It was just seven weeks ago that Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay embarked on her reality TV journey to find love and now she's down to the final stretch. Only four men of the original 31 remain in the running toward winning her heart — the same ones that will be taking the Dallas woman formerly known as "Big Rach" to their hometowns next week.
Hometowns are a big deal because while you can curate an on-air persona, you can't fake your family. (Trust me.) From there, Rachel will whittle the pile down to just three men. And then two. And then one. Dun, dun, dun!
The Bachelorette has taken Rachel on a worldwide tour this season, from the basketball court in Los Angeles with Kareem Abdul-Jabaar to Denmark and the Swiss Alps. Before she makes another step toward being engaged, let's see who's left to put a ring on it.
Bryan Abasolo is a 37-year-old chiropractor from Miami and has been one of the top contenders all season. He wooed Lindsay the very first night with his smooth talking and garnered the first impression rose after an intense make out during the premiere. When I say "intense," I mean I was legit afraid he might swallow her whole.
Now, Bryan hasn't fooled viewers — he practically groomed for reality television. His words are hollow and timed perfectly, though Rachel has yet to notice. Bryan's forwardness scares her, but let's be honest, it's exactly what she wants to hear. Bryan was also the first man to tell Rachel he's falling for her and he did so during the first couple weeks. Antsy, much?
Dean Unglert is the baby of the group at a ripe 26 years old. He's a recruiter for a start up in Los Angeles with an electric smile and great sense of humor. Dean also seems to be the most in tune with reality out of any men in the house; he called out Bryan Abasolo as a player and former contestant Lee Garrett's penchant for starting drama with the men of color in the house. But never to their faces, no god — Dean's not one to stir the pot.
How is he going to to make it work with a 32-year-old attorney? Look, Dean has been through tough times. When he was a teenager, his mother passed away from breast cancer. He had to grow up fast, which is why his maturity is nearly on par with Rachel's. But he's fearful of what she might think of his family. (Spoiler alert: They don't exactly get along.) Either way, Dean is definitely a fan favorite.
Eric Bigger, 29, is the surprise this season. The personal trainer from Los Angeles had a rough start — I'm talking the kind of over analytical, all-up-in-his-head kind of attitude that almost cost him the competition. After a few solo dates with Rachel, however, Eric regained his confidence and viewers learned he's the strong, reserved type. And with good reason.
Before Rachel gave Eric a rose to secure his hometown date, he opened up that his previous life in Baltimore, where his family is based, revolved around drugs and crime. Eric is notably the only person of color left on the season and a shoo-in to the top four.
Finally, we've made to my top pick of the season: Peter Kraus. At 31 years old, Peter is closest in age to Rachel and has the same gap between his teeth as the bachelorette — and damn if he isn't fine. A Midwestern boy hailing from Wisconsin — notably the same state as Rachel's ex-reality boo Nick Viall — Peter is a personal trainer and mighty dapper. Man can he rock a bow tie.
Peter and Rachel immediately hit it off during the premiere and he garnered the first one-on-one date of the season. He also went on the very last one-on-one date of the season in Switzerland, where he dropped something of a bomb: Peter said if he didn't feel 100 percent confident their relationship at the end of the competition, he might not propose. Pulling a Vanessa Grimaldi, are we Peter? We sincerely hope he follows through.