We're nearly at the finish line of The Bachelorette NZ, and what a ride.
Between all the dates, group challenges, rose ceremonies, eliminations, Covid-19 scares and a SECOND BLOODY BACHELORETTE we'll forgive you if you've lost track on who's leading the race/races for Lesina and Lily's heart/hearts.
To help you out, here's our weekly rundown of who we're tipping to get those final roses. It's based on what we like and what we think Lesina and Lily like and there's absolutely no rhyme, reason or science to it beyond that.
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We're down to five blokes and the finishing line is in sight. So, without further explanation:
Jesse has crept into the top spot purely by avoiding any drama this week, and for introducing us to his incredibly lovely mum who gifted Lily her very own rose as some sort of floral metaphor for welcoming her into their family. What I wouldn't give to be in lockdown with Mrs Williamson, honestly.
While he'll forever be in the top three for being a beautiful, Quinnsistent prince - it does look like poor sweet Quinn is on his way out the door.
Despite taking Lily on a super-fun car racing date, and introducing him to his incredibly lovely family, she declared that she's concerned they might not have enough banter to last as a couple – which, let's be honest, is of the utmost importance in these trying times.
Despite Lesina having concerns that her and Logan don't have enough of a sexual connection (and look, in the midst of a pandemic lockdown, we're all going to need a partner we can stomach Doing Bits with around the clock because there's not much else to do) he did perform an acoustic rendition of a love song he wrote himself which has gotta count for something I guess.
He also gets bonus points for doing a bungee jump even though he's terrified of heights, and for telling her if she ends up picking no one, he'll absolutely respect her even more for making such a tough decision because it'll be the right thing to do. Stunning and brave.
Hot Richie has slipped in the rankings since Lily found out it was him who was Bitchie-ing and that she's "super-disappointed". While my money's still on him to walk away with the final rose, he's still at the bottom of the heap because he won't shut up about the Bitchie-ing drama, and keeps wanting to rehash it. Move on already man, we've got bigger s*** to worry about right now.
Aaron has unravelled completely and, let's be honest, it's a huge Covid mood. In between absolutely screaming about Logan's acoustic guitar performance, telling Lesina she had a "beautiful little head" and declaring "What the f*** do doctors know anyway!" it feels like it's fairly safe to assume he probably does not win the last rose.
This week Lesina also told him she's concerned he has absolutely let standards slip in a big way.
"I'm worried you've gotten a bit too comfortable as it appears you're expecting to be picked. There's no such thing as a 'top two' it just comes down to who I have a connection with so it could be a top zero."
And if we had any doubts about his ranking, the final nail was hammered firmly in when his dad informed Lesina that Aaron has significant anger issues. Awkies.
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