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ABC officially named Chris Soules The Bachelor this week, confirming the worst kept secret that fans have either known or assumed for some time.

That doesn't mean Arie Luyendyk Jr. is happy about it, however.

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Like Soules, Luyendyk was a former Bachelorette contestant who proved widely popular on the reality show, but fell just short in his journey for love.

Arie, who wooed Emily Maynard in 2012, was being recruited for The Bachelor this year along with Soules, and is said to be "pissed" about the decision.

His own Tweets on the subject weren't that harsh. He wrote:

"I'm not the Bachelor. Have fun on the farm people.”

Arie Luyendyk Jr. "was definitely being considered," says a show source, adding that producers "really liked him" but went with Soules' unique appeal to fans.

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Chris Soules has been confirmed as The Bachelor for the 2015 season - this time by the show and not just The Bachelor spoilers that leaked weeks ago.

We've known for a long time that the network named Chris Soules The Bachelor, but it hasn't been officially announced by his employers until today.

Team Chris all the way! Fire up the tractor and let's do this thing, ABC!

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

Arie Luyendyk Jr., the other former Bachelorette cast member hunk in the running for the job, even said late Monday that he was out of the running.

"I'm not the Bachelor," Luyendyk wrote. "Have fun on the farm people."

Soules, an Iowa farmer, will be bringing the franchise to the heartland.

A Bachelorette fan favorite on Andi Dorfman's recently concluded season, he finished third after the leading lady did not invite him to the Fantasy Suite.

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After a whirlwind romance that would give Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard a run for their money, The Bachelor's Renee Oteri is pregnant with a baby boy!

She married Bracy Maynard just four months ago, having reconnected with her "best friend" after getting sent home by Juan Pablo Galavis on the ABC show.

Bracy Maynard, Renee Oteri

"By far one of the most cherished moments imaginable for our family! We love you so much,” the pregnant Renee Oteri wrote on Instagram on Aug. 24.

“Aaaaaaand it’s a… BOY!!! A big thx to friends + family who took planes, trains + automobiles into town for our {post} Wedding Reception + Baby Gender Reveal!"

Renee, who competed for Juan Pablo's heart and made it to the hometown dates on The Bachelor, is just over three months along and due January 19.

“We’re so excited!” Renee told People magazine. “Bracy is already paranoid ... he is always checking in and making sure I’m okay. He’s in dad mode.”

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There's no love lost between herself and the franchise that made her a quasi-celeb, but Nikki Ferrell has been settling into real life with Juan Pablo Galavis.

After their season of The Bachelor ended in the farthest way from touching and romantic fashion, many felt this couple would be doomed from the start.

The haters were wrong, and they're loving that.

  • Nikki Ferrell, Juan Pabs
  • Nikki Ferrell Mug Shots

Seriously, it's been more than six months for them since the show ended, with no evidence of trouble in their relationship. That alone has to shock many.

The only negativity has been directed at ABC.

Juan Pablo has gone off the media grid for the most part since his very public kiss-off to the reality show, while it's been his girl taking the shots at it.

When she's not slamming The Bachelorette producers, bashing Bachelor in Paradise or calling Elise Mosca dumber than a box of rocks, Nikki is really happy.

Well, in most pictures.

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Bachelor in Paradise stars Chris Bukowski and Elise Mosca left together in a touching moment to close out Episode 3, but their romance is already over.

Raise your hand if you're surprised.

Chris Bukowski and Elise Mosca

Before Bachelor in Paradise Season 1 Episode 3 even aired, there were whispers of Chris being back on the market. He confirmed that this week.

It's surprising and yet not. Chris could not stop gushing about Elise Mosca’s body, accentuated in a dress fit for a high-end hooker, before he went home with her.

Despite a torn ACL, he looked poised to tear Elise's mermaid bikini off and ransack her all night long ... but he says he never did after they left the pool.

"We actually ended up not even sleeping in the same room that night,” Chris Bukowski says of the horniest 1-on-1 date on The Bachelor spinoff to date.

He didn't get into why, but despite their relationship lasting for about a month after leaving Paradise, Chris says he never hit it at any point - seriously!

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The unabashedly terrible spinoff of The Bachelor and Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise is on a roll bringing back old cast members left and right.

If you watch Bachelor in Paradise online, you'll be privy to one blast from the D-list past after another. Not for everyone, but if it's for you, it's awesome!

Who's next to arrive for a shot at love/drama/15 minutes? This dude!

Somewhere, Emily Maynard is shaking her head in disgust/disbelief.

Kalon McMahon, who infamously called Emily’s daughter Ricki “baggage” on The Bachelorette, and who later appeared on Bachelor Pad, is en route to Paradise!

Raise you're hand if you're excited! Hello? Anyone? Is this thing on?

He actually had a good run on the Pad with former Bachelor runner-up Lindzi Cox, but from the looks of the clip above, he's no hit with the current crowd.

Rejected by not one but two girls, will his date card go unused?!

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We know The Bachelor winner Nikki Ferrell is not a big fan of ABC franchise, but to hear her call out her fellow competitor Elise Mosca like she just did?

Amazing. What did she say?

  • Elise Mosca Bikini Photo
  • Nikki Ferrell in Bikini

Previously, we've seen Nikki rip Bachelor in Paradise, the spinoff in which Bachelor and Bachelorette castoffs hook up and get all dramatic in Mexico.

Now she's bashing Elise, who competed with Nikki for Juan Pablo Galavis on The Bachelor earlier this year before making an epic scene in Paradise.

Not that she even needs to watch the show - Ferrell has said she'd rather "stab pencils in her eyeballs" than do that - to know Mosca is not smart.

"I don't need to watch Bachelor In Paradise to know Elise is dumber than a box of rocks," she Tweeted. "But hey at least everyone agrees with me now."

BURN!!!!

The incident that got everyone talking (or scratching their heads) was Elise, per no one’s request, stopping the rose ceremony to say ... who the heck knows.

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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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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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