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Juan Pablo Galavis went to second base with Nikki Ferrell, 'The Bachelor' host Chris Harrison says


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 01/07/2014 

Juan Pablo Galavis got to second base on his very first night as The Bachelor star when he met bachelorette Nikki Ferrell, according to host Chris Harrison.

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"Nikki came out and did the pediatric nurse thing and I'm pretty sure he felt her up. She put his hand on her boob, but I think she meant to put it on her heart so that was the smoothest move by far and we've never had anybody get to second base on Night 1," Harrison told TV Guide in an interview.

Harrison said Ferrell's entrance wasn't the only introduction that stood out during Monday night's The Bachelor premiere.

"[Clare Crawley] doing the whole pregnancy trick was like taking [Lindsay Yenter]'s wedding dress [from Sean Lowe's season] and going two more steps, but he found it endearing and liked it. [Lucy Aragon] came out as the free spirit with no shoes and you can definitely see they might be oil and water," Harrison explained.

"For some reason, he was really taken more by [Lauren Solomon], the piano player, than anybody else. It wasn't that big of a stunt, but he continues to talk about it. So again she really made an impression on him even though I didn't think it was that great."

But Sharleen Joynt obviously made the biggest impact on Galavis during the night, as the Bachelor decided to give her the first-impression rose. However, Joynt surprisingly wasn't really feeling Galavis in return, and she was seemingly the only girl in the house who wasn't completely infatuated.

"That was easily the first time someone has thought twice about the first impression rose and I'm glad we showed it the way it happened. I think with the show you have to realize he's not the catch for everybody and not everyone is captivated, so I'm glad we showed Sharleen go, 'I'm not seeing fireworks,'" Harrison said.

"So I'm glad she admitted it because it's normal. She ended up accepting it because it was way too early to say no. I think that was her dilemma: Why would I go home now because maybe I'll like this guy? She's not the first person or the last to deal with that issue."

Harrison suggested it won't be easy to pick out Galavis' frontrunners this season.

"I think it'll be a hard season to pick the women he's attracted to because it's an interesting mix and it's hard to put a finger on his type. I'm really excited to see how people take him and everything that goes on because there was this initial infatuation with him, but there's more to life than a cute accent and good abs and therein lies what we're about to see this season," the host told TV Guide.

When reflecting on what Galavis brings to the table as the star of The Bachelor besides his abs and accent, Harrison actually admitted there were some big negatives in mind when producers cast him for the role.

"I was hesitant in that culturally it's a very different show with him. He's also very family-oriented and his daughter is very important to him so I was worried he wouldn't give in to the fantasy of The Bachelor. You really have to let go and give in to the process and I still don't know if he fully did," Harrison explained.

"He also didn't know about the show -- he didn't watch -- so a part of me was relieved that it was fresh to do it with someone who didn't know what was coming next, but at the same time, for someone who doesn't know what's coming, he had a hard time embracing it."

The bachelorettes may find Galavis' accent sexy, but his broken English has already presented a problem this season. During the season's first Rose Ceremony, Galavis called out the name "Kat" but Kylie Lewis thought her name had been announced.

"It was horrible. It was late and he has an accent and he whispers, so he whispers 'Kat' who is standing right behind Kylie and he looks right at Kylie, so she starts stepping forward and he's like, 'Kat,'" Harrison told TV Guide.

"She was mortified. The only thing that made it worse was the fact that she didn't get a rose. So not only did she step out and get embarrassed, but she was sent home."

(Photo credit ABC)


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