Happy Monday, Bachelor nation. It's hard to believe that we shared unbelief less than three months ago when Arie Luyendyk Jr. suggested his finalist Becca Kufrin – only then to change his mind and reject her for his runner-up Lauren Burnham The course of a brutal three-hour finale
Well, a lot has happened since then: Arie and Lauren are engaged and will marry next year, and Becca is of course our new lead actress. And on Monday night's The Bachelorette season premiere, she proved she has not lost a single spark of what made her so likable.
"I still have to pinch myself like," Holy crap. You're the bachelorette, Becca, "she says. "It's so strange, I'm just your normal, average girl, all I did was break my heart on TV."
It's not surprising that the premiere was a complete re-release of the Becca. Aria / Lauren saga begins. It's almost disgusting to see how it unfolds in hindsight, and Becca herself admits it's "hard" to lose herself there. But at the end of the day, she is determined to find love, and she certainly will not let the most public separation of all time get in the way.
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After battling our way through the terrific aria shots, we become somewhat obsessed with something Pleasant reward: Becca stops at the villa to fill the champagne with the three Most Valuable Bachelors: Kaitlyn Bristowe, JoJo Fletcher, and Rachel Lindsay
Not only Kaitlyn, JoJo, and Rachel are the youngest bachelors, but they still have something Special in common: All three have chosen the guy who has come, selected their first impression rose – and first kiss. (These are Shawn Booth for Kaitlyn, Jordan Rodgers for JoJo, and Bryan Abasolo for Rachel, and all three couples are still together.)
"One-hundred percent women are more intuitive," says JoJo. "They know what they want and they trust themselves."
"Please do not edit this: F- [Arie]," says Rachel. "You need to free yourself from your imagination, you have to think about what works for you in real life, and I think as women we can do it better."
Not only do you have some wise advice with them Share Becca, but they also literally have a bunch of sage, what they do burn together to clean the famous villa before Becca's big night.
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Finally, it's time to meet some of the 28 guys around Becca's heart is fighting. Only a select handful gets their own intro videos, and these include Clay, a professional football player, Jordan, a male model and walking Zoolander parody, and Jean Blanc, who owns enough Cologne to own a whole army of
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There's also Garrett, who seems perfect, though his Chris Farley impression is only mediocre, Joe, who owns a grocery store on the south side of Chicago and Colton, another footballer who happens to look like a true Disney prince.
As always, we are offered a strange and wonderful variety of entrances, most of which make you shiver with second-hand embarrassment. (Like Mike, who thought to show up with Arie's huge cardboard cut-out was a good idea, do not be like Mike, people.)
"The first time I met Becca was probably the hardest thing I ever did my entire life, "says Nick the lawyer. Nick, did not you pass the bar?
But among all the gimmicks and props, Garrett is the one who stands out a mile wide, exploding ovaries everywhere when he's hoping in a minivan full of soccer balls and booster seats because he hopes one day great father and a great husband ".
THE COCKTAIL PARTY
As far as cocktail parties go, this is a pretty standard – but there's a surprise elimination in the middle of the night. After realizing that one of the boys, Jake, is actually from their hometown, Becca decides to listen to her belly and send him home.
"I am not 100 percent satisfied with the knowledge that we have met several times in the past and are not interested" she tells him.
"Do you know that I only have a conscious memory of meeting you?" Replies Jake. Jake, look yourself out. (He does.)
Overall, Becca seems to be getting along particularly well with two of the guys: Blake, a sales representative from Colorado, who she was on After the Final Rose
Ultimately she decides to hand over the first impression to Garrett – and, surprise, surprise, he also gets the first kiss ,
"Since he was in this minivan, I was beaten by him," she admits. "I loved everything, he's so easy to talk to him and so cute, so giving him this rose … it felt so good."
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THE ROSE CEREMONY
It's finally time for Becca to distribute her first rosebunch. The sun has already risen and the men are sneaking into the living room to find out who made the cut. Farewell, Joe, Grant, Christian, Chase, Darius and Kamil. We barely knew you.
The Bachelorette airs on ABC on Mondays (8pm ET).