins’ season is, of course, no exception, and controversial character Olivia was unfortunately eliminated from The Bachelor this time around.
Now, Olivia wasn’t the most popular person in the house, so let’s not pretend that the other ladies on the show are mourning her departure. The news anchor was definitely the boldest of the group, frequently usurping other women’s time with Ben and stealing him away. Effective in terms of getting to know someone? Totally. An easy way to make friends? Absolutely not. I knew that the drama was on when the two-on-one paired Olivia with twin Emily (her sister, Haley, got booted a few weeks ago). Let’s just say that Emily is not a fan of Olivia — I was ready for a Kelsey/Ashley I. showdown (from Chris Soules' season), and well, I almost got it.
Olivia and Emily were so icy toward each other, and the windy, cold, rainy setting on the beach was the perfect match for that vibe. Both ladies really threw themselves at Ben — Olivia told Ben that she was in love with him, and Emily told Ben that she was completely "ready to fall" for him. It was seriously like a contest of who could yell "love" more. Ben totally pulled a bait-and-switch — it seemed like he was going to give Olivia the rose, but Ben explained that he just couldn't reciprocate his feelings for her. Olivia, understandably crushed, was then banished from Bachelor island.
I, for one, will be upset to see Olivia go. Though she wasn’t popular in the house, I thought that her candor was refreshing on a show like The Bachelor. It’s usually a lot of fluff, and Olivia was unapologetic about who she was and how she felt about Ben. She knew what she wanted and wasn't afraid to get it. So, now, I’m gunning for Olivia to be the 2016 Bachelorette — ABC, do you hear my cry?
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