Things are about to get even more dramatic on Matt James’ season of The Bachelor! On the Monday, January 25, episode of the ABC series, five more women are being added into the mix. Yes, you read that right.
Currently, there are 18 women vying for James’ heart, but now the real estate agent will have 23 ladies in total who are trying to get his attention.
So, why did the producers feel the need to shake things up? “A record number of women applied for Matt James … [it was] the biggest response we’ve had, and we wanted to give as many women as possible the chance to find love,” Chris Harrison revealed.
“So, we start with 32, but there will be more than those that arrive. And I can also give you this nugget — one woman who arrives is a very, very familiar face to Bachelor Nation,” the 49-year-old host said, referring to Heather Martin’s future appearance.
Despite the drama — we’re looking at you, “Queen” Victoria Larson — the 29-year-old is counting his lucky stars that these women dropped everything to date him.
“It’s just such a great group of women, like women that you would never think would be single,” he shared. “That’s why I was so skeptical coming in, because it’s like, you don’t think the type of woman exists that I was interacting with and that were part of this experience. So, it made my life and decision-making that much more difficult because you’re having to send home incredible women.”
In the meantime, scroll through the gallery below to get to know the new contestants.
Apparently, Young is one to watch, as she catches James’ eye. The 27-year-old — who was a former Division I basketball player — hails from Minnesota and is a teacher. According to her ABC bio, she is “looking for the Superman to her superwoman.”
Galvin immediately makes waves when she kisses James straight out of the limo. “They just wanted to save the best for last,” she told the girls in the house. The 23-year-old model is from Chicago and is on the prowl to meet a mature, trusting man. Galvin is apparently the girl Anna Redman accuses of being an escort in the promo clip.
The 28-year-old is from Los Angeles, Calif., and is a cardiac ICU nurse, who saves lives — especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though the brunette babe is shy at first, "she loves to play pool, dance and says she is a total thrill-seeker who loves to get her adrenaline pumping," her ABC bio reads.
Morales, 29, is a beauty queen and was former Miss Universe Puerto Rico. Now, the entertainment and business law attorney lives in New York City and is looking for someone who wants a family as much as she does.
Claytor is a dancer and choreographer from Brooklyn, N.Y., and is “hoping to find a partner in life with whom she has undeniable chemistry,” her bio reads. She is “looking for a man with a kind heart who has more to talk about than just work.”