Colton Underwood Revealed as the Next "Bachelor"

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It will be the third time Underwood has appeared in a "Bachelor"-franchise reality show, but the first time as its lead character".

Following his dramatic relationship with Tia Booth officially going up in flames on Bachelor in Paradise, Colton Underwood was just named the next Bachelor!

Colton Underwood shared a photo on Instagram showing him with Tia Booth during their hot dog party on Bachelor in Paradise. Many have also protested showrunner Mike Fleiss's decision to not cast a person of color, noting that there has yet to be a black Bachelor. Subsequently, an "After the Final Rose" episode was tacked onto the season to allow viewers-and the show's contestants-to process their feelings, and an Internet firestorm erupted. "That's what I'm looking forward to the most, being engaged and being married shortly after that.' He also admitted that the most important thing he is looking for on his 'journey" is someone who is in it for the right reasons.

The titular "Bachelor" on the next season of the hit ABC show might be familiar to football fans, or at least those with an intimate knowlegde of training camp and practice squad rosters. "That's what I'm hoping for!"

Or they just wanted anyone but Colton.

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Watch the announcement and first interview on Good Morning America (below)!

Underwood's college team, the Illinois State Redbirds, congratulated the 26-year-old on his looming public search for love.

"I don't want to be over-confident but I feel like we're in a good place", she said in the preview clip. Colton broke down in tears while breaking up with Tia.

Season 23 of "The Bachelor" will premiere in January.

After that, he and Tia were one of the most solid couples in Paradise, until Monday's show when he revealed to Canadian Kevin Wendt that he was having second thoughts about their future and realized she wasn't the one for him.

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