'The Bachelor': Meet the 23 contestants who stepped into the next round with a rose in hand
While we wait eagerly for the second episode, here's a low down on the 23 contestants who have moved to the next round in their bid to win The Bachelor's heart
'The Bachelor' season 23 premiered on Monday on ABC, with virgin bachelor Colton Underwood making a striking entrance as he kicked off his journey to find true love. Just like previous season premieres, Underwood met the 30 beauties trying to woo him. After he met all of them, only 23 of the contestants advanced to the next round with roses in their hands as seven of them were eliminated and sent home packing.
While we wait for the second episode to air, we have listed the 23 contestants who will be putting their best foot forward to impress Underwood and become the chosen one.
Hailing from Birmingham, Alabama, Hannah Godwin won the first impression rose. She didn't just create a soft corner in Underwood's heart, but also in the hearts of every fan out there.
Twenty three-year-old Godwin is a content creator and an Instagram model, who also models for clothing brands. Currently, she has around 160k followers on Instagram. Throughout the premiere, Godwin gave out calm and graceful vibes. Her entry was fun to watch, and she proved that she is creative. When Underwood said that she made him feel like home it gave us hope that she might be in for the long run.
Miss North Carolina 2018, Caelynn Miller-Keyes graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She is also the runnerup for Miss USA 2018. She is also an avid traveler who loves to help out with charity. Her entrance was quite a memorable one. She was cheesy yet made it seem so effortless. Her one-on-one with Underwood was really sweet. The duo connected on a real personal level. She was also the first person that Underwood kissed on the show. Though it came as a shocking surprise that she did not get the first impression rose.
Hailing from Sherman Oaks, California, Katie is a medical sales representative and a dancer as well. Her limousine entry might not have been as great compared to the other girls but she did make a good first impression during the one-on-one time she had with Underwood. She taught him quite a few romantic moves that made us all swoon. With a string quartet and a really dramatic dip, she managed to get the rose from Underwood. We can't wait to see what she brings to the table in the next episode.
Twenty nine-year-old Alex B is a dog rescuer from Vancouver, Canada. Till date, she has saved around 5000 dogs from being slaughtered. She was sick and couldn't talk much during the limousine entrance but that does not mean she did not find a way to make it cheesy. She went the creative way and used placards to have a conversation with Underwood at the entrance. She does have a smile that could light up the room as well.
Miss Alabama 2018, Hannah Brown is as cheery as she looks. She and Underwood definitely have a strong connection when it comes to sports because of her love for football just like the NFL player. Knowing Caelynn from the pageant world, Hannah seems hell-bent to win Underwood's heart before Caelynn does. After all, the competing never ends. And with the high spirit she has, it is safe to say as long as she is there it would be fun.
IT risk consultant Onyeka comes from a very traditional family. Her parents have been married for 35-years and were engaged just two weeks after they met. Seeking to have the same luck with Underwood, Onyeka is ready to give all she has. She even managed to create a tiff with Catherine Agro on the first day itself. But hands down, it was not Onyeka's fault. But she did have a great way of gaining Underwood's attention while Agro was talking to him. We can expect more catfights and drama from these two.
She is one of the two Canadians on the show. She oozes grace and enthusiasm. She loves to paint, sing in the shower and is good at photography as well. She did have a fun way while introducing herself to Underwood. We are totally getting positive vibes from her and can't wait to see what other cheesy tactics she brings to the show or if she stops with this alone. And if she manages to be the one to pop his real cherry or will it just stop with a balloon.
Even before 'The Bachelor' premiered, Annie made a good first impression with Underwood. She got to participate on Ellen's 'Know or Go' and came out on top. Growing up on a farm in Wisconsin, she has around seven dogs. Well, no wonder she got a rose. It is no secret that Underwood has an undying love for dogs and if someone has seven of them, they are definitely going to be in the good books of the NFL player.
Working in her dad's dentistry business as a dental hygienist, this Californian girl has just one deal breaker when it comes to Underwood. She hopes he flosses. But her entrance wasn't all that great as her teeth. The duo just shared quite an awkward hug. But someone she managed to gain a place in his heart during their one-on-one conversation.
How can 'The Bachelor' have a virgin bachelor with no virgin contestant? Enter Heather Martin, who claims to have never been kissed before. Hard to believe for a Southern California girl, but she did seem to impress Underwood with that fact, and also wished that he will be the one to give her the first kiss. Well, don't we all want to see how that plays out? She is on pins and seems excited each time she is near him.
A 31-year-old makeup artist struck speechless with nervousness? Well, that summarizes Elyse for us. After her introduction, she had no idea what she spoke to Underwood as she was so nervous. That is not the best way to make a first impression but she did it land the rose. Her one-on-one with Underwood was enough for him to make the decision and give the rose to her at the end of the day. Hopefully, she sheds her nervousness and brings out the fun side of her in the next episode. After all, she is an adventurous spirit who loves hiking, good food and wine.
Tayshia was married once and we have no clue why she left her first husband. But we cannot wait to see if Underwood will be her next forever. She is a 28-year-old Phlebotomist and loves going to church and volunteering. She would be right there with Underwood's conservative family if she ever makes it till the end. The two of them do share quite a nice connection with each other as well.
The 23-year-old caterer from Georgia surely knows how to make a cheesy entrance. She offered Underwood a sweet Georgia peach and gave him a bite of it as well. One thing Underwood does not need to be worried about if he ever ends up with her is good and healthy food. Hopefully, before that, she can create a romantic one to get Underwood all for herself.
Cassie is a speech pathologist and loves the water. She loves kids as much as Underwood does. And her introduction to Underwood was the sweetest. She brought in a box of butterflies to break the nervousness between the duo. That did make an impact on Underwood. She is my pick when it comes to the winner. I think she will go all the way through and find a permanent place in Underwood's heart.
How can our virgin let Demi go? After all, she is the one who hasn't dated a virgin since she was 12. She is a proud Texas country girl who is an interior designer. The best part about her pre-taped introduction was where she called her mom who is in prison. Don't underestimate her petiteness as this woman is bold and speaks her mind.
Hailing from North Carolina, Nina made her impression with her native Croatian language. She is one of the three contestants who spoke in a language other than English. She is filled with adventure and has watched 'The Bachelor' with her mom and grandmother for years. This must be her dream come true then. It will be fun to see what she brings to the forthcoming episodes.
Everyone is nuts for Underwood. But Erika proved it by bringing him a legit bag of nuts. She does have a nice sense of humor which she showcased throughout the premiere. We can definitely expect a few laughs as long as she is there. Sadly during their one-on-one Underwood forgot her name, but surely remembered the bag of nuts. I mean who wouldn't right? She is also one among the girls who brought up the V-Card during their conversation.
Well, finally we have someone who quit their job just to be on 'The Bachelor' with Underwood. Such dedication. She has been quite lucky in her career as an NBA dancer but not so lucky when it comes to love. Hopefully, she will find it in Underwood. Oh and let's not forget, she has never had a boyfriend before. And now she's with a guy who is also with 22 other women. Well, talk about luck right?
Now comes everyone's favorite fake accent Bri. When she introduced herself to Underwood she talked to him in a fake Australian accent, which had the internet laughing and angry at the same time. She did manage to convey the truth to Underwood during their one-on-one and who seemed to find it funny as well. No wonder she got a rose. She surely stood out amongst the other contestants and displayed that she can really have a nice sense of humor.
She has the cutest dimples compared to other contestants on the show. But she wore on a lot of glitter, which she left all over Underwood after her introduction. She is a Jersey girl who loves her jokes. Especially if they are corny.
Well, she does not need much introduction now, does she? She stirred up controversy even before the show premiered. In December last year, some of her old tweets resurfaced and let's just say they were not sweet. She used the R-word, fat shammed people and even slammed dating shows like 'The Bachelor'. But she ended up searching for love on a dating show. Talk about hypocrisy. She showed up in a police car and called herself the "Fashion Police".
A social media coordinator from Miami, 25-year-old Nicole is surely an emotional person. And we got to witness that when she broke down right before the rose ceremony. Thankfully she received a rose before she suffered a meltdown. She did enter in a nice romantic way though, quoting Camila Cabello in Spanish to Underwood. She spends a lot of time with her brother who is autistic. A connection there, as Underwood too likes to spend time with his niece.
Finally, the pot stirrer managed to get a rose for herself. Underwood was impressed with her interruptions, claiming that it showed how much she was interested in him and wanted him to know that. Though she got in the bad books of the other contestants, she doesn't seem to be bothered by it as long as she has Underwood's attention. She even did gain the attention of the Bachelor Nation but not in a good way. She is being trolled by them massively. But she does not seem to be affected by that.
'The Bachelor' returns on January 14 for episode 2 on ABC. Check your local listings for more information.