The new Bachelor for Season 17 (January 2013) is Sean Lowe, from Emily Maynard’s season.
Oh No, Not That Guy
I was glad that Emily didn’t choose Sean, so I’m not thrilled to hear this news. On the other hand, I wasn’t crazy about Emily until she had her own season; then I really started to like her. So maybe the same thing can happen with Sean.
Emily chose Jef (one-F Jef), as everyone knows. He seems nice, and I hope they make it-in spite of the rumors in the celebrity magazines. I also liked Ari, Emily’s runner-up. He was quiet, handsome and sexy; that’s really all I knew about him, though.
Meanwhile, Sean had that goofy hometown visit, where he and his family played a couple of very silly practical jokes on Emily. First, he showed her his bedroom. Bad enough that he was a young businessman still living in his parents’ home-but his bedroom was full of his cherished stuffed animals! Emily remained outwardly calm, but we were privy to her recorded interior monologue, and she was freaking out.
Just kidding, Sean told her. In fact, I don’t even live here. Okay. But then at dinner, his father took his “specialty” out of the oven-a roasted armadillo. Whaaat?
Who had the brilliant ideas for these stupid jokes? Sean’s family seemed nice-but a little loony too.
Too Perfect, Too Protective–Too Patriarchal?
Even before that nonsense though, I wasn’t crazy about Sean. Emily kept saying he was perfect, and I think that made her uncomfortable.
To me, he was more like a father than a lover. I think that was the problem. Sean was very loving, very attentive and polite to Emily-which I think she liked, to a point. But somehow I got the feeling he would take care of her too much, be too protective and patriarchal, maybe even controlling.
For a woman and single mother who’s been on her own for a few years, making the decisions, carrying the responsibility-this might be comforting. But it also might become annoying.
Maybe Sean Will Be Better Than I Think
I was disappointed when I saw that Sean will be the new Bachelor, and I told myself I probably wouldn’t be watching the show.
But I tell myself that every time! I always swear I’ll never watch the Bachelor/Bachelorette again. Who am I kidding? I’ll be there in January, along with all the other Bachelor addicts.
I’ll get some more insights into who Sean is, and maybe I’ll start to like him better.
Good luck to Sean Lowe. Maybe he’ll meet his match!