Meet the 32 Bachelorettes vying for Matt James’ heart

(The 32 who will compete on The Bachelor)

Thirty-two incredible women were on the hunt for love with Matt James when the exciting, landmark 25th edition of The Bachelor premiered on MONDAY, JAN. 4 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on ABC

At the end of night one, 24 lucky bachelorettes remained to toast the Bachelor and join him on the romantic adventure of a lifetime!

Matt James, the charismatic and engaging star of ABC’s hit romance reality series The Bachelor, will hand out the roses for its momentous 25th season. After meeting Matt as a prospective suitor for The Bachelorette, Bachelor Nation swooned when they learned he would take on the role as the lead of his own love story.

As the first Black Bachelor, Matt is the total package with strong family values and a great career, who has used his growing platform for good. His emerging legion of fans can’t wait to follow the 29-year-old real estate broker, entrepreneur and community organization founder on his journey to find love during this historic season.

THE BACHELOR – ABC’s “The Bachelor” stars Matt James. (ABC/Billy Kidd)

The North Carolina native went to Wake Forest University, where he majored in economics and played wide receiver for the football team. He went on to play professional football before moving to New York City, where he now resides.

His love of food and passion for giving back led to his creation of an organization that is designed to find creative ways to engage kids from underserved communities in New York City, encouraging physical and mental wellness while also giving them opportunities for new experiences throughout the city.

Said Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment: “Matt has been on our radar since February, when producers first approached him to join Bachelor Nation, as part of Clare’s season. When filming couldn’t move forward as planned, we were given the benefit of time to get to know Matt and all agreed he would make a perfect Bachelor. We know we have a responsibility to make sure the love stories we’re seeing onscreen are representative of the world we live in, and we are proudly in service to our audience. This is just the beginning, and we will continue to take action with regard to diversity issues on this franchise. We feel so privileged to have Matt as our first Black Bachelor and we cannot wait to embark on this journey with him.”

Although Matt hasn’t been in love before, he feels he is ready now to welcome it into his life—no matter what challenges he will face—as he starts his search for his happily ever after on The Bachelor in January.

The 32 women who will vie for Matt’s heart are the following:

Abigail, 25, a client financial manager from Beaverton, Ore.

THE BACHELOR – ABC’s “The Bachelor” stars Abigail. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

Alana, 26, a photographer from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

THE BACHELOR – ABC’s “The Bachelor” stars Alana. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

Alicia, 24, a professional ballerina from New York City, N.Y.

THE BACHELOR – ABC’s “The Bachelor” stars Alicia. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

Amber, 30, a nursing student from Costa Mesa, Calif.

THE BACHELOR – ABC’s “The Bachelor” stars Amber. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

Anna, 24, a copywriter from Chicago, Ill.

THE BACHELOR – ABC’s “The Bachelor” stars Anna. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

Bri, 24, a communications manager from San Francisco, Calif.

THE BACHELOR – ABC’s “The Bachelor” stars Bri. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

Carolyn, 30, a journalist from Los Angeles, Calif.

THE BACHELOR – ABC’s “The Bachelor” stars Carolyn. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

Casandra, 25, a social worker from Newport Beach, Calif.

THE BACHELOR – ABC’s “The Bachelor” stars Casandra. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

Chelsea, 28, a runway model from Brooklyn, N.Y.

THE BACHELOR – ABC’s “The Bachelor” stars Chelsea. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

Corrinne, 22, a marketing manager from Pomfret, Conn.

THE BACHELOR – ABC’s “The Bachelor” stars Corrinne. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

Emani, 25, a realtor from Albuquerque, N.M.

THE BACHELOR – ABC’s “The Bachelor” stars Emani. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

Illeana, 25, a health food developer from New York City, N.Y.

THE BACHELOR – ABC’s “The Bachelor” stars Illeana. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

Jessenia, 27, a social media marketer from San Antonio, Texas

THE BACHELOR – ABC’s “The Bachelor” stars Jessenia. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

Kaili, 26, a hostess from Chicago, Ill.

THE BACHELOR – ABC’s “The Bachelor” stars Kaili. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

Katie, 29, a bank marketing manager from Renton, Wash.

THE BACHELOR – ABC’s “The Bachelor” stars Katie. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

Khaylah, 28, a healthcare advocate from Durham, N.C.

THE BACHELOR – ABC’s “The Bachelor” stars Khaylah. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

Kimberly, 28, an airline recruiter from Seattle, Wash.

THE BACHELOR – ABC’s “The Bachelor” stars Kimberly. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

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Kit, 21, a fashion entrepreneur from New York City, N.Y.

THE BACHELOR – ABC’s “The Bachelor” stars Kit. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

Kristin, 27, an attorney from Jersey City, N.J.

THE BACHELOR – ABC’s “The Bachelor” stars Kristin. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

Lauren, 29, a corporate attorney from Miami, Fla.

THE BACHELOR – ABC’s “The Bachelor” stars Lauren. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

Magi, 32, a pharmacist from Adwa, Ethiopia

THE BACHELOR – ABC’s “The Bachelor” stars Magi. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

Mari, 24, a marketing director from Odenton, Md.

THE BACHELOR – ABC’s “The Bachelor” stars Mari. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

Marylynn, 28, an event coordinator from Studio City, Calif.

THE BACHELOR – ABC’s “The Bachelor” stars Marylynn. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

MJ, 23, a hairstylist from Hudson, Ohio

THE BACHELOR – ABC’s “The Bachelor” stars MJ. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

Pieper, 23, a graduate student from Happy Valley, Ore.

THE BACHELOR – ABC’s “The Bachelor” stars Pieper. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

Rachael, 24, a graphic designer from Cumming, Ga.

THE BACHELOR – ABC’s “The Bachelor” stars Rachael. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

Saneh, 25, an IT consultant from Denver, Colo.

THE BACHELOR – ABC’s “The Bachelor” stars Saneh. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

Sarah, 24, a broadcast journalist from San Diego, Calif.

THE BACHELOR – ABC’s “The Bachelor” stars Sarah. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

Serena C., 24, a flight attendant from San Francisco, Calif.

THE BACHELOR – ABC’s “The Bachelor” stars Serena C. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

Serena P., 22, a publicist from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

THE BACHELOR – ABC’s “The Bachelor” stars Serena P. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

Sydney, 28, a marketing specialist from Nashville, Tenn.

THE BACHELOR – ABC’s “The Bachelor” stars Sydney. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

Victoria, 27, a queen from Los Angeles, Calif.

THE BACHELOR – ABC’s “The Bachelor” stars Victoria. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

According to Deadline, the 25th season as expected, topped the ratings heap in broadcast primetime. The ABC reality competition delivered a 1.2 in the adults 18-49 demographic while 5 million viewers tuned in to watch a group of women make a memorable — and sometimes desperate — first impression on James.

The Bachelor lead into the debut of the Craig Ferguson-hosted trivia game show The Hustler (0.5, 1.99M). The duo gave ABC the overall win in the demo in Nielsen Live+Same Day fast nationals.

Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.

Hosted by Chris Harrison, The Bachelor is a production of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Unscripted Television. Mike Fleiss, Martin Hilton, Nicole Woods, Bennett Graebner, Peter Gust, Tim Warner, Louis Caric and Peter Geist are the executive producers.

SOURCE: ABC

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