Ben Higgins: The Bachelor 2016 Star Confirmed!!

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For those fans of The Bachelorette who can't believe Nick Viall has made it this far, but also think Shawn Booth is kind of a douche, rest easy:

Ben Higgins, who was eliminated by Kaitlyn Bristowe last night, has already been chosen as The Bachelor for its upcoming 2016 campaign!

The Bachelorette: Ben H.

Multiple sources have confirmed to E! News that Ben has been selected, continuing a long streak of franchise stars getting a second chance.

Bristowe finished third behind Whitney Bischoff and Becca Tilley in their romantic journey for Chris Soules, who himself was third on The Bachelorette.

According to reports, the 26-year-old Ben Higgins has yet to finalize his contract, but he's "pretty much a lock" to be the next rose-giver-outer.

Higgins' sweetness, sincerity, good looks won him plenty of fan support this summer, along with the simple fact that he is not Nick or Shawn.

The runner-up this season - read The Bachelorette spoilers to find out who that is - was also in contention to be the next Bachelor, we're told.

Ben got the nod, though, for the aforementioned reasons.

As for why the third runner-ups are on such a hot streak - Soules wooed Andi Dorfman, who also took home the bronze - is it just a coincidence?

Not necessarily. By the time the finale comes around, the second-place suitor tends to be portrayed more controversially by the show.

That will certainly be true no matter who Kaitlyn picks as The Bachelorette winner in two weeks, whereas Ben was mostly unscathed.

Or so the theory goes. That way fans are happy with the "winner" for the 2-3 months before they inevitably break things off. Standard.

In any case, start waving the Ben Higgins 2016 signs!

Do you think ABC got it right, or would you like to have seen Nick or Shawn? Or someone else from this season, or someone new altogether?

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