Will Chelsea Roy make it to The Bachelor 2018 finale? That's what fans are asking after Arie Luyendyk Jr. gave the aggressive single mom the first impression rose on tonight's Season 22 premiere. Arie is back after his split with Emily Maynard. And now he has 29 women vying for his heart.
The Bachelor 2018 premiere began with Arie racing his car and going through his background on The Bachelorette. He and Emily had incredible chemistry and he was devastated by the breakup. He even flew to Charlotte and gave Emily his journal, but she didn’t read it.
After the show, Arie decided to settle down and work in real estate. But his little brother and friends started getting married and having kids and he even saw Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici and their baby. Now he’s ready to find love and take that next step too.
We then met some of the women looking to find love with Arie this season of The Bachelor. Chelsea Roy is a single mom who likes that Arie was dating a single mom on The Bachelorette. Caroline Lunny is a very successful realtor. Maquel Cooper is a professional photographer and loves taking couple photos. D’Nysha “Nysha” Norris is a nurse who believes the more blood the better, which is weird, and is a total adrenaline junkie.
Tia Booth is a physical therapist from a very small town called Weiner, Arkansas, which is hilarious. Plus, she knows Raven Gates and Raven encouraged her to give the show a shot. Next, we met the hilarious Kendall Long, who collects taxidermy, which is horrifying. We then met Rebekah “Bekah” Martinez, who’s a nanny and adventurer.
Marikh Mathias is a restaurant owner and is worried about pursuing rather than being pursued by a guy. She hopes Arie is ready for her “spice” Krystal Nielson is a fitness coach. She volunteers with the homeless because her brother lives on the streets but won’t accept help, which is really emotional.
Finally, it was time for the Bachelor introductions, which are always amazing and hilarious. Arie told Chris Harrison he was freaking out, but he was missing that final piece and was ready.
Arie met Caroline first, who said they should “both be off the market” because they’re both realtors. Then Chelsea came out and it was pretty awkward. Arie then met Kendall, who was extremely nervous. Seinne Fleming told Arie elephants were her favorite animal and gave him elephant cuff links. Tia gave him a little wiener because she’s from Weiner. Get it?
He then met Bibiana Julian, who said he had her heart “racing.” Brianna “Bri” Amaranthus threw Arie a ball because she’s a sports reporter. He also met Jennifer “Jenny” Delaney. Brittane Johnson gave Arie a bumper sticker for his butt. He also met Jacqueline Trumbull. Then Krystal came out and they had instant chemistry. He also met Nysha and Valerie. Then Bekah came out in her own vintage car because she’s young but can “appreciate something classic.” Meanwhile, the women inside were already starting to get jealous.
Jenna Cooper came out and was looking for someone to take over the world with her. Jessica Carroll then gave Arie a “gratitude rock” because she felt grateful to share the experience with him. Marikh said she used spices in her restaurant, but she was ready for salt and pepper. Arie also met Olivia Goethals. Rebecca “Becca” Kufrin then had Arie propose to her, which was weird. Lauren Schleyer was super nervous.
Then Lauren Jarreau gave Arie Mardi Gras beads. Everyone was very confused at having two Laurens. But then Lauren Burnham came out. Then there was Lauren Griffin! The other women could not deal.
Arie then met Ashley Luebke, who gave him a racing flag, but he didn’t seem into all the racing jokes. Can you blame him? Arie also met Brittany Taylor, Amber Wilkerson, and Ali Harrington. Some of them were pretty awkward. Annaliese Puccini then came out with a mask because Arie was the “kissing bandit.” And Maquel Cooper went all out and drove up in a racecar.
Finally all the women were in the house. Chris tasked Arie with handing out the first impression rose and then Arie headed in. He gave a speech and thanked them for taking time out of their lives to go on The Bachelor and Chelsea immediately grabbed Arie. Arie thought she was pretty secretive and mysterious, which he liked. They were cut short, though, when Maquel cut in. Chelsea was pretty pissed and the drama started to heat up.
Arie, meanwhile, kept talking with more women like Brittany T., who had toy cars that they raced. If she won, she got a kiss, but she was pretty terrible at it. Arie let her win and did kiss her though, which was super cute. But Chelsea was getting super jealous.
Everyone wanted to do something big to get Arie’s attention. Kendall played Arie a song on the ukulele, which was cute, while someone gave Arie pizza and Lauren G. had him taste test fruit. Jenna was doing too much and gave him a foot massage, which Arie was very confused about. Annaliese still hadn’t taken her mask off, but Arie finally did it for her.
They talked about passion and she said that was lacking in her last relationship. Arie loved how sincere she was. Becca also showed Arie letters her mom gave her. Then the first impression rose came out and everything changed. The pressure was on.
Soon everyone was rushing to get time with Arie and kept interrupting each other. Chelsea was worried she didn’t get enough time and that she went first, so she interrupted Krystal and took more time to talk to Arie again. They kissed, so Chelsea was feeling pretty confident and rushed to tell the other women that she talked to Arie again. They were super pissed. Bekah, especially, got annoyed at Chelsea.
Arie kept talking to the women, including one who drew Arie a picture of himself. Another woman told Arie her dad met him, but he passed away a few years ago. He also had major chemistry with Bekah.
But then it was time to hand out the first impression rose. Arie wound up giving it to Chelsea! That was shocking. Who saw that coming? It looks like Chelsea's strategy paid off. Arie liked that she came back a second time and he wanted her to open up. The other women were pretty jealous.
Finally, it was time for the first rose ceremony. Arie talked about how hard this decision was before giving roses to Becca K., Marikh, Kendall, Lauren G., Krystal, Bekah M., Lauren S., Seinne, Caroline, Brittany T., Bibiana, Annaliese, Jenna, Valerie, Jacqueline, Jenny, Lauren B., Ashley, Tia, and Maquel.
Jessica was particularly upset she didn’t get a rose because her dad had met Arie before he died. Amber was also devastated that her family would be disappointed.
Arie then announced that things would be “different” and “unexpected,” which sounds interesting.
Here are five of the most shocking moments from the Bachelor Season 22 premiere:
1. People Freaked Out Over The Laurens
The introductions are always hilarious on The Bachelor. There were definitely some extreme ones, like Maquel Cooper coming out in a racecar. But the funniest introductions were the four Laurens all coming out one after another. People were making a big deal about having two Laurens after both Lauren Schleyer and Lauren Jarreau got out. But they couldn’t handle it when Lauren Burnham and Lauren Griffin quickly followed!
2. Brittany Taylor Got The First Kiss
The first kiss is always a big deal on The Bachelor. And this season it went to Brittany Taylor. She got her and Arie Luyendyk Jr. little toy cars to drive around on. She said they should race and she should get a kiss if she won. The problem? She was pretty terrible at it and her car was slower. But Arie helped her out and she did get her kiss in the end.
3. Chelsea Roy Got More Time
Chelsea Roy came to The Bachelor with her game face on. She immediately grabbed Arie Luyendyk Jr. first when he was done with his speech. She kept things mysterious and didn’t talk much about herself. But she got upset when someone else cut in.
As more and more women got time with Arie, she started to get nervous that she didn’t have enough time with him and he wouldn’t remember her because she was first. So she cut in and talked to him a second time even though other women hadn’t talked to him yet. And she kissed him. A lot of women, especially Bekah Martinez, were pissed.
4. Chelsea Roy Got The First Impression Rose
But Chelsea Roy’s strategy paid off! She knows what she wants and she goes for it. Arie Luyendyk Jr. liked that Chelsea came back to talk to him a second time. He was intrigued by her because she kept things mysterious and he wanted her to open up more. So Arie gave Chelsea the first impression rose on The Bachelor, which she, of course, was very excited about. Now the question is: How far will she go?
5. The First Rose Ceremony
The rose ceremony is always dramatic on The Bachelor. During the premiere, Arie Luyendyk Jr. met 29 women and had to cut them down to 21 by the end of the night. He talked about what a hard decision it was. And some of the women who were eliminated, like Jessica Carroll, were devastated. Arie then teased that things were going to be different now that he was in the driver’s seat, which sounds very intriguing.
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