'Bachelor' recap: Introducing Matt James and 32 contestants vying for his heart

Past "Bachelor" contenders weigh in on the highly anticipated premiere and the record number of applicants that showed interest in the former football player turned real estate broker.
2:07 | 01/05/21

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Now to last night's big bachelor premiere introducing us to Matt James. This season the show received the most applications to compete ever. Lara is back with more and the bachelor nation couple dishing out advice for both Matt and the women. Hey, Lara. Hey, Michael. Yeah, we got it all. More than 6,000 politics tried out for in "The bachelor." More women than ever before and that means more pressure for the bachelor. Take a look. My name is Matt James. I'm 28 years old. And I'm the bachelor. Bachelor Matt James kicking off his search for love Monday night with a record number of women applying to be on this season. One contestant even giving the bachelor a survival kit to prepare. Another declaring herself queen. I'm Victoria like the queen. And Kaili rolled up in a pickup truck. Telling Matt Harrison he had never been in love. Being vulnerable in the past led to heartbreak but part of the process is letting my guard down. Starting off the cocktail party with a prayer than the traditional toast. Dear heavenly father, thank you for bringing us all together healthy. Give these women the courage to get through these next few months. Reporter: A night of first jitters, first impressions and some sparks. That bachelor nation super couple SHAWN and Katherine remember all too well. The whole experience was so surreal but at the same time it was really exciting because I didn't know who was going to step out in the limo. If you don't have jitters you probably don't have a pulse. Reporter: Their advice, be present. As crazy as it is be in the moment with every woman you have a conversation with. Reporter: Their advice to the women competing for his heart. Trying to fake it or be something you're not he's going to eventually see that. Another thing is don't talk about the other girls to him. Just don't do it. It never works. It never helps. Good advice. And "The bachelor" continues next Monday night at 8:00 P.M.

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