SALT LAKE CITY — Utah no longer has representatives on “The Bachelor.”
Both Beehive State contestants Marikh Mathias and Maquel Cooper were eliminated on this week’s episode of “The Bachelor” after they didn’t receive a rose in the final ceremony of the evening.
Even worse, the two missed out on the final rose to Krystal Nielson, who has been portrayed as the show’s villain so far this season.
“I am sad that I’m leaving,” Mathias said. “I just think that, like, I came into this looking for someone who could complete my life.”
She said she’s unsure if this year’s bachelor Arie Luyendyk Jr. will meet the right woman.
“I think he might end up with the wrong person and get his heartbroken. I think Krystal is feeding him these lies. Eventually, people’s true colors come out,” she said.
Monday’s episode kicked off with a special moment for the Utah contestants as Cooper, who left the show during last week’s episode to attend her grandfather’s funeral, returned. She received hugs and applause from the rest of the women, including Mathias.
“It was so good to go home,” she said. “I thought I’d get some extra sleep, but I didn’t.”
Mathias and Cooper then spent the next few minutes spying on Luyendyk and Chelsea Roy, who were on a day-date jet skiing in Fort Lauderdale.
“I totally want to go on a yacht,” Cooper said, saying that she wouldn’t be upset if Roy was eliminated on the one-on-one date.
Mathias and Cooper were also selected for the day’s group date, which was a bowling competition between the bachelorettes, who split up into pink and blue teams. The winning team would receive an invitation to an afterparty, while the losing team would return to the hotel.
Cooper and Mathias wound up on opposite sides of the bowling lanes. Cooper’s team, the blue team, won the event.
But this became a source of controversy. Members of the blue team, including Nielson, started bragging about their victory.
“The other team is getting a little cocky, like they need to tone it down,” Mathias said.
Luyendyk, feeling sympathy for the pink team, invited them to join the afterparty date as well.
Nielson did not appreciate the change of heart.
“I saw a totally different side to Krystal,” Cooper said, adding that Nielson was “saying really hurtful, disrespectful things” about Luyendyk.
In the end, Nielson decided to skip the afterparty altogether, electing to stay in her hotel room. When the women gathered together for the group event, Luyendyk left midway through to tend to Nielson.
“I’m so frustrated,” Cooper said. “I was gone for a whole week and all we can talk about is Krystal, all we can think about is Krystal and now she gets to spend more time with him.”
Luyendyk and Nielson had an intense conversation thereafter. He told her to stay away from the afterparty and rest so that he could have a clearer mind the next day.
Mathias questioned why Nielson doesn’t just go home if she has so many issues with the rest of the women.
“I never want to be manipulative or in my life,” Mathias said.
Cooper still couldn’t believe the night was so focused on Nielson.
“Before I left it was great and before I left there was a spark,” Cooper said. “It was fun, it was light. I come back and everything is about Krystal.”
Events heated up when Nielson confronted other women on the show about her behavior. She engaged in a few spats with the bachelorettes, claiming she was upset and hurt by Luyendyk’s decision to lie about the bowling game’s results.
Because of that, many of the characters, like Bekah M., said they wished Nielson wouldn’t receive a rose. All signs pointed to Nielson getting eliminated from the show. Luyendyk also said he wasn’t sure about his future with Nielson.
Luyendyk handed out the roses to various bachelorettes. The final four contestants standing were Mathias, Cooper, Nielson and Ashley, who barely made an appearance on the show.
Nielson received the final rose.
Next week, the women will head to the city of love, Paris, to continue their quests for Luyendyk’s heart. Only this time, there won’t be any Utah representatives joining them.