NEW YORK GIANTS QUARTERBACK JESSE PALMER THROWS HIS NEXT PASS AS "THE BACHELOR," WHEN THE FIFTH EDITION OF ABC'S HIT ROMANTIC REALITY SERIES PREMIERES, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7

This Season the Women are Shocked When They Discover a Spy Living Among Them!


Jesse Palmer, back-up quarterback for the NFL New York Giants and the first professional athlete to star as "The Bachelor," is done with playing the field, as he searches for a woman who shares his desire for a serious, long-term relationship - and even possibly marriage. "The Bachelor," an original one-hour primetime romance reality television series, returns for a fifth season on the ABC Television Network with "Episode 501," WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET).

Right from the start, season five of "The Bachelor" tantalizes viewers with exciting new elements. Unbeknownst to the women, there's a spy living with them in the house who appears to be one of the romantic hopefuls -- but is secretly entrusted to give Jesse the lowdown on the behind-the-scenes competition for his heart. The show also offers a new "first impression" rose, extended on episode one to the woman who has made the best first impression on Jesse. Additionally, the very first rose ceremony takes a startling turn when Jesse makes "a terrible mistake." Can he recover?

Twenty-five-year-old Jesse will get to know 25 women via a series of social gatherings and exotic, romantic dates -- in groups with some, and individually with others. He will introduce some of the women to his closest friends and family, and will visit their hometowns and meet their parents in an effort to determine the most desirable and compatible prospect.

"The Bachelor" follows a gradual process of elimination, as Jesse must narrow the field of women from 25 to 15 on the season premiere, presenting each of his choices with a single red rose. Jesse then closes the gap to 10, six, four, three, two and, ultimately, the one woman who captures his heart. At any point along the way, however, should any of the women decide that they are no longer interested in him, they may reject his invitation to continue dating.

During the season premiere, Jesse will meet the following 25 women:

Amber, 27, Consultant, originally from Sunriver, OR, who currently resides in San Francisco, CA

Anne-Catherine, 27, Stylist, originally from Quebec City, Canada, who currently resides in Beauport, Quebec, Canada

Celeste, 24, Production Associate, originally from Ithaca, NY, who currently resides in Los Angeles

Debbie, 27, Massage Therapist and Nursing Student, originally from Pinetops, NC, who currently resides in Kennesaw, GA

DeShaun, 25, Account Manager, originally from Cincinnati, OH, who currently resides in Dublin, OH

Dolores, 27, Sales Manager, originally from Phillipsburg, NJ, who now resides in Sherman Oaks, CA

Francine, 25, Retail Manager, who currently resides in her hometown of Houston, TX

Holly, 26, Banker, originally from Tulsa, OK, who currently resides in Edmond, OK

Jean Marie, 26, Hair Stylist, originally from Gibson, NC, who currently resides in Virginia Beach, VA

Jenny M., 24, Professional Inline Skater, who currently resides in her hometown of Canton, MI

Jessica B., 22, Law Student, who currently resides in her hometown of Huntington Beach, CA

Jessica H., 25, Attorney, originally from Pearsale, TX, who currently resides in San Antonio, TX

Jessica K., 21, Student, originally from Cincinnati, OH, who currently resides in Winter Park, FL

Julie, 24, NFL Cheerleader, who currently resides in her hometown of Sacramento, CA

Karen, 28, in Pharmaceutical Sales, originally from Pleasant Grove, UT, who currently resides in Providence, RI

Katie, 22, LASIK Eye Consultant, originally from Scottsdale, AZ, who currently resides in Cornelius, NC

Kristin K., 23, Medical Student, who currently resides in her hometown of Dearborn, MI

Kristin N., 25, Waitress, who currently resides in her hometown of Sausalito, CA

Mandy C., 25, Professional Soccer Player, who currently resides in her hometown of San Diego,CA

Mandy J., 26, Interior Designer, originally from Midland, TX, who currently resides in Austin, TX

Rachel, 27, in Fashion Marketing, originally from Buffalo, NY, who currently resides in New York, NY

Tara, 23, General Contractor, originally from Shawnee, OK, who currently resides in Norman, OK

Trish, 28, Model, originally from Atlanta, GA, who currently resides in Pompano Beach, FL

Suzie, 23, Prosthetic Technician, originally from Dearborn, MI, who currently resides in Warren, MI

"The Bachelor" provides an in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpse into the lives of each participant involved in this unique dating process. At the end of the journey, Jesse will have had an unforgettable experience, made new friendships and quite possibly found true love.

Chris Harrison guides this romantic journey, serving as friend and confidant, as Jesse and the women learn more about each other. Having guided the last four "Bachelors," as well as "Bachelorettes" Trista Rehn and Meredith Phillips, Harrison is in a unique position to offer sound advice during this process.

"The Bachelor" is produced by Next Entertainment in association with Telepictures Productions. Mike Fleiss ("High School Reunion") is executive producer. Lisa Levenson, Scott Jeffress and Jason Carbone are co-executive producers.