Sweet Home Alabama , CMT’s highest rated series of 2011, returns for an all-new, eight-episode season beginning Oct. 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. This time, women from big cities and small towns are vying for the affections of Tribble Reese, the handsome former Clemson University quarterback and entrepreneur from Birmingham who was the runner-up in the series’ first season.
In each one-hour episode, set in the charming city of Fairhope, Ala., ladies from across the nation compete for time with the Southern gentleman. Each week, Reese is forced to say goodbye to more bachelorettes in his search for true love.
This year’s city bachelorettes are:
Alexandra Agro — model from Miami
Cassidie Sheets — fashion blogger from San Diego
Cassie Cardelle — pop singer from Hollywood, Calif.
Chiara Strzesiewski — dancer-model from New York City
Colleen Aldrich — tanning salon manager from Long Island, N.Y.
Erin Stack — actress-model from Hollywood, Calif.
Hailey Glassman — publicist from New York City
Jacqueline Honulik — New York Yankees publicist from Fairfield, Conn.
Kristina Kraus — aspiring stylist from Orange County, Calif.
Michelle Weaver — elementary education major from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Stefanie Williams — blogger-writer from New York City
The season’s country bachelorettes are:
Ashley Ann Vickers — pro barrel racer and model from St. Lucie County, Fla.
Cassie Rupp — journalist and farmer’s daughter from Dighton, Kan.
Courtney Wilkerson — nursing student from Mobile, Ala.
Jessica Newsom — retail sales associate from Teague, Texas
Mandy Sanders — honky-tonk bartender from Sherman, Texas
Nicole Ross — veterinary tech and pro cowgirl from Denton, Texas
Paige Duke — former NASCAR spokesmodel and veterinary tech from Lancaster, S.C.
Tara Bowlin — law student from Knoxville, Tenn.
Tiffany Ginger — U.S. Army sergeant and mechanic from Newnan, Ga.
Torie Mathews — elementary education major from Biloxi, Miss.
Tristan Smith — nursing student from Robertsdale, Ala.
Reese was raised and went to high school in Mountain Brook outside of Birmingham, Ala., where his family still resides. He was recruited by Clemson where he played quarterback and earned a degree in marketing. After college, Reese played quarterback for the Carolina Speed arena football team in Charlotte, N.C. He is currently pursuing his MBA and a career in mobile application development while living in Atlanta. His parents are his role models, having been married for 32 years.
Season one of Sweet Home Alabama featured Southern belle Devin Grissom, who chose country boy Adam Moyer in the finale that aired on Sept. 1.