The Bachelor NZ: Farewell to Monique
For three unlucky Bachelorettes, last night marked the end of their reality TV journey.
Charlotte, Elaina and Monique were sent packing with little more than a hello and a goodbye after just two episodes of the new season of The Bachelor.
It all seemed to go so fast.
Although they didn't manage to make an impression on Zac, with, respectively, their demand to reshoot their greeting, a Fresh Prince rap and motherly insults did make an impression on New Zealand.
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She may have come away without a rose (or Zac's heart), but Monique Thomas-Long did come away with a positive view on the experience.
"Obviously I didn't make the best first impression I could have, but at the end of the day it is his decision and I have a lot of respect for his decision," said Thomas-Long.
The former beauty queen remained composed and diplomatic when asked who was her hot favourite to win.
"Bel and Viarni were probably the girls that I was closest with, so I if I were to pick one, it would be one of those girls."
Thomas-Long said she thought all the girls were creative with their first impressions on bachelor Zac Franich, especially Jess with her "novel-tea" gift of a packet of tea and Bel with her card trick.
"Bel practised her magic trick with me and she mucked it up. So it wasn't like a magic trick she was going to ace, her doing that there was a bit of risk," said Thomas-Long.
Despite her confidence, Thomas-Long had reservations about joining the show after last season's result.
She said she did know what she was getting herself in to, as they were told nothing about the Bachelor, not even seeing him until they stepped out of the car to meet him.
"I had to quit my job to go on this show, so I ain't gonna quit my job for nobody," said Thomas-Long, who was a big fan of season one's Art Green.
Thomas-Long admitted she got to know all the girls in the house reasonably well but remained tight-lipped about whether there will be a potential mean-girl among the pack.
"Taylar was pretty assertive, but I don't know her well enough. So that may be really true to her character, but hey, someone that knows what they want and goes after it ... like I think I said on the first episode: 'you do you, boo'."
The Bachelor NZ: Season 3 airs on Sundays at 7pm and Mondays at 7.30, on Three.