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.

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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.

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The Bachelorette bachelors 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 to The Bachelorette crew 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.

"Clare, did you say you think you may have just met your husband?" The Bachelorette host Chris Harrison asked Clare after appearing from off-screen.

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"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.

"I've been doing this a while [and] you are the first person that's stood here and said, 'I just met my husband,'" Chris replied.

"I felt it! I just know! I'm 39! Like you know these things! I know what I want, I know when I feel that feeling," Clare insisted.

"Um, you know there's [still] more [guys] to come?" Chris asked.

"I mean obviously I'd like to meet everybody, but man," Clare laughed.

After giving Dale her first impression rose during the cocktail party, Clare then proceeded to present roses to the following bachelors at The Bachelorette season's initial Rose Ceremony:

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- Ben Smith, a 29-year-old Army Ranger veteran from Venice, CA

- Bennett Jordan, a 36-year-old wealth management consultant from New York City, NY

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- Blake Monar, a 31-year-old male grooming specialist from Phoenix, AZ

- Blake Moynes, a 29-year-old wildlife manager from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

- Brandon Goss, a 28-year-old real estate agent from Cleveland, OH

- Brendan Morais, a 30-year-old commercial roofer from Milford, MA

- Chasen Nick, a 31-year-old IT account executive from San Diego, CA

- Demar Jackson, a 26-year-old spin cycling instructor from Scottsdale, AZ

- Uzoma "Eazy" Nwachukwu, a 29-year-old sports marketing agent from Newport Beach, CA

- Ed Waisbrot, a 36-year-old health care salesman from Miami, FL

- Garin Flowers, a 34-year-old professor of journalism from North Hollywood, CA

- Ivan Hall, a 28-year-old aeronautical engineer from Dallas, TX

- Jason Foster, a 31-year-old former pro football lineman from Arlington, VA

- Jay Smith, a 30-year-old fitness director from Fort Lauderdale, FL

- Joe Park, a 36-year-old anesthesiologist from New York City, NY

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- Jordan Chapman, a 26-year-old software account executive from New York City, NY

- Kenny Braasch, a 39-year-old boyband manager from Chicago, IL

- Riley Christian, a 30-year-old attorney from Long Island City, NY

- Tyler Smith, a 36-year-old music manager from Georgetown, TX

- Yosef Aborady, a 30-year-old medical device salesman from Daphne, AL

- Zac Clark, a 36-year-old addiction specialist from Haddonfield, NJ

- Zach Jackson, a 37-year-old cleaning service owner from St. George, UT

The Bachelorette's next Season 16 episode will air Tuesday, October 20 at 8PM ET/PT on ABC.

For spoilers on how Clare's The Bachelorette season will unfold, click here.

For spoilers about Tayshia Adams' portion of The Bachelorette season, click here.

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