It’s almost that time again, folks! Colton Underwood‘s season of The Bachelor is only a month away (premiering on Jan. 7), and we’ve already done some digging on the gorgeous contestants fighting for his heart. Before we take a sneak peek at the lucky ladies vying for the Former NFL player, let’s recap everything we know about the season (and Colton) so far. Shall we?
Colton competed on Becca Kufrin’s season of The Bachelorette and had his heart broken when she sent him home right before fantasy suites. The 26-year-old apparently had a fling with Becca’s friend (and former Bachelor contestant) Tia Booth, who even came on the season to confess her love for him. But when Colton and Tia tried to make their relationship work this past summer on Bachelor in Paradise, things ended with Colton telling Tia she wasn’t the one and Tia crying into his arms like a sad puppy. Yeah, it was emotional.
So now, Colton — who has been open and honest about still being a virgin — is starting his own journey to find love, and will have plenty of ladies to choose from!
When Colton was first announced as the Bachelor, he did face quite a lot of backlash — mostly because people wanted to see Jason Tartick or Blake Horstmann fill the spot. But Chris Harrison recently clarified why ABC believed Colton was the best man for the job.
“Colton, you have to understand gives us what we felt was the best TV,” the host told People Now. “And that’s what we’re doing; we’re trying to entertain, we’re trying to tell a story.”
Chris added that he’s “excited to find out if this will even work,” considering the now-Bachelor has a history of running away from commitment. “Is he ready? Does he really want to propose? Is he at that stage in his life? We’re going to find out,” Chris teased.
Now that we got all of that out of the way, scroll through the gallery below to meet all of the confirmed cast members.