ABC has a new “Bachelor”! The exciting announcement was made during “Good Morning America” Wednesday. So, who is the lucky guy? None other than Chris Soules, the 32-year-old contestant during Andi Dorfman’s season of “The Bachelorette.”
Soules came out on “Good Morning America,” bringing roses for the female hosts. “I was humbled, flattered, grateful,” he said of being chosen for his new role as “The Bachelor” in Season 19. “Coming from a small town, I never expected to have an opportunity to be on either show.” The new star said his family is “extremely excited” and has been “very supportive.” As for how he feels about going through with the show again? He’s ready to take it on!
Explaining he didn’t think he was going to fall in love that quickly with Dorfman, Soules said that that’s the main reason why he’s doing “The Bachelor.”
“I believe in the process,” he said on the ABC morning show. “I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t feel like that ... My focus is going to be to make the girls feel as comfortable as possible.”
Those who watched this past season of “The Bachelorette” can confirm that Soules made a big splash on the series. The farmer from Iowa immediately wended his way into viewers hearts with his charm and warm smile, not only landing one of the first dates, but also the first kiss. Unfortunately, Andi didn’t feel the same as viewers did.
Soules had a successful hometown date and continued to the “Fantasy Suite” round the following week. When Dorfman brought up the overnight date card, however, she realized her relationship with Soules wasn’t as far along as those with the other two men left in the competition: Nick V. and Josh M. Soules was heartbroken, but told Dorfman he appreciated her honesty. He left before the rose ceremony, shocking his fellow contestants.
“Wasn’t what I wanted to hear,” Soules said on-camera after getting eliminated. “I didn’t come here to mess around. I’m glad I know. I want to find a partner in life, a best friend, someone that wants to be around me everyday ... that’s what I want.”
The ABC fan base was rooting for Soules to take over as the 2015 “Bachelor,” but the announcement was not made during “The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose” special. Instead, host Chris Harrison said the following day that the series producers were taking the decision about the next “Bachelor” very seriously and had still not decided who the star would be.
“There are endless discussions and heated debates on which direction to go and what to do,” Chris Harrison wrote in his Entertainment Weekly blog at the time. “We are very much close to making that decision, but the only big mistake we could really make is to rush this and try to get it done in time for last night’s show.”
The producers were reportedly torn between Soules and Arie Luyendyk Jr. of Emily Maynard’s season of “The Bachelorette.” Luyendyk spoiled the big “Bachelor” reveal Monday night when he posted on Twitter:
I'm not the Bachelor, have fun on the farm people ✌️
— Arie Luyendyk Jr. (@ariejr) August 26, 2014