The inclusion of the word "may" suggested a few of the 33 women -- which would be a slightly larger group of bachelorettes than the show typically starts with -- would not actually end up appearing on Season 24 of The Bachelor.
And that turned out to be the case, as the network apparently cut three ladies from the list before filming began and has now revealed the identities and photos of the 30 women who will be fighting for Peter's roses on The Bachelor when it debuts with a three-hour event on Monday, January 6 at 8PM ET/PT.
ABC took the same approach for The Bachelorette's fifteenth season earlier this year by posting 33 potential bachelors and then only choosing 30 to meet Hannah Brown on Night 1.
Three of Peter's 30 bachelorettes are flight attendants, suggesting The Bachelor producers may have been hoping to create a "pilot and flight attendant" coupling similar to Peter's parents.
In addition, the group of The Bachelor women also includes several beauty queens and models, a pro sports dancer, a cattle rancher, a house flipper, and a lawyer.
"What does a hard-charging career woman from a family of elite lawyers, a delightfully quirky bombshell full of self-doubt, a beauty who can be a real beast, a gorgeous girl next door who is a hoopster at heart and a sophisticated city girl who speaks her mind all have in common?" ABC teased.
Some of the season's highlights will include celebrity appearances by country singer Chase Rice, fashion expert and former Queer Eye star Carson Kressley, iconic supermodel and former America's Next Top Model judge Janice Dickinson, The Bachelor and Bachelor in Paradise alum Demi Burnett, and comic and actor Fred Willard.
Peter will be introduced to 30 beautiful bachelorettes in the season premiere, and by the end of Night 1, only 22 bachelorettes will remain.
Romantic, adventurous and exotic dates this season will include eight women strutting their stuff for Revolve on a runway with Carson and Janice serving as judges, an "extreme pillow fight" hosted by Demi with Chris Harrison and Fred Willard doing the play-by-play, and Chase performing for Peter and one lucky woman -- "but this special date has a real twist!"
(To find out what "twist" ABC is referring to, click here to read more.)
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Peter's journey to find love will then continue internationally with stops in Costa Rica, Chile, Peru and beyond, where relationships will grow and surprises await the "unsuspecting" Bachelor.
When comparing ABC's initial list of 33 bachelorettes to the latest lineup of women, the network apparently dropped Alexis T. from Whistler, British Columbia, Canada; Hayley H. from Los Angeles, CA; and Lauren M. from Miami, FL.
Below are the 30 official ladies who will appear on The Bachelor's 24th season starring Peter Weber -- and click the BEGIN GALLERY link below to also see photos of each bachelorette: