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Kaitlyn Bristowe’s Second Runner-Up Ben H. to Be the Next Bachelor 

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Ben H. is going to be The Bachelor in Season 20, a source tells Us Weekly. ABC/Craig Sjodin

From second runner-up to man in demand! Ben Higgins may not have won Kaitlyn Bristowe's heart on the latest season of The Bachelorette, but it turns out he's won ABC's. A source confirms to Us Weekly that the 27-year-old will be the 20th lead of The Bachelor

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The boyish software salesman is already freeing up his schedule — and his love life. It turns out that Higgins just turned down a promotion at work and halted a romance with Season 14's Tenley Molzahn. Says the source, "They want to hook up but haven’t. They’re being careful not to jeopardize Ben H.’s Bachelor stint."

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Bristowe's fiance, Shawn Booth, for one, wants his former competitor to find love: "He'd make the perfect Bachelor. He deserves nothing but the best."

First, though, Ben H. will have to get used to the limelight.

"I'm not extremely comfortable with the attention," he told Us in July of reality show fame. 

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Let's hope he embraces the fame by January, when Season 20 of The Bachelor premieres.

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