ABC reveals 'The Bachelor: London Calling' bachelorette identities
By Christopher Rocchio, 03/12/2008
ABC has revealed the identities of the 25 women who will compete for the affection of Matt Grant on The Bachelor: London Calling, the twelfth The Bachelor installment that will premiere Monday, March 17 at 9:30PM ET/PT.
The 27-year-old "global financier" and Bishop's Stanford native represents the first international star of The Bachelor in the show's history. According to ABC, the six-foot, five-inch blue-eyed Brit is "totally charming and [a] witty English gentleman [who] works with millionaire businessmen, but he has something on his mind that is more urgent than any business deal - he wants to find the love of his life and to start a family as soon as possible."
Similar to earlier The Bachelor editions, the reality dating series' twelfth season will begin with Grant -- 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 his handsome good looks, his sexy accent and his British sense of humor," according to ABC -- will apparently pull out all the stops to make a memorable first impression on Grant, from a pharmaceutical sales representative challenging him to an arm-wrestling match to a church marketing representative who bites a tin can in half.
The bachelorettes also don't waste anytime in trying to woo Grant, and their methods could be considered bizarre, as an aspiring singer croons him a tune she wrote just for him; a General Hospital actress boasts of her family's American acting credits; a fashion designer models a handmade dress; and a graduate student takes off her thong and slips it into his pocket.
All of this leads up to Grant 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.
The Bachelor: London Calling will premiere immediately following Dancing with the Stars'sixth-season debut. Beginning March 24, 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: London Calling are:
- Alyssa, a 24-year-old biology student from Boise, ID
- Amanda P., a 26-year-old law student from Las Vegas, NV
- Amanda R., a 27-year-old account executive from Niceville, FL