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ABC reveals the identities of its new 'The Bachelor' bachelorettes


By Christopher Rocchio, 09/18/2007 

ABC has announced the identities of the 25 women who will compete for the affection of Texas bar owner Brad Womack on The Bachelor's eleventh installment, which will premiere Monday, September 24 at 9:30PM ET/PT.

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Womack, a 34-year-old Austin, TX bar owner that the network describes as "a successful, self-made entrepreneur," has also earned the nickname "The Bachelor's own 'McSteamy'" from ABC.  After spending eight years working in oil fields Womack began bartending with his twin brother Chad.  Eight months after he began tending bar, Brad, Chad, and their other brother Wesley purchased their first bar.  Womack was 28 years old at the time of the 2001 purchase.  The brothers have since purchased three more bars in the last three years.

Like earlier The Bachelor editions, the reality dating series' eleventh season will begin with Womack -- who lived in a Malibu "bachelor pad" during the show's production -- meeting his 25 suitors during a cocktail party. 

Many of the women -- who are "knocked off their feet by the sexy, handsome Bachelor," according to ABC -- will apparently stop at nothing to make a memorable first impression on Womack, from a news anchor who interviews him "anchorwoman"-style to an acupuncturist who diagnosis Womack by "examining" his tongue.

The bachelorettes also don't waste anytime in trying to woo Womack, and their methods could be considered bizarre, as a professional cheerleader performs a routine for him; a law student contorts herself into a pretzel; a fellow Texan presents him with a yellow rose before singing "The Yellow Rose of Texas;" a graduate student reveals she has webbed toes; and a tipsy event planner goes on the hunt for a lost breast enhancer that doesn't actually exist.

All of this leads up to Womack presenting one of the 25 women with the show's "first impression" rose before eliminating 10 of the 25 women, leaving 15 to compete for his affections. 

Over the course of the competition he'll get to know some of the women better, taking them on dates such as a rendezvous in San Francisco and a helicopter ride to a secluded rooftop.  However it's not all fun and games, as suitors will be eliminated each week by Womack.

The Bachelor's eleventh installment will premiere immediately following the debut of Dancing with the Stars' fifth season.  Beginning October 1, The Bachelor will deflate back into its normal one-hour format and air Mondays at 10PM ET/PT.  As in previous The Bachelor editions, Chris Harrison will serve as the show's host.

The 25 bachelorettes appearing on The Bachelor's eleventh installment are:

- Bettina, a 27-year-old realtor who currently resides in Washington, DC

- DeAnna, a 25-year-old realtor who currently resides in Neunan, GA

- Erin, a 25-year-old publishing sales executive who currently resides in Tampa, FL

- Estefania, a 26-year-old executive assistant who currently resides in Atlanta, GA

- Hillary, a 27-year-old registered nurse who currently resides in Philadelphia, PA

- Jade, a 24-year-old boutique sales worker who currently resides in Nashville, TN

- Jenni, a 27-year-old Phoenix Suns cheerleader who currently resides in Wichita, KS

- Jessica, a 27-year-old news anchor who currently resides in Lady Lake, FL

- Juli, a 24-year-old law student who currently resides in Chicago, IL

- Kim, a 31-year-old realtor who currently resides in Woodbridge, CT

- Kristy, a 29-year-old acupuncturist who currently resides in Chicago, IL

- Lindsey, a 25-year-old model who currently resides in Livania, MI

- Lori, a 33-year-old biology teacher who currently resides in Annapolis, MD

- Mallory, a 24-year-old nanny who currently resides in Honolulu, HI

- McCarten, a 26-year-old account manager who currently resides in San Diego, CA

- Melissa, a 28-year-old event planner who currently resides in Westchester, NY

- Michele, a 30-year-old realtor who currently resides in South Brunswick, NJ

- Morgan, a 24-year-old graduate student who currently resides in Tempe, AZ

- Natalie, a 25-year-old law student who currently resides in Duncanville, TX

- Rigina, a 31-year-old account representative who currently resides in San Diego, CA

- Sarah, a 23-year-old bar manager who currently resides in O'Fallon, IL

- Sheena, a 23-year-old Internet marketing executive who currently resides in Walnut Creek, CA

- Solisa, a 25-year-old esthetician who currently resides in Georgetown, TX

- Susan, a 35-year-old project analyst who currently resides in St. Charles, IL

- Tauni, a 31-year-old emergency room nurse who currently resides in St. Louis Park, MN

(Photo credit ABC/Karen Neal)



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