ABC’s “The Bachelor” Kicks Off the New Year with a Bang

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03 January 2019
The Bachelor
Courtesy of ABC
“The Bachelor”
Season Premiere Monday, January 7, with a 3-Hour
LIVE Special from 8 to 11 PM ET
on ABC
           What does a pageant star who calls herself the “hot-mess express,” a confident Nigerian beauty with a loud-and-proud personality, a deceptively bubbly spitfire who is hiding a dark family secret, a California beach blonde who has a secret that ironically may make her the Bachelor’s perfect match, and a lovable phlebotomist all have in common? They’re all on the hunt for love with Colton Underwood when the 23rd edition of ABC’s hit romance reality series The Bachelor. Bachelor Nation viewing parties from across the country will be featured during the live, three-hour premiere.
          Before his journey begins, Colton sits down with Chris Harrison for a frank discussion about the backlash he received after he was announced as the new Bachelor and his readiness to become a husband.  What about the fantasy suites? Colton wants to keep an open mind – anything is possible. However, he is somewhat nervous at the prospect of simultaneously juggling 30 smart, beautiful women.

          The Bachelor’s anxiety is only matched by that of the group of eager, accomplished women, who want to make a lasting first impression and finally meet their possible future husband. Once the Bachelor enters the mansion, all bets are off and the race to find love is on. Colton is swept away by a very assertive woman, and he is surprised at how much chemistry he feels with some of the women - there are even a few kisses. One persistent lady steals him away four times, much to the dismay of the others. Will the aggressive moves impress Colton or turn him off? Although the women scramble to get time with him to earn the coveted first impression rose, he ends up giving it to the lady who helped him feel the most comfortable in this very new situation.
          At the end of the night, 23 bachelorettes remain to embark on wild romantic adventures with Colton around the world and attempt to become the love of his life. This season, romantic excursions will take Colton and the women to spectacular places around the globe, including Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Portugal, and even to Colton’s hometown of Denver, Colorado.
The Bachelor
Photo: ABC/Rick Rowell
          Romantic and adventurous dates will test the women’s perseverance in pursuing their romantic objective, along with fun, exciting and exotic dates that will elicit real and raw passions. Happily married couple and huge Bachelor fans, Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, are on hand to offer some unconventional advice and unusual performance tips to a group of the women who must share their personal stories with Colton about their “firsts.”
          Actor/comedian Billy Eichner oversees a fierce summer camp-type competition as some of the bachelorettes relive their childhoods. Terry and Rebecca Crews put a group of powerful and passionate women through the “Bachelor Strongest Woman” competition, with Chris Harrison and Fred Willard adding the play-by-play. Up-and-coming country star Tenille Arts performs her hot new song, I Hate This, for Colton and one special lady. Country superstar Brett Young sings his hit “Here Tonight” as Colton surprises one of his wonderful dates.
The Bachelor
Photo: ABC/Craig Sjodin
          As the journey continues internationally, relationships have a chance to flourish and more surprises await the unsuspecting Bachelor. Will Colton open his heart and find the woman of his dreams who will love him back?
The 30 women who will vie for Colton’s heart are the following:
  Alex B., 29, a dog rescuer from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  Alex D., 23, a sloth from Boston, Massachusetts
  Angelique, 28, a marketing salesperson from Hamilton, New Jersey
  Annie, 23, a financial associate from New York, New York
  Bri, 24, a model from Los Angeles, California
  Caelynn, 23, Miss North Carolina 2018 from Charlotte, North Carolina
  Caitlin, 25, a realtor from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  Cassie, 23, a speech pathologist from Huntington Beach, California
  Catherine, 26, a DJ from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
  Courtney, 23, a caterer from Atlanta, Georgia
  Demi, 23, an interior designer from Red Oak, Texas
  Devin, 23, a broadcast journalist from Medford, Oregon
  Elyse, 31, a makeup artist from Soldotna, Alaska
  Erika, 25, a recruiter from Encinitas, California
  Erin, 28, Cinderella from Plano, Texas
  Hannah B., 23, Miss Alabama 2018 from Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  Hannah G., 23, a content creator from Birmingham, Alabama
  Heather, 22, never been kissed from Carlsbad, California
  Adrianne “Jane,” 26, a social worker from West Hollywood, California
  Katie, 26, a medical sales representative from Sherman Oaks, California
  Kirpa, 26, a dental hygienist from Whittier, California
  Laura, 26, an accountant from Dallas, Texas
  Nicole, 25, a social media coordinator from Miami, Florida
  Nina, 30, a sales account manager from Raleigh, North Carolina
  Onyeka, 24, an IT risk consultant from Dallas, Texas
  Revian, 24, a nurse from Santa Monica, California
  Sydney, 27, an NBA dancer from New York, New York
  Tahzjuan, 25, a business development associate from Castle Pines, Colorado
  Tayshia, 28, a phlebotomist from Corona Del Mar, California
  Tracy, 31, a wardrobe stylist from Los Angeles, California

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