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Ben Higgins was just officially named the next Bachelor and now, we already know when his televised journey to find love will begin. The Bachelor season 20 will premiere on Monday, Jan. 4, host Chris Harrison announced on After Paradise on Monday night.
But have viewers already met one of the contestants?! Sources told E! News in July that Ben was spending quality time with none other than Tenley Molzahn, a fan-favorite contestant from Jake Pavelka's season who appeared on Bachelor in Paradise this season. And guess what? Tenley decided to end her relationship with Joshua Albers in the BIP finale on Monday night, making us wonder if she might be pulling a Nick Viall and showing up to compete for Ben come January.
But a source tells us that the chances of Tenley appearing on The Bachelor again are slim to none. And much closer to none.
"She and Ben had the opportunity to get to know each other and I think if they connected on the level that Kaitlyn [Bristowe] and Nick did, it would be a different story," our source tells us. "Also, Tenley wants to be pursued, not the pursuer and she doesn't want to be put in the insecure position of competing with a bunch of girls."
Hey, after going through The Bachelor, Bachelor Pad and Bachelor in Paradise, can you really blame the girl?
And with no surprise suitors (or suitettes?) currently slated to stop by, our source says it's looking like it will be "a very straightforward season," adding, "As of now, there isn't anything out of the ordinary planned." Still, our source assures that good guy Ben H is different than Chris Soules (aka Prince Farming).
"Chris has a very set, solidified life, and he wanted a women who could fit in with it. Ben, of the other hand, is completely flexible. That's the advantage of him being so young," our source says of the 27-year-old software salesman. "He's not set in his ways. He could move, he could change careers. He's very open to new places and new experiences. I think if he found the right woman, he'd be open to doing anything and doing anywhere she wants."
As for what fans can expect from Ben now that he's going from contestant to Bachelor, our source says, "What you see is what you get. What you saw on Kaitlyn's season is very much who he is: straightforward with a great sense of humor."
The Bachelor premieres Monday, Jan. 4, 2016 on ABC.