'The Bachelorette' premieres with Clare Crawley being smitten with Dale Moss and cutting eight bachelors
By Steven Rogers, 10/14/2020
The Bachelorette star Clare Crawley eliminated eight bachelors and narrowed her group of 31 suitors to 23 bachelors during Tuesday night's premiere of Season 16 on ABC.
After a night of interesting introductions and a decision to give Dale Moss her first impression rose during the season's opening cocktail party, Clare handed out roses to additional 22 guys at the first Rose Ceremony of The Bachelorette season.
The Bachelorettebachelors Clare ousted at the Rose Ceremony were AJ Jalawan, a 28-year-old software salesman from Playa del Rey, CA; Chris Conran, a 27-year-old landscape design salesman from Salt Lake City, UT; Jeremy Higgins, a 40-year-old banker from Washington, District of Columbia; and Jordan Manier, a 30-year-old cyber security engineer from Santa Monica, CA.
In addition, Mike Tobin, a 38-year-old digital media adviser from Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Page Pressley, a 37-year-old chef from Austin, TX; Robby Stahl, a 31-year-old insurance broker from Tampa, FL; and Tyler Cottrill, a 27-year-old lawyer from Morgantown, WV were also cut from at Season 16's first Rose Ceremony.
Per the show's usual format, the Night 1 cocktail party began with each of The Bachelorette bachelors individually exiting a limo and introducing themselves to Clare, who made no secret she was immediately taken with Dale, a 31-year-old former college basketball and football player from Brandon, SD.
"I knew it... I definitely feel like I just met my husband!" Clare gushed toThe Bachelorettecrew members as she attempted to compose herself after Dale's introduction ended and he walked away.
Clare's "I knew it" comment appeared to be a reference to her prior admission that she had researched her previously-announced group of bachelors online after March's outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic forced the start of the production of The Bachelorette season to suddenly be postponed for four months.
"Yeah!" a beaming Clare replied. "Every other guy [I] felt confident with, but with Dale everything else went dark around me! I don't even know what I just said -- did I sound okay? Did I say anything at all??"
"Wow -- you really got hit?" Chris said.
"I felt everything that I haven't felt ever!" Clare exclaimed.