For once, Chris Harrison might be right — this may be the most dramatic season of The Bachelor ever! At least, that’s what the first promo wants you to believe. The almost four-minute preview starts with Arie Luyendyk Jr. walking alone in the desert, talking about how he’s had his heart broken… and we’re already rolling our eyes.
But like with every season, the ladies vying for his heart think he’s “such a catch” and immediately fall head over heels for him straight out of the limo. “He’s the perfect age, he knows what he wants,” one woman says. Another adds, “You’re my Prince Charming,” after the 36-year-old tells her, “Your eyes look really pretty.” Mkay.
One girl says it best when she states, “Arie is extremely passionate, and beyond the blue eyes, I think that there’s something beautiful inside.” That’s straight up poetic. (Get a better look at those blue eyes in these throwback racing glamour shots we found.)
The clip also gives us a hint at who this year’s villain will be… or, more accurately, villains. Single mom Chelsea Roy appears to rub some people the wrong way. “I’m making bold moves, because being a single mother, I deserve more time than others,” she says. When confronted by some of the other contestants, she insists, “I’m not a bitch, like, that’s the thing, I’m a mother. And I have to tell you guys straight up, I’m pulling Arie aside first.”
Krystal Nielson, who works as a fitness coach, also makes a poor first impression. But she seems to wear the villain badge proudly, stating, “I don’t care what other people think.” One of the girls tells her, “People don’t want to be around you, Krystal, because you’re not being real about the real things that you’re feeling.” You follow?
Of course, there are plenty of tears — some of which are Arie’s (though he’s no Jason Mesnick. Real fans will know what that means). Though, by the end, it’s clear that the former race car driver is ready to propose (if you want to know who the lucky lady is, check out our spoilers!)
But, in Bachelor land, things are never easy, so of course someone has to come and crash Arie’s “journey” to mess with his head. This time, it’s another dude, who apparently wants to get back together with one of the contestants. “No, I don’t want to be on this show, I want my girl,” the mystery guy says. “I’m here to get her back. I’m here to tell her that I want to marry her.”
Well, there you have it, folks! Janu-Arie begins Jan. 1 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. Be sure to join our Bachelor Facebook group to chat about all the latest updates, exclusive interviews, and juicy gossip.