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‘The Bachelorette’ 2021 premiere recap: Katie meets the boys

Sex dolls, cat fits and virgins — oh my!

The season 17 debut of “The Bachelorette” served up a contemporary Bach of kookies.  

One man even had the balls to make a shock entrance by coming out of a pickup truck ball pit. 

The Chris Harrison-free “Bachelorette” premiere kicked off with its coquettish main woman in crimson, Katie Thurston, 31, anxiously awaiting her 30 good-looking husband hopefuls.

Subbing in for Harrison, 49 — who summarily stepped down as the franchise’s veteran host following a racist rant in March — have been present alums Tayshia Adams, 30, and Kaitlyn Bristowe, 35. 

Forming a clique they nicknamed “the ultimate girl gang,” Adams and Bristowe stunned Thurston as her well-versed wing ladies who’ll information her down the yellow-brick highway in the direction of Bachelorette bliss all through the season.

“Let the journey begin,” the girls chimed, sounding the beginning pistol to Thurston’s hunt for her eternally hunk.  

The Introductions 

Thurston awaits her 30 knights in shining armor at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya in New Mexico.

From a useless fish to softly used underwear, every of the culturally various contestants — ranging in age from 26 to 36 — greeted Thurston with customised gifts as their distinctive caravan of chariots arrived at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya close to Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

And whereas some tokens of appreciations made her snigger, others despatched her right into a cringe. 

An awkwardly lengthy post-quarantine hug from Gabriel, 35, was sufficient to make the brunette Washington native’s pores and skin crawl. 

But a faux British accent from abroad soccer celebrity, Andrew S., 26, had the blushing bride wannabe beaming.  

Andrew — who’s from Chicago however performs professional ball in Vienna, Austria — pulled up in a classic automobile that made Thurston say “wow.”

But different loverboys, like surgical pores and skin salesmen Jeff, 31, from New Jersey, rolled into Thurston’s life in a beat-up RV. 

James, 30, introduced himself as a gift to Thurston, arriving in a supersized present field on wheels that got here full with an enormous crimson bow — and he stayed inside the rattling factor for the majority of the present. 

And once they weren’t vying for Thurston’s consideration, two contestants — Aaron, 26, from San Diego and zipper salesmen Cody, 27 (the man who introduced the blow-up doll) — received into an inexplicable heated change. 

Though it’s instantly unclear why the guys broke out right into a heated change, it’s secure to imagine that beef between the two will proceed to broil as the season progresses. 

The One-on-Ones 

Thurston will get greeted by “Bachelorette” fan favourite, Greg Grippo, throughout the season premiere.

Greg Grippo, a 27-year-old advertising gross sales consultant from Edison, New Jersey, stole the present when he gifted Thurston some handcrafted jewellery designed by his toddler niece throughout their one-on-one chat. 

His candy gesture earned him the highly-coveted “first impression rose” and a juicy, moist kiss. 

Thurston held court docket together with her different Casanovas in a wide range of distinctive methods.

She hopped right into a mattress of balls with Tre, 26. She took a tour of Jeff’s nightmarish RV. And she swapped spit with Connor B., 29, the math instructor from Tennessee who donned a head-to-toe cat costume to emphasise their shared love of felines — discuss cat’s received your tongue. 

Who Went Home

When Adams and Bristowe introduced that it was time for the Bachelorette to ship a handful of her wanna-be boyfriends packing, Thurston didn’t hesitate to offer 7 fellows the outdated heave-ho. 

Thurston lower off any budding romances with seven of her hopeful beaus, refusing to supply any of them a rose.

Gabriel, Austin, Brandon, Landon, Jeff, Marcus and Marty all fell sufferer to her first spherical of cuts. Her 23 remaining beaus bid the guys a kindly farewell. 


Thanks to an end-of-show sneak peek at what’s to come back throughout Thurston’s reign as primetime’s most-wanted babe, die-hard residents of Bachelor Nation can anticipate a bunch of “Katie” cheers and an entire lot of heartbreaking tears. 

Fans have already taken to Twitter with their predictions on which of the guys Thurston will provide her closing rose to — and everybody thinks it’ll be Greg.