Prince Farming is going to have his pick of princesses! An unprecendented number of women will be vying for Bachelor Chris Soules‘ attention when season 19 of ABC’s matchmaking reality show debuts next month. As revealed by the network on Thursday, Dec. 4, the 33-year-old Iowa native meets 30 potential soul mates on the Jan. 5 premiere — three more than Juan Pablo Galavis wooed on his season earlier this year.
Among the more than two dozen contestants are Brittany, a “WWE diva-in-training” from Florida; plus-size model Bo from California; cruise ship singer Carly from Texas; Nikki, a former NFL cheerleader from New York; and Reegan, a “cadaver tissue saleswoman” who arrives with “a heartfelt surprise in a medical cooler.” (How romantic!)
According to a press release, eight women will be eliminated during the first rose ceremony. The remaining 22 will compete for dates — and Soules’ heart — throughout the rest of the season, which contains what ABC calls “one of the most dramatic twists in Bachelor history.” (Dun dun dun!) Read Soules’ thoughts on being the next Bachelor.
Meet the 30 women below!
Alissa, 24, flight attendant, Hamilton, N.J.
Amanda, 24, ballet teacher, Lake in the Hills, Ill.
Amber, 29, bartender, Chicago, Ill.
Ashley I., 26, nanny, Wayne, N.J.
Ashley S., 24, hair stylist, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Becca, 25, chiropractic assistant, San Diego, Calif.
Bo, 25, plus-size model, Carpinteria, Calif.
Britt, 27, waitress, Hollywood, Calif.
Brittany, 26, WWE diva-in-training, Orlando, Fla.
Carly, 29, cruise ship singer, Arlington, Texas
Jade, 28, cosmetics developer, Los Angeles, Calif.
Jillian, 25, news producer, Washington, D.C.
Jordan, 24, student, Windsor, Colo.
Juelia, 30, esthetician, Portland, Ore.
Kaitlyn, 29, dance instructor, Vancouver, BC
Kara, 25, high school soccer coach, Brownsville, Ky.
Kelsey, 28, guidance counselor, Austin, Texas
Kimberly, 28, yoga instructor, Long Island, N.Y.
Mackenzie, 21, dental assistant, Maple Valley, Wash.
Megan, 23, makeup artist, Nashville, Tenn.
Nicole, 31, real estate agent, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Nikki, 26, former NFL cheerleader, New York City, N.Y.
Reegan, 28, cadaver tissue saleswoman, Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Samantha, 27, fashion designer, Los Angeles, Calif.
Tandra, 30, executive assistant, Sandy, Utah
Tara, 26, sport fishing enthusiast, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Tracy, 29, fourth grade teacher, Wellington, Fla.
Trina, 33, special education teacher, San Clemente, Calif.
Whitney, 29, fertility nurse, Chicago, Ill.
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