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Should Chris Lambton be The Bachelor? To 87 percent of fans (according to THG’s survey) who watched him on The Bachelorette, there’s no question.

The Cape Codder won the hearts of millions falling just short in pursuit of Ali Fedotowsky. If ever there were a lock for the next Bachelor, it’d be Chris.

If he wants it, that is. Reportedly he does not.

“All of our best Bachelors have been hesitant at first,” says a source cited by E! Online, who says Chris told the producers of the ABC show he’ll pass.

Rather than a starring role with the tables turned, Chris Lambton wants to resume “normal life.” A reality star wanting to avoid the spotlight? Novel.

It’s not over yet, though: The Bachelor powers that be are still wooing Chris Lambton, in hopes of changing his mind and guaranteeing record ratings for next season.

“The producers really want Chris to be the guy,” says a source with knowledge of the situation. “They’re hoping to convince him. This definitely isn’t dead yet.”

And an ABC insider adds that it’s “too soon” to determine who will, or won’t, be the next Bachelor, or who would star instead of Chris if he sticks to his guns.

It’s worth noting that Ali Fedotowsky bailed on The Bachelor to return to her actual life, only to pull a 180 and take The Bachelorette gig shortly thereafter.

Her exit from Jake Pavelka’s season reeked of a stunt, though. Chris L. genuinely seems like the type who might actually turn down such an opportunity.

What do you think? Should Chris Lambton be The Bachelor?