Ouch! It looks like alumni of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” don’t think that Juan Pablo Galavis’ coming season of “The Bachelor” will be successful.
Juan Pablo, a contestant fighting for Desiree Hartsock’s love in “The Bachelorette” 2013, was named the new “Bachelor” after the August season finale. Preparations for the ABC dating show are currently under way with a premiere date set for next Jan. 6, and while viewers rooted for Juan Pablo all along, his peers don’t think he has what it takes.
William Holman, a contestant on Ashley Hebert’s season of “The Bachelorette,” dished to TVGuide.com that despite fans loving Juan Pablo, he doesn’t believe viewers will be happy when “The Bachelor” premieres. “I don’t think America is going to get what they’re looking for with Juan Pablo,” Holman said. “He has the draw of the accent, but I think it’ll get a little boring after a while. It’s not going to go well. But it’ll probably be one of the best first episodes of any season.”
Michelle Money, a “villain” on Brad Womack’s season of “The Bachelor,” shares similar feelings. “It’ll definitely be a sexy season,” she said of the women who will be cast on the show. However, she contended that, given Juan Pablo’s cultural differences and his being a single dad, the season will either “work really well or bomb really badly.”
Fortunately, Juan Pablo has some support from his fellow “Bachelorette” co-stars. After he was announced as the next “Bachelor,” his friends from Desiree Hartsock’s season tweeted their love:
— Zak Waddell (@RealZakWaddell) August 6, 2013
I hope @JuanPaGalavis becomes the next bachelor, for his family and little girl.. He's a great man, honest, and loyal. My vote is in, yours?
— James Case (@realjamescase) August 6, 2013
— Michael (@MichaelGarofola) August 6, 2013
— Zack Kalter (@ZackKalter) August 6, 2013
Best of luck to you @JuanPaGalavis! I'm excited to watch your journey continue. Let them down easy, mi amigo. Jajajaja
— Drew Kenney (@DrewKenney) August 7, 2013
For those unfamiliar with Juan Pablo, he’s a 32-year-old single dad. A former professional soccer player, he was born in New York, but grew up in Venezuela. He eventually moved to Miami to be a father to his daughter Camilla (with ex-girlfriend Carla), who is now 4 years old.
“I am confident I will definitely find my future wife and stepmom for Camilla,” Juan Pablo said of his role as the new “Bachelor. “And I’m ready for it.”
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