The Feb. 13 episode of The Bachelor came with a bunch of surprises. Nick sent Kristina home in what might've been one of the most heartbreaking goodbyes on the show. He also said goodbye to Danielle M., though that was decidedly less upsetting. But perhaps the biggest surprise came from Corinne on The Bachelor this week. The contestant no one can stop talking about was out of her element because she couldn't seem to catch Nick's eye — he even turned her down when she came to his hotel room looking to hook up. Still, after this surprising turn of events, it seems that fighting for Nick's attention has actually made Corinne more relatable — at least for the hosts of Bustle's Bachelor podcast.
On this episode of Will You Accept This Podcast?, which you can listen to here, Bustle’s Senior Entertainment Editor Kelsea Stahler and Romper's Senior News and Entertainment Editor Allison Piwowarski discussed how the season's "villain" was never actually a villain, but instead, someone that viewers should have been rooting for all along. They point out that Corinne's battle with being vulnerable is something that everyone can relate to, especially when you're competing against five other women for one guy's affection. It also should be noted that Corinne is only feeling so insecure and vulnerable because she truly cares about Nick.
There's definitely more to Corinne that meets the eye. On Monday, she struggled with the uncertainties that come with being on The Bachelor. It was really a first, since she's usually so confident in her status with Nick and the strength of their relationship. It just goes to show that everyone struggles with confidence. Whether you like her or not, Nick obviously sees something in Corinne, so I think it's worth exploring the layers of her character and giving her the benefit of the doubt.
Monday's episode also showed viewers that things are really getting serious on The Bachelor. Nick is starting to dig deeper into his relationships and send home anyone he doesn't see a future with. If Corinne wants to receive that final rose, she needs to have some more meaningful conversations with Nick about what they're both looking for — the time for bouncy houses is over. And of course, it's also important for Corinne to get a rose next week so she can get a hometown date and introduce Nick (and viewers) to Raquel. Hopefully she'll have some cheese pasta ready.