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Move over, Erica Rose: New Houston hotties dazzle on The Bachelor, back flips and all

Move over, Erica Rose: New Houston hotties dazzle on The Bachelor, back flips and all

The Bachelor, Robyn, Houston, January 2013
Robyn PopTower.com
The Bachelor, Sean Lowe, January 2013, with rose
Sean Lowe Photo by Kevin Foley/ABC
The Bachelor, AshLee Frazier, January 2013
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The Bachelor, Robyn, Houston, January 2013
The Bachelor, Sean Lowe, January 2013, with rose
The Bachelor, AshLee Frazier, January 2013

The Bachelor roared back to the small screen this week with not one, but two Houstonians — both of whom survived the first elimination round to continue their quest for love in front of an audience of seven million Americans.

For the next 10 weeks, AshLee Frazier and Robyn Howard will attempt to date their way past 24 other women to earn the affections of fellow Texan Sean Lowe, the Dallasite who narrowly missed his chance with Emily Maynard on this past summer's Bachelorette.

For the next 10 weeks, our Houston contestants will attempt to date their way past 24 other women to  earn the affections of fellow Texan Sean Lowe.

While surely we will come to know just about every personal detail about the Bayou City contestants in the months ahead, this is what we know early in the game . . .

One of three "Ashleys" in this Bachelor cycle, ​AshLee is a nationally-certified personal organizer and the owner of Houston-based company, Love it! Organized. Raised in a pastor's home, the 32-year-old Houston native hopes her religious background will mesh well with bachelor Sean's open Christianity.

If AshLee could have lunch with anyone in the world, that person would be Adele.

A graduate of Sam Houston University, Robyn is a Houstonian through and though, working as an account manager for oil giant Baker Hughes by day and as a power dancer for the Houston Rockets by night.

According to her Bachelor bio, the most outrageous thing Robyn's ever done has been going on a stake out to stalk a friend's ex-boyfriend.

On Monday's premier — click here for the full episode — AshLee had a tough role to play as the first contestant out of the limo to meet Sean. Nevertheless, she manage to keep her cool, joking with the bachelor that "they saved the best for first."

In the end though, it was Robyn who scored one of the evening's grandest of entrances, as she stumbled through a series of back flips for her nationally-televised debut. Even with a few missteps, though, the gimmick seem to work on Sean, who appeared legitimately impressed.