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'The Bachelorette 2013': Meet the Contestants

Premiering Monday, May 27, the new season of the ABC dating competition series features Bachelorette Desiree Hartsock looking for love among a Cuban Casanova, a federal prosecutor, a former pro soccer player, a drilling fluid engineer and more.

Brooks Forester in "Bachelorette 2013"
Brooks Forester Bachelorette 2013May 13, 2013

Chris Siegfried in "Bachelorette 2013"
Chris Siegfried in "Bachelorette 2013"
Zak Waddell in "Bachelorette 2013"
Zak Waddell in "Bachelorette 2013"
What do a Cuban Casanova — who is a gentle giant but might be too good to be true — a hard charging federal prosecutor, a sexy former pro soccer player who is a single dad, a free spirited drilling fluid engineer with a captivating sense of humor, a self-proclaimed Southern gentleman who also is a single father, and a suave, debonair financial advisor with a dark secret in his past all have in common? They're all on the hunt for the new Bachelorette, Desiree Hartsock, when the ninth edition of the female version of ABC's popular romance reality series, "The Bachelorette," premieres on Monday, May 27 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on ABC.

Desiree, 27, who grew up in a family of modest means but rich in love, meets 25 potential soul mates as she begins her own search for true love. In the premiere, "Episode 901," 25 eligible men come from all over to try and win Desiree's heart. Immediately the drama and one-upsmanship begin. Desiree's anxiety melts away as soon as the men start to compete to impress her: Larry, a nervous ER doctor, tries to break some romantic dance moves, but he's no Fred Astaire; Nick R., who plies his trade as a professional magician, displays his talents to Desiree; a shirtless Zak W., a hunky oil rig worker, displays an outstanding six-pack to impress the Bachelorette; and Diogo appears like a knight in shining armor — literally. But the one who captures Desiree's heart is our youngest man to ever climb out of a limousine — Ben's four-year-old adorable son, Brody, who accompanies his single dad.

The battle for Desiree's attention and affection has only begun. The 19 roses come out early. Nick R. sets off a commotion as the men rush to get time alone with the Bachelorette. After Desiree gives out the first rose, a jealous frenzy erupts between the guys. Brad, who is a part-time DJ, sparkles with some hip hop dance moves. Fearless, topless Zak W. strips down to his underwear and dives into the pool. But how will Desiree react to this immodest stunt? Strikingly handsome Juan Pablo, a former pro soccer player, attempts to give the Bachelorette a private dribbling lesson. However, before too long, the rest of the men jump into the action. And Jonathan drops a bombshell when he decides the time is right to invite Desiree into his own special "fantasy suite," which leads to an explosive reaction.

Some bachelors with early roses can relax, but the others are very apprehensive as the season's first rose ceremony begins. Finally, Desiree will have the 19 men who will move into the mansion and continue on the quest for her heart.

Desiree's 25 suitors are:

Ben Scott, 28, an entrepreneur from Dallas, Tex.
Brad McKinzie, 27, an accountant from Denver, Colo.
Brandon Andreen, 26, a painting contractor from Costa Mesa, Calif.
Brian Jarosinski, 29, a financial advisor from Baltimore, Md.
Brooks Forester, 28, a marketing consultant from Salt Lake City, Utah
Bryden Vukasin, 26, an Iraq War veteran from Missoula, Mont.
Chris Siegfried, 27, a mortgage broker from Seattle, Wash.
Dan Cox, 30, a beverage sales director from Las Vegas, Nev.
Diogo Custodio, 29, a ski resort manager from Lake Tahoe, Calif.
Drew Kenney, 27, a digital marketing analyst from Scottsdale, Ariz.
James Case, 27, an advertising executive from Chicago, Ill.
Jonathan Vollinger, 26, a lawyer from Hickory, N.C.
Juan Pablo Galavis, 31, a former pro soccer player from Miami, Fla.
Kasey Stewart, 29, an advertising executive from San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Larry Burchett, 34, an ER doctor from Berkeley, Calif.
Micah, 32, a law student from Denver, Colo.
Michael Garofola, 33, a federal prosecutor from Miami Beach, Fla.
Mike R., 28, a dental student from Dallas, Tex.
Mikey Tenerelli, 30, a plumbing contractor from Winfield, Ill.
Nick M., 27, an investment advisor from Charlotte, N.C.
Nick Roy, 26, a tailor and magician from Chicago, Ill.
Robert Graham, 30, an advertising entrepreneur from Los Angeles, Calif.
Will Smith, 28, a banker from Chicago, Ill.
Zack Kalter, 28, a book publisher from Newport Beach, Calif.
Zak Waddell, 31, a drilling fluid engineer from Mico, Tex.

Hosted by Chris Harrison, "The Bachelorette" is a production of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss and Martin Hilton are executive producers.
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