Next season is going to be as family-friendly as The Bachelor gets. As reported by Reality Steve and confirmed on Good Morning America Tuesday, former football player, fourth place-finisher on Becca Kufrin's season of The Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise focal point, cystic fibrosis research advocate, and virgin Colton Underwood will be the star of Season 23 of ABC's reality dating competition.
Colton is best known in Bachelor Nation for his relationship with fellow contestant Tia Booth. They met before Arie's season of The Bachelor aired, and they still had feelings for each other during Becca's season. They tried to make it work on Bachelor in Paradise, but they ended their relationship on Monday's episode. The Tia-Colton storyline was very tedious and fans on social media mostly feel negatively toward Colton.
TV Guide readers would have preferred Becca's third-place finisher Jason Tartick as The Bachelor, but it's Colton. Colton was probably cast because he's more ready to get married than other potential Bachelors.
Colton told Michael Strahan that he and Tia are just "good friends" at this point, and that Tia won't appear on The Bachelor. I predict she probably will at some point, just not as a competitor.
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Colton is 26, and retired from the NFL after an injury-plagued career. He played for the San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles and Oakland Raiders' practice squads, never making a final roster. Before The Bachelorette, he dated Olympic gymnast and activist Aly Raisman.
Colton is also a virgin, which will surely be a tedious and boring storyline on this season. Will he lose his virginity in the Fantasy Suite? Get ready to be forced to think about that a lot!
Ultimately, the lead doesn't matter as much as the contestants, so as long as there are some entertaining women competing for Colton's heart, this season will be fine.
Colton's season of The Bachelor premieres in January.