‘The Bachelor’ 2018 Contestants For Arie’s Season Are Here & Ready To Meet Arie
Grab your popcorn, everybody. We finally know who's going to be vying for Arie Luyendyk's heart. The Bachelor 2018 contestants have been announced — and it's going to be some stiff competition.
There will be 29 women competing for those coveted red roses, and thankfully, each one already has the show's prerequisite shiny hair/dewy skin combo. So, we're off to a good start.
Luyendyk, by the way, is an auto racing driver looking for love. He appeared on the 2012 season of The Bachelorette and ended up being a runner-up. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Robert Mills, ABC's Senior Vice President of Alternative Series, Specials & Late-Night Programming, said "the timing is right" for Luyendyk to return to the show. He explained,
This year, we met with Arie, and he's really built a life for himself in Arizona. He still does the race car driving thing, but he's also built a very big business in real estate. He has a life now to share with somebody.
OK, so which of the 29 women might have the best shot at Luyendyk's heart?
Let's take a look at the options, courtesy of PEOPLE Magazine and Reality Steve.
Chelsea is a 29-year-old administration assistant from Portland, Maine. She's never been married and has a 3-year-old son named Sammy.
Kendall is a 26-year-old creative director from Los Angeles, California.
Bibiana is a 30-year-old executive assistant from Miami Beach, Florida.
Sienne is a 27-year-old executive assistant from Miami Beach, Florida.
Beckah is a nanny from Los Angeles, California.
Valerie is a 25-year-old nanny from Los Angeles, California.
Amber is a 29-year-old business owner from Denver, Colorado.
Annaliese is a 32-year-old event designer from San Francisco, California.
Ashley is a 25-year-old real estate agent from West Palm Beach, Florida.
Brianna is a 25-year-old sports reporter from Portland, Oregon.
Brittane is a 27-year-old marketing manager from Los Angeles, California.
Brittany is a 30-year-old tech recruiter from Austin, Texas.
Caroline is a 26-year-old realtor from Fort Lauderdale, Flordia.
D'Nysha is a 30-year-old orthopedic nurse from Anderson, South Carolina.
Jacqueline is a 26-year-old research coordinator from New York.
Jenna is a 28-year-old social media manager from Raleigh, North Carolina.
Jessica is a 26-year-old television host from Santa Monica, California.
Krystal is a 30-year-old fitness coach from San Diego, California.
Lauren B. is a 25-year-old technology salesperson from Dallas, Texas.
Lauren G. is a 26-year-old executive recruiter from Los Angeles, California.
Lauren J. is a 33-year-old recent master's graduate from New Roads, Louisiana.
Lauren S. is a 31-year-old social media manager from Dallas, Texas.
Alison is a 27-year-old personal stylist from Dallas, Texas.
Maquel is a 23-year-old photographer from Orem, Utah.
Marikah is a 27-year-old restaurant owner from Salt Lake City, Utah.
Olivia is a 23-year-old marketing associate from Chicago, Illinois.
Rebecca is a 27-year-old publicist from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Tia is a 26-year-old physical therapist from Weiner, Arkansas.
Whew. An impressive bunch right there.
This season is going to be a big deal for Luyendyk, not only because he's the show's star, but because the whole thing has been a long, long time coming. According to former Bachelor star Sean Lowe, Luyendyk was actually supposed to have appeared on the show's 19th season but it didn't end up working out. Lowe explained to Dish Nation,
From what I understand, the show, the producers that make the show, they wanted Arie. They actually told Arie he was gonna be the Bachelor. They flew down, had a camera crew, filmed him telling his family he was gonna be the next Bachelor – then pulled the rug out from underneath him and made Chris the Bachelor.
Yikes. Well, here's to another season filled with drama, love (?), and all the hot tubs you could possibly ask for.