America met ABC’s new “Bachelor” during “Good Morning America” on Wednesday.
Chris Soules, an Iowa farmer who failed to win over the heart of “The Bachelorette” Andi Dorfman earlier this summer, will have his pick of women when “The Bachelor” returns for its 19th season in January.
“I believe in the process. I believe in what I went through on the previous show and that’s why I’m doing it,” Soules said during his “GMA” interview. “I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t feel like that was a potential.”
Fans of the reality franchise already expected Soules to be named “The Bachelor,” however, after 2012 “Bachelorette” contestant and race car driver Arie Luyendyk, Jr. took to Twitter on Tuesday to reveal he had not been chosen, despite his public campaign to secure the gig.
“I’m not the Bachelor,” Luyendyk tweeted. “Have fun on the farm people.”
Soules became a Bachelor Nation favorite after his chivalry and charm earned him the first kiss from Dorfman. He landed in the final three before being eliminated before the season finale.
Soules, who plans on remaining on his farm in Iowa, says he is “humbled, flattered, grateful” for another shot at finding love on reality television.
“Coming from a small town, I’d never really expected to have this opportunity to be on either show, let alone be the lead on ‘The Bachelor,’ so it’s been awesome,” Soules said.