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'The Bachelor 2014': Meet the Contestants

Premiering Sunday, January 5, the 18th season of the ABC reality dating competition welcomes 27 bachelorettes looking to capture the heart of sexy single dad, Juan Pabo Galavis.

Nikki Ferrell in "Bachelor 2014"
Nikki Ferrell Bachelor 2014December 4, 2013

Clare Crawley in "Bachelor 2014"
Clare Crawley in "Bachelor 2014"
Andi Dorfman in "Bachelor 2014"
Andi Dorfman in "Bachelor 2014"
What do a former NBA dancer who looks like a super model but is really a shy single mom, a sexy hair stylist who hides the huge pain over the loss of her father, a dedicated first grade teacher who is convinced that her fate is to be with the Bachelor, a flower child who is inclined to wear a smile and not much else, and a world-class opera singer, all have in common? They all have their sights set on moving to Miami with the Bachelor, Juan Pablo Galavis, when the 18th edition of ABC's popular romance reality series, "The Bachelor," premieres Monday, January 6 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on ABC.

Editors' note: The two-night Bachelor Premiere Event starts on Sunday, January 5 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) with "The Bachelor: Countdown to Juan Pablo."

Juan Pablo Galavis, 32, a handsome single dad from Miami, meets 27 potential soul mates as he begins his exciting search for true love. In the premiere, "Episode 1801," Juan prepares for the night of his life as the 27 beautiful bachelorettes, all clamoring to meet him, begin to arrive.

Nikki, a stunning nurse who causes men's hearts to flutter, presents a stethoscope to Juan Pablo so he can listen to her heart beat. Lucy, a flower child who resists glamming up, arrives barefoot to tempt the Bachelor with her unassuming nature. Kat, an energetic and bubbly dancer, invites Juan Pablo to show off his patented sexy salsa moves. Lauren S. pulls out all the stops as the pretty music composer peddles in on a "piano bike," playing her own composition. Kelly brings a surprise date — her adorable dog, Molly. But it is Clare that delivers the jaw-dropping moment of the night when she arrives seven months pregnant. Yikes!

Although Juan Pablo tries to calm everyone's nerves with a rockin' dance party, not all the women are lucky enough to have time with him right away and wonder how to impress him in order to get the coveted first impression rose or one of his first night roses. Finally, after his first rose ceremony, 18 women will remain to compete for Juan Pablo's affection and, in the end, his heart.

The 27 women who can be revealed are:

Alexis Morgado, 24, communications director, Tampa, Fla.
Alli Restko, 26, nanny, Chicago, Ill.
Amy Jokinen, 31, massage therapist, Los Angeles, Calif.
Amy Long, 27, local news reporter, Orlando, Fla.
Andi Dorfman, 26, federal prosecutor, Atlanta, Ga.
Ashley Poe, 25, grade school teacher, Dallas, Tex.
Cassandra Ferguson, 21, former NBA dancer, Rochester Hills, Mich.
Chantel Forrest, 27, account manager, San Diego, Calif.
Chelsie Webster, 24, science educator, Columbus, Ohio
Christine Llano, 23, police support specialist, Miami, Fla.
Christy Hansen, 24, marketing manager, Chicago, Ill.
Clare Crawley, 32, hairstylist, Sacramento, Calif.
Danielle Ronco, 25, psychiatric nurse, St. Louis, Mo.
Elise Mosca, 27, first grade teacher, Forty Fort, Pa.
Kat Hurd, 29, medical sales rep, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Kelly Travis, 27, dog lover, Atlanta, Ga.
Kylie Lewis, 23, interior designer, Rockford, Ill.
Lacy Faddoul, 25, nursing home owner, La Jolla, Calif.
Lauren Higginson, 25, mineral coordinator, Okla. City, Okla.
Lauren Solomon, 26, music composer, Austin, Tex.
Lucy Aragon, 24, free spirit, Santa Barbara, Calif.
Maggie Gantt, 24, personal banker, North Augusta, S.C.
Nikki Ferrell, 26, pediatric nurse, Kansas City, Mo.
Renée Oteri, 32, real estate agent, Sarasota, Fla.
Sharleen Joynt, 29, opera singer, Heidelberg, Germany
Valerie Eredia, 26, personal trainer, Sutter, Calif.
Victoria Lima, 24, legal assistant, Boca Raton, Fla.

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.
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