'The Bachelor': 27 ladies and counting
January 7th, 2014
02:28 PM ET

'The Bachelor': 27 ladies and counting

For the next few months, ABC isn't airing a show about "The Bachelor."

It's all about "El Bachelor," as the reality show's latest seeker of life-long love, Juan Pablo Galavis, likes to call himself.

On Monday's two-hour premiere, the 32-year-old single dad, a former pro soccer player who originally hails from Venezuela and is the series' first non-white "Bachelor," had to wade through 27 potential matches. (According to Chris Harrison, there were 27 women instead of the usual 25 because of the "overwhelming response" ABC received after Juan Pablo was announced as the next bachelor.)

The usual method for introducing the contestants - a grand limo pulls up, and out steps a woman fully made up in her best evening attire - went mainly without a hitch, although there's always at least one person who tries out a "unique" way of standing apart. This season, that woman was Clare, who showed up pretending to be pregnant as a joke.

An odd choice for sure, but apparently it worked: "I LOVED IT," Juan Pablo enthusiastically blogged on People.com after the show. "When I saw her step out, I was like, 'OMG' but after a second and seeing that kind of weird shape on her belly, I was like, 'Ohhh, good one.'" It probably helped that it was an easy way of remembering who she was, since JP (as we'll call him) claimed that "after the first half of the girls, I was a MESS because they were all so beautiful that I already lost track of them!"

Although another woman, Lauren, tried to woo Juan Pablo with her talent - she made her entrance on an ill-advised piano bike - it was opera singer Sharleen who made a stronger musical impression.

"Sharleen came all the way from Germany to meet me! I was so impressed by her beauty, by her job as an opera singer and that she tiene mundo/has worldliness," Juan Pablo gushed in his blog post. "I absolutely do not regret giving her that rose because I really want to spend more time with her – plus I can't wait to hear her sing."

As sweet as he is, Juan Pablo did have to break a few hearts on Monday night. One of them was Kaylie, a 23-year-old interior designer who mistakenly thought she heard him call her name - only to realize he was giving the rose to someone else. "I almost died because I felt so bad," Juan Pablo said. "I hope some day she forgives me."

That's not the only apology he's handed out. On Twitter, Juan Pablo encouraged another spurned contestant, Lacy, to keep looking for love.

What did you think of the new El Bachelor? Ratings show ABC's "Juan-uary" is off to a solid start: Monday's premiere was up 17 percent from last January, making it "The Bachelor's" best debut in three years.

soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Lorna

    He is so boring, and so is Shawn who is getting married on tv this week.
    The bachelorettes should not cry over these clowns they are nobody. just men.

    January 14, 2014 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. J Bradford

    I'll watch when they have a Black bachelor. Now that will be good.

    January 14, 2014 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  3. Elizabeth

    I'm watching for the drama but am seriously underewhelmed by Juan Pablo.

    January 13, 2014 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. older woman

    How are you

    January 8, 2014 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. Georgi

    He looks like a Ken doll(in the first picture). Blondes are not my type but he is attractive.

    January 7, 2014 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. m.

    So, the cat is out of the bag. It was revealed today that Juan Carlo is a deadbeat dad where paying his child support is concerned.

    January 7, 2014 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Laura

      Not sure that your source for this statement is reputable. He has custody of his daughter, and it is usually the noncustodial parent who pays child support, not the parent who feeds, clothes, and takes care of the child's needs on a daily basis.

      January 8, 2014 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • m.

      Laura – His wife has custody of their daughter. While she and Juan have a good relationship she was forced to take him to court to collect owed child support. His salary has been garnished by the court.

      January 9, 2014 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
    • findingalicia5683

      Who is Juan Carlo? You must be commenting on the wrong article as this is about Juan Pablo.

      January 10, 2014 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sokman

    He's pretty cute. I'd do him.

    January 7, 2014 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cosmotologist

      Not me. I don't care for his hair. I think it makes him look sneaky.

      January 7, 2014 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jose'

    Frijoles pintos son muy buenos.

    January 7, 2014 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Slobowitz

    Is he here legally?
    What some guys won't do for a green card...

    January 7, 2014 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Firsty the Snowman

    Lil Webster is all grown up.

    January 7, 2014 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |

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