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[12/07/11 - 10:26 AM]
The 25 Bachelorettes Are Revealed for 16th Edition of "The Bachelor"
The Ben Flajnik-led season rolls out Monday, January 2 at 8:00/7:00c.

[via press release from ABC]

BEN FLAJNIK BEGINS HIS SEARCH FOR THAT ONE SPECIAL WOMAN WHEN "THE BACHELOR" PREMIERES, MONDAY, JANUARY 2, ON ABC

The 25 Bachelorettes Who Look to Capture the Sexy Winemaker's Heart Are Revealed

Who is the Mysterious, Gray-Haired "Vixen" Who Has Her Sights Set on Ben?

What do a self-proclaimed relationship expert, a Southern sweetie, a vivacious animal lover, a mid-western huntress and a competitive model who knows how to work a catwalk -- but may be prone to indulge in catfights -- have in common? They all have their sights set on moving to San Francisco with the Bachelor, Ben Flajnik, when the 16th edition of ABC's popular romance reality series, "The Bachelor," premieres MONDAY, JANUARY 2 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Ben, 29, the handsome winemaker from Sonoma, meets 25 potential soul mates as he begins his exciting search for true love. In the premiere, "Episode 1601," Ben prepares for the night of his life, as the 25 beautiful bachelorettes, all clamoring to meet him, begin to arrive.

Erika, the young law student, informs Ben that the verdict is in and he is convicted of being sexy. Emily, the germ conscious epidemiologist, doesn't miss a beat, quickly sanitizing both herself and Ben before grabbing the season's first kiss. And in a questionable move, Anna decides that Ben should only get a look at her before she struts right by him and straight into the mansion. But Ben is taken aback when Sheryl, a sprite senior citizen, confesses she is madly in love with him. But what is her real motive? Finally, making her grand entrance, Lindzi arrives on horseback in time to intrigue Ben and capture his attention.

As the party begins and the "first impression" rose is brought out, the competition ramps up. Shawn, a single, athletic mom, pulls Ben aside for a quick soccer game. Elyse, an attractive personal trainer, commands Ben to do pushups. Emily decides to show Ben a different side of her personality as she performs a rap she wrote just for him. However, when Jenna, a sensitive New York blogger, is brought to tears by the more forceful Monica, there are storm clouds ahead -- particularly since Monica seems a lot more interested in Blakeley then Ben. The commotion and cat fighting culminate in Jenna dissolving in uncontrollable tears.

After Ben's first rose ceremony, 18 women will remain to compete for his affection and, in the end, his heart.

The 25 women are:

Amber B., 23, labor and delivery nurse, Port Coquitlam, Canada
Amber T., 29, critical care nurse, Waverly, NE
Anna, 25, student, Detroit, MI
Blakeley, 34, VIP cocktail waitress, Charlotte, NC
Brittney, 26, medical sales rep, Denver, CO
Casey S., 26, trading clerk, Leawood, KS
Courtney, 28, model, Santa Monica, CA
Dianna, 30, non-profit director, San Gabriel, CA
Elyse, 24, personal trainer, Chicago, IL
Emily, 27, PhD student, Chapel Hill, NC
Erika, 23, law student, Chicago, IL
Holly, 34, pharmaceutical sales rep, Salyersville, KY
Jaclyn, 27, advertising account manager, Newton, MA
Jamie, 25, registered nurse, Dryden, NY
Jenna, 27, blogger, New York City, NY
Jennifer, 28, accountant, Oklahoma City, OK
Kacie B., 24, administrative assistant, Clarksville, TN
Lindzi C., 27, business development manager, Seattle, WA
Lyndsie J., 29, internet entrepreneur, Scottsdale, AZ
Monica, 33, dental consultant, Salt Lake City, UT
Nicki, 26, dental hygienist, Hurst, TX
Rachel, 27, fashion sales rep., New York City, NY
Samantha, 26, advertising account manager, Los Angeles, CA
Shawn, 28, financial advisor, Phoenix, AZ
Shira, actress, Los Angeles, CA

Hosted by Chris Harrison, "The Bachelor" is a production of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss and Martin Hilton are the executive producers. "The Bachelor" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with stereo sound.

For more information on "The Bachelor" please visit ABC.com.





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[12/17/14 - 10:01 AM]
FXX Gets Animated - New One-Hour Late Night Animation Block Kicks Off on January 22 With Special Sneak Preview
The block will feature all-new episodes of "Lucas Bros. Moving Co." and "Stone Quackers."

[12/17/14 - 10:00 AM]
Six-Time Tony Winner Audra McDonald Brings Her Acclaimed Performance in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill" to HBO
Filming before a live audience at Cafe Brasil in New Orleans this month, the special will feature McDonald in her history-making, tour de force performance as the jazz icon.

[12/17/14 - 09:37 AM]
ESPNU to Televise Inaugural "Burger King(R) State Champions Bowl Series" on December 27
Three state champions from Florida, one from Utah and two from Washington will participate in the event.

[12/17/14 - 09:16 AM]
"The People Magazine Awards" Announce Additional Celebrities for NBC's Special Two-Hour Live Telecast Set for Thursday, Dec. 18 at 9 P.M. ET/PT
Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Sean Hayes, Karlie Kloss, John Krasinski, Lisa Kudrow, Elisabeth Moss and Ryan Phillippe are among the latest additions.

[12/17/14 - 09:01 AM]
ABC Family to Host "Funday" Programming Event on January 10 and January 11, 2015
The network's popular programming stunt returns in January with some pretty lovable characters: three pop star chipmunks, some not-so-scary monsters, a determined clown fish and a wacky chocolatier.

[12/17/14 - 09:00 AM]
ABC Family to Include Fan Art in On-Air Promos of the Upcoming Winter Season of "Pretty Little Liars"
Fans can submit their best renderings of Alison, Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer to the "Pretty Little Liars" Tumblr page.

[12/17/14 - 08:48 AM]
The Finale of "The Voice 7" Hits a Non-Sports High in 18-49 for Any Network in Its Time Period Since September 30
NBC spins the numbers for Tuesday, December 16.

[12/17/14 - 08:46 AM]
Julian McMahon and Daisy Betts Will Join Cast of Syfy/Universal Cable Productions' Upcoming Television Event "Childhood's End"
Adapted for the screen for the first time ever from Arthur C. Clarke's beloved and influential novel, "Childhood's End" will premiere on Syfy in 2015.

[12/17/14 - 08:30 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: "The Voice" Goes Out on Top for NBC
The Peacock's mainstay however is down 18% from its season finale a year ago.

[12/17/14 - 08:25 AM]
Season 5 Winner of "Ink Master" Named in Live Season Finale
Plus: look for "Merry Ink" and "New Year's Ink" specials on Tuesday, December 23 and Tuesday, December 30, respectively.

[12/17/14 - 08:21 AM]
There's No Escape from the Law on Animal Planet with the Return of "Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters" and Series Premiere of "Rugged Justice"
Said duo will roll out on Sunday, January 11 and Sunday, January 18, respectively.

[12/17/14 - 08:05 AM]
Syfy Promotes Chris Regina to Senior Vice President, Program Strategy, Syfy & Chiller
In his newly expanded Senior Vice President role, Regina will oversee Syfy and Chiller's program planning and strategy, Original Movie development and production, and scheduling.

[12/17/14 - 08:01 AM]
CMT Announces More Country Performances for "CMT's Ultimate Kickoff Party," A Live Television Special Premiering Friday, January 9 at 9 P.M. ET Only on CMT
Just added to the lineup of star performers are Jake Owen, Maddie & Tae and Thomas Rhett.

[12/17/14 - 07:54 AM]
Video: "Mud, Sweat and Gears" on BBC America - New Trailer Released
The newcomer launches Monday, January 26 at 10:00/9:00c on the cable channel.

[12/17/14 - 07:43 AM]
Drama, Divas and David: The Parties Continue with the New Season of "David Tutera's CELEBrations" Premiering Friday, January 9 at 10PM ET/PT
Dennis Rodman, Porsha Williams, Angie Everhart and Holly Robinson Peete are among those featured this season.