One contestant even gave him a survival kit to prepare.
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"I got you a little stress ball because this can be stressful," she said.
Another declared herself a queen.
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But a Durham woman really made an impression.
Khaylah, a 28-year-old health advocate, rolled up in a pickup truck and shared a glass of sweet tea with James.
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"Any time I've gotten super close to a woman and you get to that point, 'should I say I love you, is she gonna say I love you?' You feel yourself backing up because I've seen how being vulnerable in the past has led to heartbreak and let down but part of this process will be letting my wall down and my guard down."
It was a first night of jitters, first impressions and sparks.
Bachelor super-couple Sean and Catherine remember that feeling very well.
"The whole experience for me was so surreal, but at the same time really exciting because I didn't know who was going to step out of the limo," Sean said.
Their advice for James was -- be present.
"As crazy as it is, try to be in the moment with every woman that you sit down and have a conversation with," Sean said.
James, 28, is from Raleigh. He graduated from Sanderson High School before playing football for Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem.