'Bachelor' 2023: Was this contestant announced and then withdrawn from Zach's season?

Vanessa Esparsen, who lives in Scottsdale, was announced on "The Bachelor's" Facebook page as a finalist for Zach Shallcross' Season 27 cast on Sept. 23.
Vanessa Esparsen, who lives in Scottsdale, was announced on "The Bachelor's" Facebook page as a finalist for Zach Shallcross' Season 27 cast on Sept. 23.

A Scottsdale woman might appear on the next season of "The Bachelor" — but if one  blogger's report is correct, she may have been cut from the show before meeting lead Zach Shallcross.

In a blink-and-you'll-miss-it "early look" announcement on Facebook that has since been deleted, the show shared first names and photos of 32 women who may be on Season 27, which starts on Jan. 23, 2023.

Vanessa E., identified as a 26-year-old from Scottsdale, was among the finalists included in the Sept. 23 post.

Though the final cast won't be made public until closer to the season premiere (and a handful of people from the "early look" don't make it on to the show), there is already one indication that Vanessa — whose full name, according to social media accounts, is Vanessa Esparsen — might not get the opportunity to step out of a limo and meet Shallcross.

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Reality Steve, a Bachelor Nation blogger who is notorious for posting spoilers of varying degrees of veracity, tweeted on Sept. 24 that Esparsen "was one of the cuts pre-show and won’t be on this season of the 'Bachelor.'"

Filming for Season 27 began on Sept. 26, according to Reality Steve.

He believes that social media users' discovery of a screenshot of a 2016 Facebook post from an account that appears to belong to Esparsen may have influenced her participation in the show.

On Sept. 26, Esparsen appeared to have created a new Twitter account to "address what I said in 2016."

The Twitter account @v_esparsen wrote that the Facebook post — in which Esparsen blamed the woman Brock Allen Turner sexually assaulted at Stanford University in 2015 for being inebriated — "was horrible, insensitive and disgusting." That woman was eventually revealed to be Chanel Miller, who wrote a memoir about her experience.

The latest Tweet reads, in part, "The 18/19 year old I was in 2016 is not a reflection of the person I have grown to be today."

The Arizona Republic has reached out to Esparsen.

According to a Facebook account that appears to belong to her, Esparsen is originally from Highlands Ranch, Colorado, where she attended Mountain Vista High School.

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Zach Shallcross' possible 'Bachelor' contestants

The potential cast members for Season 27 of "The Bachelor" include:

  • Alyssa from Smyrna, Georgia.

  • Anastasia from Baltimore.

  • Ariele from New York City.

  • Bailey from Nashville, Tennessee.

  • Brianna from Jersey City, New Jersey.

  • Brooklyn from Mineola, Texas.

  • Cara from New York City.

  • Cat from New York City.

  • Charity from Columbus, Georgia.

  • Christina from Winter Hendersonville, Tennessee.

  • Davia from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

  • Gabriella from Houston.

  • Genevie from Baltimore.

  • Greer from New York City.

  • Holland from Boca Raton, Florida.

  • Jessica from Winter Springs, Florida.

  • Kaitlyn from San Antonio, Texas.

  • Katherine from Tampa, Florida.

  • Kimberly from Hollywood, California.

  • Kylee from Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • Lekha from Miami.

  • Madison from Dilworth, Minnesota.

  • Mercedes from Nashville.

  • Olivia L. from Churchville, New York.

  • Olivia M. from Cincinnati.

  • Rebecca from Burbank, California.

  • Sloan from Santa Monica, California.

  • Sonia from New York City.

  • Vanessa D. from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

  • Vanessa E. from Scottsdale.

  • Victoria from Fort Worth, Texas.

  • Viktoria from New York City.

Who is the new bachelor?

Zach Shallcross, a 26-year-old tech executive from Anaheim Hills, California, was announced as the Season 27 bachelor during the finale for Season 19 of "The Bachelorette," which aired on Sept 20.

Shallcross dated Rachel Recchia during his time on the show and self-eliminated after Fantasy Suites as one of Recchia's final three contestants.

According to ABC's press release, Shallcross "splits time between Texas and Orange County" to be with family. As is common with "Bachelor" leads, he is looking for a relationship that is as strong as his parents', as they've been married for more than 30 years.

When does 'The Bachelor' start?

"The Bachelor" Season 27 starring Zach Shallcross premieres on ABC (Channel 15) at 7 p.m. MST (8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific) Monday, Jan. 23, 2023.

Reach Entertainment Reporter KiMi Robinson at kimi.robinson@gannett.com. Follow her on Twitter @kimirobin and Instagram @ReporterKiMi.

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: 'Bachelor' 2023 cast: Zach Shallcross' possible contestants announced