The contestants of 'The Bachelor' 2016 with Ben Higgins
All the 28 contestants of "The Bachelor" 2016 pose with Ben Higgins. ABC/The Bachelor

This popular American reality television show that debuted on March 25, 2002 on ABC returns again this season. As “The Bachelor” gears up for the new season, the show's host, Chris Harrison, announced that it will premiere on Jan. 4. Twenty-eight contestants will try to make a lasting impression on Ben Higgins.

After the first episode of the highly anticipated reality show, “The Bachelor” will have to choose who will receive the roses in the first rose ceremony. Out of all the contestants, only 21 lucky women will be chosen to continue on the show.

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With so many women vying for the attention of the software salesman, he will get help from former Bachelors Sean Lowe (Season 17), Jason Mesnick (Season 13) and last season’s Prince Farming himself, Chris Soules. The trio will arrive at the mansion to offer Ben some words of wisdom before he meets the 28 ladies. Ben’s first one-on-one date will be filled with laughter as he and one lucky contestant will be joined by Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, ABC reports.

The premiere of “The Bachelor” will see the hip hop artist and comedian planning Ben’s date. Meanwhile, ABC has released a sneak peek of the premiere which shows Ben meeting Bachelorette Maegan for the first time riding her horse, Huey. The premiere will also witness Bachelorette Lace given a double dose of rejection.

Ben refuses to kiss Lace and her one-on-one session with him is cut short by another bachelorette, ABC reports. The last season of “The Bachelor” had a lot of surprises and twists and turns in it. However, this season with Higgins promises to be “straightforward."

The reality series’ popularity has resulted in several spin-offs being made, the last series being “The Bachelor in Paradise." The last season of "The Bachelor" had Chris Soules.

“Chris has a very set, solidified life, and he wanted a woman who could fit in with it. Ben, on the other hand, is completely flexible,” a source said. The insider added that since Ben was very young, if he found the right woman, he could be open to doing anything and going anywhere she wanted, according to Wetpaint.

"The Bachelor" is designed around a single bachelor who starts with a pool of romantic interests or suitors from whom he is expected to select a wife. During the course of the season, “The Bachelor” eliminates candidates and proposes marriage to his final selection. The participants travel to romantic and exotic locations for their adventures. The conflicts in the series, both internal and external, stem from the elimination-style format of the show.

In each of “The Bachelor” episodes, the bachelor interacts with the women contestants and presents a rose to each woman he wishes to remain on the show. Those who do not receive a rose are eliminated. Eliminations are based upon the bachelor’s personal feelings about each contestant, guided primarily by the impression made by each woman during dates or other events of the week. Most roses are presented at a rose ceremony at the end of each episode.

"The Bachelor" Season 20 premieres on Monday, Jan. 4 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.