The newest element of the “Bachelor” franchise, “The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart,” premieres at 8 p.m. Monday with a two-hour episode.
The six-episode series has 12 men and 11 women who are “talented musicians and people whose lives and work revolve around music” meeting and exploring their relationships while living together and going on “Bachelor”-style dates that focus on music, according to ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke.
The contestants will sing well-known songs, both individually and as couples, looking to form attractions through the melodies, finding and revealing their feelings and ultimately, falling in love.
The harmony of the couples will be tested through musical challenges, including live performances judged by some of the biggest names in the music industry.
The couples whose performances reveal their love and devotion to one another will continue to be given a chance to further their relationships until only one couple is left standing.
“Think `The Bachelor’ meets `A Star is Born,”’ Burke said during ABC’s portion of the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in January.
There are four bachelors from Los Angeles County — Trevor Holmes, a country-pop singer from Encino; Danny Padilla, a singer-songwriter from Sherman Oaks; Matt Ranaudo, a neo-soul singer from Encino; and Chris Watson, a soul singer from Los Angeles — and three bachelorettes — Cheyenne Arnell, a singer-songwriter from Lawndale; Natascha Bessez, a chanteuse and songwriter from Los Angeles; and Rudi, a one-named R&B and pop singer also from Los Angeles.
In the premiere, 12 bachelors and eight bachelorettes — including all seven from Los Angeles County — arrive at a mansion at the Hummingbird Ranch in Simi Valley.
Rudi sends mixed messages in the hot tub when she dodges a kiss from a passionate bachelor while Holmes is among two bachelors receiving a kiss from Jamie Gabrielle, a country singer from Nashville, Tennessee.
The premiere also includes a private concert for one couple by the rock band the Plain White T’s, who received Grammy nominations in 2007 for song of the year and best pop performance by a duo or group with vocals for “Hey There Delilah.”
Four bachelors will be eliminated during the episode.
Other artists set to appear in the series include John Alagia, Valentine in the Morning, Marty and Elayne, Chris Lane and Shaggy.
Judges include Jason Mraz, Kesha, Toni Braxton, Andy Grammer, Pat Monahan, Ashlee Simpson-Ross, Evan Ross, Rita Wilson, Jewel and Taye Diggs.
“Bachelor’ franchise alumni JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rogers, Rachel Lindsay and Bryan Abasolo, Arie Luyendyk Jr. and his wife Lauren, and Kaitlyn Bristowe and Jason Tartick will make appearances throughout the six episodes.
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