‘The Bachelorette’ started last night — get to know the 4 men Rachel Lindsay met on live TV

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Warning: Minor spoilers for “The Bachelorette” season 13.

After an outpouring of support from fans, Rachel Lindsay, a beautiful Texas lawyer and sports lover, was chosen to be the next “Bachelorette” star.

Not only that, but Lindsay will also be ABC’s first black “Bachelorette.” While that move was technically “historic” — not to mention a long, long, long time coming — producers had another huge surprise planned on ABC’s “After the Final Rose.”

Chris Harrison teased it was “the most jaw-dropping event in Bachelor history” that would be “talked about and tweeted about like never before.” “This time, I’m not joking – it really will be that dramatic,” he insisted.

At the very end of “After the Final Rose,” we finally learned what it was: Lindsay — and America! — got to meet four of her future contestants.

rachel lindsay bachelorette after the final rose

Presented to the newest “Bachelorette” in front of a backdrop photo of the mansion and surrounded by fake trees (and a live studio audience), four men were trotted awkwardly out to meet Lindsay.

rachel lindsay bachelorette after the final rose

Because there were no pre-recorded intros or helpful lower thirds to tell viewers the age of the men or what they do for a living, all we had were their first names: Demario, Blake, Dean, and Eric.

Demario was out first. He brought alone two plane tickets — as well as a ring — if they decided they wanted to elope in Las Vegas.

“I’m extremely excited that you’re the Bachelorette,” he told Lindsay. “You don’t have to meet any more guys. I’m the guy for you.”

rachel lindsay bachelorette after the final rose

Next up was Blake, who had probably the most awkward moment of the entire ordeal when Lindsay went in for a hug, and he merely shook her hand before giving it a kiss.

rachel lindsay bachelorette after the final rose

“You look good, you smell good,” he told her. After pretending to pose with Lindsay for the cameras, he left with one more hug.

rachel lindsay bachelorette after the final rose

Dean was up next and though he seemed a little less nervous than Blake, his intro was extremely problematic.

“I’m ready to go black and I’m never going to go back,” he said.

rachel lindsay bachelorette after the final rose

Lindsay for her part took it in stride and sent him on his way, but Twitter lost its mind:

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And finally there was Eric from Baltimore, who said some sweet words to Lindsay before the pair broke out into some fun dance moves on stage.

“What’s meant to be will be, and I’m looking forward to getting to know you,” he said.

rachel lindsay bachelorette after the final rose

As for what she’s looking for in her contestants, Lindsay has spoken out about wanting a more diverse range of men this season.

“I’m hoping that as a black Bachelorette you’re going to get to see a more diverse cast,” Lindsay told The Hollywood Reporter, adding that she wants “a cast that’s reflective of what America looks like.”

“I don’t [exclusively] date African-American men, I’ve dated all races before, and so I’m hoping the cast reflects what America looks like and I’m excited that my season is hopefully the one that has the opportunity to do that,” she told E! Online.

Aside from asking ABC for diverse candidates, Lindsay also knows what she wants in the men.

“I need you to be able to talk sports — you don’t have to play them, but be familiar with them. Bad breath is a deal breaker, and then I need a guy that knows exactly what he wants,” she told E! Online. “I don’t need you to be indecisive, I don’t need you to be just a dreamer, I need you to be very self-aware and confident … and there’s a fine line between that I can’t stand a cocky guy. That is a deal breaker for me.”

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As for how these first four men stack up against other candidates this season, Realty Steve says viewers shouldn’t expect much. “And for the record, I’m pretty sure ABC chose those four guys for a reason — none of them are going to win,” he tweeted.

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“The Bachelorette” with Rachel Lindsay will premiere May 22, 2017.

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