Man Crush Alert: Chris Soules is the New Bachelor


He may not have found love on season 10 of The Bachelorette with Andi Dorfman, but Iowa farmer Chris Soules is one step closer to his happily, ever after.

Good Morning America announced Wednesday morning that Soules will be ABC’s newest Bachelor, joining the ranks of the oft-despised Juan Pabloand Firestone heir Andrew Firestone.

“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, clearly not phased by his third-place rank on Dorfman’s season of Bachelorette. “I wouldn't do it if I didn't feel like that was a potential.”

He’s right about potential: Sean Lowe and Catherine Guidici are recent evidence of the reality show’s match-making prowess. On season 17 of The Bachelor, Lowe popped the question, culminating in a January 2014 ceremonyJason Mesnick from season 13 ended up leaving the season’s winner for its winner-up, Molly Malaney Mesnick, who he wed in a televised 2010 ceremony. On The Bachelorette side of things, its first star, Trista Rehn, accepted beau Ryan Sutter’s proposal; they’ve been married since 2003 and have two children.

That’s not to say the good has outweighed the bad. A majority of couples from the franchise called it quits within months of their respective finales. Something tells us Soules won’t have a problem finding a soulmate—on or off air—though. Because…