Chris Soules was revealed today as Dancing with the Stars‘ Season 20 mystery contestant.
Looks like he’ll be staying in sunny Los Angeles for a while longer instead of heading back to the middle-of-nowhere town in Iowa where the farmer calls home.
The Season 20 dancing contestants were announced on Good Morning America Feb. 24, but one name was missing from the star lineup and dance pro, Witney Carson, was left without a partner at the time.
“Her partner couldn’t rose — I mean, rise so early to be here,” DWTS host, Tom Bergeron, said at the time. Apparently it wasn’t just a slip of the tongue. Us Weekly has confirmed that Soules will be putting on some dancing shoes.
The outlet even said that Soules called fellow Bachelor and DWTS alum, Sean Lowe, for some advice about doing the show before officially signing on as a contestant for the upcoming season.
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But Soules and Lowe are far from the first from Bachelor Nation members to make the reality TV switch to Dancing with the Stars. Jake Pavelka, Trista Sutter and Melissa Rycroft have all competed on the dancing show.
Other celebs joining Soules for Season 20 include football star Michael Sam, Shark Tank‘s Robert Herjavec, Glee actor Riker Lynch, actress Rumer Willis, actress Suzanne Somers, LMFAO singer Redfoo, gymnast Nastia Liukin and singer Patti LaBelle.
Even more exciting than the news that Soules is competing on the show is the near-guarantee that through the show we’ll get an inside look at his relationship after the roses (and maybe an engagement). The farmer hasn’t even picked his leading lady yet. The finale of The Bachelor airs next Monday on ABC, but we think Soules will treat DWTS in the same way Lowe did. His fiancée at the time (now wife), Catherine, was by his side continuously throughout the season to cheer him on.
Dancing with the Stars Season 20 premieres Monday, March 16 at 8 p.m. on ABC.