The Bachelor (American season 25)

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The Bachelor
Season 25
The Bachelor S25 poster.jpeg
Promotional poster
StarringMatt James
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes3
Original networkABC
Original releaseJanuary 4, 2021 (2021-01-04) –
present (present)
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List of The Bachelor episodes

The 25th season of The Bachelor premiered on January 4, 2021.[1] This season features 28-year-old Matt James, a real estate broker and charity founder from Raleigh, North Carolina.[2]

James was originally cast on the sixteenth season of The Bachelorette featuring Clare Crawley. However, after filming was delayed due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, he was instead selected to be The Bachelor. James is the first black male lead in The Bachelor franchise.[3]

Filming and development[edit]

Casting and contestants[edit]

On June 12, 2020, James was announced as the next Bachelor on Good Morning America.[2] James is the first black Bachelor in franchise history,[3] and while it was intended and announced as the second African-American lead (after Rachel Lindsay of The Bachelorette 13), the sudden introduction of Tayshia Adams as a co-lead on The Bachelorette 16, made James the third African-American lead of the franchise. He is also the first lead to have not previously appeared on a series in The Bachelor franchise since Matt Grant in season 12.[a]

Notable contestants include Mariela "Mari" Pepin, Miss Maryland USA 2019 and top 10 finalist in Miss USA 2019; Kit Keenan, daughter of fashion designer Cynthia Rowley; Sydney Johnson, daughter of former New York Giants running backs coach and current University of Maryland analyst Craig Johnson; and Abigail Heringer, the first deaf contestant in The Bachelor franchise.[4][5][6][7]


Much like in the sixteenth season of The Bachelorette, the season was filmed entirely at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Pennsylvania, 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh due to quarantine safety protocols. Making this was the first The Bachelor season not to film in the traditional Villa de la Vina mansion in Agoura Hills, California, and the first location other than the mansion since season 11.[8]


43 potential contestants were revealed on October 5, 2020.[9] On December 11, 2020, the final cast of 32 women was revealed.[10] On January 22, 2021, 5 new women joined the cast, bringing the total number of contestants to 37.[11]

Name Age Hometown Occupation Outcome Place Ref
Abigail Heringer[7][12] 25 Salem, Oregon Client Financial Manager Participating
Anna Redman[13][14] 24 Owatonna, Minnesota Copywriter
Bri Springs[15][16] 24 San Antonio, Texas Communications Manager
Brittany Galvin 23 Chicago, Illinois Model
Catalina Morales 29 New York, New York Former Miss Universe Puerto Rico
Chelsea Vaughn[17] 29 Marietta, Georgia Runway Model
Jessenia Cruz[15] 27 El Paso, Texas Social Media Marketer
Kaili Anderson[14] 26 Chicago, Illinois Hostess
Katie Thurston[18][19] 29 Lynnwood, Washington Bank Marketing Manager
Khaylah Epps[20] 28 Durham, North Carolina Healthcare Advocate
Kim Li 28 Los Angeles, California ICU Nurse
Kit Keenan[5] 21 New York, New York Fashion Entrepreneur
Lauren Maddox[21] 29 Miami, Florida Corporate Attorney
Mearg "Magi" Tareke[22] 32 Washington, D.C. Pharmacist
Mariela "Mari" Pepin[4][23] 24 Severn, Maryland Marketing Director
Meredith "MJ" Snyder[24] 23 Hudson, Ohio Hairstylist
Michelle Young 27 Edina, Minnesota Teacher
Pieper James[12] 23 Happy Valley, Oregon Graduate Student
Rachael Kirkconnell 24 Cumming, Georgia Graphic Designer
Ryan Claytor 26 Brooklyn, New York Dancer/Choreographer
Serena Chew[25] 24 San Bruno, California Flight Attendant
Serena Pitt[18][26] 22 Markham, Ontario Publicist
Victoria Larson[27] 27 Los Angeles, California Queen
Sarah Trott[28] 24 San Diego, California Broadcast Journalist Week 3 24 (quit) [29]
Alana Milne[15] 26 San Antonio, Texas Photographer Week 2 25–29
Illeana Pennetto 25 South Salem, New York Health Food Developer
Kristin Hopkins[30] 27 Virginia Beach, Virginia Attorney
Marylynn Sienna[31] 28 Huntington Beach, California Event Coordinator
Sydney Johnson[6] 28 Franklin, Tennessee Marketing Specialist
Alicia Holloway[32] 24 Morgantown, West Virginia Professional Ballerina Week 1 30–37 [33]
Amber Andrews[31] 30 Rialto, California Nursing Student
Carolyn Vallejo[31] 30 Newburyport, Massachusetts Journalist
Casandra Suarez[31] 25 Lodi, California Social Worker
Corrinne Jones[34] 22 Pomfret, Connecticut Marketing Manager
Emani Curl[35] 25 Albuquerque, New Mexico Realtor
Kimberly Courneya[19] 28 Lake Tapps, Washington Airline Recruiter
Saneh Ste. Claire[36] 25 St. Augustine, Florida IT Consultant

Call-out order[edit]

Order Bachelorettes Episode / Week
1 2/3 3/4
1 Bri Abigail Bri Rachael
2 Rachael Bri Lauren Serena P.
3 Sarah Rachael Sarah
4 Jessenia Chelsea Pieper
5 Chelsea Sarah Kit
6 Mari MJ Magi
7 Magi Serena P. Rachael
8 Carolyn Khaylah Abigail
9 Sydney Kristin Chelsea
10 Kristin Kit Jessenia
11 Anna Magi Katie
12 Khaylah Pieper Serena C.
13 Serena C. Mari Serena P.
14 Serena P. Illeana Khaylah
15 Alicia Jessenia Mari
16 Saneh Kaili MJ
17 Alana Marylynn Anna
18 Kaili Serena C. Kaili
19 Abigail Lauren Victoria Sarah
20 Corrinne Sydney Alana
21 Marylynn Alana
22 Emani Katie
23 Lauren Anna
24 Pieper Victoria
25 MJ Alicia
26 Katie
27 Amber
28 Kimberly
29 Casandra
30 Illeana
31 Kit
32 Victoria
  The contestant received a first impression rose
  The contestant received a rose during the date
  The contestant was eliminated
  The contestant quit the competition
  The contestant won the competition


No. in
TitleOriginal air date [37]Prod.
U.S. viewers
2521"Week 1: Season 25 Premiere"January 4, 2021 (2021-01-04)25015.23[38]1.3[38]
2532"Week 2"January 11, 2021 (2021-01-11)25024.74[39]1.2[39]
2543"Week 3"January 18, 2021 (2021-01-18)25035.00[40]1.4[40]
2554"Week 4"January 25, 2021 (2021-01-25)2504TBDTBA
2565"Week 5"February 1, 2021 (2021-02-01)2505TBDTBA


After Sarah Trott quit the game, many fans and alumni felt this was a result of bullying. Trott interrupted the group date, and the women proceeded to speak very negatively of her, both in her face and behind her back. Particularly, Victoria Larson, Kit Keenan, Anna Redman, Serena Chew, Khaylah Epps and MJ Snyder came under fire for their comments.

Other contestants, including Abigail Heringer, Bri Springs, Mari Pepin, Chelsea Vaughn, Jessenia Cruz, Pieper James and Kaili Anderson were also involved, but did not speak as negatively of Trott.

However, Katie Thurston did receive praise for her handling of the situation, as she tried to help comfort Trott after the situation. [41]


  1. ^ Brad Womack, who had served as lead for season 15, had not appeared on a season of The Bachelorette either, but had previously appeared on the show as the lead in season 11.


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