Monday night's premiere of Season 21 of The Bachelor is a game changer for more reasons than one.
As an avid Nick Viall opponent, I promised myself I would boycott this season because I didn’t (and still kind of don’t) trust him or his intentions, but I gave in and I’m glad I did. We’ve been told time and time again that each season will be “the most dramatic,” but this time, I think it’s truly the most different, and combined with the usual drama and cattiness that goes into every single season of The Bachelor, it’s going to be good.
1. Nick is the first Bachelor to get a fourth chance at love.
In short, this isn’t Nick’s first rodeo. He was runner up on both Andi Dorfman and Kaitlyn Bristowe’s seasons of The Bachelorette, and came back for round three on Bachelor in Paradise, where things obviously didn’t work out between him and Jen Saviano. Most bachelors/bachelorettes are usually a reject/ fan favorite/ Final Four from the previous season(s). Nick is all of those things.
He wasn’t on Jojo Fletcher’s season (the most recent), but he was on Kaitlyn’s- a fact that left fans pissed because traditionally, a bachelor is chosen from the previous season, and most had their hearts set on Robby Hayes or Luke Pell.
2. This is the first time a contestant has a history with the Bachelor.
Liz, the 29-year-old Doula from Las Vegas, was the maid of honor at Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert’s wedding. She openly admitted that she and Nick had a bit of a one night stand, and now she’s a contestant on his season. LOL.
Last night, he recognized her, they chatted, and she got a rose. If it didn’t work out the first time…
3. This is also the first time that the First Impression Rose goes to a black girl.
Rachel, the 31-year-old attorney from Dallas, is the first black girl to ever get the First Impression Rose.
The person who gets it usually goes pretty far in the show, and Reality Steve (HUGE SPOILER ALERT, seriously don't click unless you want to know literally everything) reports that she’ll be in the Final Four. The Bachelorette has never been a black girl before… will this be the year?!
4. This may be the first time we have an openly bisexual contestant that we know of during the season.
Nothing is confirmed, but Jaimi, the 28-year-old chef from New Orleans, did say that Nick was very understanding of her previous relationship with her girlfriend on the season trailer.
5. It's the first time we have major diversity on the show.
At long last, there is more than one or two women of color after the first rose ceremony. FINALLY. Unfortunately, Jasmine B and Michelle were both sent home, but we still have Rachel, Dominique, Jaimi, and Jasmine G.
The show is far from racially equal, but this is a start, and slowly but surely we’re seeing progress. That’s enough to keep me hooked until After The Final Rose. Plus, we have Shark Girl and Corinne’s “platinum vagine” to look forward to, so there’s that.
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