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Elizabeth Lauten was born and bred in eastern North Carolina, and is currently a Press Secretary on Capitol Hill as well as a media consultant at Audeamus Communications in Washington, D.C., developing communications plans for clients ranging from political campaigns to TV show pilots. When she’s not busy working her 9-5, Elizabeth can be found volunteering for the Junior League of Washington or shopping along the streets of Georgetown or working at the local Lilly Pulitzer store, Pink Palm.

The Bachelor Premiere: Meet The Bachelorettes

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(Photo Credit: US Magazine)

Sean Lowe made his highly anticipated debut as “The Bachelor” on ABC last night. Returning to the network after coming third place during Emily Maynard‘s season of “The Bachelorette” — Sean’s back in the shows 17th season (yes, you heard me correctly) to give reality TV love another chance.

After an awkward/pointless beginning to the series (including a visit from another lovelorn bachelor from Emily’s season, Arie) we finally got the good part — meeting the bachelorettes!

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(Photo Credit: ABC.com)

 

32 year-old Personal Organizer AshLee F. (yes the “L” is capitalized — we’re not sure what’s up with that either) was the first to step out of the limo and meet our Bachelor. Her intro package made her seem like neat-freak, but also a down-to-earth preacher’s daughter. Make that adopted preacher’s daughter. All in all she seems humble and normal enough.

The Verdict: I like her.

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(Photo Credit: ABC.com)

 

Next up to bat was Jackie. A 25 year-old cosmetics consultant from Boynton Beach, FL. who put on bright lipstick and proverbially marked her territory by giving Sean a big kiss on the cheek, leaving her “mark” on him.

The Verdict: I’m neutral.

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(Photo Credit: ABC.com)

 

Immediately following Jackie, is 29 year-old Real Estate Developer Selma who whips out a tissue that was conveniently tucked away in her brassiere to wipe the lipstick off of Sean (tell me the producers aren’t calling the shots here).

The Verdict: I like her.

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(Photo Credit: ABC.com)

 

The parade of women continue (in what order I can’t remember), but among the memorable is Robyn. A 24 year-old from Houston, TX who decides that she’ll try and make a good first impression by doing back handsprings in her ball gown after exiting the limo. And no sooner do you think it’s a stupid idea, does she fall over half-way through her second flip and lands on her head. “That is definitely going to leave a lasting impression,” said Sean. Seriously, what was she thinking? Nevertheless she’s a likable, quirky gal.

The Verdict: I like her.

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(Photo Credit: ABC.com)

Lesley, a 25 year-old Political Consultant from Washington, DC was another embarrassment in her intro package. Maybe it’s because I work in politics, but I felt so sorry for her as she stood outside the Lincoln Memorial shouting about Sean and holding up a mock political sign about her and Sean being a couple. It was just too cheesy and over the top for me. She brings a football with her when first meeting Sean and asks him to run a play with her, where she has him bend over to hike the ball while she stands behind him admiring his backside. “She’s funny,” Sean noted after she went into the mansion.

The Verdict: I’m neutral.

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(Photo Credit: ABC.com)

Hailing from Nashville, TN, Cruise Ship Entertainer Kelly went straight for showing her talent to Sean by singing him a song she wrote. It’s mighty hard to think someone’s there for the right reasons (even when they are) when they go for spotlight and showcasing their talent the minute they’re in front of the camera.

The Verdict: I don’t like her.

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(Photo Credit: ABC.com)

 

24 year-old Commercial Casting Associate Daniella starts her introduction to Sean by asking him to participate in an elaborate handshake. Was this the best the poor girl has to offer? A clumsy handshake?

The Verdict: I don’t like her.

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(Photo Credit: ABC.com)

 

Yoga Instructor Katie, a 27 year-old living in Charlotte, NC took a moment to be zen with Sean and taught him some deep-breathing and a basic yoga pose in her introductions.

The Verdict: I like her.

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(Photo Credit: ABC.com)

 

Lacey, a 24 year-old grad student from Valencia, CA gave Sean a piece of lace in the shape of a heart to remember her by because “a lot of people call me Lace.” I know she was going for cute, but it seemed a little silly and immature.

The Verdict: I’m neutral.

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(Photo Credit: ABC.com)

 

 

24 year-old Paige quickly cleared the air with Sean and admitted she had previously been a contestant on “Bachelor Pad 3.” It was probably a necessary move, to avoid looking like she withheld information either, but it was probably a really bad one nonetheless. Side note: She may very well have been the very first Jombotron Operator I’ve ever seen.

The Verdict: I’m neutral.

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(Photo Credit: ABC.com)

Tierra, a 24 year-old Leasing Consultant from Denver, showed him her open-heart tattoo on her ring finger. “I hope you’ll be the guy to complete it,” she said sweetly. Sean then asked her to wait a minute and he walked into the mansion. Inside, we saw him telling host Chris Harrison he wanted to “bend the rules a little bit.” He wanted to give her a rose right now, instead of having her wait until the one-on-ones (when the First Impression Rose is traditionally given out). “Go ahead, man,” said Chris. “You have this sweet, exciting… such a good energy.”

The Verdict: I like her (strictly judging her on this evening, NOT the previews we saw for the rest of the season).

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(Photo Credit: ABC.com)

 

Newport Beach, CA model, 26 year-old Amanda wanted to get that “awkward moment” out of the way when she met Sean, so the two stood in silence for a few seconds, which in and of itself was incredibly awkward.

The Verdict: I like her (despite her stupid first impression).

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(Photo Credit: ABC.com)

 

Keriann, an entrepreneur from Boca Raton, FL, said she drove “2,775 miles for a shot with you, so I’m really hoping the adventure continues with us.” While it was actually a cute introduction, she made absolutely no impression the whole evening.

The Verdict: I’m neutral.

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(Photo Credit: ABC.com)

 

In her intro package Los Angeles Bridal Stylist Desiree is seen wearing a wedding gown in her store (no doubt a brilliant idea from production). When she met Sean, she him her could call her “Des.” In what I’m considering a sweetly creative idea, she brought pennies with her at their first meeting so they could make a wish in the fountain in front of the mansion.

The Verdict: I like her.

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(Photo Credit: ABC.com)

 

26 year-old Advertising Executive Sarah, drew an immediate “your beautiful” from Sean upon first meeting. No doubt she is, but I can’t help think production was behind his quick-reaction as Sarah is an amputee, missing the bottom half of her left arm.

The Verdict: I like her.

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(Photo Credit: ABC.com)

 

Community Organizer Brooke made some cat-like animal noises in the first few seconds of meeting Sean as she nuzzled his neck.

The Verdict: I’m neutral.

 

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(Photo Credit: ABC.com)

 

With two daughters, divorced mom and Salt Lake City Salon Owner, Diana, tried to steal Sean away and have him leave with her, but her antics didn’t work.

The Verdict: I’m neutral.

 

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(Photo Credit: ABC.com)

 


Kristy is model from Darien, WI. But she’s not just any model, she’s a Ford model, which apparently the best in the world as she reminded viewers several times in her intro package. All in all, she comes off as a little too into herself and altogether flaky.

The Verdict: I don’t like her.

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(Photo Credit: ABC.com)

 

30 year-old Health Club Manager, Taryn, is no stranger to the spotlight. She was 1st runner up in 2008, and 3rd runner up for Miss Oregon USA 2009. She also happens to be the crybaby of the bunch, who retreated to the staircase all alone because she didn’t get a chance to talk one-on-one with Sean.

The Verdict: I’m neutral.

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(Photo Credit: ABC.com)

 

Lauren, a 27 year-old Journalist from Cranston, RI, invited Sean 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.” Wow. “I’m kidding,” she said. Probably a little too late to say that darling.

The Verdict: I’m neutral.

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(Photo Credit: ABC.com)

 


Ashley H., another model (because one is never enough), introduced herself as Barbie to Sean’s Ken. Gag me.

The Verdict: I don’t like her.

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(Photo Credit: ABC.co

 

 

Among the most memorable introductions of the night, was Ashley P‘s. A 28 year-old hair stylist from Macomb, MI who told us in her intro package just how into Fifty Shades of Grey she was and how she intended to live out scenes from the book with Sean. Living up to her word, Ashley pulled a tie out of her dress, “maybe you can teach me how to use this later,” she said with a big smile as she met Sean for the first time. To make matters worse she was dancing around like a stripper, completely bombed as she waited for one-on-one time with Sean. Is this girl even real? She seemed more like a caricature of bad taste.

The Verdict: I don’t like her (which doesn’t even begin to cover it).

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(Photo Credit: People.com)

 

Another standout was returning “Bachelor” contestant from Ben’s season, Kacie. This fan favorite had her chances blown with Ben thanks to her parents, and now she too is seeking a second chance at love. “I’m blown away right now,” said Sean at seeing the 26th entrance (normally there are only 25 women). Sean is excited she’s here because they’ve hung out before, though he did say he considers her a friend. Not sure how that will turn out…

The Verdict: I like her.

(Photo Credit: ABC.com)

(Photo Credit: ABC.com)

Also vying for the most memorable introduction is 24 year-old Substitute Teacher, Lindsay (though I’d say it’s a tough battle between Ashley P.), who walks out of the limo in a wedding dress. Veil and all. While I’m calling Lindsay crazy for this, apparently it was meant as a practical joke.  And as if the wedding dress wasn’t bad enough, she also went straight for kiss on the lips! “Whoa,” was all Sean could say.

The Verdict: I’m neutral (but I have a feeling I’m going to like her).

 

In 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 wedding-dress-clad Lindsay.

While Ashley H., Paige, Lacey, Lauren, KeriAnn, Kelly and Ashley P. made their exits.

What do you think? Does Sean make a good Bachelor? Do you think he kept the right girls?

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