In Bachelor Nation, you only get one chance to make a first impression.
When The Bachelorette host Jesse Palmer teased that season 19 featured some incredibly outlandish limo entrances, we knew we were in store for some surprises on the July 11 premiere episode, especially with the most contestants in franchise history fighting for Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia's attention.
However, we weren't quite ready for James, a self-proclaimed "meatball enthusiast," who exited the limo with the biggest meatball sandwich known to mankind (we have plenty of questions about how exactly the sandwich fit in the limo, but those will have to wait) or Logan, who carried two baby chicks named Mary Beth and Alejandra in his hands. Two chicks for the two Bachelorettes. Get it?
Of course, it wouldn't be The Bachelorette without a few renegades who decided to forego the limo altogether!
There was general contractor Tino, who drove into the mansion on a forklift. A bit on the nose, but we guess it worked because he nabbed Rachel's first impression rose. Not to be outdone, mortgage broker Jacob rode up shirtless on horseback looking like something out of a paperback romance novel.
But hey, even if some of the entrances veered heavily into cheeseball territory, the Bachelorettes themselves appreciated the dedication.
"I feel like the effort just showed volumes about these guys," Gabby exclusively told E! News, "and how much they were willing to try to impress us."
Rachel agreed, who exclusively told E! News she was impressed by "anyone who really went out of their way to be very personalized to Gabby and I."
As for shirtless Jacob?
"We hugged and we were very sheen," Rachel said. "I was almost like a highlighter after."
Keep scrolling for a list of our favorite—or at least the most memorable!—entrances in franchise history to see where this year's crop lines up.
The Bachelorette airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC.