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Last week, ABC released a promo for The Bachelor that played up the show's unintentionally comedic aspects, while teasing a few The Bachelor spoilers.

Today, the network shared a teaser that focuses on the soap opera-caliber drama that's made the cutthroat romantic competition series such an addictive reality TV staple over the years.

it's an understatement to say there's a lot going on in this trailer:

We get our first extended look at Chris Soules as The Bachelor; we learn producers have brought in more wannabe-fiancees than ever before...But the real surprise comes at the very end:

As the show's signature, schlocky voice-over promises a season "pregnant with possibility," the camera closes in on a discarded home pregnancy test...

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The handsome Chris Soules stars in ABC's first promo for the new season of The Bachelor, and in it, both he and the network show they're in on the joke.

The Bachelor strikes a unique balance on TV, with its utterly ridiculous premise, epically cheesy cliches and outrageous displays of behavior from contestants.

All of that makes it a fun show to watch, of course, and the show layers all of these facets with enough humor and inside jokes to balance out the absurdity.

While it's impossible to take what you see seriously, there remains enough genuine emotion and intrigue to keep it from becoming a total joke, as well.

Combine all that together and what you have is one of the longest-running and most successful franchises on network TV, with no end in sight either.

In Chris Soules, ABC has again found the whole package, and is packaging it accordingly as the unintentional comedy the show has become in this teaser.

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All-American hunk Chris Soules is gearing up to dole out the roses on The Bachelor Season 19, and ABC has produced the first swoon-worthy photo of him in the role.

Ladies, you're welcome.

Chris Soules: The Bachelor Photo

The 32-year-old Iowa farmer Chris Soules is billed as traditional, classic and All-American, and if you saw him on The Bachelorette, you know that's true.

With his impeccably tailored suit and chiseled, piercing gaze and ever-so-slightly scruffy jaw, the soft spoken, tractor driving corn farmer cleans up well.

Not that he ever had a problem with that. Andi Dorfman was pretty into him on The Bachelorette for all the right reasons, and simply fell for Josh Murray harder.

By making Chris Soules The Bachelor, ABC will double and triple down on his salt-of-the-earth nature, well rounded appeal and wholesome reputation.

After the train wreck that was last season's Bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis and Nikki Ferrell, his now former girlfriend, the Soules Man is a breath of fresh air.

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All stars of The Bachelor are, by definition, fairly good looking individuals.

But Iowa farmer Chris Soules, a man's man with a million-dollar smile and winning personality to go with his handsome features, may take the cake.

Chris Soules: Hottest Bachelor Yet?

Just look at this photo of him from the Iowa State Fair. We rest our case.

Even if he wasn't your first choice, now that the 32-year-old is confirmed as The Bachelor, there's no denying that he brings a certain X factor to the role.

Not only is Chris Soules easy on the eyes, viewers and contestants alike know exactly where they stand, as he's there looking for a lifelong companion.

Yes, as The Bachelor, this is inherent ... to a point. Read: Juan Pablo Galavis.

Sometimes, the franchise's stars bring an element of mystery, and things don't work out as you'd expect. With Chris, you pretty much know he'll be great.

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Chris the Farmer is ready to find his Soules mate.

The Iowa native, a fan favorite during Andi Dorfman's season of The Bachelorette, came on Good Morning America today after being confirmed as The Bachelor.

"I believe in the process," Chris Soules told the morning show's panel. "I believe in what I went through on the previous show and that's why I'm doing it."

Chris got the nod over Arie Luyendyk Jr. for The Bachelor, insiders say, because of his unusual background - not to mention fans' strong connection to him.

Unlike past Bachelor stars, it's very clear what he has to offer. Being a farmer's wife in Iowa might not appeal to every woman, but those it does appeal to?

Expect them to fight hard for Chris, because he blends his manly, yet sophisticated persona with an aura of confidence and chivalry to the role.

"My focus is going to be to make the girls that are on the show as comfortable as possible," he added. "That was my first initial challenge, was opening up to Andi."

"I'm going to do my best. I'm humbled, flattered, grateful."

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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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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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If you were hoping to find out who is the next Bachelor at the end of The Bachelorette last night, you came away disappointed, as the torch was not passed.

In past seasons, The Bachelor or The Bachelorette season finale has also featured this big reveal on After the Final Rose. Not this time, for reasons unknown.

And the Winner is?

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Chris Soules, the sweet farmer from Iowa who finished third this season, attended the taping of After the Final Rose, leaving us to believe he's the guy.

He may well be, though it was announced a new Bachelor wouldn't be revealed Monday, Soules blushed and laughed nervously when the topic came up.

Fans (and fellow Bachelorette stars) also began chanting his name at one point, so it seems safe to assume he'd be a popular choice if he got the nod.

That's not a guarantee, though.

Insiders confirm that another former Bachelorette contestant, Emily Maynard's runner-up Arie Luyendyk, Jr. from the 2012 season, is in the running, too.

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