Sarasota woman competes on 'The Bachelor'

Renee Oteri is one of 27 contestants on the new season of the ABC show

mclear@bradenton.comJanuary 6, 2014 

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Sarasota's Renee Oteri will try to catch the eye of Juan Pablo Galavis, the sexy single father from Miami on the 18th edition of "The Bachelor" on ABC. ABC

CRAIG SJODIN — ABC

A Sarasota woman has her eye on a sexy former soccer pro. Her chances of landing him are one in 27.

Renee Oteri is one of 27 women who are vying for the affections of Juan Pablo Galavis, a former professional soccer player from Miami, on the new season of "The Bachelor" on ABC. The season premieres at 8 p.m. today.

Oteri's a real estate agent who works for ERA Waterside Realty. The company's website says she was born and raised in Sarasota, and was a cheerleader at Riverside High School, but spent much of her adult life in Martha's Vineyard, Mass., where she started her real estate career. She's been with ERA Waterside since 2012. (Her official profile on "The Bachelor" site lists Martha's Vineyard as her hometown.)

She didn't return a message left at her office Monday, and a publicist for the show said that Oteri, her family and even her friends were not allowed to do interviews until after Oteri is off the show.

Galavis played professional soccer until 2008, and now works in the music business in Miami. According to the website for "The Bachelor," Galavis was a "fan favorite" on "The Bachelorette" last season until he was dismissed by Desiree Hartsock after a date in Barcelona. He has a 4-year-old daughter.

Oteri, according to her profile on "The Bachelor" site, has two tattoos and a dog, and likes country music and the movies "The Notebook" and "Top Gun."

Another contestant on the new season of "The Bachelor" is Alexis Morgado, a 24-year-old communications director from Tampa.Matry Clear, features writer/columnist, can be reached at 941-708-7919. Follow twitter.com/martinclear.

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