Bachelor Ben Higgins was heartbroken when The Bachelorette’s Kaitlyn Bristowe sent him home without a rose. The soft-hearted computer salesman said it wasn’t easy for him to open up on the reality show because he had been hurt by women in the past. Although Higgins said he saw a “great life” with Kaitlyn, it simply wasn’t meant to be, and she chose Higgins’ fellow competitor Shawn Booth. However, that doesn’t mean he has given up on love. In January 2016, The Bachelor returns for its 20th season, and Ben will have 28 women fighting for his heart.
ABC revealed the identities of the 28 special women on Monday, December 7, and there are a few shocking contestants. According to the press release, two former Bachelor Nation contestants will be moving into the house: Becca, the runner-up on Chris Soules’ season, and Amber, who was also an alumna from Chris’ season and Bachelor in Paradise. Twins Emily and Haley will also be vying for Higgins love, along with the self-proclaimed cowgirl Maegan from Weatherford, Texas, and chicken enthusiast Tiara from Redmond, Washington.
— Reality Show Report (@RealityShowRept) December 4, 2015
Check out the rest of The Bachelor contestants, and their professions, below.
Amanda, 25, esthetician, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
Amber, 30, bartender, Chicago, Ill.
Becca, 26, chiropractic assistant, San Diego, Calif.
Breanne, 30, nutritional therapist, Seattle, Wash.
Caila, 23, software sales representative, Hudson, Ohio
Emily, 22, twin, Las Vegas, Nev.
Haley, 22, twin, Las Vegas, Nev.
Isabel “Izzy,” 24, graphic designer, Branford, Conn.
Jackie, 23, gerontologist, San Francisco, Calif.
Jami, 23, bartender, St. Albert, Alberta, Canada
Jennifer, 25, small business owner, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Jessica, 23, accountant, Boca Raton, Fla.
Joelle “Jo Jo,” 24, real estate developer, Dallas, Texas
Jubilee, 24, war veteran, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Lace, 25, real estate agent, Denver, Colo.
Laura, 24, account executive, Louisville, Ky.
Lauren “LB,” 23, fashion buyer, Stillwater, Okla.
Lauren B., 25, flight attendant, Marina Del Rey, Calif.
Lauren H., 25, kindergarten teacher, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Lauren R., 26, math teacher, Houston, Texas
Leah, 25, event planner, Denver, Colo.
Maegan, 30, cowgirl, Weatherford, Texas
Mandi, 28, dentist, Portland, Ore.
Olivia, 23, news anchor, Austin, Texas
Rachel, 23, unemployed, Little Rock, Ark.
Samantha, 26, attorney, New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
Shushanna, 27, mathematician, Salt Lake City, Utah
Tiara, 26, chicken enthusiast, Redmond, Wash.
Judging by the looks of the impressive list of contestants, Ben Higgins, the small-town guy from Warsaw, Indiana, won’t have an easy decision to make. Luckily, he will be getting some “gentlemanly advice” from three men who have been in his same shoes before. Former Bachelors Sean Lowe (Season 17), Jason Mesnick (Season 13), and last season’s Chris Soules will be arriving at the mansion to share their words of wisdom with Higgins before he meets the 28 ladies.
— BRIDES (@brides) December 8, 2015
Sean Lowe married Catherine Guidici in January 2014 after choosing her as the winner of Season 17. Jason Mesnick chose Melissa Rycroft as the winner of Season 13, but their love didn’t last. Mesnick ended up marrying his runner-up Molly Malaney, and the two have been together ever since and will celebrate their six-year wedding anniversary in February 2016. Chris Soules rejected last season’s Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe, who turned around and rejected Ben Higgins. Soules later chose Whitney Bischoff to win The Bachelor, but their relationship didn’t last, and they decided to go their separate ways in May.
“I’m single and doing my thing,” Soules said during an October interview with Us Weekly. “After dating 30 women and being engaged, I’m sort of taking a step back and trying to process things and get back into normal life. And then somebody will come along, I’m certain.”
The Bachelor returns on Monday, January 4, 2016, on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.
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