'The Bachelor' Season 27: Who is Catherine 'Cat' Wong? NYC dancer competes against her former pageant rival

'The Bachelor' Season 27: Who is Catherine 'Cat' Wong? NYC dancer competes against her former pageant rival
Cat Wong has been yearning for a position on 'The Bachelor' for years (Instagram/kitty_cat20_)

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK: 'The Bachelor' will premiere its 27th season, which will feature a new eligible bachelor and his 30 suitors. Zach Shallcross, who previously participated in 'The Bachelorette' Season 19, will feature on the show. Catherine "Cat" Wong, a 26-year-old New York dancer, is one of Zach's suitors in the forthcoming season. Before the show premieres on January 23, here's all you need to know about her.

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The 27th season of 'The Bachelor,' starring Zach, is just around the corner. Despite the fact that he did not find love as a participant in 'The Bachelorette,' he now has another chance to find love in his season. On his quest for true love, Zach will meet thirty single ladies. During the 'After the Final Rose' episode, which closed Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia's season of 'The Bachelorette,' he previously met five contestants. With that in mind, let's get to know Cat Wong, one of Zach's 'The Bachelor' season women.

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Who is Catherine "Cat" Wong?

Occasionally, contestants join 'The Bachelor' solely to chase the season's lead. And there are other contestants who just want to be on the program no matter what. Cat Wong, a participant in Zach Shallcross' season of 'The Bachelor,' certainly falls somewhere in the middle, since she's been envisioning herself on the Bachelor for years.

Cat first met Zach in the 'After the Final Rose' episode of Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey's Bachelorette season, which aired prior to the Season 27 premiere. She was one of five Season 27 contestants who assisted with the season's pre-Night One introductions. Viewers voted to choose who would receive "America's First Impression Rose," and while Cat did not win, she does have a head start on the rest of the season. Even though she may not be wearing a rose on night one, Zach may appreciate seeing a familiar face.

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That head start will perhaps aid Cat in realizing a long-held ambition. Cat shared an Instagram post at a Bachelorette event in 2019 with the remark, "comment down below if you think I’d be a good fit for the show." Many of her fans followed her lead and expressed their support for Cat's entry into Bachelor Nation. Cat has made it as a cast member of 'The Bachelor' four years later. In an Instagram post announcing her casting, she remarked, "Absolutely no one saw this coming…" with a winking face emoji.

Cat, like Zach, is 26 years old and was born on July 4. This self-described free spirit lives life to the fullest and isn't afraid to be foolish. Cat maintains a cheery demeanor despite living in the hectic city of New York City. She is from the Bronx and prefers a picnic in the park, but she does not do supper dates, according to her bio.

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Cat is a professional dancer who attended the University of South Carolina and graduated in 2019. While in school, she was an active sister in the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and ran for Miss South Carolina in 2018. She is enthusiastic about dance, as stated in her profile, and has pursued it professionally. Will she be able to avoid the turmoil in 'The Bachelor'? She routinely shares pictures of herself having fun with pals and adds shots from her trips to Miami and Las Vegas. Her highlights show that the Cats were involved behind the scenes at both the 2018 NFL Draft in Dallas and the NBA All-Star weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina, the same year.

This 'The Bachelor' contestant has a little more than 4,500 Instagram followers. Cat shares a lot of photos of her family, friends, and trips. She recalls her experience as a camp counselor, which explains her fondness for hot dogs. Her bio even includes the word "loves" in all capitals, if that gives you any idea.

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Cat and her rival, former Miss SC, to appear on ‘The Bachelor’ Season 27

The forthcoming season of ABC's 'The Bachelor' will include a former Miss South Carolina winner and a past competitor battling for the affection of 'The Bachelorette' star Zach. Davia Bunch, who lives in Charleston but is originally from Spartanburg, was a previous pageant champion. She was crowned Miss South Carolina in 2018 and currently works as a digital marketing manager. Cat, who is used to competing against Davia, is the other participant. Cat has not only been in the Miss South Carolina pageant previously, but the two competed in the same 2018 contest, which Davia ultimately won.

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Cat competed in Miss South Carolina while attending the University of South Carolina. She is not, however, a native of South Carolina. She was raised in New York. "I came all the way from New York just to meet you, and much like living in New York City, dating me is not intended for the weak, so if you can make it here" — gesturing to her heart — "you can make it anywhere," Cat remarked when she met Zach. Cat didn't "seem nervous at all," according to Zach. "Well, I’m a natural," she said. "I’ll see you at the mansion. All right, okay, love ya!"

Cat Wong first met Zach Shallcross in the 'After the Final Rose' episode of Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey's Bachelorette season, which aired prior to the Season 27 premiere (ABC)
Cat Wong first met Zach Shallcross in the 'After the Final Rose' episode of Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey's Bachelorette season, which aired prior to the Season 27 premiere (ABC)

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This isn't the first time two former pageant queens have participated in the same season of 'The Bachelor.' Hannah Brown, the 2018 Miss Alabama, and Caelynn Miller-Keyes, the 2018 Miss North Carolina, competed for the attention of Bachelor Colton Underwood in Season 23 of the reality television dating show. The previous connection between Hannah and Caelynn, who competed against one other for the title of Miss USA (neither won), was a source of stress for most of the show's first season. Hannah went on to star in 'The Bachelorette' the same year.

Season 27 of 'The Bachelor' starts on ABC on Monday, January 23 at 8 pm ET.

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