Elise Mosca has received a lot of roses in her life, given her numerous wins in beauty pageants, but the single one she received Monday night was the most important one yet.
Mosca, a first-grade teacher from Forty Fort, is one of the contestants on the current season of “The Bachelor,” ABC’s hit romance reality series. She was one of the 18 women to whom Juan Pablo Galavis handed a single red-petaled flora near the end of the episode.
Those whom Galavis deemed worthy to receive a flower during the “rose ceremony” will return for the next episode, getting to know him better and trying to win his heart. The remaining nine were sent home, rejected. Mosca was probably near biting her nails during the rose ceremony, as she was second from last to be handed a rose.
It was the second night of a two-night season premiere for “The Bachelor,” and the episode in which Galavis, a former Venezuelan soccer player, first got to meet the 27 women vying for his affections.
When Mosca stepped out of a limousine, she scampered up to the bachelor in a silver sequined dress saying, “Oh my gosh, I’m so excited to meet you. … We actually have so many things in common,” she said before Galavis asked her name.
“Elise! My name is Elise,” she laughed, nearly forgetting to introduce herself before walking into the house to join the women who arrived before her and wait for Galavis to finish greeting the rest of his potential dates.
Mosca also was one of the women who were lucky enough to score some one-on-one time with Galavis outside the house while the rest of the women were inside partying and talking.
Galavis asked where she was from, and Mosca said she lived with her father in Forty Fort, Pa. He asked about her mother, and Mosca said she passed away, but she knows her mother wanted her “to find my prince.” Galavis told her she was “in the right place.”
“My mom is definitely with me,” Mosca said to the camera in an outtake. “I know when he looked into my eyes, there was something special, and I know that’s her. I know she has her hand on me and she’s just guiding me in the right direction for the right guy, and that’s Juan Pablo, so I’m just so grateful.”
In camera outtakes, some of the women said they thought one-on-one time with Galavis was important for staying in the competition. They called those who did already score some “aggressive” and said they needed to be more aggressive.