It's been more than three months since we first learned that Dallas woman Rachel Lindsay would be the next star of The Bachelorette. On Monday, we finally got to see her in action.
The 32-year-old attorney began her reality TV expedition to find a husband on May 22 and, boy, was it a doozie. Thirty-one men stepped out of limos and into the mansion, each offering a clever line or ridiculous costume in hopes of making a lasting impression on the bachelorette. They left an impression alright — and not always in a good way.
Here are the most memorable moments — and fashion choices — from The Bachelorette premiere.
Marching bands, ice blocks and penguins, oh my!
It's no secret that Bachelor/Bachelorette contestants like to pull out all the stops on night one, and Rachel's batch didn't disappoint. Brady, a male model, brought a huge ice block and a pick-ax, because he just had to break the ice. Blake E., a self-proclaimed "aspiring drummer," arrived with a full marching band in tow. And who could forget Matt, the construction sales rep who, instead of thinking of a clever pickup line, arrived in a dashing penguin suit?
"Rachel makes me feel pretty dignified," Matt said after their first meeting. Gotta love a man with confidence?
Bowties were the second most popular accessory behind gimmicks during Monday night's premiere. We spotted no less than five of them with the same precision we catch bucks in the Big Buck Hunter video game.
Look there's one!
And a second one!
Oh, and another!
You could say bowties are this season's red dress.
If there's one contestant that made a name for himself on Monday, it was Bryan, the 37-year-old Colombian chiropractor who wooed Rachel with his charm and Spanish speaking.
She had little idea what he was saying, but she knew he sounded damn fine saying it. Bryan seized the moment and landed the first kiss of the season. It was a little aggressive (read: too much tongue) for my taste, but it delighted the leading lady. Rachel awarded Bryan the first impression rose and second make out session, much to the dismay of this very drunk dude. Noooooo!
What's a "Whaboom"?
And then there was Lucas, the token douchebag producers will ensure sticks around for way too long. After all, you're tuning in because you want drama, right? Lucas is 30 years old and obnoxious in every sense of the word. His "official occupation" is "Whaboom," so named for this insane tick that causes him to violently shake his head and scream "Whaboom" like Jim Carrey on speed.
No really, watch:
And for those of you wondering, yes, this guy got a rose.
Who we're rooting for (including one guy that was already sent home)
There were plenty of cringeworthy entrances and experiences, but some guys showed potential. For example, Kenny, the pro wrestler with a 10-year-old daughter and charm for days. And Peter, the 31-year-old business owner who is sexy as all get out. (We approved of that bowtie, mhmm.) Bachelor Nation was also feeling the season's only Asian contestant and former marine Blake K. — that is, until his chiseled body got eliminated during the first rose ceremony. He was one of seven guys to get the boot.