By Joanne Rosa
Aired: May 22, 2017
Season 13 of The Bachelorette premiered last night. As Chris Harrison put it, “never have we seen anything like the outpouring of love and support for [the] new Bachelorette, Rachel Lindsay.”
We first met Rachel in the last season of The Bachelor with Nick Vial. As one of the top four contestants, viewers fell in love with Rachel as a contender for Nick’s heart. She is seen as a woman who has it all. She is smart, beautiful, charismatic, athletic, and down to earth. For the first time in Bachelorette history, Rachel was revealed as next season’s Bachelorette while she was still technically on The Bachelor.
Bachelor nation was both devastated and delighted to learn Rachel would be the next Bachelorette. Although she was skeptical of finding love on The Bachelor, Rachel pleaded guilty to falling in love with Nick. “I waited too long to express that to Nick.”
Thirty-one year old Dallas native Rachel Lindsay started the night by admitting, “I seriously keep waiting for someone to say, ‘just kidding!’”
Girl, this isn’t a joke!
Rachel is a trial attorney that does civil litigation on the defense side. She has spent so much of her time to being an attorney, that she often neglected other areas of her life, like love. “It’s hard to take off that lawyer hat and put on the love one.”
Rachel plans to keep it real on the show and hopes for the best.
Rachel Lindsay is our kind of people.
Let’s jump right to it!
Fun Fact: Peter modeled in Athens, Greece for three months.
Memorable Moment: “Hopefully, I can be a good Wisconsin guy for you.”
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Fun Fact: Josiah was arrested for burglary when he was 12 years and decided to change his life for the better.
Memorable Moment: “I am convinced that by the end of our experience together, you will have no reasonable doubt that I’m the man for you.”
Fun Fact: Bryan’s Mom taught him Spanish when he was a child.
Memorable Moment: “Have you ever dated a Columbian man before? … Oh girl, you in trouble.”
Las Vegas, NV
Fun Fact: Kenny’s 10-year-old daughter Mackenzie is literally his “reason for living.”
Memorable Moment: “Before I go, I need to check something real quick.” * holds Rachel’s hand and does arm wave *
Fun Fact: Rob used to rock blonde highlights and diamond studs back in the ‘90s.
Memorable Moment: “You have always been my Bachelorette first round draft pick.”
Consulting Firm CEO
Fun Fact: Iggy hates it when his date is dumb.
Memorable Moment: “I’m really excited to be here, and can’t wait to get to know you a little better.”
Fun Fact: Bryce’s dream job would be a professional Instagrammer
Memorable Moment: * Literally sweeps Rachel off her feet * “I could never dream of you this beautiful.”
Fun Fact: Will refuses to be someone’s second choice.
Memorable Moment: * Steps out of car as Steve Urkel; runs back to the car and returns as Stefan Urquelle *
Senior Inventory Analyst
Fun Fact: Diggy currently own 575 pairs of sneakers.
Memorable Moment: “I’m hopefully here so I can teach you how to ‘diggy.’”
Los Angeles, CA
Fun Fact: Kyle would describe himself as definitely a butt guy.
Memorable Moment: “I wanted to show you my buns. My Jamaican bun and cheese.”
San Francisco, CA
U.S. Marine Veteran
Fun Fact: Blake has a serious fear of sharks.
Memorable Moment: “My grandparents only dated for a couple of months before they got married. They just celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.”
Fun Fact: If Brady could live in any time period, he would live in the ‘90s.
Memorable Moment: * casually walks to Rachel with a sledge hammer and slams it down onto a slab of ice * “I just had to break the ice.”
Dean (met Rachel at the “After the Final Rose” ceremony)
Fun Fact: Dean has “Righteous” tattooed on his inner lip.
Memorable Moment: “I would love to hear your reaction to my line, ‘I wanna go black, and never go back.’” (For the record, she loved the confidence.)
Eric (met Rachel at the “After the Final Rose” ceremony)
Los Angeles, CA
Fun Fact: Eric would love to go back to a time before money was involved.
Memorable Moment: “Dancing is my jam.”
DeMario (met Rachel at the “After the Final Rose” ceremony)
Century City, CA
Fun Fact: DeMario wants to own a lion one day and name him, “Denzel, the lion.”
Memorable Moment: “I’ll invite ya’ll to our wedding!”
Blake E. (met Rachel at the “After the Final Rose” ceremony)
Marina del Rey, CA
Personal Trainer, Sports Nutritionist, and Aspiring Drummer
Fun Fact: Blake’s last relationship was mostly sex based.
Memorable Moment: * Enters with full marching band * “I wanted to drum up something new for you.”
Fun Fact: Fred can dance with the “two-step” move all night long.
Memorable Moment: * Pulls out elementary school yearbook * “This is your 8th grade picture… I haven’t seen or talked to you in 15 years.”
New Smyrna Beach, FL
Fun Fact: Jonathan lost his virginity to his ex-wife.
Memorable Moment: “Can I ask you to hold your hands out… and close your eyes for a second?” * grabs Rachel’s sides and tickles her *
Fun Fact: Lee has played at just about every venue in Nashville.
Memorable Moment: * Literally breaks out in song *
Information System Supervisor
Fun Fact: Alex looks like a “meathead,” but is actually a huge nerd.
Memorable Moment: “I have a passion for dancing with household appliances.”
Hotel Recreation Supervisor
North Bay Village, FL
Fun Fact: Milton has a serious fear of spiders.
Memorable Moment: * Meows and walks away *
Real Estate Agent
Fun Fact: Adam used to charge people and cook them four-course meals.
Memorable Moment: “Hi, I’m Adam, and this is Adam Jr.” * points to ventriloquist doll *
Construction Sales Rep
Fun Fact: Matt once had sex on the balcony of a cruise ship.
Memorable Moment: * Walks out dressed in a penguin costume * “I know you have a thing for penguins.”
New York City, NY
Emergency Medicine Physician
Fun Fact: Grant enjoys being in charge of making big decisions.
Memorable Moment: * Rolls in with an ambulance * “I heard there’s an emergency. Apparently, there’s a beautiful woman here getting bored to death.”
Education Software Manager
Fun Fact: Anthony taught English in Indonesia for a period of time.
Memorable Moment: “I want to give you my word that I’m here to help you understand me, and that I will commit myself to understanding you as well.”
Santa Monica, CA
Sales Account Executive
Fun Fact: Jamey’s ideal mate looks like a model.
Memorable Moment: “This dress is ridiculous.”
Fun Fact: Jack wants a big family someday.
Memorable Moment: “I hope to talk to you more inside… we better.”
San Francisco, CA
Fun Fact: Mohit has been a competitive Bollywood dancer for almost 20 years.
Memorable Moment: “This is the only time I’m gonna have the upper hand of the relationship.”
Fun Fact: Jedidiah built his parents a 5,000-square-foot log home on 10 acres in Montana.
Memorable Moment: “When Jacob met Rachel, he wept… biblical.”
Former Pro Basketball Player
Fun Fact: Michael doesn’t like being the center of attention.
Memorable Moment: “I just want to let you know that the blacker the brownie, the sweeter the dude.”
Fun Fact: Lucas claims to have created the word “whaboom,” which derived from the word “boom.”
Memorable Moment: “I’m Lucas, and you are?”
Well, the men already had more than a few drinks, so they are just “smitten” when Rachel walks in with the best Bachelorette motivational speech in history. She understands what it’s like to be in the guys’ shoes, so she just asks them to “keep it real, and keep it 100.”
Rachel is immediately stolen away by Josiah and the guys weren’t happy about it. Josiah said he plans to use every trick in the book to get what he wants.
Eric got the chivalry award in our book for giving up his jacket for Rachel. Later on, Rachel came out with a posh white fur (or faux fur) wrap. We’re not sure why.
The fact that Adam Jr., the ventriloquist doll, got screen time is bizarre, and creepy. Be that as it may, the guys, and Rachel, all played along. Adam Jr. apparently wanted time with Rachel. If you were wondering, he’s French.
Rachel had to sit down and have a chat with Fred. Rachel only knew him as a third grader, whom she was a camp counselor for. Apparently, he was “bad.” Rachel knew exactly who he was. Rachel kept it 100 for viewers, admitting he is attractive. Yet, she can’t get over the fact that she used to discipline him in while she was a camp counselor, “and not in the sexy way.”
Then, along came Bryan. He swooped Rachel away to a more private location and immediately disclosed that he’s a chiropractor, and therefore very good with his hands. Rachel confessed that as soon as Bryan started talking Spanish, she was under his spell. It didn’t take long for Bryan to start teaching Rachel Spanish, then teaching her how he gets down by making out with her.
DeMario was one of then men Rachel had the opportunity to meet during “After the Final Rose.” She was impressed by his confidence in front of a live audience, and she was still impressed the second time she met him.
Once the guys realize only a third of the contestants had the opportunity to talk to Rachel alone, and the final rose is still on the table (literally), they start to swarm her.
Mohit tried to build up the courage, and the composure, to talk to Rachel. He had more than a few cocktails, and almost missed a step walking outside to see her. Just as Mohit is about to take the plunge, Lee charges in and takes the empty seat. Josiah tried to coach him, but Mohit ended up chugging Josiah’s drink.
You missed your shot, Mohit.
While the guys are goofing off, Rachel descends into the room to take the final rose, and doesn’t give it to any of them.
This is not time for fun and games, boys!
Rachel pulled Bryan aside, and expressed to him how she felt a connection to Bryan as soon as he walked out of the limo. Rachel liked when Bryan told her he was trouble, that he spoke Spanish to her, and how he took control of the conversation, and was direct with her. The best part of all, was when he sealed their fate with a kiss.
Bryan got the first kiss and the first impression rose.
He is a man that knows what he wants!
Mohit looked on as Bryan thanked Rachel for the first impression with a little make out session. Mohit’s draw dropped and he dramatically yelled, “no!”
This was by far the funniest part of the night. Poor Mohit.
Rachel had a limited amount of time with the guys on night one, but she had to cut 10 guys who she felt she didn’t connect with. Rachel doesn’t like to hurt feelings, but she doesn’t want to waste time with guys she doesn’t like either!
For those who didn’t get a rose, Rachel wanted them to know that she truly appreciated the time they took to be with her, and thanked them.
The following gentleman didn’t get a rose:
For the record, Lucas received the last rose of the night, and he secured it with a “whaboom.”