Zak Waddell made it to the final four before getting eliminated during The Bachelorette 2013’s Hometown Dates episode, and it’s painfully clear to anyone who watched the episode that the 31-year-old Texan did not see it coming.
Desiree Hartsock seemed to know she was going to catch Zak off-guard, too. She told cameras before the Rose Ceremony that the man she was about to send home was going to be shocked. Zak certainly was.
So what exactly was it about Zak that made Des ultimately decide to send him packing? It definitely wasn’t his flawless abs. Those are pretty hard to resist. It probably wasn’t his hometown date, either. By all appearances, Desiree seemed to really like Zak’s family. They were all kind, friendly, and outgoing — not to mention gorgeous; will someone please give his brother Denton our phone number? Thanks — and Zak’s was the one hometown date with no major awkward moments or uncomfortable encounters.
In the end, it all really seems to come down to one thing: Sorry, dude. She’s just not that into you.
Don’t get us wrong, Desiree is obviously very attracted to Zak. The woman is not blind. Plus, she and Zak have a ton of things in common. She even told her brother, Nate, that Zak is “very similar to me in the way we live our life, like, positive outlook.”
At the end of the day, Desiree seemed to realize that her feelings for Zak were not nearly as strong as his were for her — or as her’s were for the other three guys: Brooks Forester, Chris Siegfried and Drew Kenney.
Zak told Desiree on no uncertain terms that he loved her. Then, he took it a step farther by giving her a promise ring. It was a grand and romantic gesture, but it also clued Des in that Zak was falling a lot more hard and fast than she was. For her to keep him in the competition just didn’t feel fair to him.
“I think you of all people in this world, this whole wide world, you deserve the most. You really do. Please know that.” With that, she tearfully gave Zak his ring back. (Which he, uh, threw out the window of his limo a little later...)
Do you think that Zak deserved to go home, or are you convinced that Des made the wrong choice? Head to the comments and sound off.