June 8, 2021 | 9:44am | Updated
Katie Thurston knows who she wants — and who she doesn’t.
After starting her tenure as “The Bachelorette,” the 31-year-old marketing manager is weeding down the crop of 29 gentlemen vying for her love.
Season 17 of the long-running ABC romance show looks a little different this time around. Chris Harrison is still on leave after last season’s scandal, and is being replaced by former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe. And with travel still halted because of the coronavirus pandemic, they’re filming at a resort in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico instead of Bachelor Mansion.
But the heartbreak is still the same: On week 1, Katie sent home 7 men, leaving 22 suitors — Aaron, Andrew, Brendan, Christian, Cody, Connor B., Connor C., David, Garrett, Greg, Hunter, James, John, Josh, Justin, Karl, Kyle, Michael, Mike, Quartney, Thomas and Tre — in the running to be her husband.
Here’s who didn’t get a rose.
This real-estate investor didn’t bond with Katie.
An auto-parts manager from Queens, Brandon didn’t rev Katie’s engine.
Showing affection isn’t always the way to a woman’s heart: Gabriel gave Katie an awkwardly long hug at their introduction.
Jeff tried to impress the Bachelorette with a tour of his stanky RV, outfitted with dirty laundry scattered around. It didn’t work.
Foul ball: This baseball coach didn’t hit a romance home run.
This real estate broker has to mend his broken heart.
After Katie sent him packing, this dancer has to cha-cha-cha all the way back to Reno.