MATT James has been selected as the newest Bachelor for season 25 of the hit ABC show, and 32 women will vie for his heart.
The 28-year-old real estate broker from New York City will serve as the program’s first Black male lead.
The new bachelor was originally chosen to serve on Clare Crawley and Tayshia Adams’ season but was stolen from the lineup after the franchise decided he would be the perfect next leading man.
Matt is also close friends with Bachelorette alums Tyler Cameron and Hannah Brown, with whom he has spent a majority of his time during the quarantine.
Thirty-two women from all corners of the country will be in competition for the rose from Matt, with career and lifestyle categories across the board.
Here are Matt’s ladies:
Abigail, 25 from Beaverton, Oregon
Abigail is a Client Financial Manager who loves being outdoors and drinking cold local microbrews.
She has a hearing disability but that doesn’t stop her from having fun and enjoying time with family and friends.
Alana, 26 from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Alana is the adventurous type, who decided to travel through Europe for her post-highschool education rather than doing the traditional college route.
She is creative and enjoys painting, cooking, and hitting up the local wineries in her spare time.
Alicia, 24 from New York City
Alicia began her professional dance career at age 13 and is now a ballerina for the distinguished Dance Theater of Harlem.
She describes herself as confident and romantic but has been unlucky with love thus far.
Amber, 30 from Costa Mesa, California
Amber is a single mother with a 13-year-old son who feels ready to focus on her love life for the first time in a long time.
She is caring, open-minded, and a bit stubborn, but ready to meet a man to travel the world with and grow a family.
Anna, 24 from Chicago, Illinois
Anna is a small town girl who had big city dreams.
She is looking for a family man that can match her intellect and zest for fun.
Bri, 24 from San Francisco
Bri was raised by her single mother and grandmother and now operates a top of the line social media company.
She is normally the Alpha in the relationship but is looking for someone who can challenge that status and spend time with her outdoors on the weekends.
Carolyn, 30 from Los Angeles
Carolyn is highly independent but is looking for someone who can be a passionate caretaker.
She loves spontaneity, wants someone who can match her intensity, and says she’s the type to fall fast.
Casandra, 25 from Newport Beach, California
Casandra just finished her master’s degree in social work and is now looking for someone she can share a genuine connection with.
She is a city-girl at heart that can find entertainment anywhere and believes joining the cast of The Bachelor will be the biggest risk for love she’s taken yet.
Chelsea, 28 from Brooklyn, New York
Chelsea quit her job to live out her runway modeling dreams in NYC.
She has only had one relationship but now knows that she’s looking for vulnerability and quality communication with her next man.
Corrinne, 22 from Pomfret, Connecticut
Corrinne does the marketing for her family’s Italian restaurant in Connecticut, and she’s looking for someone who can meld into her already established life there.
She wants a man who’s serious and will loyally support her in personal and professional aspects of life.
Emani, 25 from Albuquerque, New Mexico
Emani isn’t outwardly lovey-dovey but shows her affection through her goofiness and caring nature.
She loves to enjoy a classy night with meaningful conversation, and insists that her special someone be approved by her family ahead of time.
Illeana, 25 from New York City
Illeana is an entrepreneur who co-developed her own nutritional snack called Funky Monkey Energy.
She is looking to settle down with someone who aligns with her values, and hopes for a relationship where she can ponder life’s unsolvable mysteries and embrace love to the fullest.
Jessenia, 27 from San Antonio
Jessenia was Miss El Paso in 2016, and is a pageant queen tried and true.
She loves her three dogs and everything romantic but needs a guy who is able to put his phone down and live in the moment.
Kaili, 26 from Chicago, Illinois
Kaili is a witty contestant who loves to laugh and doesn’t take life too seriously.
She is highly loyal and wants a man who’s introspective and empathetic to her needs.
Katie, 29 from Renton, Washington
Katie is a bank Marketing Manager who knows exactly what she wants in a man.
She is tired of wasting her time on boys and is ready for someone who is mature personally and professionally.
Khaylah, 28 from Durham, North Carolina
Khaylah is a healthcare advocate who works to give back to the less fortunate in her community.
She is a hopeless romantic who comes off as shy at first, but she believes a man with emotional intelligence will be able to sweep her off her feet.
Kimberly, 28 from Seattle, Washington
Kimberly radiates joy and happiness everywhere she goes.
She is carefree about most things, but values a healthy lifestyle and cannot under any circumstances date someone with cats.
Kit, 21 from New York City
Kit is a true New York socialite, as she was born and raised in the city of dreams.
Although she is still fairly young, she considers herself very mature and wants to find a man who can match her banter and high standards.
Kristin, 27 from Virginia Beach, Virginia
Kristin is a very smart and busy attorney who is top-of-the-line wifey material.
She wants a man who won’t be intimidated by her natural magnetism, but will instead be her biggest cheerleader in life.
Lauren, 29 from Miami, Florida
Lauren is a corporate lawyer who’s had her law reviews published.
She is a classic Florida girl who loves to hit up the beach in her spare time, and is looking for a family man who can double as her best friend.
Magi, 32 from Adwa, Ethiopia
Magi took a huge risk when she moved to the U.S. from a small village in Ethiopia, but she is endlessly grateful for the opportunities the leap has provided for her.
She is a truly kindhearted person, and although marriages are typically arranged back home, she wants to prove that all women should be able to choose who they end up with.
Mari, 24 from Odenton, Maryland
Mari is a former beauty queen from Puerto Rico who ended up winning Miss Maryland USA in 2019 and placing Top 10 at the Miss USA pageant.
She is career focused and giving gifts is her love language.
Marylynn, 28 from Studio City, California
Marylynn is serious about finding love but wants a man who can commit and support her dream of owning several environmental companies.
She doesn’t see herself with someone lazy, introverted or unhygienic.
MJ, 23 from Hudson, Ohio
MJ is a hairstylist who grew up on Lake Erie where she spent time outdoors or on the water.
She wants a man with a plan but has no interest in guys with inflated egos, unrealistic expectations, or a lack of timeliness.
Pieper, 23 from Happy Valley, Oregon
Pieper is the total package, with a great personality, master’s degree in marketing and creativity to boot.
She wants to foster happiness in her partner and desires someone who can do the same for her.
Rachael, 24 from Cumming, Georgia
Rachael is a southern sweetheart with a tight family unit who hopes to find ground-breaking love.
She wants someone who will stand by her side in the dark times as well as the good and wants to feel she’s made the most out of her life once she grows old.
Saneh, 25 from Denver, Colorado
Saneh has a zest for life and adventure, is energetic, and loves to keep things exciting with outdoor excursions.
She wants to find a life-changing love that she will be proud to bring back home to her family in Florida.
Sarah, 24 from San Diego, California
Sarah has always dreamed of the classic happy ending, and says her parents are the perfect example of that reality.
She is looking for a man that has a strong affliction to faith, and wants to be a traditional power couple.
Serena C., 24 from San Francisco
Serena is a free-spirit and is looking for a man with whom she can have a strong physical connection.
As a flight attendant, she loves to travel and is normally hard to lock down, but a professionally successful man just might do the trick.
Serena P., 22 from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Serena has lived a very disciplined life so far and is ready to throw the rule books out of the window to find love.
She’s looking for a teammate in life who’s willing to share their food with her.
Sydney, 28 from Nashville, Tennessee
Sydney is very opinionated, but always offers a shoulder to cry on.
She believes that opposites attract and is looking for a mellow but exceptional man with big dreams.
Victoria, 27 from Los Angeles
Victoria, or Queen Victoria, as she likes to call herself, has traded her jet-setter lifestyle for a more business-centric outlook.
She has a big personality, believes wholeheartedly in meditation and spirituality, and is looking for someone who embraces her no-filter outlook.
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BROOK TO THE FUTURE
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Filming for the new season began in September of 2020 at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Pennsylvania and concluded shortly after in November.
Season 25 of The Bachelor is set to premiere on January 4th, 2021.