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When the 10th season of ABC's hit reality series The Bachelor kicked off last week, America got to know one of the most well-rounded contestants to date.

Both an officer and a gentleman, 30-year-old Andy Baldwin is a navy diver, a doctor, a tri-athlete, a philanthropist and a family man.

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Yes. The Bachelor seems to be a genuinely good guy this time around. It's a bit nauseating for us to admit, but Us Weekly caught up with him for an expanded interview recently, and we have it here for you...

Us: How did you become the next bachelor?

Andy Baldwin: I didn't try out - it really came to me.

One of my friends saw an ad and said I'd be great for the show. I was sitting in my office one day last fall and the phone rang. [Producers] called and said "We want you to be on the next season of The Bachelor on ABC."

I was like "What?" I was recently single and didn't think it was going to be possible, given my military background. I was skeptical of the type of women they've had on in the past and the type of bachelors. After a few emails and calls, I finally mustered up the courage to float the idea past my Commanding Officer, who was totally supportive.

Us: What is it you have that perhaps the bachelors before you didn't?

Andy Baldwin: I'm not an Italian prince (like Lorenzo Borghese). I'm not an heir to a large tire company, I don't want to be an actor and I'm not a quarterback. I'm just a guy that grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania with a great family. I'm a Navy diver and doctor serving my country out in Pearl Harbor - a wonderful career I'm committed to. I just haven't met the woman who is right for me yet.

Us: Is the abundance of Southern women vying for your affections on the show perhaps a hint at how things could turn out this season?

Andy Baldwin: [laughs] I don't know. Wait and see.

Us: On the season premiere, you celebrated your 30th birthday (as recapped by the Sports Gal). Some of the women baked you a cake but swapped out eggs for tequila. How was that?

Andy Baldwin: [laughs] It was delicious! When one of the women expressed she had the same birthday - what are the odds? - I told her it was my birthday too. I had no idea the girls had baked a cake on the spot.

Us: Can you tell us about a particular date you enjoyed during your time on the show?

Andy Baldwin: The date I enjoyed tremendously was the charity date we did - helping a local elementary school redo their grounds. It involved interacting with the kids and helping out the community, something that's very important to me. To see the women in that environment was truly special.

THG NOTE: We get a similar feeling seeing Hayden Panettiere in other environments.

Us: Do you plan to have children yourself one day?

Andy Baldwin: Definitely. I can't wait!

Us: Have your Naval buddies at the base been supportive?

Andy Baldwin: They're super-excited. They cannot wait to meet her and they're very happy for their doctor. A lot of these navy divers are still single and they said they'd be available for personal bereavement counseling for the women who didn't get votes.

Us: Lastly, while it will be a while until we learn which lady you've chosen on The Bachelor, are you finding it hard to keep your relationship a secret?

Andy Baldwin: So hard. We finished March 14 after seven weeks. It was very intense emotionally and physically but I'm in a very happy place right now.

THG NOTE: Hopefully a different kind of happy place than Sean Stewart goes when ogling his stepmother. Sorry. That was wrong.

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Once again, it's time for T.H. Gossip to break down last night's major television event, the second episode of Season 10 of The Bachelor.

Or, more appropriately, it's time for the Sports Gal to do it up. We really can't hold a candle to the hilarious wife of ESPN's beloved sports scribe, the Sports Guy (a.k.a. Bill Simmons). So why bother.

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She's recapped episode 2, as she has done and will do for each riveting episode on ABC. We're just passing the word along. Take it away, Sports Gal!

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This season's second episode of The Bachelor was like a bad sequel to a good movie. It reminded me of sitting through "Legally Blonde 2" - everything felt the same as the first movie, but I was bored most of the time.

I'm still upset they screwed up "Legally Blonde 2" because it ruined any chance for "Legally Blonde 3," which could have been Reese's character divorcing her husband and getting madder and madder as he sleeps with every young slut in Hollywood, then castrating him at the end with a gavel and ending up with Jake Gyllenhaal.

Actually, I'd probably go see this movie, so I guess I don't have a point there. But I don't like "The Bachelor" as much as I like Reese Witherspoon.

Here's what happened in the second show: Andy Baldwin (the bachelor) dated two groups of seven women, then had a date with the girl who received his "first impression rose."

She didn't look like a "Stephanie," so Bill (my husband) and I tried to come up with a nickname for her because we couldn't remember her real name.

Bill suggested "Big Boobs," I suggested "Bad Dresser," and we just merged them into one name: "Big Boobs/Bad Dresser." That works.

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is quite smitten with BBBD, which grosses me out to be honest. Between his DeLorean, his bad taste in women and the girl who described him as "a little kid living inside a 30-year-old body," I'm seriously wondering if Andy's a virgin.

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Andy Baldwin. He's hot (as the pictures below, courtesy of Us Weekly, show). And an officer in the U.S. Navy. And a total gentleman.

"I'm just a guy that grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania with a great family," the star of the newest season of The Bachelor says. "I have no ulterior motives other than I just haven't met the woman who is right for me yet."

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As these girls gather to giggle poolside with their bachelor, Andy Baldwin explains what he looks for in the perfect mate.

"One of the sexiest things about a woman is if she's intelligent and witty. If she can challenge me in that a manner, she's so much more beautiful in my eyes," he explains.

This bachelor's also looking for a match willing to have fun with fitness. Having recently participated in the Iron Man triathlon - with Bachelorette winner Ryan Sutter (now husband of Trista Sutter), Baldwin is very body conscious.

"I love to work out and exercise with my girlfriend," he said. "The most romantic thing I like to do is go for a run and get the blood pumping, get sweaty and take a dip in the ocean and watch the sun rise."

THG NOTE: For Britney Spears, it's an evening of clubbing, Red Bull, smokes and projectile vomiting, followed by an all-night roll in the hay. To each their own.

Baldwin, who went to Duke University, says Southern hospitality is something he adores. Lucky for him, there are a bevy of Southern belles vying for his affections this season. No, Jennifer Wilson isn't one of them.

"They must have had a good casting call in Dallas," says Baldwin, who's nothing like his predecessor, Lorenzo Borghese, with a chuckle.

"Meeting the girls, I was like 'You're from Texas, too?'"

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We've recapped Dancing with the Stars.

We've given you the blow by blow (and Spencer Pratt really blows) of last night's season finale of The Hills.

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Now it's time for T.H. Gossip to break down last night's third television event, the premiere of the 10th season of The Bachelor.

But we really can't do it justice, so we're turning it over to the Sports Gal, wife of ESPN's beloved sports scribe, the Sports Guy (a.k.a. Bill Simmons).

She's going to be recapping each riveting episode for ESPN and ABC. We're just passing the word along. Let's get down to business. Take it away, Sports Gal!

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ABC wants the new season of The Bachelor to remind people of Richard Gere in "An Officer and a Gentleman." We know this because they're calling this season, "The Bachelor: An Officer and a Gentleman."

At least they came right out and said it. The Bachelor himself, Lt. Andy Baldwin, isn't as sexy as Richard Gere in that movie, but I liked him immediately and thought he was the cutest bachelor yet. He works as a doctor in the Navy's dive unit with Ashton Kutcher and Kevin Costner, does charity work and Ironman triathalons and even has a hot body.

Of course, Bill (my husband) was suspicious as soon as we learned Andy's alma mater was Duke. He kept saying, "You watch, you watch, he's going to end up being a [bad word]."

Not even 30 seconds later, we watched Andy get into his fancy sports car, which looked like a DeLorean (do they still make those?) and had those dorky doors that open straight up.

I hate when Bill's right. You should know that my friend Terera and I have a list of things that instantly bother us about guys - like guys who wear man sandals (those leather ones that look like the ones girls would wear, only they're for guys, I call them "mandals"); guys who wear black jeans or black tennis shoes; guys who wear Speedos at the beach; guys who drink daiquiris or frozen mudslides; guys who tuck their sweaters into their pants; and especially, guys who drive weird sports cars (like Miatas or Corvettes). I don't know the name of Andy's car, but it should be called "The Overcompensator."

We watched Andy Baldwin tool around in his DeLorean hoping he'd pick up Doc and head back to the future. Instead, he pulled up to the clock tower, I mean, bachelor mansion, and was greeted by our old friend Chris Harrison.

I like Chris Harrison - he knows his place and never interferes, not even when a girl has too much champagne during the opening cocktail reception and might drown in the pool. Meanwhile, Andy looked so excited to meet the girls, it was uncomfortable. It looked like he was going to burst. Bill described him as "a much, much, much hornier Richie Cunningham."

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Ray J.

Kim Kardashian.

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Some things are just meant to be together.

With this philosophy in mind, ESPN and ABC decided to collaborate with the Sports Gal for weekly recaps of The Bachelor, the new season of which debuts Monday.

Her recaps will run Tuesdays after the show.

Suffice it to say, the Sports Gal's worse half, the Sports Guy (a.k.a. Bill Simmons) is pretty psyched up about her efforts, which will run alongside his ESPN columns.

He writes:

"She's aiming for four paragraphs per recap. So alert your girlfriends, wives, mistresses and platonic female friends that you're secretly trying to sleep with - on April 2, the Sports Gal returns. In the words of Pete Carroll, I'm as shocked as you guys."

Well put. Like the Sports Gal, T.H. Gossip will be tracking the progress of Andy Baldwin as he attempts to follow in the footsteps of Lorenzo Borghese.

And after what he pulled with Sadie Murray, those are some big footsteps.

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When Andy Baldwin takes center stage on the new edition of The Bachelor, which premieres next week, he'll certainly have some tough choices.

One is a lawyer who's also a bodybuilder. That's hard core. Another will sing the national anthem to a guy in the first episode. There's a former beauty queen in there too (sadly, her name isn't Katie Rees - she's a one-time Miss Illinois).

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And there are 22 more.

Subtitled "Officer and a Gentleman," the 10th edition of The Bachelor will feature Andy Baldwin, a 30-year-old doctor and lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, surrounded by 25 women all looking for the man of their dreams.

The show debuts at 9:45 p.m. next Monday, April 2. We can't wait.

As usual, the festivities begin with the women arriving via limousine. But unlike past seasons of The Bachelor, Baldwin must give a rose to one of them as soon as she says hello.

ABC notes that Linda, the aforementioned bodybuilder, challenges Baldwin (a veteran triathlete not related to Alec Baldwin) to a push-up contest. Another lovely lady does backflips in her evening gown. Ten women go home on the first night, with one of them really not happy about it.

Maybe this time will be the charm for the lucky lady. None of the past seasons of The Bachelor have spawned an actual lasting marriage. That's right. We're talking 0-9.

It's worth noting that The Bachelorette spinoff star, Trista Rehn (now Trista Sutter) is married to Ryan Sutter, however. She's also pregnant with their first child! Congrats, Trista and Ryan!

As for last year's Bachelor, Lorenzo Borghese? He could still make it 1-8... sort of. In terms of entertainment, he set the bar pretty high for Andy Baldwin after choosing Jennifer Wilson in the season finale, only to dump her for runner-up Sadie Murray after the show ended.

Follow the link below for the first names, occupations and hometowns of the 25 would-be wives on this season's exciting season of The Bachelor ...

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