Galavis to Hand Out Roses Next Season on ABC’s “The Bachelor”

It’s official… America has its first non-white Bachelor… And, his name is Juan Pablo Galavis.

The 32-year-old Venezuelan American former soccer star and former one-time Bachelorette suitor will star in the next installment of ABC‘s The Bachelor.

Juan Pablo Galavis

The reality dating show’s host Chris Harrison made the announcement on Monday night’s The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose special.

An ABC spokesperson confirmed that the fan favorite will become the first non-Caucasian Bachelor or Bachelorette in franchise history.

There have been a total of nine Bachelorettes; Juan Pablo is the 17th Bachelor in 18 seasons, as Brad Womack starred on the show twice.

Galavis had been one of 25 men competing for Desiree Hartsock‘s hand during the most recent season of The Bachelorette. He’s a single father to a 4-year-old girl named Camila.

Incidentally, Juan Pablo had never seen The Bachelor or The Bachelorette before appearing on the show. He told The Hollywood Reporter at last month’s Men Tell All taping that friend of his thought he would be a good fit and filled out the paperwork for him. He kept putting her off, telling her: “Yeah, yeah, I’ll fill that out later. I’m too busy.” He also didn’t want to leave his daughter for so long, but he ultimately met with the producers and decided it was worth taking a shot.

Galvis was one of several names that had been rumored as possibilities in recent weeks; others had included fellow Desiree suitors Drew Kenney and Zak Waddell and past “winner” Jef Holm, who became engaged to Emily Maynard in last year’s Bachelorette finale. (They split in late 2012.)

The Bachelor returns in January.

Martinez to Become ABC’s Next Bachelor?

Could Roberto Martinez be returning to national television for a second chance at finding love?

Roberto Martinez

The 29-year-old Puerto Rican insurance agent is reportedly in the running to become the next bachelor on ABC’s hit reality dating show.

Martinez successfully competed for the heart of Ali Fedotowsky on the sixth season of ABC’s The Bachelorette. But after an 18-month engagement, the couple called it quits in November 2011.

Roberto Martinez on The Bachelorette

Now that he’s back on the market, Martinez is reportedly being considered to star as The Bachelor next season, according to People.

“It’s far too soon to say who the next Bachelor will be, but Roberto is definitely someone producers are considering,” a source close to the show tells the magazine.

While there’s no word on whether Martinez is interested in pursuing love all over again on reality TV, the source says he fits the bill.

“Obviously there’s a lot about Roberto that is appealing,” the source says. “Still, they also want to see who from Emily Maynard‘s current season might pop with viewers and are weighing if there are any contenders there. It’s just too soon to tell.”