The Bachelor Season 20: Meet the Bachelorettes

12.29.2015

A new year means a new season of the Bachelor. Which I am SUPER pumped about. The girls tend to bring the drama and that is my favorite part. Bad, right? Nope. Great. A few weeks ago ABC released the cast for Season 20 - and let me tell ya, the women that will be vying for Ben's love are a good bunch. A good variety of everything plus I am sure a few crazies sneaked in there. I've gone through them all and put together my first impressions and my predictions of how far they will go in the competition for your reading pleasure and to get you just as pumped about Season 20 as I am. Let's do this.
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Amanda
Age: 25
Occupation: Esthetician
Hometown: Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Impression: She seems like a good balance of chill and put together. Loves to be outdoors, cares about her appearance, has her act together. One thing that might be not as appealing about her is that she has two daughters. Not that having kids going into this is a deal breaker, but sometimes just one is hard to wrap the head around and she has two. Not sure where Ben stands on that though.
Prediction: I think she will go decently far because she seems to have the outdoors and travel bug like Ben. I predict she will go at least five or six episodes.
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Amber
Age: 30
Occupation: Bartender
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Height: 5'3"
Impression: You might remember this teddy bear loving lady from Chris Soules' season. If you don't, I would like to point out that I called she would show up with her teddy bear for intros. There isn't a ton to say impressions about because I feel like I know Amber from Bachelor and Bachelor in Paradise.
Prediction: I don't really see Amber and Ben being a fit, but I do think she will make it through the first couple episodes due to sheer rating and familiarity - people love to see people they know.
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Becca
Age: 26
Occupation: Chiropractic Assistant
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Height: 5'5"
Impression: Basically all my impressions are going to be 100% biased because I loved Becca in Chris' season and really wanted her to win the whole dang thing. And when she didn't I was so bummed. And so I feel like she is perfect. I sound super creepy when I say that, I know. Lots of people thought she was dull - but I didn't think that. And her bio shows more personality, so I think that helped. Her biggest fear is clogging a toilet like in Dumb and Dumber. Which, I agree. And she has some great embarrassing moments.
Prediction: I think she is pretty enough, low maintenance enough, and adventurous enough to make it pretty far in this competition. I am saying top 5 for Becca. but I also wouldn't be surprised if she went a little further. I think it also helps that she has a moveable career.
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Breanne
Age: 30
Occupation: Nutritional Therapist
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Height: 5’7”
Impression: I like her. Independent. No crap. She seems like a woman that has a plan and knows what she wants. With that being said she talks about her favorite book - saying, "It’s all about valuing yourself and letting the man pursue you." I don't think that will fare well on this show. Because in order to make it you need to not only be pursued but pursue or you end up blending in.
Prediction: She might make it to the second episode, but I wouldn't be surprised if that is where her journey for love ends.
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Caila
Age: 24
Occupation: Software Sales Rep.
Hometown: Hudson, OH
Height: 5’4”
Impression: Software and Software. Ben's occupational match made in heaven. I really love that she talks about fate and always being present in her bio. It is rare to find people these days that don't focus on making things happen, but letting them happen. For that alone she scores high in my book. She seems very realistic and down to earth through the whole bio as well. She likes to try new things, wants to share traditions, and wants to have 3 kids because they fit perfectly in a 5 seater. So reasonable, Caila.
Prediction: I see her in the top 5. Mostly because she just seems like a genuinely normal human.
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Emily and Haley
Age: 22
Occupation: Twins
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Height: 5’4”
Impression: I know.. it looked like missed a bio. But I didn't because these two are twins. And since they list that as their occupation and they appear to come out of the limo together - I am lumping them into one thing. Sorry twins. Okay - they seem cool. Normal. They dance and they cheer. They love hot weather based on where they grew up. They talk about being classy. And I think they have that going for them.
Prediction: So I feel like Ben wouldn't keep one twin and not the other - unless he has a super awesome, unbelievable connection with one. But I have a feeling he will lump them just like me and send them both home within the first two episodes. You know the White Christmas saying. "Lord bless the mister who comes between me and my sister." I am interested to see how this one pans out on cable TV.
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Isabel "Izzy"
Age: 24
Occupation: Graphic Designer
Hometown: Branford, CT
Height: 5’6”
Impression: She seems like a girl that can't really make up her mind. Her music faves range from Indy to Country to Pop. And when asked if she likes hot or cold weather she basically answered both. With that being said, I think she will be able to mold what she likes to match Sir Ben for the first few episodes. And then we will find out a few secrets here and there.
Prediction: I think she will get by talking to Ben for about the first three or four episodes and then get the boot.
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Jackie
Age: 23
Occupation: Gerontologist
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Height: 5’9"
Impression: She seems like a girl up for adventure and excitement. Paragliding, parachuting, and travelling the world. All that plus she is clearly smart and thoughtful. So basically I give her a yes. And she is really darling. And tall.
Prediction: I give her to the top 6.
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Jami
Age: 23
Occupation: Bartender
Hometown: St. Albert, Alberta, Canada
Height: 5'5"
Impression: All Canada. All the time. She seems detail orientated. Especially because she took the time to describe why she likes each of her favorite artists. But she also seems to not read directions because it asks for her favorite music and she lists artists... but maybe that works and I am over analyzing? She is probably the new Virgin Ashley because she said she is an inexperienced lover. Way to be honest.
Prediction: She is cute enough. And seems normal enough. And sweet also - so I give her to the top 6 or so.
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Jennifer
Age: 25
Occupation: Small Business Owner
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Height: 5’7”
Impression: A direction reader! She listed her favorite music and then artists to boot. I approve. I want to know what business she owns though. Small businesses are tough. And they, for the most part, are relocatable - which means that she could be a perfect Ben match.
Prediction: I think she will be in the top 2/3 of the ladies. But I don't know if she will go much further. We shall see. She could surprise me.
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Jessica
Age: 23
Occupation: Accountant
Hometown: Boca Raton, FL
Height: 5’4”
Impression: Accountants are generally boring. With that being said, she wants a man that pursues her... Someone else said that too. Do these girls know how this show works?
Prediction: I think she will be gone within the first couple episodes.
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Joelle "JoJo"
Age: 24
Occupation: Real Estate Developer
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Height: 5’4”
Impression: When I saw the name JoJo I was really hoping it was my favorite tween popstar all grown up. You know the one, "Get out. Right now. It's the end of you and me!" But alas... we have a Real Estate Developer - which could still be the tween star in disguise. My fingers are crossed. Either way - I think this is a good one. She wants to have pizza with Ellen, her passed away grandfather, and Jesus. And she can make quesadillas. And if she could be anyone it would be Taylor Swift. It's like we are twins. She sounds like someone that would probably be my friend.
Prediction: I say top 10 for this lady.
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Jubilee
Age: 24
Occupation: War Veteran
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Height: 5’4”
Impression: Pretty girl. But sadly I cannot get past her name and her occupation. I have a friend that was very offended by her occupation of War Veteran - which I am sure isn't what she listed but what ABC selected to put there based on her history... but I have to point it out because what my friend wrote really stuck with me. She said it was offensive to those that truly are War Veterans from the past. I honestly don't know proper etiquette on all this - but I got stuck at her occupation. Thoughts?
Prediction: I think she will make it to episode 5. From there we shall see.
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Lace
Age: 25
Occupation: Real Estate Agent
Hometown: Denver, CO
Height: 5'10"
Impression: She is so tall. That is my first impression. Which could either totally work in her favor or totally send her home. Because some men are just scared of tall women. I am interested to see how this one plays out. Her most embarrassing moment has to do with her pooping before someone coming over and them seeing it... which leads me to a lot of questions - why did he see it? Why doesn't she flush? Or is she one of those weird people that doesn't poop in a toilet to save water? Weird. I honestly cannot get past this story to give you any further impressions.
Prediction: Based on age and location - both similar to Ben's - I think she will stay for a bit. Usually the most boring bios seem to go a little further, and her's was pretty quick and short. I say top 7.
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Laura
Age: 24
Occupation: Account Executive
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Height: 5’4"
Impression: She seems like someone who personality-wise would match Ben perfectly based on her bio. But looks wise I don't think she matches the type of lady he would like. I do like that she talks about the ideal mate as someone with a kind face and sweet eyes. I also appreciate that she says she wants someone probably taller than her - which means she isn't one of those short girls that dates all the tall guys leaving the tall girls with only shorties. Thank you, Laura. Thank you.
Prediction: I give her one or two rose ceremonies before her name is not called.
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Lauren "LB"
Age: 23
Occupation: Fashion Buyer
Hometown: Stillwater, OK
Height: 5’5"
Impression: My obvious first impression is that she is trying to become the new LC from the OC. You remember LC, right? Here we have her long lost twin - LC the Fashion Buyer that wasn't blonde so she was shipped to OOOOOklahoma where the wind comes sweeping down the plain... Jokes. But sort of serious. I actually have a good feel about Miss LC here. She has one of those short bios, which means they are saving the good stuff for when she makes it to the finals.
Prediction: I think she will be heading to the top 3. Mark. My. Words.
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Lauren B.
Age: 25
Occupation: Flight Attendant
Hometown: Marina Del Rey, CA
Height: 5’7"
Impression: Her guilty pleasure is brunch with mimosas - so I fell like she would get along with my baseball girls really well. We were all about the brunch. Except I always got just orange juice since I don't drink. She loves love. Marriage means the world to her. And she wants to shadow the first lady. Sounds like a girl that is all about her man. I think she will do well for herself as a wife someday.
Prediction: I am saying top 3 for Miss Lauren B.
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Lauren H.
Age: 25
Occupation: Kindergarten Teacher
Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
Height: 5'5"
Impression: Lauren H. is all around very normal. I bet she is a fabulous Kindergarten teacher and the kids love her. She is all about those 90's tunes - which hello.... N*Sync and Spice Girls? Yeah. She is also someone that seems like they have a personality - she jokes on her application about a few things, not just trying to be the show offy one.
Prediction: I feel like Lauren R. could easily make it to the top 12 assuming Ben likes smart and funny girls.
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Lauren R.
Age: 26
Occupation: Math Teacher
Hometown: Houston, TX
Height: 5'5"
Impression: Basically I really like Lauren R. because she reminds me of myself and one of my girlfriends combined into one. She loves Harry Potter which is an obvious win. If someone doesn't like HP I don't really know how to trust them. She seems pretty quirky - so I overall think she could be a fun wildcard sort of like Kaitlyn was. However she is a cat person....
Prediction: Hopefully having two Laurens go far isn't an issue - because I think Lauren R. could make it to top 5. They shouldn't have picked so many girls with similar names.
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Leah
Age: 25
Occupation: Event Planner
Hometown: Denver, CO
Height: 5’5 3/4"
Impression: Very exact height. This is usually what short girls do to sound taller. I am sorry. You are just short. Ain't no thing wrong with that! Overall - this girl I like. Event planner - my profession - and wants to be a mermaid. She sounds pretty awesome to me! I am glad she made it on the show because when she was asked how she meets guys her answer was, "I don't!" So good for you Glen Coco, you go Glen Coco! Welcome to the opportunity to meet a man. Also - bucket list? Greece, meet the man of her dreams, fly on a helicopter. The Bachelor is the right place for those three items. Kill all the birds with one stone.
Prediction: I think she will go into the top 6. I like her. She seems very normal. And once again, the hometown location does her a favor.
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Maegan
Age: 30
Occupation: Cowgirl
Hometown: Weatherford, TX
Height: 5'4 3/4"
Impression: Very exact height, again. Two in a row! She seems a little much for our sweet Benny boy. She talks about chopping off snake's heads, grabbing the behinds of men she wants to meet, and trying to watch her mouth around someone she is interested in. I picture her being the wild card Kaitlyn of this season. Cowgirl with a cause. Ride on, sister!
Prediction: If Ben loved Kaitlyn - she might do real awesome. But my heart is telling me her's will be broken pretty early on in the season.
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Mandi
Age: 28
Occupation: Dentist
Hometown: Portland, OR
Height: 5’8”
Impression: She will be the blurred out buns of this season solely based on her response of what type of whether she prefers. She said, "Hot. I love being in a swimsuit." So if you ever want to find Mandi, she will be at the pool. Assuming she makes it that far into the season...
Prediction: Two episodes for this one, three max.
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Olivia
Age: 23
Occupation: News Anchor
Hometown: Austin, TX
Height: 5’8"
Impression: Pretty girl. Very detailed responses on her bio. I think she has her ish together - but I think the fact that she is a news anchor in a pretty decent market would make the relocation thing hard. I only say this because I have a friend in the news and she works way hard for her positions, and I think it would be hard for her to just pass up and relocate after she has gotten to where she is. Who knows, maybe Olivia isn't as into her job as she comes across.
Prediction: I say top 5.
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Rachel
Age: 23
Occupation: Unemployed
Hometown: Little Rock, AR
Height: 5’5”
Impression: Since when is unemployed an occupation? Super confused on that one. Overall Rachel is really cute and super not ambitious to me... She likes whatever is trending in music, if she could be any animal she would be Cookie Monster - note, a puppet... not an animal - because she loves cookies, and cute guys make her nervous. I am iffy on this one. But she is cute, so hey! She might be charming too.
Prediction: I think she is gone the first night.
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Samantha
Age: 26
Occupation: Attorney
Hometown: New Smyrna Beach, FL
Height: 5’4"
Impression: Based on looks along I wouldn't have guessed she is an attorney. But I also wouldn't have guessed Ali had a kickbutt job either. Samantha must be a smart woman - she graduated top 20% of her law school class. Which is super impressive in a large class, not so much in a small one... let's hope her book smarts translate to street smarts and personality. Otherwise it could be a long ride for this one.
Prediction: I am giving her until the 3rd or 4th episode.
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Shushanna
Age: 27
Occupation: Mathematician
Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah
Height: 5'2"
Impression: First things first - her name makes me think of Mulan for some reason. Anyone else? Just me? Okay... well one of my most favorite humans is a math wiz - that plus the fact that she lives in Utah, I like her. I don't know why I still cheer so much for Utah everything. Must be the Mormon in me. She says she is a country girl and can cook. Basically she seems very smart and normal. I don't know if Ben is smart? That is the only thing that makes me think there will not be a connection. Other than that she is normal enough to make it. She is also one of those on the show to believe in love people. So I commend her for that.
Prediction: I think she will make it at least to the top half.
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Tiara
Age: 26
Occupation: Chicken Enthusiast
Hometown: Redmond, WA
Height: 5'8"
Impression: She's all 'bout that chicken, 'bout that chicken. But seriously... Chicken enthusiast is her job. Which I didn't know that was a job? I can only imagine how many leftover eggs she has - assuming she raises chickens. My coworker has 12 chickens and has eggs coming out her ears. Also. She said chickens are her guiltiest pleasure. And also she can't live without her chickens. Chicken are cool, I get that. And they provide. But I never knew someone could love chickens so much?
Prediction: I think she is interesting, being all about chickens and all, and she is cute - so combine cute, with interesting, with a uniqueness that no one else has. I put her in the top ten for sure. Just as long as she can talk about more than chickens.
 So there you have it - my review of the ladies. After writing my thoughts and feels about all of them my brain is a little fried, which makes seeing how close my prediction were even a little bit more exciting. Do you have any favorites from the bunch? Who do you think will take home the man prize? Let's all get excited for ABC's The Bachelor which starts January 4th. Who are you cheering for?
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