Read Peter Weber's Heartfelt Note Before The Bachelor Premiere

Ahead of Peter Weber‘s official debut of The Bachelor, the pilot and reality star is saying thanks.

In a lengthy Instagram post, Peter took the time to call out the 30 contestants who joined to the show to compete for his love and affection. Peter, who previously competed on The Bachelorette season starring Hannah Brown, also took the time to thank the dedicated fans who have kept the franchise going for the last 18 years.

“It’s impossible for me to express how thankful I am for having the most amazing opportunity to find my girl. To every single woman that shows up tonight, thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking a chance on me,” he wrote.

“Through every high and every low, I had the time of my life getting to know you all and made memories I will cherish forever. Thank you for being patient with me when I needed it, your grace never went unnoticed. To everyone involved in playing a part to make all of this come together, thank you. You all know who you are and we’re family for life,” the note continued.

“To Bachelor Nation, you all have been absolutely amazing. I have felt the love [nonstop] and it means so much that you have invested in me finding what I’m after. I hope you all enjoy the flight, we’re cleared for takeoff,” he concluded, with an airplane emoji.

In the season 24 premiere episode, Peter meets the 30 contestants, including three flight attendants, and welcomes back Hannah. The episode doesn’t end with the rose ceremony, viewers will see the first group date, Peter’s parents having a vow renewal and Hannah hosting a group date with contestants sharing their memorable sex stories and fantasies on stage.

Meet the contestants below.

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Megan H, 26

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Kylie R, 27

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Courtney P, 26

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Victoria P, 27

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Alexa C, 27

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Victoria F, 25

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Kelsea W, 28

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Kelley F, 27

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Eunice C, 23

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Sarah C, 24

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Maurissa G, 23

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Savannah M, 27

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Katrina B, 28

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Alayah B, 24

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Kiarra N, 23

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Shiann L, 27

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Sydney H, 24

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Natasha P, 31

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Hannah Ann S, 23

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Mykenna D, 22

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Jade M, 26

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Payton M, 23

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Jasmine N, 26

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Lexi B, 26

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Avonlea E, 27

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Jenna S, 22

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Deandra K, 23

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Madison P, 23

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Tammy L, 24

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Lauren J, 26

The new season of The Bachelor kicks off Monday, Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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