The very short-lived two weeks of The Bachelor Winter Games has finally come to an end. It brought tears, icy interactions, and of course like every show in The Bachelor franchise, love.
The whole point of The Bachelor Winter Games was to make relationships and see which couple reigns supreme. At the beginning of Week Two, through competitions and voting out the non-couples, five couples remain: Ashley (USA) and Kevin (Canada); Dean (USA) and Lesley (USA); Luke (USA) and Stassi (Sweden); Courtney (Australia) and Lily (New Zealand); and Jordan (New Zealand) and Bibi (USA).
Before the couples competed in front of legendary ice skaters in couples ice dancing, they each get rewarded via a one-on-one date along with the choice to go to the fantasy suite. Once the fun is all over, one couple was crowned the first winner of The Bachelor Winter Games.
For easy understanding of what happened with each couple, here’s the breakdown:
Jordan & Bibi: Jordan tells Bibi he wants to be with her after the show and she’s just quiet. They have been super cuddly, but she said she’s not at a place to agree with him and doesn’t have an answer for him. Poor Jordan tried telling her she didn’t have to make a decision, but instead Bibi freaked out and said she’s claustrophobic from his presence. Instead of talking through their relationship, Bibi decided she’s not ready and left before the competition even happened.
Luke & Stassi: Luke and Stassi couldn’t come from more different worlds. Their chemistry and relationship seems so pure and easy, but when it comes to staying together outside of Winter Games, not so much. As a man from the south and a woman from Sweden, how easy can it be?
And they ask that question, but unfortunately it’s hard for them to answer. Stassi turns down the fantasy suite because of her family. It’s also a cultural difference. Over the course of two weeks, we learned many of these contestants don’t even kiss on their version of The Bachelor. Thankfully for Stassi, Luke doesn’t hold turning down the suite against her. He said he doesn’t want to feel pressured and is only happy if she is.
Ashley & Kevin: What I like about Ashley and Kevin is that he has made Ashley feel confident. She has always been true to herself, and as a virgin at 29, she’s not ashamed of who she is. Kevin even brings it up and said he’s jealous of her because he knows her first time will be worth it and just puts Ashley at ease.
She has been someone who has let girls know it’s okay to wait for someone who respects you the way Kevin does, and seeing the two of them together makes you happy for her. Of course, she accepts the fantasy suite and for Ashley, I hope she got everything she needed out of it.
Courtney & Lily: Courtney and Lily have been the couple that no one has really paid attention to because the Americans took over the screens with their drama. Honestly, they’re adorable and their accents help with the cuteness.
They’re the first couple to tell each other they love one another. Just like Stassi, Lily and Courtney both decide to forego their separate rooms. Lily turned down the fantasy suite on her version of The Bachelor, but for the same reasons Stassi did, Lily turned it down here. However, it was a mutual decision for both of them. These two quirky people are meant for each other.
Dean & Lesley: These two have been the strongest couple in this entire competition besides Courtney and Lily, and they could actually make it. She even brings up the fact that she hasn’t been with anyone since her double mastectomy and thankfully, Dean didn’t let that affect his feeling towards her. He said her strength is actually something he loves about her. Adorable.
After very awkward skating performances and some boggles here and there, Ashley and Kevin were crowned the champions of Bachelor Winter Games with the final golden rose. This was the best way to end a very interesting spin-off. Finally, the loser of the previous Bachelor franchises becomes a true champion and it couldn’t be a sweeter finish.
Australia: Courtney Dober, Tiffany Scanlon
Canada: Benoît Beausejour-Savard, Kevin Wendt
China: Zoe Tang
Finland: Jenny Helenius
Japan: Yuki Kimura
New Zealand: Ally Thompson, Lily McManus, Jordan Mauger
Sweden: Nastassia Yaramchuk, Rebecca Carlson
Switzerland/Germany: Christian Rauch
United Kingdom: Laura Blair
USA: Ben Higgins, Bibiana Julian, Dean Unglert, Eric Bigger, Jamey Kocan, Josiah Graham, Luke Pell, Michael Garofola, Clare Crawley, Ashley Iaconetti, Lauren Griffin, Lesley Murphy