“The Bachelor” contestant Becca Tilley from San Diego. Courtesy ABC

A 25-year-old chiropractic assistant from San Diego was among 22 bachelorettes to receive a rose from ‘Prince Farming” Chris Soules on Monday night’s three-hour season premiere of “The Bachelor” on ABC, advancing to the second episode.

Becca Tilley said she can’t live without food, family friends, Wi-Fi and the on-demand video service Netflix; her biggest date fear is “having stomach issues and clogging up a toilet, a la the movie “Dumb and Dumber”; and calls “staying and living alone in California when my sister and brother- in-law went back home to Louisiana” her greatest achievement.

Tilley said one of her most embarrassing moments came when she was getting gasoline and the attendant asked, “What kind of gas do you like?”

“I thought he asked, ‘What kind of guys do you like?’ and I responded, ‘Tall, dark and handsome,”‘ she said. “He just stared at me and repeated the question.”

Soules, a 32-year-old farmer from Arlington, Iowa, was third on this summer’s season of “The Bachelorette.” He said his experience on “The Bachelorette” made him realize that love is really out there and is confident he will find it on “The Bachelor.”

This season, the series’ 19th, will include six women competing in a tractor race in their bikinis; an episode hosted by talk show host Jimmy Kimmel; an episode inspired by the upcoming Disney film “Cinderella,” where Soules’ sisters help choose which woman is most deserving of a fairy godmother and a night at a ball; a mud run in wedding dresses in San Francisco; and a private concert by the country duo Big and Rich in Deadwood, South Dakota, for Soules and one woman.

The 2014 season of “The Bachelor” was its most-watched since 2011 and won its Monday 8-10 p.m. time slot among its core demographic of women ages 18- 34.

The 2013 season resulted in the only time a bachelor has married the woman to whom he presented the final rose, Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici. Jason Mesnick, the bachelor in the 2009 season, married runner-up Molly Malaney.

— City News Service

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