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Next 'Bachelor' star chosen? Chris Soules, Arie Luyendyk Jr. or Marquel Martin?

Professional racecar driver Arie Luyendyk, Jr. attends KIIS FM's 2012 Jingle Ball at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on December 3, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
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Have the producers of "The Bachelor" finally chosen their next star? On Tuesday, August 12, spoiler website Reality Steve announced that Iowa farmer Chris Soules, who competed on the last "The Bachelorette" for Andi Dorfman, will be the next man to hand out the roses. The announcement is sure to be a big disappointment to fans of Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Marquel Martin, both of whom were also in the running for the role.

Reality Steve wrote that it's a "done deal" and that Chris signed his contract last week. The spoiler king added that Chris has been filming scenes for the next season in his native Iowa for a few days already. Reality Steve suspects that ABC won't make the official announcement until September.

Of course, Reality Steve could be wrong. So far, executive producer and creator of the show Mike Fleiss, who has been asking people who should be the next Bachelor (with Chris, Arie and Marquel named as contenders) via his Twitter account, has given no indication that a decision has been made. As of Wednesday, August 6, Mike joked about making the decision on who will be the next star of his show live on ESPN. Did he and the other decision-makers really decide shortly thereafter on Chris?

Yet there is a clue that Chris really is the guy. On Monday, August 11, Chris retweeted a tweet that described him as "the next Bachelor." Chris has been busy judging at the Iowa State Fair and the fair is just one of the places that Reality Steve said he was filmed at.

If Chris Soules really is the next star of "The Bachelor," it's sure to be a disappointment to Arie Luyendyk Jr., who has made clear that he would love to find, or at least try to find, love on national TV. If it really does turn out to be true that he has once again been passed over for the role, perhaps he'll just resign himself to competing in a spin-off like current "Bachelor in Paradise" star Marquel Martin?

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