The Bachelor, Kissing

ABC

"Holy lip whore!"

These may or may not have been what we were shouting at the TV during the past two episodes of The Bachelor, as Prince Farming himself, Chris Soules, set about to kiss pretty much anyone who came into his sight. (We don't have it confirmed, but we're pretty sure that may have included any production assistants, craft service personnel, or wild animals roaming by.)

Here's the thing, though: Chris gave a surprisingly impressive response when asked why he kissed so many of the girls so early on in the process. So....We take it back!

The Bachelor

ABC/Rick Rowell

"This is such a magnified and short period of time to meet your wife," Soules tells E! News. "And I went into this wanting to meet my wife. I took that really seriously. And part of being in a relationship with someone is kissing, you know, for me any way. And for me to truly find out if we have that chemistry or things are there, I wanted to live in every moment, and take each individual relationship really seriously. And wear my heart on my sleeve and not hold back. And part of that is kissing and being in the moment. I don't regret that."

Pardon us while we swoon harder than we have for a Bachelor in a long time—and here's the reason why: Sweet Farmer Chris seems to be legitimately motivated to find true love on this here TV show, and not just 15 seconds of fame. (You hear that Bachelor whose name rhymes with John Favreau?)

Chris added that there's really nothing he did during the entire process of the show that he is ashamed of.

Chris Soules, The Bachelor

ABC/Fred Lee

"I think that I'm proud of the way I handled myself through the whole entire season. I really  have no regrets as far as how everything went. It's going to be tough to watch as it gets more emotional. As it gets further down, there will be more emotions involved, especially on my end. I'm nervous to watch that, but other than that, I have no regrets."

The last time we felt such sincerity from a Bachelor was with Sean Lowe—a k a the only Bachelor ever to marry the girl he chose on the show. Could Chris share such a fate?

When I met up with him for an ABC party at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena—a k a the site of a Bachelorette wedding (J.P. and Ashley) he laughed when I asked if he was checking it out as a wedding venue.

"I think it's a little early for that, but I am in love."

Looks like that kissing method worked.

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