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The new series of The Batchelor UK kicked off on Channel 5 on Monday night.
And, in the show's first episode, the 17 single ladies vying for Alex Marks', 31, affections were brutally cut down to 13 as FOUR were axed in the very dramatic first episode.
Show - Host - Mark - Wright - Twist
The show's host Mark Wright, 32, lay down the first twist when he revealed that two women would be leaving before getting the chance to meet the the 6'6" bachelor.
After the 17 contestants arrived in Cape Town, the presenter threw the massive curveball, explaining that they would have just a minute each to prove themselves - to each other.
Mark - Monologue - Women - Competition - Votes
Mark revealed that after their short monologue, they would then vote for the two women they believed least deserved to stay in the competition, and announced: 'the two with the most votes must leave the show immediately'.
After hearing the girls bare their souls - with many recalling previous relationships, which left them heartbroken - they voted.
Women - Tears - Process - Ordeal - Others
While some women broke down in tears, finding the process an ordeal, others voted tactically, in order to better their chances in the show.
In the end, Mark instructed an extremely shocked Natasha and pilates instructor Faran, 35, to leave immediately.
Ladies - Goodbyes - Contestants - Extent - Women
Whilst the ladies gave their hasty goodbyes, fellow contestants considered the extent to which the other women voted tactically.
With 15 women left, one-by-one they met bachelor Alex, with circus performer Georgie, 30, leaving her mark. Making a bare-foot entrance dancing with fire.
Beauty - Claudia - Sultry - Costume - Arrival
Half-Egyptian half-Columbian beauty Claudia, 25, donned a sultry but sophisticated belly dancing costume for her arrival.
Events coordinator Alicia, 25, strode towards handsome businessman Alex clad in a sequin silver jumpsuit, holding a home-made cherry pie, but awkwardly forgot the bachelor's name within minutes.
Brand - Manager - Tonique - Hunk - Towards
Brand manager Tonique, 28, bowled over the hunk as she sashayed towards him in a...
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