Bachelor

Ben Flajnik, the 29-year-old wine-maker from Sonoma, CA will begin his quest shortly for a wife! ABC has just announced the sixteenth season of The Bachelor will debut this January. They are officially 0-15 so let’s hope they can get a success under their belt with Bachelor Ben’s romantic, sensitive ways.

After getting his heart broken by Bachelorette Ashley Hebert in the most boring season ever, Ben has the chance to redeem himself as 25 women try desperately to woo him for their chance at fifteen minutes of fame finding love.

Describing Ben as a “rare, modern Renaissance man,” he is hoping he can meet a woman that loves music, wine and his dog. The former music production major with a minor in business from University of Arizona initially found success working in Internet advertising. However, he decided to turn his love of wine into a full-time business and now co-owns a winery that produces multiple brands.

This three-time loser in love is “confident” the fourth times a charm and he will “find his soul mate and a lasting, love-filled relationship” on the show. Ben has very high expectations!

Ben plans to remain in California for both his family and his winery, thus whatever woman he chooses better be ready to relocate!  She also must deal with his mom and sister — which based on Ashley’s home visit with him –- is going to be tough to handle! Be ready for lots of excitement along the way in Ben’s quest for love (spoilers are reporting a surprise visit from a past-season’s Bachelor contestant that has a crush on Ben!).

The new season of The Bachelor will premier on ABC — Jan 2, 2012 (8/9 ET).

WILL YOU BE WATCHING? ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT BEN AS THE BACHELOR?

Filming for California vineyard owner Ben Flajnik’s season of The Bachelor is still underway and supposedly it contains a few unexpected twists!

ABC is describing their newest hopeless hopeful as “a rare, modern Renaissance man,” who “dabbles in a lot of hobbies and crafts, such as crab fishing, sailing, golf, skate boarding, surfing, playing piano and singing in a tribute band.” Are these supposed to make him attractive to us? Because frankly the only thing that grabs my attention is the word: winemaker.

Ben is also a dog lover who makes it known that any woman he chooses to share his heart with will “also have to share one of his other great loves: his Jack Russell Terrier, Scotch.”

Well now for some spoilers!

Apparently a surprise guest arrives to the first rose ceremony to try and capture Ben’s heart! Reality Steve, of the infamous Bachelor spoiler site, has announced that Shawntel Newton, a finalist from two-time Bachelor failure Brad Womack’s season has developed a crush on Ben and ABC put her in the running for Ben’s heart as a bonus contestant of sorts!

Shawntel, in case you don’t remember, was the funeral director who took Brad on a tour of the mortuary facilities during the Hometown Dates, thus grossing him out so much that she was sent home. Apparently she made it known through the Tweeter that she was into Ben, and was invited to the first cocktail party and rose ceremony but was unfortunately NOT given a rose!

I’m calling producer manipulation on this one! They probably told Shawntel that Ben had a crush on her as well and would be psyched about her interest only for it to be used as a ratings grab. Some people are too nice for reality TV and my guess is that Ben and Shawntel are two of them. A photo of Shawntel is below.

THOUGHTS ON THE NEW SEASON OF THE BACHELOR AND BEN? THOUGHTS ON SHAWNTEL’S SURPRISE VISIT? DESPERATE OR OKAY?

Bachelor alum Emily Maynard is a popular girl! First it was reported that she is dating Carolina Panthers tight end Jeremy Shockey (although he denied it via Twitter and then linked to his actual girlfriend) and now it seems her ex-fiance, and the very most pathetic contestant in Bachelor history, Brad Womack just won’t leave her alone!

Unfortunately those rumors about Emily dating Jeremy have led Brad to tirelessly drunk dial his ex! Brad “filled up her voicemail with messages of him crying, saying how upset he was that she was with someone else,” a source claims.

Us Weekly is now reporting that Brad “calls Emily every day and at all hours,” despite the fact that he is no longer interested in being romantically involved! “He doesn’t want her back,” a source explains – he just can’t lose her number!

“She just doesn’t pick up. They actually haven’t spoken for months,” the source continues. “She feels like he is so messed up!” Um, you are not alone in thinking that, Emily!

While one Bachelor couple has ended in despair, another one seems to be happily dating! Season 12 Bachelor Matt Grant and Bachelor Pad winner Natalie Getz are apparently a couple.

A close friend of Natalie’s discloses that the pair are “100 percent dating!”

The couple allegedly got together, not at one of zillion Bachelor-family reunions, but at their Local LA Starbucks after they kept randomly bumping into each other! Kinda nice, actually. A friend of Matt’s informs us, “They always saw each other, so one day he was like, ‘Let’s hang out,’ because he thought she was fun. It was totally organic.”

“It’s still new, but they’ve gone out a few times and are seeing how things go,” the friend continues. “Their friends think they’re a good match.” Best of luck to the new couple. And best of luck to Emily in getting away from her stalker Brad!

Thoughts on Brad calling Emily obsessively, despite not wanting her back? Crazy, desperate, or kind of sad? Are you happy for Matt and Natalie?

If you can believe this, it appears The Bachelorette has actually made another “til death do us part” match! Former Bachelorette, Ashley Hebert and fiancé, JP Rosenbaum are allegedly headed down the aisle for reals! I’m shocked!

A former Bachelor contestant (no word on who) told Life & Style: “Ashley and JP will get married on TV, it’s guaranteed.” The wedding is slated to take place next spring after Ben Flajnik’s season of The Bachelor concludes.

Ashley and JP are expected to wed on the west coast, likely in California, and ABC will cover the costs of the nuptials. “ABC is happy to pay for a wedding when it knows the couple are as happy and in love as Ashley and JP are,” the insider reveals. I hope her Extreme Couponing sister, Chrystie Corns is her MOH.

In other Bachelor news, Emily Maynard, former fiancé of eternal two-time loser, Bachelor Brad Womack has moved on with Carolina Panthers tight end Jeremy Shockey!

“They were set up on a blind date,” a friend tells US Weekly of Emily, 25, and Jeremy, 31. “They’ve been out five times.”

As for how serious the couple is, the friend explains: “Emily thinks Jeremy is nice, but she’s just having fun!”

Photos credit: INFphoto.com

Do you believe Ashley and JP will make it down the aisle? Are you excited that Emily has moved on with a new and hopefully less annoying guy?

ABC is finally confirming what has been widely reported, which is that Ben Flajnik will indeed become the new Bachelor!

Ben, a 28-year-old winemaker from Sonoma, Calif, became a fan favorite when he left The Bachelorette broken-hearted after Ashley Hebert rejected his proposal.

He will be getting another shot at love on the 16th season of the ABC hit show which will debut in January 2012.

In the meantime, Ben is set to make his first official appearance as the new Bachelor during the season finale of the Bachelor Pad on September 12.

Reality Steve reported last week that Ben had already began taping scenes for his new season.

TELL US – EXCITED ABOUT THE NEW SEASON? DO YOU THINK BEN WILL MAKE A GOOD BACHELOR?

It’s official! After weeks of speculation, ABC has chosen Ben Flajnik to be the next Bachelor!

Bachelor insider Reality Steve broke the news on his blog, even stating Ben had began to film scenes for the new season.

Ben, who was the runner-up on Ashley Hebert‘s season of the Bachelorette, had been longed rumored to be in the running for the Bachelor alongside Ryan Park and Ames Brown. However following the finale episode, fans made it clear they wanted Ben to be the next Bachelor.

According to RS, the 28-year-old winemaker from Sonoma, Calif., was spotted filming some solo scenes in San Francisco on Aug. 22.

He will reportedly start filming his season (with his contestants) in mid-September with ABC likely to start airing it next January.

And speaking of Ashley, she is still going strong with her fiance J.P. Rosenbaum weeks after her season ended! That has to be equivalent to 3 years in Bachelor franchise years. In fact, Ashley was photographed moving into JP’s NYC apartment just days ago.

“@JP_Rosenbaum is going to kill me when he sees how much clothing I have!! #newyorkaptsneedmoreclosetspace.” tweeted Ashley. JP replied, “@ashhebert all I can say is thank god we r getting a bigger place!” Ashley also tweeted the photo below of the two out and about days ago. Perhaps these two might actually make it. Perhaps.

TELL US – HAPPY BEN IS THE NEW BACHELOR? DO YOU THINK ASHLEY AND JP WILL MAKE IT?

Ben Flajnik

It seems losing the Bachelorette might have been the best thing to ever happen to Ben Flajnik!

First Ben went out on a date with Jennifer Love Hewitt just days after the Bachelorette finale (she revealed her crush on him via twitter) and now a new report is stating Ben has become the front runner to be the next Bachelor! The others being considered for the gig include Ames Brown and Ryan Park.

“Everyone wants [Ben] to find the woman of his dreams,” an insider told UsWeekly. Ashley Hebert, 27, was reportedly the first woman Ben really opened up to since the death of his father in 2006. “He loved Ashley,” says a source.

Even show host Chris Harrison agrees than Ben deserves a chance to find Mrs. Right. “Our fans would love to see him as the Bachelor,” he said. “He’d be great.”

Even better for Ben, he has the fans of the show on his side! In a poll conducted by UsWeekly, 53 percent of voters wanted Ben to be the next Bachelor, while 27 percent voted for Ames and 20 percent for Ryan.

And in other Bachelor news we hope never comes to light, former/most hated Bachelor ever Jake Pavelka revealed yesterday that he would be open to doing the Bachelor once again! Wowzers.

Jake, who’s first stint on the show ended in a pretty disastrous break up, revealed he wouldn’t mind becoming the Bachelor again though “but not right away.” The Famewhore Pilot, who is currently starring on two reality shows, adds that “the show works,” and even though his relationship with Vienna Girardi, 25, “didn’t work out,” that didn’t mean he didn’t find love.

TELL US – DO YOU WANT BEN TO BE THE NEXT BACHELOR? DO YOU WANT TO SEE JAKE AS THE BACHELOR AGAIN?

As the casting rumors for who will be the next Bachelor star continue to heat up, former most hated Bachelor Jake Pavelka is now voicing his opinion on who he thinks should get the gig.

According to Jake, who is currently starring on the Bachelor Pad, Ryan Park, a 31-year-old solar energy executive, should be the next Bachelor.

“I think he’d be pretty good at meeting the audience,” said Jake. “He wears his heart on his sleeve.” But do viewers agree with Jake? According to a poll by UsWeekly asking fans who should be the next Bachelor, Ryan received the least amount of votes.

Ashley Hebert’s runner up Ben Flajnik, was the clear favorite garnering over 53% of the votes. Ames Brown came in second with over 27%, and Ryan came in last with only 20% of the votes.

Ames is said to be out of the running as he already has a new girlfriend – Bachelor alum Jackie Gordon. So it appears the new Bachelor will come down to Ben and Ryan. Reports state Ryan is the front runner with ABC. Ben is however enjoying the single life. A week after he was reported to be dating Bachelor alum Britt Billmaier, Reality Steve tweeted yesterday that Ben was out on a date this weekend with Jennifer Love Hewitt. Yes, the actress Jennifer Love Hewitt.

In other Bachelor news, Vienna Girardi and her boyfriend Kasey Kahl continue to go strong. In fact, the two told PEOPLE magazine they are now planning to move in together.

“We are looking at apartments and will take the next step in our relationship,” Vienna told PEOPLE Sunday night. “She’s my girl! I love her. She’s my everything. She’s my future, she’s my forever, she’s my love,” added Kasey.

TELL US – WHO DO YOU WANT TO SEE AS THE NEXT BACHELOR?