The Bachelor Season 23 Preview Meet the Contestants (PHOTOS)

THE BACHELOR - "Episode 2301" - 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 BachelorÕs perfect match, and a lovable phlebotomist all have in common? TheyÕre all on the hunt for love with Colton Underwood when the 23rd edition of ABCÕs hit romance reality series "The Bachelor" premieres with a live, three-hour special on MONDAY, JAN. 7 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network.
FRONT: NICOLE. CAITLIN, ANGELIQUE, KATIE, CASSIE, COLTON UNDERWOOD, COURTNEY, KIRPA, ALEX D.TAHZJUAN, DEMI MIDDLE: HANNAH G, REVIAN, JANE, ONYEKA, TRACY, NINA, ELYSE, LAURA, ERIN, TAYSHIA, CAELYNN REAR: BRIANNA, DEVIN, HANNAH B, ANNIE, ERIKA, SYDNEY, HEATHER, ALEX B, CATHERINE (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

So, will Colton Underwood lose his virginity on the upcoming season of The Bachelor? Whoo boy. Season 23 kicks off on Monday Jan 7 with a big 3 hour premiere on the ABC network.

The 30 member cast includes: 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 (another virgin natch), and a lovable phlebotomist. 

Before his journey begins, Colton will sit down with host 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.

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 will remain. This season, romantic excursions will take Colton and the women to places around the globe, including Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Portugal, and even to Colton’s hometown of Denver, Colorado.

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 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 (not a typo…) 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, an esthetician 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

Plus, there will be a special guest appearance by Lucy, 70 (age in dog years, but she is actually 10), a pet Pomeranian from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

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