January 09, 2012 12:15pm PT by Jethro Nededog
'Sweet Home Alabama': Meet the 22 Bachelors Vying for NASCAR's Paige Duke's Heart
CMT is taking the age-old feud between country boys and city slickers to the third season of its reality dating series, Sweet Home Alabama, premiering Friday at 9 p.m. ET.
Former ambassador for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Paige Duke, 26, is the lucky lady who’ll be wooed by 22 bachelors in the new season. Over 10 episodes, the Lancaster, S.C. retail rep, part-time model, and veterinary technician will not only have to weigh her chemistry with the men, but also decide if her heart longs for the city life or wants to stick to her southern belle roots.
CMT released the details about the bachelors vying for Paige’s affections on Monday. Take a look at the list below.
The city bachelors:
Christian Lopez, 27 – Professional baseball player from Miami, Fla.
Christian O’Rourke, 32 – Drummer from Fair Haven, N.J.
David Ellerman, 30 – Real estate company owner from Chicago, Ill.
Dustin Tavella, 25 – Recording artist from Philadelphia, Penn.
Jeremy Levesque, 23 – Pharmaceutical engineer from Boston, Mass.
Joey Vida, 26 – Personal trainer from Linden, N.J.
Marcello Palmieri, 27 – Actor/model from Los Angeles, Calif.
Ryan Borup, 22 – Professional poker player from Las Vegas, Nev.
Severn Lang, 32 – Hairstylist/Bag designer from Los Angeles, Calif.
Shaun Bigos, 25 – Worldwide shipping executive from New York, N.Y.
Todd Doram, 30 – Luxury car salesman from Redondo Beach, Calif.
The country bachelors:
Andy Batkins, 24 – Entrepreneur from Charleston, S.C.
Austin Squires, 26 – Preacher’s son/Firefighter from Helena, Ala.
Bubba Thompson, 30 – Cowboy/Co-Owner, Faith Cattle from Geneva, Ala.
Chance Lawrence, 21 – Bull rider from Opelika, Ala.
Danny Bopp, 27 – NASCAR driver from Lonedell, Mo.
Donny Fallgatter, 32 – Singer/Songwriter from Nashville, Tenn.
Jeremiah Korfe, 29 – Farmer from Clarissa, Minn.
Landon Chase, 25 – Firefighter/Paramedic from Fort Worth, Tex.
Matt Beard, 29 – Mechanic/Drag racer from Satsuma, Ala.
Seth Tidwell, 24 – Promotions company owner from Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Shaun Smith, 21 – Rodeo Cowboy from Emmet, Ark.
Sweet Home Alabama is produced by Glassman Media with executive producers Andrew Glassman and Grant Julian. Claire McCabe and Jayson Dinsmore are executive producers for CMT.
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