Ben Higgins – Colorado resident and Kaitlyn Bristowe's most recent castaway on the current season of The Bachelorette – is rumored to be the next Bachelor. The 26-year-old, a business analyst for local tech company Talisys, is a favorite among female viewers. ABC teased fans with a homosexual-hint bromance between Higgins and Shawn Booth, which ended up fizzling out quickly. This one's for the ladies.
When ABC asked Higgins about the rumors on July 15, he responded: "The opportunity is a great one, and from a 30,000 foot view I would have to consider it," then added that the "conversation has yet to been had." But entertainment shows continue to report that a season starring Higgins will begin in September and air on ABC in January 2016; E! Online claims it's a lock.
Here are five reasons why Higgins should be the next Bachelor.
1. Colorado men are outdoorsy.
Like many of the Menver's bachelors, Higgins loves hiking, skiing, and the outdoors. This would make for a fun season of watching girls pretend to care about hiking, too. View his Instagram to see exactly how Colorado Higgins can get.
2. He's not a sore loser.
After a gut-wrenching elimination, the humble Denver resident tweeted, "This wonderful girl deserves happiness. Much respect for you Kaitlyn Bristowe and glad you were our Bachelorette" on July 13.
3. He's a good dancer.
And a good flirt, tweeting even further speculative Bachelor teasers at his fans: "Do you two step? Because I'm in but only if you are fleet on your feet."
4. He's hard to let go.
Bachelorette Bristowe teared up when announcing Higgins's departure from the show, calling it "one of the most challenging moments of this journey so far." As cliche as that sounds, it was the most emotional moment of the entire season, and watching Higgins get his heart broken only inspired more love for the Denverite. As Bristowe told Zap2It, "“Ben H. is God’s gift to women. He’s just got it all going on. Ben is someone who looks at marriage as a goal. That’s something he wants to work towards. Something that in twenty years he will still work at. He’s a true gentleman, he’s good-looking and you would never question him.”
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5. Third place is a charm.
ABC has a tendency to choose the second runners-up as the next season star to pine after; Chris Soules was second runner-up on Andi Dorfman's season and Kaitlyn Bristowe second runner-up on Chris's season, as well as Juan Pablo Galavis' season.
The Bachelorette airs Mondays on ABC.