Rachel Lindsay's Season of 'The Bachelorette' Begins on 'After the Final Rose' -- Meet Her First 4 Suitors!
By Jennifer Drysdale
The "Bachelor first" has finally been revealed!
After weeks of speculation, Monday night's The Bachelor: After the Final Rose saw the "historic" announcement that Rachel Lindsay's Bachelorette journey has already begun!
That's right, Chris Harrison revealed that Lindsay would be meeting contestants from her season right there and then.
"The truth is it's actually a surprise for you," Harrison told Lindsay as a backdrop of the Bachelor mansion rolled up behind her. "We're starting your journey on The Bachelorette right now. You're about to meet a few of the guys that are vying for your heart."
"Oh no, I'm not ready," Lindsay replied as a limo pulled up outside. "I'm at a loss for words."
The 31-year-old attorney quickly found her words, however, as she was introduced to her first suitor, Demario.
"I'm extremely excited that you're the Bachelorette. You don't have to meet any more guys. I'm the guy for you," he said, revealing that he had already booked flights for him and Lindsay to fly to Las Vegas to elope -- and bought a ring!
After a quick hug, Lindsay's next guy, Blake, appeared.
"You look good. You smell good," he confessed, before cuddling up to the Dallas native to help her feel "more comfortable."
"Go ahead and take pictures now. This will be our first..." he joked to the audience before giving Lindsay one more hug on his way inside the mansion to the other side of the sound stage.
Next was Dean, who made the very bold confession that "I'm ready to go black and I'm never going to go back."
And lastly, there was Eric from Baltimore, who sweetly declared Lindsay's journey to find love a "miracle season."
"What's meant to be will be, and I'm looking forward to getting to know you," he gushed before the two engaged in a super-awkward-yet-very-cute dance party.
While Lindsay declined to state whether or not she just met her husband, she did admit there was definitely "potential."
"If I can keep meeting men like that, [then we can keep doing the introductions live]," she told Harrison.
ET caught up with Lindsay at the "Women Tell All" taping last month, where she opened up about what she was looking for in a husband.
"I obviously expect to see a wider pool of African-American men just because that's me, but what I'm excited about is I'm hoping that my cast reflects what America looks like," she shared. "I don't [exclusively] date African-American men, I've dated all races before, and so I'm hoping the cast reflects what America looks like and I'm excited that my season is hopefully the one that has the opportunity to do that."
"I need you to be able to talk sports -- you don't have to play them, but be familiar with them. Bad breath is a deal breaker, and then I need a guy that knows exactly what he wants," she said. "I don't need you to be indecisive, I don't need you to be just a dreamer, I need you to be very self-aware and confident… and there's a fine line between that. I can't stand a cocky guy. That is a deal breaker for me."
See more on what to expect from Lindsay's season of The Bachelorette in the video below.