By Nina Terrero (NBCLatino.com)
Venezuelan Juan Pablo Galavis has been tapped to star on season 18 of the ABC show “The Bachelor,” show host Chris Harrison revealed Monday night on “The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose special.” This would make Galavis the first Latino to be featured as the “Bachelor” on the reality dating show.
Galavis – who appeared on this season of “The Bachelorette” as a contestant but failed to find love with ‘Bachelorette” Desiree Hartsock – is officially the first “non-Caucasian Bachelor or Bachelorette in franchise history,” an ABC spokesperson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
Galavis was born in upstate New York but moved to Venezuela with his family before returning to the United States to play soccer in college. The sports and music industry consultant was a fan favorite during his stint on “The Bachelorette” and Hartsock went on the record saying that the 32-year-old would be a great “Bachelor.”
“Girls in America will love Juan Pablo,” said Hartsock during a taping of a “Bachelorette” tell-all special for E! News. “They would love to see him as the Bachelor, because I get that on my Twitter feed all the time.”
And it seems like Galavis’s good looks could equal a big boost in ratings for “The Bachelor,” which has received criticism for failing to cast enough minorities. The show — which first hit the small screen in 2002 — was even the target of a lawsuit filed by two black contestant hopefuls who claimed they were discriminated against in favor of casting white participants. The lawsuit was dismissed in October 2012.
But Galavis – a single dad to a young daughter, Camila – had gone on the record saying that he would find it difficult to date 25 women all at once.
“That’s pretty tough. I saw Desiree, what she went through. I hate hurting people. I hate hurting girls. I hate looking at girls cry,” Galvis told E! News during the “Men Tell All” taping. “It’ll be very tough. I have a family, my daughter. Being away from her was very tough. It’s going to be a very tough decision to make.”
Time will only tell is Galavis still feels the same about dating multiple women when his season of“The Bachelor” premieres in January 2014.
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