ABC reveals 'The Bachelor' star Ben Flajnik's 25 new bachelorettes
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 12/07/2011
ABC has revealed the identities of the 25 bachelorettes competing for Ben Flajnik's heart on The Bachelor's sixteenth season, which will premiere on Monday, January 2 at 8PM ET/PT.
The Bachelor's sixteenth season will begin with the 29-year-old winemaker from Sonoma, CA, arriving at the Malibu mansion and being introduced to his 25 bachelorettes -- including Erika, a young law student who informs Flajnik the verdict is in and he's convicted of being sexy; Emily, a germ-conscious epidemiologist who sanitizes both herself andThe Bachelor star before snagging the season's first kiss; and Anna, who struts past him and heads directly into the mansion without any words spoken.
Flajnik will also get a surprise from Sheryl, a senior citizen who confesses she is madly in love with him for an undisclosed reason, and meet Lindzi, a bachelorette who arrives on horseback.
According to ABC, the competition to win Flajnik's heart heats up quickly during the initial cocktail reception, which will feature Shawn, a single athletic mom pulling him aside for a quick soccer game; Elyse, a personal trainer commanding him to complete pushups; Emily deciding to perform a rap she wrote for him; and Jenna, a New York blogger, breaking down into tears over early drama with fellow bachelorette Monica.
In addition, Flajnik will also present his first-impression rose to one lucky woman.
The premiere will conclude with Flajnik whittling his 25 bachelorettes down to 18 during the season's first Rose Ceremony.
The 25 women competing on The Bachelor's sixteenth edition -- and their ABC-supplied bios -- are:
- Amber B., a 23-year-old labor and delivery nurse from Port Coquitlam, Canada
- Amber T., a 29-year-old critical care nurse from Waverly, NE
- Anna, a 25-year-old student from Detroit, MI
- Blakeley, a 34-year-old VIP cocktail waitress from Charlotte, NC
- Brittney, a 26-year-old medical sales representative from Denver, CO
- Casey S., a 26-year-old trading clerk from Leawood, KS
- Courtney, a 28-year-old model from Santa Monica, CA
- Dianna, a 30-year-old non-profit director from San Gabriel, CA
- Elyse, a 24-year-old personal trainer from Chicago, IL
- Emily, a 27-year-old PhD student from Chapel Hill, NC
- Erika, a 23-year-old law student from Chicago, IL
- Holly, a 34-year-old pharmaceutical sales representative from Salyersville, KY
- Jaclyn, a 27-year-old advertising account manager from Newton, MA
- Jamie, a 25-year-old registered nurse from Dryden, NY
- Jenna, a 27-year-old blogger from New York City, NY
- Jennifer, a 28-year-old accountant from Oklahoma City, OK
- Kacie B., a 24-year-old administrative assistant from Clarksville, TN
- Lindzi C., a 27-year-old business development manager from Seattle, WA
- Lyndsie J., a 29-year-old internet entrepreneur from Scottsdale, AZ
- Monica, a 33-year-old dental consultant from Salt Lake City, UT
- Nicki, a 26-year-old dental hygienist from Hurst, TX
- Rachel, a 27-year-old fashion sales representative from New York City, NY
- Samantha, a 26-year-old advertising account manager from Los Angeles, CA
- Shawn, a 28-year-old financial advisor from Phoenix, AZ
- Shira, an actress of undisclosed age from Los Angeles, CA