“The Bachelor” certainly had its share of memorable entrances during its season premiere Monday, but 32-year-old Clare Crawley managed to shock the show's latest hunk, Juan Pablo Galavis, when she showed up sporting a giant baby belly. Obviously trying to appeal to the single father’s paternal side, the hairstylist from Sacramento, Calif., looked like she could give birth at any minute when she exited the limo.
“I’ve seen that before!” the father of 4-year-old Camila exclaimed before declaring Clare's entrance “priceless.”
Juan Pablo looked like he wanted to rush her to the maternity ward rather than the mansion, but first, she gave him a message that would send most guys running.
"I know you have a daughter, and I know you want more children, and I was thinking maybe adding to it!" she declared.
(How about waiting until you've gotten that final rose ... or at least had a few dates first?)
Clare soon revealed that her baby bump was 100 percent fake, and encouraged the Venezuelan soccer player to touch the prosthetic belly.
“It’s so not real!” she exclaimed as he rubbed her tummy.
But her baby-bump fake-out paid off. Clare received the first rose from Juan Pablo during the rose ceremony, which earned her several glares from her fellow contestants.
The first ceremony of season 18 was also the setting for one of the most awkward moments in “Bachelor” history. Kylie Lewis excitedly stepped forward to accept a rose she thought was for her, only to find out that Juan Pablo had actually called the name of Kat Hurd, who was standing behind Kylie. (Give the girl a break. He does have a thick accent!)
Things got even more cringe-worthy when the 23-year-old interior designer realized her mistake and decided to try to use the situation to her advantage. “Can you take us both?” she asked.
Poor Juan Pablo seemed mortified and didn’t answer. Viewers soon found out why: He had no intention of giving Kylie a rose. As she realized she was one of the nine women being sent home, she muttered, “I’m going to throw up.”
There are 18 women left competing for Juan Pablo’s heart.
"The Bachelor" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC.