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Millions of single women had mixed emotions when Chris Soules, the stylish farmer from Iowa, was sent home by Andi Dorfman on The Bachelorette. One of the final three men, Chris was dismissed after he had emotionally confessed his love to Andi, but that meant the handsome bachelor was back on the market. Now, he is ready to put his heartache behind him to search for the one missing piece in his life - true love - when he stars in the 19th edition of ABC's hit romance reality series, The Bachelor.
The 33-year-old Midwestern bachelor and self-proclaimed romantic has been engaged once before. Heartbroken, Chris ended that seven-year relationship just months before he expected to walk down the aisle. Although his relationship with his fiancée was good, he didn't want to settle for "good." He wanted "great." While the humble but enormously successful farmer from tiny Arlington, Iowa (pop. 427) has found it difficult to date, that hasn't stopped him from having faith that one day he will find the perfect woman for him. His experience on The Bachelorette made him realize that love really is out there, and he is confident that he will find it this time on The Bachelor. (source: abc.go.com)
America was hooked the second Ben Higgins, the handsome and charming small-town guy from Warsaw, Indiana, stepped out of the limo to greet last season's Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe. Now, as he tries to shed his self-described moniker of being "unlovable" and put his heartbreak behind him, he is ready to give love a second chance with 28 beautiful women. Ben, the perfect "10," hopes to find his soul mate, the woman who can share the love and support he felt growing up in a close-knit community, and make her his wife, as this highly anticipated 20th season of ABC's hit romance reality series, "The Bachelor."
Ben greets ten ladies at a local Los Angeles high school where he invites them to take a trip down memory lane with him, but Lace is desperate to redeem herself after her erratic behavior at the first rose ceremony. Chris Harrison gets the first one-on-one date off to an exciting start when he introduces Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, fresh from the set of "Ride Along 2," to Ben and his date, and they are off on a rollicking, unconventional rendezvous, which will end with a special performance by popular singer-songwriter Amos Lee. Finally, a visit to The Love Lab will test six bachelorettes to see who among them has the best connection to Ben. The week culminates when the drama-filled rose ceremony has one lady making a stunning decision.
The stunning departure of Lauren, L.B., who refused Ben's rose, set the Bachelor back on his heels momentarily, but there are 17 women, who are anxious to spend time with him. Lauren B. and Ben soar in a bi-plane to a secluded spot where a hot tub waits, as well as a romantic dinner followed by a private performance by Lucy Angel, one of the Bachelor's favorite music groups. Twelve ladies are involved in an intense soccer competition, coached by Alex Morgan and Kelley O'Hara of the World Cup Champion U.S. Women's National Soccer Team. Jubilee is in for a real treat as she and Ben share a romantic tryst at an exclusive spa. However, real-life events intercede, and Ben gets tragic news from home. Can he overcome both the real-life drama and the women's emotional confrontations with each other to pick the right bachelorettes to continue with him?
Ben and his bachelorettes all are willing to gamble on love in "Sin City," as he escorts the remaining 14 women to Las Vegas. JoJo, whose chemistry with Ben is off the charts, joins the Bachelor for a tour of the glittering Las Vegas strip by helicopter. Versatile singer, comedian, ventriloquist and celebrity impersonator Terry Fator invites 12 of the ladies to be his opening act. What special talents will they display? Becca is thrown off guard when her date card is accompanied by a wedding dress. Her arrival at the "Little White Wedding Chapel" is met with an intriguing proposal from Ben. The twins, Haley and Emily, get a special date with the Bachelor. Olivia continues to irritate the other women, but will her annoying habits get her a rose? Eleven women remain, hoping to get a proposal from Ben and everlasting love.
The first international stop of the season finds Ben and the 11 remaining bachelorettes traveling to Mexico City, one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world. Amanda has a thrillingly romantic one-on-one date with Ben, soaring over ancient ruins in a hot-air balloon. The women will attempt to learn Spanish with Ben but they immediately need to use their new-found knowledge to go shopping for a cooking competition. Lauren H. has a spring in her step as she and Ben walk the runway with top models during for Mexico City's Fashion Week. One heart-wrenching confrontation between Ben and one unhappy bachelorette changes the course of Ben's journey to find love. The women decide to take matters into their own hands and corner Ben about Olivia's bad behavior. Will the Bachelor decide it is time for her to pack her bags?
The tension is palpable as Ben faces off with Olivia about her bad behavior. The other women are relieved, but will Ben give her a rose or send her home? After the rose ceremony, the remaining women are off to the tropical, romantic Bahamas. On the one-on-one date, the lucky bachelorette is reticent to open up with Ben, confusing him even more about their potential future together. Six women on a deserted island sounds like a dream date - until some unexpected guests show up. The last date of the week is the dreaded two-on-one date, which always leaves at least one shell-shocked woman on her way home. Surprises continue to change the course of Ben's and the women's search for love as they move toward another rose ceremony, but he still believes his future wife might be in the remaining group of women.
Ben's hometown of Warsaw, IN will roll out the red carpet for him and the remaining six women. This visit will give the ladies a little insight into who Ben is and what a future with the Bachelor might be like. A special one-on-one date with Lauren B. is based at the youth center where Ben volunteered as a teenager. Surprise guests, including Indiana Pacers superstar George Paul, make this a memorable date for the kids and the bachelorette. Then, it's off to Chicago with JoJo to legendary Wrigley Field, home of Ben's favorite team, the Chicago Cubs, where the couple has the whole stadium to themselves. A high stakes group date pits three women against one another, with the rose winner automatically getting a hometown date. Emily gets a huge surprise when her date with Ben includes a visit to his parents. Ben faces his most difficult decision yet as he decides which bachelorettes' hometowns he will visit.
Ben faces friction from the families of the remaining women when he travels with the girls to visit their hometowns.
Ben and the final three women travel to Jamaica where Ben continues to explore what his future might be like with each of them; Ben invites each of the women to spend the night with him.
Ben faces the most provocative women of the season, including Olivia, Caila, Jubilee and Amanda, as they return to tell their sides of the story; a look ahead to the season finale.
Ben brings Lauren B. and Jo Jo home to meet his family, hoping it will help him choose; following two dramatic final dates, Ben makes a decision.
Ben talks to Chris Harrison about the final two women, who later join the conversation.
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