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As previously announced, this season will be dedicated to the late Eric Hill, 32, who died tragically after concluding his filming of the show.
Andi, 27, who put her dream job of being an Atlanta assistant district attorney on hold to pursue her love of a lifetime, meets 25 potential soul mates as she begins her own search for true love. In the premiere, "Episode 1001," 25 eligible men come from all over to try and win Andi's heart. Her nervousness melts away as soon as she begins to meet the bachelors, who are just as anxious and excited as she is. Tasos, a romantic young musician, entices Andi by having her fasten a lock on a gate with him like the "Love Lock" on Paris' Bridge of Sighs. Cody shows off his physical prowess as a hunky personal trainer by pushing his limo up the driveway and Brett, a hairstylist with an off-beat sense of humor, offers her a curious gift - the floor lamp from his hotel room. Professional golfer Nick S. skips the limo and drives up in a golf cart. Eric, quite the world traveler, offers Andi a pair of dolls that a little girl in the Andes gave him for his future girlfriend. But it's party time when Craig makes a splash, uncorking a bottle of champagne in the driveway, spraying it everywhere.
The competition ramps up inside as a professional opera singer impresses Andi with his powerful voice. Marquel, who has quite the sweet tooth, treats The Bachelorette to a cookie tasting and Josh M., a former professional baseball player, whisks her away for some alone time.
When Chris Harrison brings out the coveted first impression rose, the men try anything to Capture that prize. But unbeknownst to the bachelors inside the house, there's one former Bachelorette cast member who is so infatuated with Andi that he flew across country and is trying to crash the party from outside the mansion gates. The uninvited guest hopes that he will be allowed to join the group of men vying for Andi's affections. Meanwhile, J J brings her a one-of-a-kind pair of pants he sewed just for her, and professional golfer Nick S. offers her a putting lesson. In her first key verdicts, Andi must decide whether to allow the party crasher to stay and who will get the first impression rose.
The other apprehensive men wait for the start of the season's first rose ceremony. Finally, Andi will have the 19 men who will move into mansion and continue on the quest for her heart.