Thursday, December 5, 2013

2NE1 to appear on US show ‘The Bachelor’

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Korean pop group 2NE1 will be appearing as guests in the new season of the American dating show “The Bachelor.”
The reality TV show will premiere on Jan. 6 next year on ABC with 32-year-old Juan Pablo Galavis, a former professional football player, as the bachelor.
“The Bachelor” Juan Pablo Galavis (top) and 2NE1. (Photos courtesy of “The Bachelor”/ABC and

As part of the new season’s dating trips in different parts of the world, Galavis and the bachelorettes went to Seoul in South Korea, Vietnam, New Zealand, Salt Lake City in Utah, Miami and St. Lucia.
According to ABC, one of the highlights of the season include private concerts by 2NE1, Romeo Santos and Josh Krajcik.
In Seoul, Galavis and six bachelorettes appear as backup dancers at 2NE1′s mini-concert at Times Square mall in Seoul. The taping in Seoul was held last September.
“Jetting off to Seoul, South Korea, Juan Pablo and the remaining women are submerged into a totally different culture,” according to ABC.
It said the Galavis and his bachelorettes were surprised when they learned that they would be the backup dancers for the K-pop group in front of fans.
“Six women are introduced to the South Korean K-pop superstar group 2NE1 who teach them one of their choreographed dances. They are shocked to find out that they will perform as their back up dancers in front of a huge audience of screaming fans,” ABC added.
From Seoul, Galavis and the women went to Vietnam, New Zealand, Miami and St. Lucia. Galavis is a single dad from Miami and his quest for love begins when he meets 27 bachelorettes.
The 27 potential soul mates are Alli, 26, a nanny from Chicago; Amy J., 31, a massage therapist from Los Angeles; Amy L., 27, a local news reporter from Orlando, Florida; Andi, 26, a federal prosecutor from Atlanta; Ashley, 25, a grade school teacher from Dallas; Cassandra, 21, a former NBA dancer from Rochester Hills; Chantel, 27, an account manager from San Diego, California; Chelsie, 24, a science educator from Columbus, Ohio; Christine, 23, a police support specialist from Miami; Christy, 24, a marketing manager from Chicago; Clare, 32, a hairstylist from Sacramento, California; Danielle, 25, a psychiatric nurse from St. Louis, Missouri; Elise, 27, a first grade teacher from Forty Fort, Pennsylvania; Kat, 29, a medical sales rep from Scottsdale, Arizona; Kelly, 27, a dog lover from Atlanta, Georgia; Kylie, 23, an interior designer from Rockford, Illinois; Lacy, 25, a nursing home owner from La Jolla, California; Lauren H., 25, a mineral coordinator from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Lauren S., 26, a music composer from Austin, Texas; Lucy, 24, a free spirit from Santa Barbara, California; Maggie, 24, a personal banker from North Augusta, South Carolina; Nikki, 26, a pediatric nurse from Kansas City, Missouri; Renee, 32, a real estate agent from Sarasota, Florida; Sharleen, 29, an opera singer from Heidelberg, Germany; Valerie, 26, a personal trainer from Sutter, California; and Victoria, 24, a legal assistant from Boca Raton, Florida.
In “The Bachelor,” women will be eliminated each week.
“But if at any point a woman should decide that she’s no longer interested in the Bachelor, she can reject his invitation to continue dating. Some lucky women will meet his family, and he will visit their hometowns for a slice of their lives in an effort to determine the woman with whom he is most compatible,” ABC said.
The 18th season of “The Bachelor,” to be hosted by Chris Harrison, will have a two-night premiere on Jan. 5 with “The Bachelor: Countdown to Juan Pablo.”
Link to my original article on Manila Bulletin online

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