And with the return of the hit ABC reality dating competition series comes a familiar face in the man handing out roses: Arie Luyendyk Jr., who last appeared on the show five years ago, as runner-up to Bachelorette Emily Maynard.
In the premiere’s intro, ABC refreshed fans on Luyendyk, a professional race car driver-turned-real estate agent, and his story, as he claims he hasn’t been in love since he was dumped on TV in 2012.
The intro packages, made for only a select few women, ranged from Chelsea, a single mom, to Nysha, a nurse whose motto is “the more blood the better,” to Tia, a friend of Raven’s (a fan favorite from Nick’s season of the “The Bachelor”).
The first cuts of the season were made at the premiere’s rose ceremony with Olivia, Bri, Ali, Brittane, Amber, Jessica, Nysha and Lauren J. going home.
The premiere already came with drama and promised lots of tears, but subsequent episodes may just take things to a whole new level when one contestant’s ex crashes the set to try to win her back!
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