By Jessica Shaw
Updated December 07, 2012 at 01:00 PM EST
Credit: Craig Sjodin/ABC

After Emily and Jef imploded, you’d understand if Chris Harrison was starting to lose faith in his own TV show. But quite the contrary! He’s positively giddy about new Bachelor Sean Lowe, whose quest for “love” begins on Jan. 7. “He’s a phenomenal guy,” Harrison says. “Gorgeous guy and super grounded. He’s that diamond in the rough, the guy from middle America you otherwise might not know about.”

Yeah, yeah, enough about the guy. We care about the ladies, and here is an exclusive first look at all 25 of them… uh, make that 26, including the secret bachelorette who will be revealed during the season premiere.

Credit: Craig Sjodin/ABC

No, speculators, it’s not Dancing With the Stars‘ Cheryl Burke, who’s been lobbying hard to become a rose hander-outer. But we can confirm that the face you see blurred out is actually someone who fans will recognize — and maybe even be okay with! “She was a contestant from a prior season that met Sean and was desperate to pursue a relationship with him,” Harrison says.

To read more about Harrison’s five picks of which women we should keep our eyes on this season, pick up this week’s Entertainment Weekly. And, in case you were wondering, the newly single Harrison isn’t planning on finding love on TV himself any time soon. “Not a day goes by that someone I meet doesn’t ask me whether I want to be the next Bachelor,” says Harrison, who split from his wife this year. “It’s definitely difficult out there, but I like my day job.”


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The Bachelor

Chris Harrison hosts the romance reality competition series in which a gaggle of women vie for the Bachelor’s heart — and a wedding proposal. Will you accept this rose?

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