Will Trista go for the hunk, the poet, or someone else? We put odds on who will win ''The Bachelorette''

By Caroline Kepnes
Updated January 15, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST
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We put odds on who will win ”The Bachelorette”

If nixing 10 of her first 25 suitors was enough to make Trista Rehn sob with remorse, she’s got a whole lotta tears to cry as she narrows it down to one chosen mate during six weeks of ABC’s ”The Bachelorette” (Wed., 9 p.m.). To take some of the sting out of the surprise, we’ve decided to look into the future and figure out — through a very scientific process of subjective guesswork — who will be the last man standing.

Sure, we don’t have a lot of information to go on. But, if the Bachelorette can pick a mate after a few days of lounging in the hot tub, watching football, and going to Vegas, we think we’ve seen more than enough to place odds on the one guy who will hang in there — and those who will vanish faster than you can say ”boutonniere.”

Image credit: Ryan: Bob D’Amico/ABC

Fire-fighting Poet

Does Ryan have a chance with Trista?


AGE 28

JOB Firefighter

HOMETOWN Vail, Colo.

THE DEAL Unlike Shamu the killer whale, Ryan has opposable thumbs and the ability to walk upright, though you wouldn’t know it from his goo-goo behavior of late. He is one baby step away from coming off like a smothering psycho. Those poems. That worrisome stare. That total lack of confidence. Trista has stated that this is all about her. She wants to feel adored, warm and fuzzy, etc., and Ryan does that to her. But what does she do to him that’s so special? Around the bumbling bard, she’s like a hot babysitter on a pedestal. And while that’s a great little identity for her, one of these moments she’ll get tired of being the authority figure for a panting 8-year-old.

ODDS 10:1

Image credit: Charlie: Bob D’Amico/ABC

The One

Does Charlie have a chance with Trista?


AGE 28

JOB Account executive

HOMETOWN Hermosa Beach, Calif.

THE DEAL In terms of toned muscles and cutesiness, these two are a match made in Malibu Barbie heaven. Charlie doesn’t attack Trista the way Russ did or worship her blindly the way Ryan does. He’s the one she’s wanted all along. His video messages make her smile more than any other dude’s. It’s amazing, really. They’re both so bland, yet they make each other seem more interesting, which is key for a good marriage. If you’re still not convinced just ask yourself, Would you discuss baby names in a hot tub if you weren’t in loooove? Well, regardless, they are!

ODDS 3:1

The Bachelorette: Trista

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