Former Marine a bachelor on 'The Bachelorette'

Posted at 10:20 AM, May 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-23 13:20:47-04

"The Bachelorette" begins its 12th cycle at 9:01 p.m. Monday night on ABC, with a 26-year-old Oceanside resident who recently completed his Marine Corps service among the 26 bachelors vying for JoJo Fletcher's affection.

Alex Woytkiw describes himself as self-motivated, loyal, intuitive, and a romantic.

"I love being in love and enjoy having someone look into my eyes and be able to just be themselves," Woytkiw said.

Fletcher, a 25-year-old real estate developer from Texas, was the runner-up in the 2016 season of "The Bachelor." She enjoys traveling, sports, country music and playing with her dog, Jackson.

Monday night's episode includes former Bachelorettes Kaitlyn Bristowe, Desiree Hartsock Siegfried and Ali Fedotowsky offering Fletcher some practical advice on how she should handle the jitters, drama and emotional pitfalls as she searches for her future husband.

The season will include Fletcher and 10 bachelors being put through boot camp-like challenges at a firefighting training facility; a romantic picnic by the Golden Gate Bridge; six bachelors visiting the set of ESPN's "SportsNation" talk show, where hosts Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley promise to help Fletcher find the perfect man; along with trips to Punta del Este, Uruguay, the nearby small island Isla de Lobos and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

All 11 previous seasons of "The Bachelor" have ended with the man proposing, with three marriages resulting.