Trista Sutter, the Original Bachelorette, recently opened up to Hollywood.com about Emily Maynard’s current season of The Bachelorette, chronicling her very own quest to find love on TV. Trista knows a thing or two about how to make love on The Bachelorette work — she and her husband Ryan met on the show and are still married and going strong!
According to Trista, Arie Luyendyk, Jr. is the one! She says, “Emily knows that her connection with Arie is strong enough,” adding, “When Arie told her that he loved her on the boat, she could have been like, ‘Okay, game over, we’re done shooting the show, I found him.’ You could tell they’re just genuinely happy with each other.” But what about the rest of the guys — Jef Holm, Sean Lowe and Chris Bukowski?
“Jef makes her laugh and they have a great connection, and she clearly has great chemistry with Sean too. But Arie is the frontrunner for me,” says Trista. “Sean is second, and Jef is third.”
Trista thinks what’s holding Chris back is his competitive nature. She explains,
I don't think he has a conscious thought that he wants to win … In his mind, he thinks that he and Emily have the strongest connection, based on their earlier dates. But, he is not fully grasping the concept of the show and the fact that she’s with other men who she has also developed feelings for… stronger feelings. Maybe deep down Chris’ ego is getting hurt, and he wants to be the winner, but it seems like he genuinely also has feelings for Emily. He wants to win Emily's heart, not just a competition.