ABC unveils the men competing for 'Bachelorette' Meredith Phillips... and the return of Kelly Jo
By Reality TV World staff, 12/31/2003
ABC has revealed the names and profiles of the twenty-five men who will be competing for the heart of new The Bachelorette star Meredith Phillips -- as well as some of the new twists and surprises that will be occurring during the second edition of the program.
As previously announced, Meredith Phillips is the former participant and romantic hopeful from Bob Guiney's season of The Bachelor who will be starring in the latest installment of The Bachelorette. Meredith, 30, a makeup artist originally from Portland, Oregon, who currently resides in Los Angeles, will begin her search for romance on Wednesday, January 14 at 9 PM ET on ABC. And looking to shake things up a little bit from last season's Trista Rehn-led edition, the network has some new changes planned.
This season of The Bachelorette will introduce new elements from the very beginning, such as a white rose handed out at the first rose ceremony, which wins the man who receives it the first one-on-one date with Meredith. Also fans of The Bachelor get a special surprise when Kelly Jo, the runner-up from Bob's season of The Bachelor, moves into the Bachelor Pad to offer her perspective on the men and their chances to win Meredith's heart.
Other aspects of the program will not change -- as in last season's inaugural edition of the show, Meredith will get to know the twenty-five men via a series of social gatherings and exotic, romantic dates -- in groups with some, and individually with others. She will introduce some of the men to her closest friends and family, and will visit their hometowns and meet their parents in an effort to determine the most desirable and compatible prospect.
The Bachelorette will follow a gradual process of elimination, as Meredith is initially presented with 25 suitors, then narrows it down to 15 on the season premiere by presenting each with a single, red rose. Meredith then decides on 10, six, four, three, two and, ultimately, the one man who captures her heart. At any point along the way, however, should any of the men decide that he is no longer interested in the Bachelorette, he may reject her invitation to continue dating.
"Fans were shocked when Meredith didn't receive a rose from Bob. They couldn't get enough of her, so we decided to make her the next Bachelorette," said Mike Fleiss, creator and executive producer at Next Entertainment.
During the season premiere, Meredith meets the following 25 suitors:
• Brad, 29, in Pharmaceutical Sales, originally from Syvania, OH, who currently resides in Grand Rapids, MI.
• Damon, 28, Arena Football Player, originally from Alamo, CA, who currently resides in Cardiff, CA.
• Andy, 33, Dentist, originally from Houston, TX, who currently resides in Dallas, TX.
• Anselm, 32, Art Designer, originally from Lynchburg, VA, who currently resides in Venice, CA.
• Sean, 31, CPA, originally from Wildwood Crest, NJ, who currently resides in Wall, NJ.
• Rick, 28, Entrepreneur, originally from Minneapolis, MN, who currently resides in San Diego, CA.
• Todd, 36, Restaurant/Brewery Owner, originally from Ross, CA, who currently resides in San Francisco, CA.
• Harold, 29, Professional Hockey Player, originally from Montreal, Canada, who currently resides in Rock Island, IL.
• Matthew, 28, in Pharmaceutical Sales, who currently resides in his hometown of Friendswood, TX.
• Cory, 24, Small Business Owner, who currently resides in his hometown of Long Beach Island, NJ.
• Brian, 31, Sports Facility Manager, originally from Holbrook, MA, who currently resides in Quincy, MA.
• Trevor, 35, Network Engineer, originally from Bensalem, PA, who currently resides in North Wales, PA.
• Keith, 31, Financial Analyst, who currently resides in his hometown of Baltimore, MD.
• Lanny, 26, Stallion and Breeding Manager, originally from Mt. Vernon, TX, who currently resides in Aubrey, TX.
• Ian, 29, in Equity Research Sales, originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, who currently resides in New York, NY.
• Ryan, 30, Financial Advisor, originally from Malibu, CA, who currently resides in Santa Barbara, CA.
• Jeff, 30, in Pharmaceutical Sales, who currently resides in his hometown of Macon, GA.
• Marcus, 26, Personal Trainer, originaly from Houston, TX, who currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.
• Ryan, 29, in Sales/Marketing, originally from Raleigh, NC, who currently resides in San Diego, CA.
• Chris, 31, Architect, originally from Miami, FL, who currently resides in Boston, MA.
• Chad, 31, in Pharmaceutical Sales, who currently resides in his hometown of Buffalo, NY.
• Justin, 25, Professional Baseball Player, originally from Boynton Beach, FL, who currently resides in Orlando, FL.
• Robert, 32, with Alliance Development, originally from Atlanta, GA, who currently resides in El Segundo, CA.
• Aaron, 32, in Title and Escrow Sales, who currently resides in his hometown of Sacramento, CA.
• Eliot, 25, Options Trader, originally from Mountain View, CA, who currently resides in San Francisco, CA.
At the end of the journey, Meredith will have had an unforgettable experience, made new friendships and quite possibly found true love.
As in previous editions of the franchise, Chris Harrison guides this romantic journey, serving as friend and confidant, as Meredith and her suitors learn more about each other. Having guided the last four "Bachelors" and "Bachelorette" Trista Rehn, Harrison is in a unique position to offer sound advice during this process.
The Bachelorette is produced by Next Entertainment in association with Telepictures Productions. Mike Fleiss is executive producer. Lisa Levenson, Scott Jeffress and Jason Carbone are co-executive producers.