ABC’s latest Bachelor appears almost perfect on paper. He’s cute enough. He’s a Navy Lieutenant, he’s a doctor, a humanitarian, a former Sunday school teacher, and he’s an Iron Man triathelete. He’s also sensitive. This past week we saw him attend to an injured Bevin, even accompanying her to the hospital and thereby delaying a group date. Andy was also clearly upset by having to send Peyton home after his two-on-on date.
If the women on the show are any indication, he’s the perfect man. Total marriage material. The kind of guy you’d be proud to bring home to Mom and Dad. The kind of guy you can brag to your friends about, and who looks good in just about anything you put on him.
So why is Andy not resonating with viewers?
It could be his “hands-on” approach to getting to know the ladies better. Not a date goes by where Andy isn’t busily wrapping his arms around someone, or touching their leg, or pulling them in for a kiss. Just this week alone he was seen washing mud off the ladies (and enjoying them washing it off of him), cuddling and kissing just before the Rose Ceremony, cozying up to both Peyton and Tessa on the double-date (sometimes even simultaneously), and hooking his arms around Erin while she was trying to talk to him about shooting guns and driving fast cars.
Andy can’t seem to keep his hands off the women. Even when being introduced to them for the first time, he was very touchy-feely with a good majority of them. His frequent laments about the ladies not “opening up” to him seem to indicate that those who don’t respond to his advances are frustrating him.
Don’t get me wrong. He seems like a nice enough guy, and there’s obviously some substance behind those shockingly white and straight teeth. Not since Bob Guiney, however, have we seen a man who is so unafraid to touch the Bachelorettes at any given opportunity. His comments about being “turned on” by the vibrating mechanical bull were honest enough, but it put an icky spin on the whole scene.
I’m not a prude by any means, and I understand the need for scantily clad women cavorting in hot tubs in order to make this show work. I also understand the rules of attraction, and that you can’t blame a guy for feeling like a kid at Disneyland when he’s surrounded by 25 gorgeous girls who all want to be with him. But there’s just something off-putting about a man who claims to want to get to know these women, but can’t stop touching them while they’re trying to hold a conversation.
What do you think? Is Andy the perfect man, or are you scratching your heads wondering why he’s just not as riveting as you thought he’d be?