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Sonoma 'Bachelor' tries his hand at love again

  • THE BACHELOR - Millions of viewers shared the heartbreak of Ben Flajnik (pronounced Flannick) when his soulful and heartfelt proposal was rejected by Ashley Hebert in the emotional finale of last season's "The Bachelorette." Now Ben is ready to put all the disappointment and hurt behind him in order to move on with his life, his phenomenal success as a businessman and his search for the right woman to be his wife and to start a family with, as he stars in the next edition of ABC's hit romance reality series, "The Bachelor," when it returns to ABC in January 2012. (ABC/CRAIG SJODIN)

When 25 women are competing for one man, it's a good idea to make a grand entrance. Even when it's on the show "The Bachelor," and The Bachelor is a friendly, down-to-earth guy like Ben Flajnik of Sonoma.

It worked for Lindzi, a bachelorette from Seattle, who rode in on a horse to meet Flajnik at the Bachelor mansion. It was one of a few moments that seemed to have romantic potential on the show Monday night on ABC, the first episode of the season starring Flajnik.

"Can I help you down from there?" Flajnik asked.

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"Yes," Lindzi replied. "You're cute."

"You're beautiful," Flajnik said.

Flajnik later gave Lindzi the "first impression" rose, signaling that she was welcome to stay for anther week. "I'm not giving this to you because of the horse," Flajnik said. "I liked the conversations that we had. You seem down to earth, and I like funny girls."

Another woman, Brittney, brought her grandmother along, who sat down with Flajnik and told him about Brittney's good qualities. When Flajnik walked her to the limo, the grandmother said she hoped to see him next on her Brittney's wedding day.

Flajnik seemed a bit overwhelmed, and appeared to let the women take the lead in making small talk out of the limo.

"I've got a lot of wonderful women, and this is just going to be ridiculous," Flajnik said. "This is going to be so hard."

"I have the biggest crush on you," said Courtney, a model, after stepping out of the limousine in sparkling heels. "I like your hair," she said.


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