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If you didn't believe us yesterday that Iowa farmer and Bachelorette third-place finisher Chris Soules is The Bachelor, this photo ought to do the job.

Chris Soules and Cody Sattler

The telling picture on Chris' Instagram page shows the Soules Man with Bachelorette buddy Cody Sattler rocking shirts exclaiming "America Needs Farmers."

While clenching a rose in their teeth for good measure.

This after The Bachelor spoilers guru Reality Steve leaked the news, or at least that it was official (we've all strongly believed it was Chris for awhile).

Hard to see this as anything but a subtle confirmation that he's more than ready to dole out the roses to 25 lucky ladies come January on ABC.

That or he and Cody are just really passionate about agriculture and its role in American life. Which is entirely plausible, but still. This is your Bachelor.

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With Chris Soules confirmed as The Bachelor, we can officially start pondering where he ranks among the men who have doled out the roses on the ABC staple.

While we won't get to judge the whole package until next March, when his season concludes (Juan Pablo sounded good in theory), we can weigh in on this:

Is he the hottest of the hot guys to headline the series?!

Chris Soules
Chris Soules is The Bachelor for ABC's 2015 season of the hit reality show. Good choice?

The 32-year-old from Arlington, Iowa, was one of the final three men standing on the just-wrapped season of The Bachelorette that starred Andi Dorfman.

Making it that far spoke volumes about Chris Soules, a rugged yet intelligent, sensitive man's man, a family-oriented farmer who cleans up awfully nice.

Bachelor Nation was vocal about wanting him to take over the franchise, and according to The Bachelor spoilers king Reality Steve, he will do so.

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The cat is out of the bag. Or in this case, the barn? Farmer Chris Soules will star as The Bachelor for the 2015 season, sources close to the production say.

ABC tried to keep this close to the vest, even implying that other guys were in the running for the job (how seriously they were considered is anyone's guess).

Enter Reality Steve, though, and everything changes. The man who put The Bachelor spoilers on the map has blown the lid off yet another secret.

Chris Soules is The Bachelor 2015
Chris Soules is The Bachelor 2015. Here he is, leaving no doubts about it.

According to Steve, who has giant cojones and doesn't hide his scoop for one second, Soules has already signed a contract and is has begun filming.

While he's been wrong before on several noteworthy occasions, most of the time he is anything but. In fact, Steve's track record is the stuff of legends.

Especially considering that ABC simply cannot foil him, shut him down or figure out how the heck he gets his intel, this feat is all the more impressive.

So despite the subterfuge and rumors that Nick Viall, Arie Luyendyk, Jr., or possibly even Marquel Martin would get the nod, it was Chris' from the start.

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On last night's Bachelor in Paradise, someone else bowed out voluntarily, but before we get into that, let's discuss the unquestioned highlight of the episode:

Michelle Kujawa.

Last week, we saw her exit the Bachelor in Paradise premiere at the rose ceremony, hinting that there was no one there for her ... and that she already found love.

Which was it? Both. Let us explain ...

Michelle Kujawa Bikini Photo

It turns out that when she arrived in Mexico, she met a producer for the show named Ryan Putz, and was banging him before and after the premiere episode.

Michelle Kujawa, having eliminated herself abruptly, was in her hotel room with Ryan when someone from the show decided to check up on her.

Ryan hid on a balcony to avoid getting spotted, then for reasons unknown, felt he had to jump to freedom ... from 25 feet up. He broke both ankles.

While this had nothing to do with anything really, it was a reminder that there's some reality left in reality TV, and in the case of Michelle and Ryan, hilariously so.

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While Chris Soules has long been considered the front-runner to be The Bachelor on ABC, another option is reportedly being strongly considered by producers:

Nick Viall.

Nick and Andi

The selection of Andi Dorfman's runner-up, still in many ways an enigma, would be bewildering on one hand, and make perfect sense on the other.

Many fans, and fellow competitors, felt Nick was calculating and insincere, even cocky in his pursuit of Andi Dorfman, who ultimately went with hunky Josh Murray.

Making matters worse was Nick asking Andi why they made love if she wasn't going to pick him in this awkward After the Final Rose confrontation.

At the same time, there's no doubt that Viall was genuinely, emotionally crushed by the woman of his dreams, and that he didn't mean to humiliate Dorfman.

If anyone deserves a second shot at love, it's Nick.

"Viewers are interested in what he has to say," says a show insider of Viall, who is in the running along with both Farmer Chris and Arie Luyendyk Jr.

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One year ago this week, The Bachelorette star Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried got engaged on the show after he earned her coveted final rose.

Now, Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray own the majority of that spotlight, but the fire still burns between Des and Chris, who are still together and happy.

And getting married this winter!

Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried Smile

Desiree Hartsock's bridal shower was held in Hollywood last weekend, and upon her return to Seattle, where they now live, they dished on their plans.

They are aiming for this coming January, Hartsock and Siegfried say, and are "thinking an intimate wedding with about 125 people,” according to Chris.

Will ABC air it? The two are open to that as well. “We are up for sharing it,” says Siegfried. “Our entire love story unfolded in front of (millions of viewers.)”

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Suffice it to say, reigning Bachelor winner Nikki Ferrell is not keen on the new spinoff Bachelor In Paradise, which premiered last night on ABC.

She says she'd rather stab herself than watch it.

Nikki Ferrell, Juan Galavis

The blonde pediatric nurse accepted a final rose from reviled Season 18 Bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis, who is outspoken about his dislike of the franchise.

Nikki is following suit lately, ripping The Bachelorette producers for last week's After the Final Rose special and now laying into Bachelor in Paradise.

"Everyone keeps asking if I'm gonna watch Bachelor In Paradise. To be honest I'd rather stab pencils in my eyeballs. #trainwreck," she wrote.

Yeah. The outspoken 27-year-old is not a fan.

Juan Pablo Galavis and Nikki Ferrell have defied the odds by staying together this long, and broken from tradition by ... well, bashing the show a lot.

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Love is in the air for The Bachelorette stars these days.

As you know, Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray are engaged and over the moon, while Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum are expecting a baby boy together.

Now only that, Andi's predecessor Desiree Hartsock is one step closer to being a blushing bride after celebrating with a bridal shower in L.A. last weekend!

Desiree Hartsock Bridal Shower Photo

Fellow Bachelor faces Ali Fedotowsky, Daniella McBride (who was ousted on Monday's Bachelor in Paradise premiere) and Jackie Parr were on hand.

"I'm so happy with so many friends around right now I am going to burst at the seams with happiness!!!" she captioned the photo with Ali, McBride and Parr.

The glowing bride-to-be, a bridal stylist by trade who is engaged to Chris Siegfried, gushed that this was the "BEST bridal shower anyone could ask for!!"

Ali Fedotowsky posted her own photo of herself and Desiree Hartsock mugging for the camera, captioned "Someone's getting married!!!! #DesireesBridalShower."

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Even though we were advised against it by a team of therapists, we watched Bachelor in Paradise on ABC. And we've got the recap for you here.

With 13 former contestants from The Bachelor and Bachelorette headed to Tulum, Mexico to find love, you know what they'll truly discover is drama.

Seven women, six men you barely remember from the original shows, even if you're a major fan of the reality franchise. It's a match made in ... paradise.

With Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray engaged, happy and done with the show, the lucky contestants looking for love and 15 minutes of fame are:

  • Robert Graham (Desiree's season)
  • Ben Scott (Desiree's season)
  • Graham Bunn (DeAnna's season) 
  • Marquel Martin (Andi's season)
  • Marcus Grodd (Andi's season)
  • Dylan Petitt (Andi's season)
  • Michelle Kujawa (Jake's season) 
  • Clare Crawley (Juan Pablo's season)
  • Elise Mosca (Juan Pablo's season)
  • Lacy Faddoul (Juan Pablo's season)
  • Sarah Herron (Sean's season)
  • AshLee Frazier (Sean's season)
  • Daniella McBride (Sean's season)

However, later in the episode, in walked Michelle Money from Brad Womack‘s season, looking to join the fray and ruffle as many feathers as possible.

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The Bachelor stars Juan Pablo Galavis and Nikki Ferrell were doomed from the start as a couple, at least according to the vast majority of Bachelor Nation.

It barely registered as a surprise, then, when rumors of their split surfaced this summer following reports of Juan Pablo getting his flirt on with another woman.

The celebrity gossip publications and readers alike have been proven wrong, however, as the two remain not only together, but happier than ever.

"We're doing great," Ferrell says. "We are very happy together."

Juan Pablo Galavis, Nikki Ferrell Photograph

"People are going to say what they want to say," Juan Pablo tells People. "I can't pay attention to any of that. I don't like to read what people write."

"They don't know us and what our relationship is all about."

Adds Nikki Ferrell, his final rose recipient last winter: "He does a better job of ignoring it than I do. I read what people say, and it does hurt my feelings."

"I'm only human. But really, we are happy and doing well."

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The Bachelor Quotes

There’s still a lot of growing to do in our relationship. We will not tie the knot until I am mentally and physically prepared as well as Matt.

Shayne Lamas

It was a fairytale proposal like I’ve always dreamed about. I forgot that there [were] cameras around. In that moment, it was just Matt and I and it was the most amazing moment of my entire life.

Shayne Lamas [on proposal by Matt Grant]
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