Welcome back, Bachelor nation!
Another season of televisual love is upon us as Season 10 of The Bachelorette finally premiered tonight, kicking off Andi Dorfman's quest to find her dream man. The 27-year-old lawyer, who was the fan favorite in Juan Pablo Galavis' season, met her 25 suitors during tonight's episode. Well, make that 26 suitors as a familiar face crashed the opening night cocktail party in an attempt to join the competition for Andi's heart.
Her secret suitor? Chris Bukowski, from Emily Maynard's season and Bachelor Pad. Seriously, he pulled a Kacie B.! But was he welcomed into the mansion? Plus, who received the first impression rose? And which guys found themselves leaving the house without a rose by premiere's end?
Craziest Moment: Hands down, Chris showing up at the mansion, with roses, of course, to try and join the show will go down as one of the most desperate acts ever seen on a show filled with desperation. Making matters even more cringeworthy? Since he knew where the mansion was but not when filming began, he had been hanging around for a week.
After learning that the former contestant wanted in, host Chris Harrison gave Andi the choice, telling her, "I guess he saw you on the last show and he's so taken by you…and he would like to vie for your heart." Fortunately for our secondhand embarrassment threshold, Andi shut it down, saying she doesn't want to upset her 25 guys. "I can't do it to them."
Best First Impression: OK, OK, we know he's a "pantsapreneur," which is not a real thing, but we kind of loved J.J., the bow-tie wearing goof who is on "a noble quest for love." And we were pretty charmed by Patrick, the soccer player, especially after his bromance with Andrew, the social media marketer. (We're shipping these two so hard already.)
Best First Impression, According to Andi: Who received the coveted First Impression Rose? Nick V., 33, the software sales executive from Chicago, and he was just as surprised as we were! (Andi was quite impressed with his polka dot tie.)
Eliminated: Is there anything worse than being eliminated on the first night of a reality dating competition? (Other than, you know, trying to crash said reality dating competition?) So long, Josh B., Rudie (the Attorney), Emil, Mike, Steven and Dr. Jason.
Our Top 5 Prediction: Andi could not stop gushing over how hot Marcus was, while Patrick seemed like a strong contender. (Or we're already in love with him. Whatever.) But our pick to make it all the way? Josh M., the former professional baseball player who "could do some sushi" and is "her type." Also, we're kind of loving Marquel, the cookie connoisseur. The shy and sweet Nick V. could go far, too.
A Touching Tribute: Before officially kicking off the season, Chris Harrison took a moment to honor Eric Hill, the contestant who died in a paragliding accident in early May after being eliminated from the competition. E"very day, he impressed us with his passion and his courageous spirit," the host said. "He will be greatly missed and we dedicate this season to him."
What did you think of the Season 10 premiere? Were you shocked by Chris' crashing? And who do you think will make it to the end? Sound off in the comments!