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“The Bachelor” Premiere Recap: Arie Luyendyk Sends Home 8 Women

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The Bachelor Premiere Recap 2018

By Shari Weiss |

The Bachelor Premiere Recap 2018

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“The Bachelor” season premiere aired on Monday, with Arie Luyendyk meeting the 29 women vying to become his fiancée. He awarded the first impression rose, and in the first rose ceremony, he sent eight of the contestants home. Get the full recap below!

As Gossip Cop has reported, Luyendyk was the runner-up on Emily Maynard’s season of “The Bachelorette,” which aired in 2012. Now he is getting the opportunity to go on his own journey for love as the lead on season 22 of “The Bachelor.” Arie’s group of women competing include a nurse, sports reporter, TV host and more. So, how did it all begin?

The two-hour episode, which filmed last fall, started with Arie discussing his hopes and fears amid a reflection on what went down with Maynard. He met with former bachelor Sean Lowe and his wife, Catherine Giudici, for advice. And before the race car driver, who also now works in real estate, met the women via the show’s signature limo entrances, a few of them had introductory packages, including single mom Chelsea and Tia, who is from a town named Weiner and friends with former contestant Raven. Arie also chatted with host Chris Harrison outside the mansion.

First out of the limos was Caroline, a fellow realtor. Tia, who was fifth, got racy by giving Arie a tiny Oscar Mayer whistle and cracking, “Please tell me you don’t already have a little weiner.” Brittane gave the reality star a “nice butt” sticker, and Bekah drove up in a classic convertible, intimidating some of the others. Becca actually made him get down on one knee and handed him a tiny black box for a mock proposal. “That was a first for me,” Arie quipped afterward.

As the greetings continued, the women marveled over the amount of Laurens (four). Brittany tried speaking Dutch, spray tan artist Amber admitted, “I see a lot of [expletive] and I’m just hoping that you’re not one,” and Ali had Arie smell her armpit. “Was that not the best pit stop of your life?” she asked. Annaliese wore a mask as a nod to his “kissing bandit” reputation, and Maquel, the last to arrive, had everyone peeking out the window when she arrived in an actual race car.

The traditional cocktail party followed, with the competitors mingling and angling for one-on-one time with Arie. Chelsea was the first to steal him away. He found her to be “mysterious” and she hinted at making a “sacrifice” to be there, but did not reveal she has a son. Maquel interrupted, and Arie gushed over her race car entrance. Chelsea, of course, was perturbed and didn’t hesitate telling the others. Brittany surprised Arie with kids’ motorized cars and challenged him to a race in which a kiss was the reward. And she thus scored the first kiss of the season.

She promptly kissed and told, which added to Chelsea’s growing anger and determination. “Mama means business,” she declared. Kendall tried to impress Arie by playing the ukulele, Caroline offered a pizza, Lauren G. fed him pineapple and announced it was her “safe word,” a hyperactive Jenna gave a foot massage, Annaliese ditched her “kissing bandit” mask, and everyone else stressed about the first impression rose and getting their own private time.

Becca presented Arie with a list of questions from her mom, and several women fretted over not getting to talk with him. By interrupting Krystal, Chelsea succeeded in getting additional time, along with a makeout session, which she then bragged about. With two visits before some even had one, many unsurprisingly found her to be “aggressive.” Meanwhile, Jenny, a graphic designer, impressed by presenting Arie a portrait she drew of him. Jessica shared that her late father once met him, so she felt they had his blessing. Bekah asked Arie to name three things that make him “excited” to be alive, to which he answered “excitement,” pizza and good company.

The women tried to guess who would get the first impression rose, which ultimately went to… Chelsea. He explained the gesture was to get her to open up and assure her that he’s there for her. The others, of course, were “stung.” That frustration and disappointment gave way to nerves and anxiety over the impending rose ceremony. One by one, beginning with Becca, Arie asked nearly two dozen women, “Will you accept this rose?” Maquel was last, prompting her to exclaim in relief, “Why did you do that to me?!”

The unlucky contestants whose names were not called and therefore did not receive roses were Ali, Amber, Bri, Brittane, Jessica, Lauren, Nysha and Olivia. Consequently, they were all eliminated on night one. Jessica cried to the camera afterward, as did Amber. Now 21 women remain and next week, Arie goes on his first dates of the season.


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