And they are not alone. The buzz is off the charts. Last week we saw Tim making connections with a couple of women. This week, America watched as Ernesto and Ben took the hot seat.
I got to know him and can say that Ernesto is a true gentleman with a heart of gold. I know he became invested in this process once he heard professional matchmakers would be involved. They revealed they had competed against each other in the Miss Universe pageant in Olivia made an impression during her speech when Giuliana caught her reading off her hand. Matchmaker Matt threw a curveball when one of the women on his team, Mandy, let Ernesto know she has a twin sister that came on the show for Ben.
Maybe at the end of all this, Ernesto and Ben could keep it in the family? Do I smell a double wedding? But this date was nothing close to champagne dreams and caviar wishes. Ernesto set the tone and did something close to his heart by putting the women to work on building a house. My first date with Giuliana was at a Cubs game and that was the best decision I ever made. I was interested to see how the women would react to doing manual labor on their first date.
When you have clashing personalities mixed with the pressure of a group date, things are bound to get spicy. On the intimate dates, Ernesto looked like he was forming solid connections with Shandi and Mandy, but Victoria stood out for her reclusive behavior.
I can understand not wanting to take off your robe on the first date, but isolating yourself is a surefire way to draw negative attention. Ernesto was a gentleman, but we all know you only have one shot at a first impression.
But Matchmaker Matt pointed out that if isolating herself is the way she acts when she feels uncomfortable, whoever Victoria ends up with will have to put up with that for the rest of his life. Despite all of his accomplishments at a young age, Ben is genuinely a humble guy. I gave him a hard time because somehow in all the promos for the show, Ben seems to have forgotten to put his shirt on.
He laughed it off and assured me he does own plenty of shirts. Giuliana actually told me that Ben reminds her a lot of me. His blind selection process was full of surprises. Renae made a bold move to get noticed by taking off her dress to entice Ben. A fellow Chicago native, Rachel, took a chance by dressing up in a superhero costume.
A little unconventional, but I think Ben found it both intriguing and daring. Ben had no idea his past would make its way into his future, but after a few introspective moments, he did eventually invite Kari around the wall. It made me wonder: If he wants Kari here, is the competition over? Ben took his ladies on an incredible mud run but not all moments on the date were smooth sailing.
Kari spent her time with Ben expressing feelings and getting emotional. Later in the date, Ben and Rachel bonded over their nerdy sides — and then things heated up when they shared a kiss. On his intimate date with Tarryn, Ben surprised her with a chocolate cake for her birthday, which also led to a lip-lock. The matchmakers sent Kari to the garden to give Ben a chance to clear the air and get some answers about their relationship.
When Rachel was sent down with her, Ben was left with the impossible decision of starting fresh with someone new or rekindling what was lost with Kari. In the end, Kari won out, and Ben sent Rachel packing. I predict this girl has plenty more surprises up her sleeve. Next week, all three guys will take the stage. The journey has only just begun! You May Like Get your People daily dose Subscribe to the daily newsletter for the latest celebrity news.