Hunky Sean Lowe is back and lookin' for love.
"A year ago I'm
living a 9-to-5 life, and now here I am, I'm the bachelor!" said the
smiling custom-furniture business owner from Dallas.
And within minutes he was shirtless, doing a workout as the 17th series of ABC's Bachelor franchise kicked off Monday night.
Sean, it's a second chance at love," said host Chris Harrison, as clips
showed Sean getting his heart broken when Emily Maynard rejected him
during the last Bachelorette season.
"It helped me realize
God still has another plan for me," said Lowe, 29, who went home to lick
his wounds. It didn't last long. He picked himself up and checked into
the Bachelor mansion to begin his quest for love.
But before the
babes showed up, Sean had a visit from Arie Luyendyk, the race car
driver who was also rejected by Emily. The two chatted about the show
and the best delivery of the line: "Will you accept this rose?" And Sean
asked for pointers on being a great kisser. Arie's advice: "Eye
contact. Come in with the hands .. " and "very little tongue."
Time for the women (and their opening first-impression stunts).
AshLee F., 32, personal organizer from Houston, told him: 'You're very, very handsome."
25, cosmetics consultant from Boynton Beach, Fla., put on bright red
lipstick and gave him a big kiss on the cheek, putting her "mark" on
Selma, 29, real estate developer from San Diego, plucked a tissue out of her cleavage and wiped off that lipstick mark.
H., 29, a poker dealer from Los Angeles: "You're a hunk. You're so much
cuter in person. ... Holy Toledo! ... Mr. McSteamy."
24, commercial casting associate from San Francisco, showed him a
special handshake with moves including a fist bump. "We'll work on it,"
Kelly, 28, cruise ship entertainer from Nashville, belted out a song she wrote. "I'm buying that single," said Sean.
Katie, 27, a yoga instructor from Charlotte, had him do a little deep breathing.
Ashley P., 28, a hair stylist from Macomb, Mich., pulled a tie out of her dress, citing Fifty Shades of Grey. "Maybe you can teach me how to use this later," she said with a big smile. Sean looked a little bewildered.
30, a health club manager from Troutdale, Ore., caught his eye. "You
are gorgeous," Sean told her. "You're not too bad yourself," she
Catherine, 26, a graphic designer from Seattle, told him to find her inside "for a dance."
24, an oilfield account manager from Houston, did a back flip in her
long gown, then attempted another and fell. "That is definitely going to
leave a lasting impression," said Sean, as she laughed and hung her
head in embarrassment.
Lacey, 24, grad student from Valencia,
Calif., gave him a heart of lace to remember her by because "a lot of
people call me Lace."
Paige, 24, a Jumbotron operator from New York City, told him she was on Bachelor Pad 3.
24, a leasing consultant from Denver, showed him she has an open-heart
tattoo on her ring finger. "I hope you'll be the guy to complete it,"
she said sweetly. Then Sean told her to wait and he walked into the
mansion. Inside, we saw him telling Chris Harrison he wanted to "bend
the rules a little bit." He wanted to give her a rose right now. "Go
ahead, man," said Chris. He presented her with a rose right away. "You
have this sweet, exciting ... such a good energy."
Amanda, 26, a
model from Newport Beach, Calif., wanted to get that "awkward moment"
out of the way right away, so the two stood in silence for a few
Keriann, 29, an entrepreneur from Boca Raton, Fla., said
she drove "2,775 miles for a shot with you, so I'm really hoping the
adventure continues with us."
Desiree, 26, bridal stylist from
L.A., told him to call her "Des." She brought pennies so they could make
a wish in the fountain in front of the mansion.
advertising executive from Los Angeles, who was born without part of one
arm, drew an immediate "You're beautiful" from Sean.
Brooke, 25, a community organizer from Pittsburgh, was sultry. "See you inside, handsome."
Diana, 31, a salon owner from Salt Lake City, tried to get him to leave with her alone. Didn't work.
M. 25, a political consultant from Washington, brought a football. She
got him to bend over to hike it to her and spent some time gazing at his
buns. "She's funny," he noted after she went into the house.
Kristy, 25, a model from Darien, Wisc., said she was "bringing you the best from the Midwest."
Ashley H., 25, a model from Denver, gave him a big hug.
27, a journalist from Cranston, R.I., invited him home to her family's
Italian restaurant, but added, "My dad did want me to send you a
message. If you break my heart, he's going to break your legs." Whoa.
"I'm kidding," she said.
Lindsay, 24, a substitute teacher from
Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., giggled as she exited the limo in a wedding
dress. "You may now kiss the bride," she told him. "Whoa," said Sean.
"Not wasting any time." She explained that she's a "prankster" and
wanted to show her "goofy side."
And then, No. 26 arrived. Whaaaat?!
Chris Harrison said, "Somebody called and said she wanted to meet you here tonight."
Surprise! It was Kacie B., 25, from Ben Flajnik's season. "I'm blown away right now," said Sean.
Kacie told him she wanted "to see if there's a possibility of something between us." He said he was "so glad."
Needless to say it caused a lot of buzz in the house. "I don't think it's fair," Desiree said into the cameras.
Next thing we know, Desiree got a rose.
then AshLee F. got a rose, too. Sean was stirring things up by handing
them out when the spirit moved him instead of waiting for the ceremony.
Wedding-dress-girl Lindsay came on too strong and was regretting her decision to "go big." She didn't get a rose right away.
Ashley P., the Fifty Shades fan, started "booty dancing"
around with the tie she had brought. She was, as one of her competitors
put it, "obliterated." Kacie B. told cameras she "needs a lot of
water." Said Sean, "Fifty Shades of Grey may have become 50 shades of drunk tonight."
Taryn sat in a corner and cried because she didn't get to talk to Sean.
a candid moment, Sara explained to the cameras that she thinks some
guys are intimated by her one arm. "It's easier to date a girl with two
arms," she said. She finally snagged some time with Sean. "I don't want
to be perceived as disabled," she told him, adding, "I don't want you to
feel uncomfortable." Sean assured her he wasn't and gave her a rose.
"It's validation," she told cameras, beaming. "It's a huge symbol of
empowerment and confidence and love. This is a total dream come true."
the end, the 19 roses went to: Tierra, Desiree, AshLee F., Selma,
Robyn, Jackie, Leslie H., Sarah, Brooke, Catherine, Katie, Diana,
Amanda, Lesley M., Kacie B., Kristy, Daniella, Taryn and
Previews included bikini fun,
ex-boyfriend drama, an ambulance trip, catfights and Sean with a ring in
his hand looking ready to pop the question.
Be sure to tune into WJXX-ABC 25 Monday nights to see who Sean will give his roses to.