Texas-raised, all-American entrepreneur Sean Lowe and dashing European race car driver Arie Luyendyk, Jr. are as different as night and day – but the friendship they formed while filming The Bachelorette Season 8 has bonded them for life.

So it was especially cool to see Arie drop by for a surprise visit — and some kissing lessons — with his buddy Sean prior to Sean’s first night at the Bachelor mansion. Speaking exclusively with Wetpaint Entertainment, Arie talks about why he thinks Sean will bring something new to the job — and which girls he already thinks may be Sean’s perfect match!

Wetpaint Entertainment: You and Sean don’t exactly have a lot in common, but you’re still really good friends…
Arie: Being in the Bachelorette house is a hard experience to explain to people. But when you share it with other guys and you go as far as Sean and I did, you definitely grow close. So although we’re different people, the experience left us with a solid friendship. I’m so happy I was able to come by, give him some advice and hang out before he kicked things off.

Do you think he’s going to make a good Bachelor?
I think he’s going to make a great Bachelor. He’s really good at reading people and I know he believes in the process. The only thing he’s going to have to work on is opening up more than he did on The Bachelorette. He’s going to have to learn to harness his emotions and let people in.

How do you think he did on his first night?
Really well. His direct approach by giving girls the roses throughout the night was cool and refreshing to watch. As someone who’s been on the other side of it, I think that’s a better way to do it. It’s more natural - you get to give it to someone at the perfect moment rather than waiting all night. I hope he continues to do that.

What did you think of Lindsay Yenter, who entered in a bridal gown and attempted to kiss Sean on the lips when she first met him?
I think the dress was funny but it was way too soon for the kiss. You can tell it caught him off guard — and not in a good way. He’s a gentleman and that kind of aggressive approach is not going to work with him.

So then I assume you weren’t a fan of Ashley P.’s 50 Shades of Grey approach?
Oh my god, I was scared to death of her. I think all of America should be afraid!

Ok, so who are you liking for Sean so far?
Tierra [LiCausi] was so bubbly and happy. She has an infectious smile and seems really fun to hang out with. I get why he gave her the rose right away. And I think Selma [Alameri] is just totally hot. If it was me up there, that’s who I would have given my first rose to. He seemed to have a really strong reaction to Catherine [Giudici], you could just tell he was into her. Desiree [Hartsock] I like because she seems really witty and comfortable with herself. And if you can find a way to be comfortable on this show, you’ll do well because your personality will be able to shine. Last, I was really happy for Sarah [Herron]. I’m pulling for her. You could tell how happy she was when she got a rose.