San Diego woman returns to 'The Bachelor'

Posted at 3:41 PM, Jan 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-04 19:46:56-05

SAN DIEGO - "The Bachelor" begins its 20th cycle at 8 p.m. Monday on ABC, with San Diego chiropractic assistant Becca Tilley getting another chance to find love after finishing second last season.

Chris Soules told Tilley he was rejecting her because he felt she was "not really ready" for marriage and that he wasn't "the guy to give you what you need."

Tilley wrote on Instagram last year that she "had the time of her life" being on "The Bachelor" last season, "met some amazing girls who will be in my life forever and met an amazing guy who showed me that there are good guys out there -- the kind who are patient and genuine."

Tilley will be among two late arrivals in the field of 28 bachelorettes on Monday's episode vying for Ben Higgins' affection. The field will be reduced to 21 by the end of the episode.

Higgins, a 26-year-old software salesman who was raised in Warsaw, Indiana, and now lives in Denver, finished third in the 2015 season of "The Bachelorette." Higgins said that since appearing on"The Bachelorette" adoring fans approach him in restaurants and young women wait outside his house for a chance to meet him.

The season will include "Ride Along 2" stars Ice Cube and Kevin Hart accompanying Higgins and a bachelorette on his first one-on-one date; 12 bachelorettes joining Higgins in a soccer game with members of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup champion U.S. team; another group of 12 bachelorettes performing as the opening act for singer-comedian-celebrity impersonator Terry Fator in Las Vegas; a trip to Mexico City, an appearance by NBA All-Star forward Paul George and some of his Indiana Pacers teammates; and a one-on-one date at Chicago's Wrigley Field.

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"Bachelor Live," an hour-long after-show will debut at 10:01 p.m. and air for four consecutive weeks afterwards. "The Bachelor" host Chris Harrison will get double duty as host of "Bachelor Live," which according to ABC will "feature Harrison discussing and dissecting the most recent episodes of 'The Bachelor,' alongside cast members and celebrity fans."'

"Bachelor Live" will air live in the Eastern and Central time zones and on a delayed basis in the Pacific Time Zone.

Only in the 2013 season the bachelor, Sean Lowe, married the woman to whom he presented the final rose, Catherine Giudici. Jason Mesnick, the bachelor in the 2009 season, married runner-up Molly Malaney.