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Bachelor Nick Viall Meets His 30 Contestants… And Sends 8 Women Home: Season 21 Premiere Recap

Bachelor Nick Viall Chris HarrisonTHE BACHELOR - (ABC/Rick Rowell) NICK VIALL, CHRIS HARRISON

Nick Viall is determined to find true love as the season 21 Bachelor.

On the January 2 premiere of ABC’s smash reality show, the Wisconsin native met his 30 bachelorettes, and some of the ladies went to great lengths to make a first impression. Here, The Knot recaps the highlights from the season premiere.

Encouraging Words

Before embarking on his journey, Nick receives a pep talk from his younger sister, Bella, who offers her big bro a few dating pointers. “Look the girls in the eyes,” she says. “Don’t mumble, [and] let out your thoughts.”

Nick is also grateful for the opportunity to meet with former Bachelors, Ben Higgins, Chris Soules, and Sean Lowe. He admits to feeling anxious about meeting the women. “Be yourself,” Ben tells him. “Trust yourself. Be Nick.”

THE BACHELOR - “Episode 2101” - A trio of popular former Bachelors - Sean Lowe, Chris Soules and Ben Higgins –offer their support and encouragement to Nick, who will face all new pressures and responsibilities on the highly anticipated 21st season premiere of “The Bachelor,” MONDAY, JANUARY 2 (8:00-10:00 P.M., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Rick Rowell) BEN HIGGINS, NICK VIALL, SEAN LOWE, CHRIS SOULES

THE BACHELOR – “Episode 2101” – A trio of popular former Bachelors – Sean Lowe, Chris Soules and Ben Higgins –offer their support and encouragement to Nick, who will face all new pressures and responsibilities on the highly anticipated 21st season premiere of “The Bachelor,” MONDAY, JANUARY 2 (8:00-10:00 P.M., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Rick Rowell)
BEN HIGGINS, NICK VIALL, SEAN LOWE, CHRIS SOULES

Notable Introductions

The night has arrived! Nick meets with longtime Bachelor host Chris Harrison before the ladies arrive. Once the women begin to step out of their limos, it doesn’t take long for their individual personalities to shine.

Danielle L., a 27-year-old boutique owner from Los Angeles is first to introduce herself. Olivia, a 25-year-old sales representative and Alaska native, asks Nick to share an Eskimo kiss.

Sarah, a 26-year-old elementary school teacher from California, dons tennis shoes with her evening gown, and sprints to Nick to make her introduction. “I thought you’d appreciate another runner-up,” she jokes.

THE BACHELOR - When Bachelorette Andi Dorfman said goodbye to Nick Viall just as he was preparing to pick out a ring for her, he was devastated. When Nick walked up to Kaitlyn Bristowe with an engagement ring in his pocket, only to be sent home, he was crushed. How could one man endure so much heartbreak? If you believe that “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” Nick Viall, 35, a technology salesman from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is back stronger than ever, ready and eager to begin his search for true love on the 21st season of ABC’s hit romance reality series “The Bachelor,” premiering on MONDAY, JANUARY 2 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mitch Haaseth) SARAH

THE BACHELOR – (ABC/Mitch Haaseth)
SARAH

Jasmine G, a 29-year-old pro basketball dancer from California, brings along jewelry designer Neil Lane to clue Nick in on her favorite engagement ring options. Liz, a 29-year-old doula from Las Vegas, met and hooked up with Nick previously at Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert‘s wedding. Although Nick and Liz don’t acknowledge that they know one another, Nick tells Chris Harrison that he’s “almost certain” he knows Liz.

Liz Bachelor Nick

THE BACHELOR – (ABC/Mitch Haaseth)
ELIZABETH “LIZ” S.

Just as several of the ladies remark that their competitors seem friendly, the next limo arrives, and the introductions become increasingly awkward. Susannah, a 26-year-old account manager from San Diego, offers Nick a beard massage. Josephine, a 24-year-old nursing student from California, brings a book with an uncooked hotdog hidden inside. She asks Nick to “Lady and the Tramp it” with her by both taking a bite from opposite ends.

Twenty-five year old Lacey–a digital marketing manager from Manhattan–arrives on a camel. “I hear you like a good hump, and so do I,” she tells Nick. Alexis, a 23-year-old aspiring dolphin trainer from New Jersey, makes her entrance wearing a shark costume, but she insists it’s a dolphin.

“That was intense and amazing,” Nick tells Chris Harrison after meeting his 30 contestants. Meanwhile, the ladies are inside the mansion lamenting the fact that so many women are donning red dresses.

Cocktails and Chaos

Nick joins the women and thanks them for being there for him. He explains that his past experiences at the mansion brought him to where he is today, and he is thankful for so many fond memories. He shares that he’s looking for a life partner, and he wants the ladies to feel empowered by their Bachelor experience.

Nick takes a few brief moments to get to know the women individually. When Corinne, a 24-year -old business owner from Miami, steals him away, she wastes no time giving him a kiss. Nick describes Corinne as a “firecracker.” In the confessional, he admits that he “wasn’t entirely comfortable” with the gesture, and he hopes the other women didn’t see them kiss. (Spoiler alert: They did!)

(ABC/Mitch Haaseth) CORINNE

(ABC/Mitch Haaseth)
CORINNE

When he talks to Liz alone, Nick reveals that he remembers their “wild and crazy night” together. He shares that he was confused as to why she didn’t contact him after Jade and Tanner’s wedding. Liz explains that she watched him on Bachelor in Paradise, and she realized he was much more self-aware than she realized.

Nick gifts the first impression rose to Rachel, a 31-year-old attorney from Dallas.

THE BACHELOR - When Bachelorette Andi Dorfman said goodbye to Nick Viall just as he was preparing to pick out a ring for her, he was devastated. When Nick walked up to Kaitlyn Bristowe with an engagement ring in his pocket, only to be sent home, he was crushed. How could one man endure so much heartbreak? If you believe that “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” Nick Viall, 35, a technology salesman from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is back stronger than ever, ready and eager to begin his search for true love on the 21st season of ABC’s hit romance reality series “The Bachelor,” premiering on MONDAY, JANUARY 2 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mitch Haaseth) RACHEL

THE BACHELOR – (ABC/Mitch Haaseth)
RACHEL

The Rose Ceremony

As Nick prepares for the rose ceremony, Chris Harrison explains that he will have to send home more women than previous Bachelors, as there are 30 contestants this season.

When the ceremony begins, Vanessa, a 29-year-old special education teacher from Montreal, Canada, is the first to receive a rose. Later, the ladies are shocked when Nick asks Alexis (the dolphin/shark) to accept one of his roses.

In the confessional, Liz contemplates what may have happened between she and Nick had she contacted him after their one-night stand. She’s relieved when she receives the final rose of the evening.

After making his selections, Nick says goodbye to Olivia, Angela, Lauren, Jasmine B., Michelle, Ida Marie, Briana, and Susannah.

Sneak Peek

This season on The Bachelor, the women are devastated when they learn Nick once had sex with Liz. Nick has a breakdown when he realizes he’s hurt so many women.

The Bachelor airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

About the Author

Kelly Spears
Kelly Spears
Kelly is an online news writer for The Knot. She is a professional writer who studied English at Ohio State University. Kelly is a big fan of TLC's '90 Day Fiance' and FYI's 'Married at First Sight.'