Dallas' JoJo Fletcher first stole America's heart on Ben Higgins season of "The Bachelor," where she charmed Bachelor Nation with her bubbly personality and sweet, girl-next-door wit and spunk. JoJo embarks on her own journey to find love when she stars in the 12th edition of "The Bachelorette," which premieres May 23 on the ABC.

Dallas' JoJo Fletcher first stole America's heart on Ben Higgins season of "The Bachelor," where she charmed Bachelor Nation with her bubbly personality and sweet, girl-next-door wit and spunk. JoJo embarks on her own journey to find love when she stars in the 12th edition of "The Bachelorette," which premieres May 23 on the ABC.

Craig Sjodin/ABC
Rejected by 'The Bachelor,' Dallas woman JoJo will be the new 'Bachelorette'

The countdown to the 12th season of The Bachelorette is officially on, and this one should really hit home. After a long and ultimately disappointing journey to the altar, Dallas' own JoJo Fletcher is back in the saddle and looking for love. On Monday, May 23, she'll have a blind date with 26 waxed, groomed and questionably styled men in what's usually a painfully awkward premiere. 

Did I say awkward? I meant awesome -- who doesn't love to judge a book by its cover?

Good news: You don't have to wait for the first episode to air. Get to know the contenders for this season of The Bachelorette ahead of the premiere.

Alex

Alex, 25

Alex, 25

Craig Sjodin/ABC

A U.S Marine, Alex's tattoos suggest a big game, but he admits he can't hold it down on the dance floor: "I'm not into the whole 'booty dancing' thing," he says. Maybe that smile will save him?

Will

Will, 26

Will, 26

Craig Sjodin/ABC

Will may need a little help in the maturity department -- among his favorite movies are Good Burger and Dumb and Dumber. And if he could trade places with anyone for a day it would be John Mayer, so he could "melt faces ... then melt hearts." Gag.

Ali

Ali, 27

Ali, 27

Craig Sjodin/ABC

Oooh a bartender! Ali claims he'll do anything love ... except maybe use a fly swatter. Apparently he's afraid of bugs, cockroaches, and bees. What about those furry caterpillars above his eyes?

Wells

Wells, 31

Wells, 31

Craig Sjodin/ABC

Did this guy fudge his birth certificate to make the age requirement for the show? Apparently not -- Wells is a 31-year-old radio DJ who loves tacos and hates cats.

Brandon

Brandon, 28

Brandon, 28

Craig Sjodin/ABC

Note to Brandon: "Hipster" does not qualify as an occupation (yes, he really put that). And neither does that mustache.

Vinny

Vinny, 28

Vinny, 28

Craig Sjodin/ABC

Vinny is a barber, so you know he's rocked questionable hair-dos in the past. His worst? "I bleached my tips once. I looked like Timberlake," he says. Minus the Grammys and general swagger.

Nick S.

Nick S., 26

Nick S., 26

Craig Sjodin/ABC

Neck scarf. That is all. #nope

Chad

Chad, 28

Chad, 28

Craig Sjodin/ABC

Chad's cute right? He thinks so too. When asked a series of questions -- If you could have lunch with one person, who would it be? Who do you admire most in the world? -- he answered, "Myself in 10 years, alright, alright, alright."

Jordan

Jordan, 27

Jordan, 27

Craig Sjodin/ABC

Jordan is a former pro quarterback, and if he looks familiar, you might be thinking of his older bro Aaron Rodgers, as in the quarterback of the Green Bay Packers.

Sal

Sal, 28

Sal, 28

Craig Sjodin/ABC

Oh hey Mr. Baby Blues. Too bad it seems his wild days are behind him. When asked what his superpower would be, Sal says, "Probably to fly, so I could beat traffic." Snooze.

Chase

Chase, 27

Chase, 27

Craig Sjodin/ABC

So he's kind of a pretty boy and has already been sky diving on a date before, so Chase will likely be up for whatever this season throws his way. Dare I say potential?

Robby

Robby, 27

Robby, 27

Craig Sjodin/ABC

Watch out ladies! Robby is a former competitive swimmer who's "spent more of my life in a Speedo than in everyday clothes," he says. Here's hoping he brought a few for the mansion pool.

Christian

Christian, 26

Christian, 26

Craig Sjodin/ABC

Another looker who's life goals include getting on Mark Cuban's good side. In college, Christian did strip and lap dances. #smitten

James S.

James S., 27

James S., 27

Craig Sjodin/ABC

Occupation: Bachelor Superfan? Oh please. Get off the couch and find yourself a real job.

Peter

Peter, 26

Peter, 26

Craig Sjodin/ABC

Oh honey, you know what they say about facial hair: grow it or mow it.

Coley

Coley, 27

Coley, 27

Craig Sjodin/ABC

Coley is a real estate consultant who obviously didn't use a similar service when deciding how much hair gel to put on.

Derek

Derek, 29

Derek, 29

Craig Sjodin/ABC

Would you believe this piece of meat is scared of fluffy kittens? It's a shame because we all know how cute one would look perched on his shoulder. Derek is also a commercial banker and knows full well his eyes are his best attribute.

Nick B.

Nick B., 33

Nick B., 33

Craig Sjodin/ABC

Nick is an electrical engineer and rugby player. If he could be anyone in the world for a day it would be "the woman I want to marry," he says, so he could get all up inside her head and maybe even learn how to style his hair. (That last bit was a recommendation.)

Daniel

Daniel, 31

Daniel, 31

Craig Sjodin/ABC

This is Daniel. Daniel says he's a male model. Is Daniel comfortable wearing swimwear in public? "Very comfortable," he says. "Why have a lambo if you park it in the garage?" Umm...

Luke

Luke, 31

Luke, 31

Craig Sjodin/ABC

Luke is a war veteran and, we're guessing, an aspiring male model. I mean, that face says Blue Steel does it not?

Evan

Evan, 33

Evan, 33

Craig Sjodin/ABC

Evan is an erectile dysfunction expert. I'd stop there, but he has a lengthy list of things that his anaconda don't want none of, including girls with chipped nail polish, girls who talk to much, narcissists, clingers, girls who have serious food allergies and superficial dudes with offensive goatees.

Grant

Grant, 27

Grant, 27

Craig Sjodin/ABC

Hello Mr. Firefighter. Grant's greatest achievement to date is saving someone's life. Let's see another contestant hold a candle to that.

Jonathan

Jonathan, 29

Jonathan, 29

Craig Sjodin/ABC

Try to name the last time you saw an Asian contender on The Bachelorette. Jonathan is a technical sales rep who doesn't eat vegetables.

James Taylor

James Taylor, 29

James Taylor, 29

Craig Sjodin/ABC

You probably guessed from the hair, two first names and his sensitive demeanor this guy is a singer-songwriter.

Jake

Jake, 27

Jake, 27

Craig Sjodin/ABC

Jake is a landscape architect and his photo suggests he'd be a funny dude. Unfortunately, his bio does not. His best attributes are humility, intellect and courage. Boring.

James F.

James F., 34

James F., 34

Craig Sjodin/ABC

A boxing club owner, James F. is currently getting his tattoos removed and carb cycling, which is not, as I'd like to believe, a spin class where you pedal and eat pizza simultaneously.

The Bachelorette premieres Monday, May 23 at 8 p.m. CST.

What's Happening on GuideLive