"Bachelorette" fans spoke and ABC listened! On the Season 9 finale of "The Bachelorette," host Chris Harrison announced that fan favorite Juan Pablo Galavis will be the next star of "The Bachelor." It marks the first time a Latino contestant will star on the show, and it doesn't hurt that he's a sexy soccer player to boot.
Looks like it's time to get your applications in, rose-lovin' ladies!
Juan Pablo had little screen time on Desiree Hartsock's season of the reality romance series (he came in seventh place), but the Latin lover made a big impression on fans of the show. On his blog for Entertainment Weekly, Harrison wrote: "That was about the easiest decision we've ever made. There was such a huge groundswell of support for this man there's no way we couldn't make him our Bachelor."
As we wait for the next season of "The Bachelor" to begin (filming starts this fall, with a premiere date in January), here's everything you need to know about Juan Pablo.
The 32-year-old ex soccer pro is from Barquisimeto, Venezuela. His ABC bio reveals that he's 5'11", has one tattoo, and likes to dance at hot-spot nightclubs in lieu of hanging at low-key bars. (He dubs himself "the all-night dancer.") His idea of the ultimate date: "Having a special lunch with the love of my life … in Canaima [National Park in Venezuela]. Flying on a helicopter around the jungle and stopping to eat on top of a tepui." Meanwhile, bookworms need not apply: He doesn't like to read. (But that tepui date sounds awesome!)
He came to Bachelor Nation on a whim. In an interview with Access Hollywood, the hunky bachelor revealed that it was a female pal who signed him up to be a contestant on "The Bachelorette." In fact, he was so uninvolved that he forgot to fill out the contract when he got it, so his friend did it for him while he recited his information to her over the phone. Producers met him in Miami and the rest is history. He says his ideal mate will have a "fit body, good-size breasts, nice smile." Also, he'd like a girl who can take a joke, who's "easy going, fun," and "not too worried about fancy brands."
He played soccer while at Roberts Wesleyan College in New York (the midfielder is tied for third in program history with 25 assists), then moved to Venezuela to play professionally for eight years. Today he lives in Miami and does sports and entertainment consulting. "I used to play soccer, professional soccer, and then I got into the music industry and now I take care of the athletes and the musicians," he said.
He has a 4-year-old daughter named Camila. (But we already knew that. Who can forget JP's gut-wrenching exit-limo words after Desiree dumped him? "It's hard to date when you have a daughter," he said.) When his "Bachelor" announcement was made, Juan Pablo gave a little more info on his pretty princess, revealing that her birthday is on Feb. 14 and that she's his best Valentine's Day present ever. He also made it clear that he's looking for a suitable stepmom for Camila. Of his sudden TV star status he said, "It's a great responsibility because I'm going to find hopefully the person who's going to be with me and my daughter."
"The Bachelorette" is not his first time on TV. Check out Juan Pablo in this shaving cream commercial. In addition to ads for hair pomade, orange juice, and Jeep, he also made a cameo in a KFC grilled chicken commercial. Hmm … an acting resume? Now we have to wonder, is he here for the "right reasons"?
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