Nick Viall looked for love, and now we know who he was looking at! The Bachelor’s new season premieres Jan. 2, and on Wednesday ABC revealed the contestants who vied for Viall’s thrice-shattered heart.
Overall, we’re noticing two positive trends among this season’s cast. First, most of these women seem legitimately employed (let’s recall that ‘Free Spirit’ and ‘Dog Lover’ have been job titles in the past). Second, the group appears somewhat diverse. Diversity has been a major issue for the Bachelor franchises in the past. In August, ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said she’d like to see changes, and that there was a “need to increase the pool of diverse candidates in the beginning.”
From an "unemployed nurse" to a "travel nurse" to a "doula," there are plenty of women to step up and help when there’s that inevitable mental breakdown at some point during the season.
Number of brunettes: 21
The cast of 30 women is overwhelmingly dark-haired, which seems to be Viall’s physical type. Remember, he’s fallen for the chestnut locks of Andi Dorfman, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Jennifer Saviano on his other Bachelor Nation series.
Number of aspiring dolphin trainers: 1
We can’t help but wonder why 23-year-old Alexis is only "aspiring," and has not yet achieved her dream. Perhaps because we’re living in a post-Blackfish society? Have the dolphin jobs dried up? Godspeed, Alexis.
Number of women in their 20s: 27
Even though Viall is 36 years old, only three women are 30 or above. The oldest woman in the cast is 31, and the youngest age is 23 – there are four 23-year-olds to be exact.
Other notable statistics: there are 14 women with tattoos, four who would be Ariel from The Little Mermaid if they could become a fictional character (in second: three want to be Olivia Pope), five women who would transform into dolphins if they could be any animal (you're not alone, Alexis), four who list The Notebook as their favorite movie and four who named Titanic. Bring on the romance!
Also among the ladies: a model, a wedding videographer, a business owner (and a small business owner), a restaurant server (waitress?!), marketing manager, photographer, chef, flight attendant (same job as last season’s winner, Lauren Bushnell), pro basketball dancer, attorney, food truck owner, Pilates instructor, two teachers and more. The Bachelor premieres Jan. 2 on ABC.