‘The Bachelor’ Premiere Recap: Who Got Arie’s First Impression Rose?

“This is the most important race of my life.” That’s how racecar driver-turned-realtor and season 22 Bachelor Arie Luyendyk Jr. kicked off his journey to seek out love. During the Monday, January 1, premiere of The Bachelor, Arie met the beautiful girls vying for his coronary heart, and as with all installment of the present, the episode was not with out its quirks.

Reintroducing Arie

The two-hour premiere started by reacquainting us with Arie, contemplating he’s been out of Bachelor Nation’s consciousness for 5 years. We received an abbreviated evaluation of his time on Emily Maynard’s season of The Bachelorette and rehashed his heartbreak. Today, Arie nonetheless races vehicles but in addition sells actual property. Oddly sufficient, actual property was one of the mentioned subjects of the night time … and should you assume that sounds boring, you’re completely proper.

One of the few profitable Bachelor , Sean and Catherine Lowe, stopped by the mansion with their son Samuel to present Arie some recommendation. Sean and Arie have been associates since they each appeared on Emily’s season so the previous Bachelor shared the generic ideas he’s been doling out for years — even he admitted they haven’t been working, however apparently, he signed his life over to this franchise a very long time in the past so it’s too late for him. However, this section was actually all about watching Arie awkwardly maintain Samuel. We could have simply discovered why he’s nonetheless single.

Meet (Some of) the Ladies

Next, we noticed quick pre-taped intro packages of among the contestants. The ladies did a awful job of pretending to be enthusiastic about Arie, however we did be taught a few fascinating tidbits of data.

Contestant Tia is associates with Raven Gates — who competed on Nick Viall’s season of The Bachelor and season four of Bachelor in Paradise — as should you couldn’t inform primarily based solely on their equivalent accents.

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Maquel interrupts Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Chelsea on night time one in every of The Bachelor. ABC/Paul Hebert

There’s additionally a lady who collects taxidermy animals. Kendall known as herself a “weird soul” and actually drove that time residence by singing to a lifeless seal. You do you, Kendall.

Unforgettable Limo Entrances

The Bachelor limo entrances appear to get crazier each season, and Arie’s premiere definitely had some doozies — each of the uniquely candy and jaw-dropping selection.

Many of the ladies’s introductions have been impressed by Arie’s racing background. Brittane caught a “nice butt” bumper sticker on The Bachelor’s derriere. Bekah drove a ’65 cherry crimson Mustang as much as the mansion. Maquel arrived in a race automotive, and in some way her waves remained intact after she eliminated her helmet. Ali requested Arie to scent her armpits as a cheeky reference to the numerous “pit stops” he’s made in his racing profession.

Becca stored it extra conventional by luring Arie right into a proposal. She guided him down on one knee and prompted him to ask her, “Are you ready to do the damn thing?” Tia, who lives in Weiner, Arkansas, gave a “little wiener” to Arie, whereas asking if he had one. Wow. Very uncomfortable. Speaking of uncomfortable, did we point out there are 4 Laurens this season? We’re not even going to attempt to be taught all these final title initials.

A Villainous First Impression

Once inside, the ladies had an opportunity to speak to Arie so he may get to know them higher. Single mother Chelsea was the primary to steal the Bachelor away, however in line with her, her time was lower quick. Chelsea gave off a villainous vibe all through the night time, speaking trash concerning the different ladies and justifying her conduct by claiming she’s not a impolite or aggressive individual.

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Arie Luyendyk Jr. kisses Brittany on night time one in every of The Bachelor. ABC/Paul Hebert

Many of her fellow contestants labeled her “aggressive” and took difficulty together with her speaking to Arie for a second time. She additionally stole a kiss from him — this wasn’t the primary kiss of the night time, although; Brittany T. obtained the primary smooch.

Whether she was teeing herself up as this season’s villain or not, Chelsea’s method clearly labored as a result of Arie gave her the primary impression rose.

Rose Ceremony

Arie whittled the 29 ladies all the way down to 21 by the tip of the rose ceremony, sending Amber, Jessica, Brittane J., Ali, Bri, Lauren J., Nysha and Olivia residence.

The Bachelor airs on ABC Mondays at eight p.m. ET.

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