Since its premiere in 2002 The Bachelor has been all about finding love and in 2004, the sometimes controversial show, introduced the first impression rose. After skipping the first impression rose during season 6, it became a premiere staple from season 7 on. The first-night rose has played a bigger role, however, on The Bachelorette.
At times the First Impression Rose has been a clear indicator when it comes to who may end up with who.
DeAnna Pappas was the first lead to pick a first impression rose winner — Jesse Csincsak — during the season 4 finale of The Bachelorette in 2008. Two years later, Ali Fedotowsky got engaged to Roberto Martinez, who got the coveted rose on her season.
“If it were up to me when I was the Bachelorette, there would have been no season … [or] there would have a season and it would have been Frank [Neuschaefer] and Roberto the entire time,” Ali recalled on Us Weekly’s “Here for the Right Reasons” podcast in August 2020. “I knew night one, it was Frank and Roberto for me, I knew it, one or the other.”