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The top 10 best arrivals to The Bachelor mansion

One Bachelor contestant rode in on a camel
The Bachelor is known for competitors making a big splash when each makes her entrance like Lacey Mark did while riding a camel. (Pic credit: The Bachelor/ABC)

Production for The Bachelor Season 25 is well under way, with a bevy of beautiful and gifted women vying for the attention of one eligible gentleman.

The ABC show is well known for driving all kinds of contestants crazy, especially when it comes to trying to make their first impressions, well, impressive.

The upcoming season with 28-year-old hunk Matt James in charge is set to air (hopefully) in early 2021, and is being filmed at Pennsylvania’s stunning Nemacolin Woodlands Resort rather than in Southern California as usual.

The entire season is taking place in a quarantine-style bubble due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but there will no doubt still be plenty of eye-catching arrivals from the women vying for Matt James’s heart.

Looking back, Bachelor fans have been treated to all sorts of jaw-dropping moments as female contestants engaged in some really trippy introductions in a bid to make their presence known.

Here are 10 of the best arrivals from previous contestants, all ingenious women who went the extra mile to create a first impression they hoped would mean nothing less than love at first sight.

Emily O’Brien (Season 16, The Bachelor Ben Flajnik)

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Emily O’Brien on The Bachelor. (Pic credit: The Bachelor/ABC)

Brainy epidemiologist Ph.D. student Emily O’Brien took her entrance for a love match very seriously when she headed into the Bachelor Mansion to seek Ben Flajnik’s favor by bringing along a container of hand sanitizer and a bottle of breath spray.

Not only was Emily showing the Sonoma winemaker that she was not about to give him a sexually transmitted disease should they cement their relationship, but she also made sure he smelled fresh should their closeness make this an important element in their own particular dating circumstances.

Emily was a winner at this pre-pandemic game, but not in her quest for a spouse on national TV. To her credit, the intelligent woman hung tough in the race for The Bachelor’s proposal until week 7 of Season 16. So, if nothing else, she did enjoy a bunch of air time, which is nothing to, uh, sniff at.

Erin Landry (Season 23, Colton Underwood)

Making a grand entrance was how Erin Landry decided she would snag Colton Underwood‘s focused attention. The Bachelor for Season 23 saw the lovely Texan put on her best Cinderella act as she pulled up to the Mansion in a decked-out horse-drawn carriage.

Erin laid it on thick as she spoke to the man in charge.

“I’m here looking for my Prince Charming, so I really can’t wait to get to know you better. Come find me before the clock strikes midnight,” she said.

Then, as Erin left to enter the Mansion, she shed a strappy sandal a la Cinderella and her storied glass slipper.

Alas, all this Disney-esque hoopla did not earn Erin her happily ever after. Indeed, Colton eliminated her on the very same night she arrived at the venue, turning her reality show appearance into anything but the real-life fairytale she had hoped would come to pass.

Kylie Ramos (Season 24, The Bachelor Peter Weber)

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Former Bachelor competitor Kylie Ramos. (Pic credit: @kylieramos/Instagram)

Kylie Ramos did not necessarily convey love when she stepped out of the ubiquitous Bachelor limo while holding a 12-pack of condoms for her big reveal to Peter Weber during Season 24.

It didn’t take long before this lustful interlude was talked about by the beautiful blonde as she rocked a sparkly black gown and a really huge grin on her very pretty face along with her well-meaning present.

In response, the pilot of her affections looked a little red in the face at such a forward display.

Keltie Colleen (Season 15, The Bachelor Brad Womack)

Keltie Colleen on The Bachelor
Keltie Colleen on The Bachelor Season 15. (Pic credit: The Bachelor/ABC)

One contestant literally kicked up her proverbial heels when she met her Bachelor.

At the start of Season 15, former Radio City Music Hall Rockette Keltie Colleen (aka Keltie Knight) pushed Brad Womack to dance whereupon he joined her for some high kicks that had the pair moving almost in tandem in front of the Bachelor Mansion.

And, while the Canadian beauty’s efforts did not pay off as Brad wooed a gaggle of girls for the second time as The Bachelor on the ABC show, she did get a sassy smile out of her reluctant suitor. No rose, though, and hopefully, no regrets either.

Clare Crawley (Season 18, The Bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis)

Clare Crawley on The Bachelor Season 16
Clare Crawley on The Bachelor Season 18. (Pic credit: The Bachelor/ABC)

Was Clare Crawley with child when she showed up at The Bachelor Mansion to meet disarming Juan Pablo Galavis during Season 18?

That was what this intriguing contestant wanted him to believe as she did the pregnancy waddle before insisting her suitor touch her growing belly helped along by a handy prosthetic.

While she didn’t fool anyone, she did charm Juan Pablo. In fact, he picked her as a Bachelor finalist, proving that being pregnant isn’t always a dating deal-breaker.

Reegan Cornwell (Season 19,  The Bachelor Chris Soules)

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Reegan Cornwell made quite an entrance on The Bachelor Season 19. (Pic credit: The Bachelor/ABC)

One wannabe winner of The Bachelor did not wear her heart on her sleeve upon arrival at the mansion. Instead, human tissue dealer Reegan Cornwell walked up to Chris Soules at the beginning of Season 19, accompanied by an actual human heart.

Don’t worry. This contestant did not plan for an immediate transplant with her heaving specimen.

Instead, she carried the vital organ inside of a red-and-white cooler. That way, she had the necessary prop to show her conviction for falling in love with the guy who became known as Prince Farming.

Lacey Mark (Season 21, The Bachelor Nick Viall)

Lacey Mark on The Bachelor Season 21
Lacey Mark on The Bachelor Season 21. (Pic credit: The Bachelor/ABC)

Lacey Mark earns a place on this best arrival list if only because The Bachelor contender for Season 21 was able to procure a real live camel to use to try to knock Nick Viall off his feet.

After slipping into Nick’s arms as she slipped off her bumpy ride, this unconventional contestant from New York offered her very obvious verbal payoff: “I heard you like a good hump, and so do I.”

Forward much? Hmm.

Still, the Syracuse University grad stayed for a bit on The Bachelor that season, even earning a kiss and a rose after a group date that came with an entertaining wedding dress theme.

Lindsay Yenter (Season 17, The Bachelor Sean Lowe)

Lindsay Yenter on The Bachelor Season 17
Lindsay Yenter on The Bachelor Season 17. (Pic credit: The Bachelor/ABC)

Lindsay Yenter got straight to the point with Sean Lowe when the striking brunette met the disarming Bachelor stud while wearing a very frothy wedding dress.

To Lindsay, her choice of wardrobe was no veiled threat. Instead, being garbed in white was a direct bid to become Mrs. Lowe, forever and always.

Lindsay’s bold move paid off as she almost did earn her new moniker. Instead, though, she ended up as Lowe’s runner-up to eternal love. Close, but not quite the conclusion lovely Lindsay had originally been seeking.

Brittney Schreiner (Season 16, The Bachelor Ben Flajnik)

Brittney Schreiner on The Bachelor Season 16
Brittney Schreiner on The Bachelor Season 16. (Pic credit: The Bachelor/ABC)

Brittney Schreiner tried to fool Ben Flajnik during Season 16 by offering her grandmother Sheryl instead of herself when it came time for the crafty blonde to meet her potential mate. And her granny arrived on crutches no less.

Not only did Sheryl play the part of Brittney by showing up for Ben, but she also caused a lot of drama when this nana told him how much she was in love with the affable fellow.

Ultimately, the contestant’s reality show trick did not fly (not surprisingly), but the switcheroo did attract a lot of attention before The Bachelor Flajnik picked the next winning bachelorette on our list (see below).

Courtney Robertson (Season 16, The Bachelor Ben Flajnik)

Courtney Robertson on The Bachelor Season 16
Courtney Robertson on The Bachelor Season 16. (Pic credit: The Bachelor/ABC)

Never mind that Courtney was the contestant her contemporaries loved to hate during Season 16 of The Bachelor. She still won Ben’s Flajnik’s proposal.

With that in mind, consider her first appearance on the ABC show.

Without pause, she walked up to meet the haircut-challenged Bachelor rocking a stunning strapless gown made of black taffeta. Not one to start with small talk, Courtney simply ran her hands through Ben’s already messy mop and boldly stated what may have been obvious.

“I’m a model,” she uttered.

Then and there, the smitten guy melted right before America’s eye while on national television.

And the moral of this tale is…?

No manner of eye-catching props or catchy phrases can beat this simple approach to finding love on the small screen.

After all was said and handily done, this villain actually did get her man.

Hannah Brown (Season 24, The Bachelor Peter Weber)

Hannah Brown’s The Bachelor entrance in Season 24 is a bonus entry for this top 10 list.

That’s because her visit to the Bachelor Mansion at the top of Season 24 was not to compete but to merely check in with her former beau, Peter Weber.

The pilot and the lady actually had dated before his quest to find a mate on TV from among a couple of dozen single ladies. In fact, Hannah B. was merely on hand to give her former beau a good look at what he was going to be missing.

After that and well before the festivities went forward for the evening, she left.

However, Hannah B. did come back to see her former fling once again during episode 3 of that The Bachelor season. In fact, she popped up during one of Peter’s many dates. Apparently, this confident woman did not get enough talking done as she joined her replacements who were making their first impressions.

Talk about a reality show rule breaker!

Hollywood-based New Yorker and veteran journalist Jane Lasky has covered leisure activities for a very long time. She has written for Esquire, Vogue, Los Angeles... read more
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