Sean Lowe is the new ‘Bachelor’

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Sean Lowe (from ABC)

By Breeanna Hare


(CNN) — We heard rumors back in July that Sean Lowe would be the next to look for love on ABC’s “The Bachelor,” and the gossip turned out to be right.

ABC announced Tuesday that Lowe, who recently competed for Emily Maynard’s heart on “The Bachelorette” and lost out to Jef (“with one F”) and Arie, is giving reality show romance another try with the 17th season of “The Bachelor.”

Although the statement from ABC says the 28-year-old Dallas businessman and entrepreneur was “blindsided” by Maynard’s decision to withhold a rose, apparently the experience didn’t leave him too traumatized. Lowe’s hoping to meet his “best friend” on the series, and “wants to propose once, be married once and live a faithful family life, like his parents, who have had a loving 35-year union.”

According to ABC, the new “Bachelor” has a variety of interests, but they surprisingly don’t specifically include long walks on the beach. (We thought that one came standard.)

It turns out Lowe’s into “camping, wakeboarding, dancing, outdoor activities, attending concerts and doing just about anything with his two dogs, Lola and Ellie.”

Lowe’s “Bachelor” season will begin in January.