Here’s a by-the-numbers snapshot of ABC’s revised plans for The Bachelor next month: Season 23, 30 women, one dude and three hours. The network said today that the live season bow of its winter reality staple has been expanded by an hour and now will start at 8 p.m. Monday, January 7.
The supersized premiere is rare but not unprecedented. Season 19 with Iowa farmer Chris Soules in 2015 also launched with a three-hour tour.
ABC today also ID’d the bachelorettes who will be seeking that elusive rose from Colton Underwood, the ex-NFL player who charmed Becca Kufrin last season but was sent home single after averring that he had fallen in love. Read their names, jobs and hometowns below.
This new season will follow romantic excursions that take Underwood and the women to such far-off lands as Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Portugal — along with the suitee’s hometown of Denver.
The network added that it will be checking in on some Bachelor Nation viewing parties from across the country during the premiere, which also will feature a sit-down with Underwood and host Chris Harrison.
Here are the 30 contestants vying for the Bachelor’s affections this coming season:
Alex B., 29, a dog rescuer from Vancouver
Alex D., 23, a sloth from Boston
Angelique, 28, a marketing salesperson from Hamilton, NJ
Annie, 23, a financial associate from New York City
Bri, 24, a model from Los Angeles
Caelynn, 23, Miss North Carolina 2018 from Charlotte, NC
Caitlin, 25, a realtor from Toronto
Cassie, 23, a speech pathologist from Huntington Beach, CA
Catherine, 26, a DJ from Fort Lauderdale, FL
Courtney, 23, a caterer from Atlanta
Demi, 23, an interior designer from Red Oak, Texas
Devin, 23, a broadcast journalist from Medford, OR
Elyse, 31, a makeup artist from Soldotna, AK
Erika, 25, a recruiter from Encinitas, CA
Erin, 28, Cinderella from Plano, Texas
Hannah B., 23, Miss Alabama 2018 from Tuscaloosa
Hannah G., 23, a content creator from Birmingham, AL
Heather, 22, never been kissed from Carlsbad, CA
Adrianne “Jane,” 26, a social worker from West Hollywood, CA
Katie, 26, a medical sales representative from Sherman Oaks, CA
Kirpa, 26, a dental hygienist from Whittier, CA
Laura, 26, an accountant from Dallas
Nicole, 25, a social media coordinator from Miami
Nina, 30, a sales account manager from Raleigh, NC
Onyeka, 24, an IT risk consultant from Dallas
Revian, 24, an esthetician from Santa Monica
Sydney, 27, an NBA dancer from New York City
Tahzjuan, 25, a business development associate from Castle Pines, CO
Tayshia, 28, a phlebotomist from Corona del Mar, CA
Tracy, 31, a wardrobe stylist from Los Angeles