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Jason Mesnick, the new star of ABC's The Bachelor, admits he hasn't been on a date since DeAnna Pappas rejected his proposal on The Bachelorette.

"I haven't dated at all since DeAnna," the single father tells Us Weekly. "I wanted to give myself time to heal so that when I got out there again I'd be ready to give whoever I am with the respect and attention she deserves."

But Mesnick, the 32-year-old single dad from Seattle, is looking forward to the opportunity to find love on the 13th season of The Bachelor:

"I am ready. I am open to giving these girls everything I can to find the one that is right for me. All I am missing, really, is someone to share my life with. There's no guarantee but 25 girls? It's a real opportunity to find just one."

Jason Mesnick says he was approached to do The Bachelor at the "After the Final Rose Special" by the long-running reality show's producers.

"All I could think was, 'Oh man, I am so excited' - mostly because really I am just the most regular guy you could ever come across and for this to be happening to me is unbelievable," he said. "It just leaves me completely speechless."

Even his former rivals are psyched. Jason Mesnick says all of the guys from The Bachelorette contacted him with congrats when his new gig was announced.

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That ass clown Brad Womack rejected DeAnna Pappas on The Bachelor.

She went on to star on The Bachelorette, where she spurned Jason Mesnick in the finale (although at least DeAnna ultimately chose someone).

Soaked Pair

Now Mesnick will get his second chance at reality TV love - and no one could be happier for the single dad from Seattle than DeAnna Pappas.

The reigning Bachelorette star – with fiance Jesse Csincsak by her side – proclaimed that her second choice will make the "perfect catch."

DeAnna Pappas told E! that the new star of The Bachelor - who she rejected on The Bachelorette season finale - will be an "ideal mate."

As for the new crew of ladies who will vie for Mesnick's attention, Pappas has a piece of advice: Don't be the next Shayne Lamas.

"[Jason Mesnick] needs a woman who is down to earth and doesn't care about fame or all the business going around. He's normal."

Also, since Jason Mesnick has a little boy, three-year-old Ty, DeAnna Pappas says an aspiring wife better be into kids.

"Ty is the most important thing in Jason's life," she says.

The Bachelor returns in January 2009. Ladies, better pick up a copy of Goodnight, Moon and start honing your skillz with Legos.

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Jason Mesnick is hoping he is luckier in love with a crop of females on the upcoming season of The Bachelor than he had with Bachelorette DeAnna Pappas, who rejected his marriage proposal on the finale last season.

ABC announced Wednesday that Mesnick, who has already won the hearts of millions, will star in the 13th season of The Bachelor in January.

An account executive in estate and legacy planning who divorced two years ago, he is the single father of an adorable 3-year-old son, Ty.

Jason Mesnick lives in Kirkland, Washington.

Jason Mesnick: The Bachelor!

Jason Mesnick will get a second shot at reality TV love!

DeAnna Pappas surprised many by choosing snowboarder Jesse Csincsak in the finale. Both 26, they have set a wedding date of May 9, 2009.

Others rumored to be the next star of The Bachelor where fellow Pappas castoffs Graham Bunn and Jeremy Anderson, as well as JT Torregiani.

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