‘The Bachelorette’ review: Arie Luyendyk emerges as Emily Maynard favorite

Emily had her work cut out for her.

Emily Maynard took off to Tennessee on “The Bachelorette” Monday night, and in the process there were some genuine moments of love. At the same time, there were also some genuine moments of surprise. Why would Kalon and Alessandro choose to come on the show knowing that Emily is a single mom, if they were not all that interested in coming into a relationship with a child? The strangest part of it is that only one of the two guys ended up going home.

One-on-date #1 (Chris) – This was the token “danger date” where he and Emily chose to climb up a building, and following that he and Emily took in dinner and a concert from Luke Bryan. While Emily gave Chris a rose, she was surprised about him only being 25 — and views it as a red flag since she does have her daughter to worry about.

At least the two got an opportunity to listen to a Luke Bryan concert. Who loves music? Emily certainly seemed to! Country music is right up her alley, and Luke’s one of the most popular acts in town.

Group date – This was one of the stranger group dates we have seen, mostly because the sole premise of it was forcing all of the guys to go through a rigorous interrogation from Emily’s friends. This is one of the most ridiculous things we’ve ever seen, mostly because this sort of thing that a guy would run away from in the real world so early on in a relationship. (We also find it awkward that Emily’s blonde friend got Sean to take his shirt off — isn’t this a little creepy?)

Despite the weirdness of the entire situation, Emily ended up giving Sean the rose for the date. Meanwhile, we lost Tony on the date — who was getting emotional about missing his son, and Emily did something rather nice in sending off the moment that she knew he was not right for her. While we wish this would happen more often, at the same time if it did we wouldn’t really have much of a show.

One-on-one date #2 (Arie) – The second man to get some significant alone time with Emily this week was Arie, who ended up getting a pretty heavy dose of music. They went to Dollywood where Arie started off trying to write a love song with Emily … and instead, Dolly Parton showed up and sang for them. With dolly Parton being Emily’s favorite singer it created a perfect moment for the two to fall in love and clearly they did.

It’s not even remotely a surprise that Arie got a rose — she has been seemingly into him from the get-go this season, and he’s a major threat to go far. If you want further evidence of this, flash-forward to when she was kissing the guy during the cocktail party — and from a spot that some of the other guys could see them. Who’s ready for some drama next week? To put this in the same corny racing metaphor that Arie used throughout the night, a few people are going to try and drive his car off-course – especially Ryan who seems to be moving into the new villain spot in the upcoming weeks.

The rose ceremony –┬áIn moving forward to the cocktail party and Rose Ceremony, we saw a few surprises. Travis saw his magic ostrich egg get smashed on the ground, and we also saw the end to two more men in Alessandro (who actually left during the cocktail party) and Mr. DJ Stevie — and we are really confused that he even made it this far considering his wacky attitude. Hey, maybe Stevie will DJ on “Bachelor Pad” this summer (though we don’t think he will do very well on there, either).

What did you think about Emily sending Tony home early, and do you think that Arie is an early frontrunner?

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