Kristen Baldwin
December 17, 2008 AT 12:00 PM EST

Good news, fabricated-romance fans! There are only 19 more days until the premiere of The Bachelor: Tragic Single Dad Edition. As you may know, former Bachelorette reject and single father Jason Mesnick will get a second chance at televised humiliation love starting Jan. 5, when he begins his reign as the new Bachelor. Today, ABC released some new details about the women who will be vying for his wounded heart in this, the 472nd season of the addictive dating series. In a Bachelor first, four of the rose-seekers will be single moms — because nothing says “quality wife material” like a woman who’s willing to leave her children for an extended period of time to go on a reality show. Then again, given that Jason has already whored his son Ty on television, perhaps he and one of the single moms will be a perfect match. After the jump, ABC’s press release; I’ve highlighted the most hilarious important parts.

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For the first time ever in “Bachelor” history there will be singlemothers in the hunt for the Bachelor. These great moms, who also jugglesuccessful careers, will need to compete with 21 other stunners,including a Brazilian seductress who aggressively pursues the Bachelor,a woman who is one of Jason’s biggest fans and thinks she knows himbetter than himself, a gorgeous pageant queen who can’t wait formotherhood, a clever Canadian gal who wants to put Jason to an unusualtest and a voluptuous free spirit who has her eye on Jason to fulfillher dream of a big, international-type family. They all have theirsights set on moving to Seattle with the new Bachelor, Jason Mesnick,and his son, Tyler, when the 13th edition of ABC’s popular romancereality series, “The Bachelor,” premieres with a two-hour special,MONDAY, JANUARY 5 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Megan, Stacia, Stephanie and Treasure are the four single moms who arehoping the single dad and his son will complete their families. Howwill they shake up the chemistry of the group?

Jason, 32, an account executive in estate and legacy planning, meets 25potential soul mates as he begins his exciting search for true love. Inthe premiere episode, “1301,” Jason prepares for the night of his life,as the 25 beautiful bachelorettes, who can think of nothing but him,begin to arrive. Emily from Seattle tries to press her hometownadvantage. Nikki, a statuesque brunette, wows Jason by telling him sheonly came “because it was you.” Shannon admits she is Jason’s biggestfan and her extensive knowledge of his life floors him. Jillian finds anew way to “grill” a guy when she discloses that she can find out a lotabout a man from the condiments he puts on his hot dog and puts Jasonto the test on the spot. Sharon admits that she quit her job as aschool teacher for a chance to be with him, and Renee has alreadyenvisioned her happy future with Jason by creating a “vision board.”

Tensions mount and sparks fly when the “first impression” rose isbrought out by Chris Harrison. Raquel invites the Bachelor to join herin a seductive samba, but Molly, an all-American girl-next-door, stealshim away for a hot slow jazz dance. Stephanie, a beautiful widow,reveals the tragic story of her past, while a self-assured Lauren isconfident that the rose is hers.

But the claws really come out when the women are asked to vote forwhich Bachelorette they want to leave that night. What a shocker tostart the season! Then Jason, in his first rose ceremony, musteliminate ten of the 25 women, leaving 15 to compete for his affectionand, in the end, his heart.

Okay, PopWatchers, are you ready for some Bachelor now, or what?

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