Rachel Lindsay signed up for “The Bachelor” in the hopes of finding love and, while that didn’t work out, she’s not giving up. “The Bachelorette” began her second shot at love on Monday and things are looking up.

When Bachelor Nation first catches up with the Dallas native as she’s shooting promotional photos for her gig as “The Bachelorette” on ABC. Although her starring role’s been made official, she’s in shock about the journey she’s about to embark on. Ever the forward thinker, however, Rachel’s got a plan for succeeding in matters of the heart on “The Bachelorette.”

“I’m just going to be myself,” she says with a smile.

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Before Rachel’s season of “The Bachelorette” gets underway, Bachelor Nation is introduced to a select few guys hoping to woo the show’s star. The first contestant introduced is Kenny, a wrestler and proud dad. We then meet Alex, Lucas (or the Waboom guy as some “Bachelorette” fans may know him), Blake E. and Josiah. And while some left a lasting impression on fans for the right reasons, others stood out for the wrong ones.

Rachel then reunites with host Chris Harrison in Season 13, episode 1 before meeting her 31 potential suitors. The pair share a moment before the first limo full of “Bachelorette” contestants pulls up in front of the mansion.

Which Of Rachel’s Guys Stood Out?


Josiah’s the first to exit the limo. He wow’s Rachel with his confidence and knowledge of legal jargon, telling her, “I am convinced that by the end of our experience you will have no reasonable doubt that I’m the one for you.”


Bryan introduces himself to Rachel oozing charm. He kicks thing up a notch by showing off the fact that he’s bilingual.


Brady arrives at the “Bachelorette” mansion with an ice block and hammer in tow. Rachel’s slightly thrown off at first, but giggles once she realizes he’s physically breaking the ice.


Although Rachel’s warned about him by former “Bachelor” co-star Whitney, “The Bachelorette” star can’t help but get swept up by DeMario. She loves his confidence.


Rachel meets a familiar face while standing outside the “Bachelorette” mansion. Fred arrives with a yearbook in tow, but Rachel didn’t need to see her photo to recognize Fred. She recalls him as “a very bad kid.” Can she shake that impression of him?


Lee steps out of the limo singing, which Rachel seems to enjoy.


Forget the dolphin girl from “The Bachelor” Season 21 — Matt the penguin guy is here to win over the hearts of America and, with any luck, Rachel on “The Bachelorette.”


Lucas is one contestant “Bachelorette” fans were looking forward to meeting before Season 13 premiered. He does not disappoint in episode 1 when he steps out of the limo with a bullhorn in tow and his own face airbrushed on his tank top. In addition to sharing details about his height and weight, Lucas reveals to Rachel that one of his testicles is bigger than the other, which is one way to stand out.

Inside The Mansion

After the introductions, the guys are joined by Rachel for a cocktail party. They spend some time sizing one another up while Josiah makes an aggressive first move. He’s the first of the “Bachelorette” Season 13 cast members to steal the star for some one-on-one time.

He opens up to Rachel about his troubled past and how it set him on his path to being a lawyer. Josiah also shares with Rachel the tragic story about his brother’s suicide and the effect it had on him at such a young age. He’s able to keep Rachel engaged, though she doesn’t seem as enamored by him as she was with other “Bachelorette” hopefuls.

Although it’s a proven way to make a statement in the Bachelor Nation franchise, it doesn’t sit well with some of the men on the show. They decide to step up their game and begin fighting for time with Rachel. She’s overwhelmed when lines start forming while she’s chatting with other suitors.

She also steps aside by Dean, who takes her to build a sand castle, and Bryan, whose directness may just be a match for Rachel. He pulls her into a private area outside the house for another showcase of his Spanish-speaking abilities and a smooch. While Rachel admits she didn’t plan to lock lips with any “Bachelorette” contestants in episode 1, she enjoys the kiss and seems really interested in Bryan.

Who Gets The First Impression Rose?

Josiah’s confidence gets the better of him during Season 13, episode 1 of “The Bachelorette.” He’s so certain he’s getting the first impression rose he puts it on at one point, which his co-stars joke may be “the kiss of death.” Rachel returns to the mansion to deliver the rose, bypassing Josiah and making a beeline for Bryan.

Rachel and Bryan share another special moment together. “The Bachelorette” star tells him she feels something with him that she can’t explain. She’s unclear whether it’s his bilingual flirtation, the kiss they shared, or something else, but Rachel’s into it.

At the end of their chat Rachel and Bryan share another kiss. “The Bachelorette” contestant Mohit, or Mo, looks on from a few feet away. He provides a little comic relief, narrating the situation in horror.

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Who Went Home In Week 1?

At the end of episode 1, Rachel gathers the men for their first rose ceremony. Eleven men are sent packing including Kyle, Robert, Milton, Blake K., Grant and Jedediah. Both the men who were cut and the ones who made it through are shocked to see Lucas get the final rose of the night.

Milton’s the only one to get emotional about his elimination, though it’s not clear if it’s losing out on the chance to date Rachel or not getting to show off his outfits that he’s distraught about. He maintains that he’s the best man who arrived at the “Bachelorette” mansion.

Tune in to “The Bachelorette” Season 13, episode 2, next Monday on ABC at 9 p.m. EDT.