A new season of The Bachelor kicks off on ABC tonight and a couple of local women are among the contestants competing for Clayton Echard's affections.

As we first learned from Kari back in September, two women with local ties were trying to become contestants on the latest season of The Bachelor. Well, they both made the cut and now we can all follow along and see how far Scituate, Rhode Island native Jill Chin and Reboboth, Massachusetts native Genevieve Parisi get. If their first impressions are any indication, Jill came ready to play.

The boyfriend's ashes move may seem a little surprising to Bachelor Facebook followers who made several comments about Jill being "too smart" for Echard and lots of others dropping comments about her impressive job title.

The Bachelor via Facebook
The Bachelor via Facebook
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Impressed or not with her historian career, Rhode Islanders seem ready to support the local girl this season on the show. In fact, I personally feel compelled to root for her after learning through Facebook that Jill is actually the cousin of a friend of mine (small world, right?).

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SouthCoast residents may find they know fellow contest Genevieve Parisi, however. Parisi was raised in Rehoboth before venturing westward to start making her mark on Hollywood. She is now a Los Angeles resident that many Bachelor Facebook fans felt they had seen somewhere before.

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The Bachelor via Facebook
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The Facebook comments also have Genevieve picked as the early favorite to be this season's villain, though I don't know what it is about her giving off those vibes.

Either way the girls are ready to begin their battle for The Bachelor's heart and we can all watch it play out week after week starting tonight on ABC.

These locals may not be famous yet, but plenty of celebrities have hailed from the SouthCoast.

Move over Hollywood, you're not the only town that breeds stars. We've compiled a list of some famous people that either are native to the SouthCoast, or eventually called it home.