Start your engines.
On Monday, ABC rang in the new year by premiering Arie Luyendyk Jr.‘s season of The Bachelor — and even though we’re still not sure that he was the better pick than Peter Kraus, the night did bring some noteworthy moments!
The two-hour episode kicked off with a segment reminding viewers who Arie is: a race-car driver/realtor who was dubbed the “kissing bandit” on Emily Maynard‘s season of The Bachelorette five years ago. Now, he has a head full of salt and pepper hair and is ready to ~find love~.
Shortly after, we get intro packages to a handful of the women — which felt pretty boring considering most of them work in real estate and don’t seem to have any knowledge of Arie other than the fact that he’s 36 years old, so he must be ready for love.
We also got to see Sean and Catherine Lowe, who returned to our screens with their young son Samuel to give their pal some advice before meeting the women.
Single mom Chelsea became an immediate villain after she was shown talking shit about all the other women behind their backs. But don’t worry, she’s totally not “rude” or “competitive by nature.” Whatever she was doing (AKA pulling Arie aside twice before some women got to talk to him once) worked because she got the highly-coveted First Impression rose.
Here are a few other highlights from the first night (below)!
— There are no less than FOUR Laurens. Last initials not important yet.
— Tia is friends with Bachelor alum, Raven Gates, with whom she shares the same Arkansas accent.
— Krystal from San Diego is possibly sedated.
— Bekah M.‘s age isn’t listed for some reason by her name, but she appears to be 22 after further investigation. She is also the first short-haired contestant. Rock that pixie, bb!
— Becca K. scored some points by having Arie get down on one knee during her introduction. In it to win it!
— Brittany T. got the first peck after a mini race, but Chelsea swooped in for the first real make out sesh.
— By the end of the night, Arie got 29 women down to 21 sending Amber, Jessica, Brittane J., Ali, Bri, Lauren J., Nysha, and Olivia home.
You can catch the next episode of The Bachelor on ABC Mondays at 8 p.m. EST.
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