‘The Bachelor’ Contestant Christina Mandrell Has Ties To Country Music Royalty

Christina Mandrell (née Pincus), who is the niece of Country Music Hall of Famer Barbara Mandrell and the daughter of…


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January 23, 2023


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Christina Mandrell (née Pincus), who is the niece of Country Music Hall of Famer Barbara Mandrell and the daughter of Barbara’s younger sister Irlene Mandrell, will soon appear on season 27 of The Bachelor

The 26-year-old actress and content creator confirmed that she will be appearing on the upcoming season of the hit reality show via Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 5). 

“It’s giving… the most dramatic season yet 😉🌹 #hardlaunch #thebachelor,” Christina wrote alongside her headshot from The Bachelor.

She resides in the Nashville area and is Grand Ole Opry member Barbara Mandrell’s niece and the daughter of Ellen Irlene Mandrell, a musician, and actress. 

Barbara Mandrell is a two-time GRAMMY-winning country music star who is best known for hits such as “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool,” “(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want To Be Right,” and “One of a Kind Pair of Fools. She was crowned CMA Entertainer of the Year for two consecutive years and was awarded dozens of other accolades. While she has since retired from the music industry, she recently appeared on the Grand Ole Opry stage to celebrate her 50th anniversary as a member. 

Who Is Christina Mandrell?

According to Christina’s aunt, Louise Mandrell, who is also a country singer, Christina Mandrell married Blake Dennis in 2015 during an intimate ceremony on Barbra Mandrell’s property, The Fontanel. After tying the knot, the pair welcomed a daughter, named Blakely, who is now 5 years old. 

The pair have since divorced and now Christina is searching for her Mr. Right. However, according to reports, when it comes to finding her next love interest, she will be very selective as she wants what’s best for her and her daughter.

Christina has been featured in several music videos, including Cole Swindell’s “She Had Me At Heads Carolina,” Taylor Swift’s “Fifteen,” Kevin Quinn’s “It’s About Time,” and more.

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She shared her excitement over appearing in Swindell’s “She Had Me At Heads Carolina” on Instagram when the video was released last year. 

“‘She Had Me At’ video out now! Such a pleasure working with these legends on this project! We may have shot until 3am but it was well worth it,” Christina captioned her post. 

She has also appeared in films and TV shows, including Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009), A Belle for Christmas (2014), After Darkness (2014), Becoming Jesse Tate (2009), among others.

Zach Shallcross, who was first introduced during Season 19 of The Bachelorette starring Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia, will be looking for love as the leading man on season 27 of The Bachelor after Recchia broke up with him on national television. 

Shallcross is a 26-year-old tech executive from Anaheim Hills, California, who also has some famous family ties. His uncle, Patrick Warburton, is an actor who has made appearances on episodes of Seinfield, 8 Simple Rules, and more. Warburton, whose done voice work in movies such as Open Season, Chicken Little and more, is the brother of Shallcross’ mother, Megan. 

In addition to Christina, Ally, Anatasia, Ariel, Bailey, Rebecca “Becca,” Brianna, Brooklyn, Cara, Catherine “Cat,” Charity, Davia, Gabriella “Gabi,” Genevie, Greer, Holland, Jessica “Jess,” Kaitlyn “Kaity,” Katherine, Kimberly, Kylee, Chandralekha “Lekha,” Madison, Mercerdes, Olivia L., Olivia M., Sonia, Vanessa, Victoria J, and Viktoria E. will also be vying for Shallcross’ heart. 

While the show is set to premiere later this month, Zach and Christina previously met during the After The Final Rose special, where host Jesse Palmer introduced Zach to the first five women of Season 27. During the special, he was introduced to Christina along with Brooklyn, Brianna, Bailey, and Cat.

Christina arrived with two shots of liquor in hand for the pair to toast to the upcoming season. 

When Does The Bachelor return?

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Hosted by Jesse Palmer, Season 27 of The Bachelor will premiere Monday, January 23 at 8/7c on ABC.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.