Following the very dramatic and scandalous last season of the Bachelor, the ABC hit show returns this year in what is being called a scandal free season.

The 15th season of the Bachelor brings us back Brad Womack, a 38-year-old Texas bar owner. ABC’s decision to choose Brad as the new bachelor was met with some criticism as some felt he already had his chance and blew it. This is in reference to Brad’s now infamous decision to not pick either of this two finalists, DeAnna Pappas and Jenni Croft, back in 2007.

In a new interview with PEOPLE magazine, Brad reveals he has turned a new leaf and even declares he is “very much in love” with his final pick. “I did find love, and I’m very happy to say that,” Brad said. “I’m very much in love. I’m a happy guy.”

Brad adds, “A true love story happened.” The new season of the Bachelor premieres Jan. 3 (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.

In related Bachelor news, Dancing With The Stars professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy blogged recently that he is now filming the Ukrainian version of the Bachelor. Even more interesting, Maksim revealed ABC had asked him to be the Bachelor on the US version but he declined.

The photos and brief bios of the 30, yes 30 bachelorettes this season is below!


Alli TravisAlli Travis, Age: 24
Occupation: Apparel Merchant
Hometown: Columbus, OH


Ashley HebertAshley Hebert, Age:26
Occupation: Dentist
Hometown: Madawaska, ME


Ashley SpiveyAshley Spivey, Age:26
Occupation: Nanny
Hometown: Ellerbe, NC


BritneeBritnee, Age: 25
Occupation: Paralegal
Hometown: Holland, PA


Britt BillmaierBritt Billmaier, Age: 25
Occupation: Food Writer
Hometown: Woodinville, WA


Chantal O'BrienChantal O’Brien, Age:28
Occupation: Executive Assistant
Hometown: Mercer Island, WA


CristyCristy, Age:30
Occupation: Attorney
Hometown: Davie, FL


Emily MaynardEmily Maynard, Age:24
Occupation: Hospital Event Planner
Hometown: Morgantown, WV


JJessica, Age: 26
Occupation: Operations Manager
Hometown: Seattle, WA


Jackie GordonJackie Gordon, Age:27
Occupation: Artist
Hometown: Warwick, RI


Jill RuskowskiJill Ruskowski, Age: 28
Occupation: Sales Director
Hometown: Houston, TX


Keltie ColleenKeltie Colleen, Age:28
Occupation: Radio City Rockette
Hometown: Hollywood, CA


Kimberly CoonKimberly Coon, Age:27
Occupation: Marketing Coordinator
Hometown: Orlando, FL


Lacey GarbelmanLacey Garbelman, Age:27
Occupation: Insurance Agent
Hometown: Tampa, FL


LaurenLauren, Age:26
Occupation: High School Teacher
Hometown: Culpeper, VA


Lindsay HillLindsay Hill, Age:25
Occupation: 1st Grade Teacher
Hometown: Plano, TX


Lisa MorriseyLisa Morrisey, Age:24
Occupation: Marketing Coordinator
Hometown: Ottawa, KS


Lisa PLisa. P, Age:27
Occupation: Sales Consultant
Hometown: Dix Hills, NY


Madison GartonMadison Garton, Age:25
Occupation: Model
Hometown: Vail, CO


Marissa MayMarissa May, Age:26
Occupation: Sports Publicist
Hometown: Mesa, AZ


Meghan MerrittMeghan Merritt, Age:30
Occupation: Fashion Marketer
Hometown: Princeton, NJ


Melissa SchreiberMelissa Schreiber, Age:32
Occupation: Waitress
Hometown: Westport, CT


Michelle MoneyMichelle Money, Age:30
Occupation: Hair Stylist
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT


Raichel GoodyearRaichel Goodyear, Age:29
Occupation: Manscaper
Hometown: Fullerton, CA


RebeccaRebecca, Age:30
Occupation: Esthetician
Hometown: Mission Viejo, CA


Renee HalpinRenee Halpin, Age: 28
Occupation: Nanny
Hometown: Burbank, IL


Sarah LSarah L, Age:25
Occupation: Musical Theatre Performer
Hometown: Saginaw, MI


Sarah PowellSarah Powell, Age:27
Occupation: Real Estate Broker
Hometown: Denver, CO


Shawntel NewtonShawntel Newton, Age: 25
Occupation: Funeral Director
Hometown: Chico, CA


Stacey QueripelStacey Queripel, Age: 26
Occupation: Bartender
Hometown: Quincy, MA

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