12/07/2012 09:01 am ET

'The Bachelor': First Look At New Bachelor Sean Lowe And Contestants (PHOTO)

After Emily and Jef imploded, you’d understand if Chris Harrison were starting to lose faith in his own TV show. But quite the contrary! He’s positively giddy about new Bachelor Sean Lowe, whose quest for “love” begins on January 7, 2013. “He’s a phenomenal guy,” Harrison says. “Gorgeous guy and super grounded. He’s that diamond in the rough, the guy from middle America you otherwise might not know about.” Yeah, yeah, enough about the guy. We care about the ladies, and here is an exclusive first look at all 25 of them…uh, make that 26, including the secret bachelorette who will be revealed during the season premiere.