“The Bachelor” with Chris Soules is set to premiere on Monday, introducing the 33-year-old farmer and viewers to 30 gorgeous women. As fans of the ABC show know, things tend to get a little tense as the contestants battle it out for the bachelor’s affections, and one of the first nail biters of the season is the coveted “first impression rose” during the premiere. The rose secures one lucky lady’s place during the first elimination ceremony and lets her know that the bachelor wants to get to know her better. However, the rose also marks that woman as a target for other jealous cast members .
The first impression rose is a trophy for most of “The Bachelor” contestants … but does it really mean that much in the long run? With a possible proposal on the line, we’re looking back at previous first impression rose winners and how things turned out for them:
Season 18 (2014) – Juan Pablo Galavis gifted his first impression rose to Sharleen Joynt, who accepted it by saying “sure.” She left the show during episode 7, quitting because she didn’t see their relationship moving to a proposal. Juan Pablo let her go and told the cameras that he had wanted to go on a “hometown date” with her. Nikki Ferrel won the season, but Juan Pablo didn’t propose. They maintained a relationship after the show ended, but recently broke up.
Season 17 (2013) – Tierra LiCausi received the first impression rose during Sean Lowe’s season … but he also gave out 11 other “first impression” roses throughout the night. The other women to receive the roses were Desiree Hartsock, AshLee Frazier, Selma Alameri, Robyn Howard, Katie Levans, Catherine Giudice, Jackie Parr, Leslie Hughes, Diana Weeks Willardson, Brooke Burchette and Sarah Herron. Tierra went home in episode 7 outside of the rose ceremony, but another first impression rose holder won Sean’s heart – Catherine. The pair wed after getting engaged in the finale. However, Catherine wasn’t the only first impression rose holder to find true love in “The Bachelor” franchise. Desiree was later named the next star of “The Bachelorette” and found love with Chris Siegfried
Season 16 (2012) – Ben Flajnik handed out his first impression rose to contestant Lindzi Cox during the Season 16 cocktail party. Lindzi made it all the way to the finale, however a relationship between the pair wasn’t in the cards. Ben ended up proposing to Courtney Robertson, but their engagement didn’t last. They broke up for good a couple months after the finale of the show, and Ben later admitted that he “chose the wrong woman.”
Season 15 (2011) – Brad Womack chose to give Ashley Spivey the first impression rose during his second time around on “The Bachelor.” Ashley didn’t make it that far though. She was eliminated in episode 5 outside of the rose ceremony after missing a “connection” with Brad. The bachelor proposed to Emily Maynard at the end of the season, but the couple called it quits later that year.
Season 14 (2010) – Pilot Jake Pavelka handed his first impression rose to Tenley Molzahn. Like Ben in Season 16, Tenley made it all the way to the finale … but then lost to Vienna Girardi. Vienna and Jake ended their engagement a couple of months after the finale aired on ABC.
Season 13 (2009) – Jason Mesnick had a pretty wild ending that no one saw coming. Nikki Kaapke received the first impression rose, but was eliminated outside of the rose ceremony in episode 4 after telling Jason about her ex-boyfriend of 11 years. The season came down to Melissa Rycroft and Molly Malaney, and Jason ended up choosing to be with Melissa. However during the “After the Final Rose” special, Jason broke things off with Melissa and asked Molly to take him back. The pair got married in 2010.
Season 12 (2008) – During the “London Calling” edition of “The Bachelor,” Amanda Rantuccio received the first impression rose from Matt Grant. Amanda made it to episode 7, but was eliminated before the finale. Matt chose Shayne Lamas, but the pair ended their engagement shortly after the show ended.
Season 11 (2007) – Brad Womack stirred up trouble during his first stint on “The Bachelor” by choosing to be with none of the contestants at the end of the season. One of the women he dumped in the finale was Jenni Croft, the girl he also gave his first impression rose to during the premiere cocktail party.
Based on the past eight seasons, the only woman to be a first impression rose holder and a winner was Catherine Giudice. However, it's important to note that bachelor Sean Lowe gave out a total of 12 first impression roses ... and Catherine was just one in the dozen.
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