Chris Soules: The Next Bachelor?

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The Bachelorette contestant Chris Soules, a.k.a. Chris the Farmer, has been one of the most popular cast members this season from the start.

He revealed Monday that he is Andi Dorfman’s secret admirer, and has plenty of admirers of his own among card-carrying members of Bachelor Nation.

That's no secret. And it's no wonder that the 32-year-old Iowan is now rumored to be the next star of The Bachelor when the series returns in 2015.

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The news, if it's true, will come disappointment to some fans, who had lobbied producers to make Marquel Martin the show's first-ever African-American star.

Of course, Marquel (along with Cody Sattler) will be on Bachelor in Paradise after The Bachelorette season ends, so he was likely never in the running.

As for the source of this rumor, follow the jump for the details below, although The Bachelorette spoilers are included, so consider yourselves warned ...

A production insider claims that Soules won’t win Andi Dorfman’s heart this season, he’ll get another chance at love as star of The Bachelor next season.

“Chris the farmer is the new Bachelor,” the insider confirms. “They held auditions in NYC last week, and told everyone he was the new Bachelor.”

A second Radar source also confirms, “I’m hearing it’s Chris.”

The oracle of The Bachelorette, Reality Steve, first reported that Soules was the favorite for the role earlier this year, saying it was his gig to lose.

“Sure the show will do their song and dance and ask their audience who they’d like," he said, but "it’ll all be just to drum up interest in the franchise."

As for when Chris gets eliminated, current intel has him making it to the final three before he gets bounced one episode before the emotional finale.

So who makes it to the end? Follow the link above, and tell us:

Would Chris Soules be a good choice as The Bachelor?

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