Warning: Major spoilers ahead for “The Bachelor” season 21.
This season’s “Bachelor” stars two-time “Bachelorette” runner up Nick Viall, some very pretty women, and one firecracker named Corinne Olympios.
Olympios is currently the only reason to watch the show. Even 36-year-old Viall — a reality TV veteran who mumbles his way through his quest to find love — takes a backseat week after week to the 24-year-old from Miami who “runs a multimillion-dollar business” and models in her spare time.
While normally the expert producers on “The Bachelor” need to employ editing tricks to turn ordinary women into prime-time villains, Olympios needs no such help — she has known how to make headlines since night one.
Maybe you wouldn’t want her as your closest friend, but she’s easily one of the best things to happen to reality TV.
Here’s why Corinne is the only reason to watch this season of “The Bachelor”:
She knows what she wants.
From night one when she gave Viall a whole bag of “hug tokens,” Olympios has been out to win the game. Not only was she the first woman to kiss Viall — an honour she aggressively pursued — but she continually interrupts the other women to spend time with Nick.
For his part, Viall seems to enjoy the effort that Olympios puts into their relationship, even giving her a controversial group date rose for making him feel special. And while the other women get quite upset with Corinne for interrupting them, Corinne pointed out that’s the whole point of the reality show they’re competing on:
“If you can’t handle being interrupted, why did you come here?” she said directly to a group of women. “It’s gonna get uncomfortable. It’s gonna get crazy. It’s gonna get weird. But you have to get used to this. […] We’re here for one reason, and that’s Nick. And you have to go and do what’s good for you. No matter how it makes other people feel, you have to be there for yourself.”
She’s career oriented.
Olympios is quite vocal about her job outside of the “Bachelor” mansion.
“Listen, I’m not an idiot, I run a multi-million dollar company, and I’m not an idiot,” Olympios said to one of the women on the show.
As she explained in her “Bachelor” intro, Olympios helps run her family’s online multimillion-dollar business. She’s also a model and actress in her spare time, and has profiles on ExploreTalent and Model Mayhem, and even references her modelling and acting on her LinkedIn page.
Whether or not you believe Olympios really runs her family’s business, I respect a woman for being on the show and for wanting people to know that she’s a businesswoman. At the very least, it shows she has drive.
She thinks big.
While the other girls were excited for a pool party and barbecue with Viall, Olympios upped the ante by asking the producers to bring her a literal princess bouncy house castle.
In other episodes, she has worn a trench coat and asked Viall to lick Reddi-wip off of her body, taken her top off in a pool in front of 10 other women, and interrupted contestants repeatedly.
In other words, she’s playing the game on a whole other level. While the other women in the house are trying to have conversations with Viall, Olympios is thinking outside the box and it’s helping her capture the viewers’ — and Viall’s — attention.
She’s sexually confident.
As entitled and silly as Olympios can be, she has the utmost confidence in herself — particularly sexually. In an upcoming clip from later this season that quickly went viral, Olympios said, “My heart is gold and my vagine is platinum” and spoke openly about wanting to sleep with Viall.
Of course, her sexuality quickly became a target for slut shaming early on in the season. One of the other contestants called her a “ho” after she was the first one to kiss Nick and many of them were shocked if not outraged that she took off her top with him in the pool.
But to Olympios’s credit, she didn’t let the other women bring her down.
“Today was just a dream come true. I stepped out of my comfort zone, many times and angles,” she said, before adding, “Dad would be proud, even though I was naked.”
You do you, Corinne.
Say what you will about Olympios, but she’s definitely not stupid. In fact, I have to agree with former Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky when she wrote in a blog post that Olympios’s quick wit is one of the most likable things about her.
“I think Corrine is smarter than she lets on. It takes some wit to be that funny in my opinion,” she wrote. “That said, her behaviour is just terrible and I totally get why the girls are so over her. But I have to say she scored a few points in my book for humour.”
And Twitter agrees:
Speaking of which, she’s endlessly quotable.
Every bon mot she utters is like it was from a class on how to be a reality TV show villain.
I mean, case in point:
On being on a group date: “I don’t want to be on this group date. I want to be in a spa, being fed a nice taco. Preferably… chicken.”
On being the best: “I made Corinne great again.”
On what “The Bachelor” is all about: “We’re fighting for a fiancé, not a… pickle.”
On taking naps: “Michael Jordan took naps. Abraham Lincoln took naps.”
On her personality: “I’m a corn husk; you gotta pull all the layers back. And in the middle is this luxury, yellow corn. With all these pellets of information. And it’s juicy, and buttery. You want to get to that corn.”
On shoveling horse manure: “I respect you for shoveling the poopy.”
After sleeping through a rose ceremony: “I know that you are really upset about me falling asleep that day for some reason. I didn’t mean to offend anyone for taking that nap.”
On women gossiping about her: “I’m hungry, I’m disgusted, and I’ve had it up to here.”
During a fight with her rival: “In the utmost respect for you, let’s stop stop playing Miss Proper here.”
I could listen to her go on all day.
“Bachelor” Nation already loves her.
Corinne is becoming beloved by “Bachelor” nation veterans, including former “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” stars who watch and tweet about the show.
“Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise” contestant Vinny Ventiera:
“Bachelor” winner Catherine Giudici Lowe:
“Bachelor” contestant Olivia Caridi:
“Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise” contestant Evan Bass:
“Bachelor in Paradise” contestant Lauren Iaconetti:
“Bachelor” contestant Erica Rose:
She knows good TV
Whether she’s jumping on Nick in a bouncy castle, grabbing her breasts in a confessional, taking a nap at the rose ceremony, or going head-to-head with her arch rival in a two-on-one date, Olympios walks away with the most screen time of any other woman because she is leaps and bounds more entertaining.
Let’s face it: Nick is a pretty boring “Bachelor” star, and after 36 years on this planet and four seasons of reality TV, many people are wondering if he even wants to find love — including some of the women on the show.
So Corinne is a breath of fresh air. She’s a scene stealer, and ABC knows it. There’s a reason the network has stopped ending the episodes with a rose ceremony — who cares which long-haired brunette Nick will eventually propose to? — and instead focused on Corinne and her drama, whether she’s sleeping through a rose ceremony or saying she’ll punch a girl in the face.
It’s ok if you don’t agree with me. Ultimately, the whole reason Olympios makes for such good TV is because she’s polarising. A lot of fans can’t stand her personality, or the fact that she has a nanny, or the fact that she’s probably faking it for the cameras.
But at the end of the day, don’t lie to yourself — Corinne is the only reason to watch “The Bachelor” this season. She may not be the hero “Bachelor” fans wanted, but she’s definitely the one we deserve.
idk why people don’t like Corinne?? she’s actually so funny
— abigail (@abigailbahr) January 17, 2017
The only reason why I keep watching The Bachelor is bc Corinne she is srsly so funny hahahaha
— Mary Ibrahim (@_MarvelousMary) January 27, 2017
Corinne from the bachelor is literally so funny I can’t
— brad loden (@brad_loden) January 25, 2017
To be honest the best part of the bachelor would have to be Corinne she’s freaking so funny.. the things she says????????????????????
— Mckinley (@mckinleydunlavy) January 24, 2017
I only wish to be as drunk and funny as Corinne is and I also wish I could fall asleep that fast!
— Carliana Bambino (@BambinoCarliana) January 24, 2017
Corinne is so much fun to watch if she doesn’t go all the way please get her a ticket to Paradise
— Evan Bass (@ebassclinics) January 10, 2017
Corrine for life
— Lauren Iaconetti (@LaurenAI) January 24, 2017
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