Introduction – Joey Graziadei Prepares for Bachelor Journey
As Joey Graziadei prepared to start his journey to find love on season 28 of ABC’s hit reality show The Bachelor, much hype surrounded the 28-year-old tennis instructor from Pennsylvania. Joey stayed off dating apps in preparation for his time as The Bachelor, wanting to remain open-minded when meeting the women. His lighthearted and romantic spirit earned Joey the nickname “Golden Retriever Bachelor” ahead of the season premiere.
As the limos rolled up on premiere night, Joey felt ready to meet the 30 women vying for his heart. “I’m never going to try to compare myself to [former Bachelor] Gerry [Brown]. I can only be me,” Joey told Parade. Among the women stepping out were 27-year-old Marlena from Florida and Allison and Lauren, two sisters from Ohio.
First Impressions – Rollercoaster of Emotions
The cocktail party sparked a rollercoaster of emotions for Joey as he had memorable first interactions with the contestants. “The first night really exceeded my expectations,” Joey told Extra. “I tried to talk to as many women as possible and have meaningful conversations.”
Some women made memorable first impressions on Joey:
|Received first impression rose after entrance in tennis outfit and hitting balls with Joey
|Allison and Lauren
|Sisters from Ohio who planned to date Joey together
|Made joking advances towards a kiss with Joey
However, the night took an unexpected turn when contestants revealed a nasty rumor about Lea.
First Impression Rose Drama
Just as Joey offered Lea the coveted first impression rose, other contestants pulled him aside to share a troubling rumor about her. “I was told some information about Lea that kind of disturbs me,” Joey told the camera. The women claimed Lea lied about being on the show solely for business reasons, causing Joey to second guess his decision.
“It’s so disappointing and it kills me a little bit inside,” he said about the allegations. Joey confronted Lea about the rumors, and she denied lying about her intentions. Still conflicted, Joey gave Lea the rose but admitted he has reservations moving forward.
The other women felt upset and betrayed that Joey still offered Lea the rose despite their warnings. “I hope Joey keeps his eyes open,” contestant Marlena said. The drama sets the stage for continuing tensions as filming gets underway.
What’s Next for Joey
With night one complete, Joey begins his global journey to find love as filming shifts overseas. Previews show him exploring romantic destinations like London, Paris, and Rome with his final three women.
“I never thought I’d be taking a woman to some of these places, creating once-in-a-lifetime memories,” Joey told People.
While rumors swirl that Joey ends his season engaged, he remains tight-lipped on whether he found “the one.” Joey admits there were “unexpected” twists that challenged him along the way. Ultimately, he promises viewers “the most dramatic and romantic season yet.”
Key Future Plot Points:
- Continued drama with Lea and the other women
- Spectacular dates in global destinations
- Joey struggles at some point amid “unexpected twists”
- Still speculation on Joey’s final pick and engagement status
The road ahead looks bumpy but exciting for Joey. After the turbulence of night one, fans eagerly anticipate watching his journey unfold each week. For now whether the first impression rose curse hinders his chances or Joey indeed finds his soulmate remains to be seen. Love and life’s unexpected surprises lie ahead for the Bachelor Nation’s beloved “Golden Retriever.”
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