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'The Bachelor' Spices Things Up With First Latino Contestant Juan Pablo Galavis

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“The Bachelor” has finally decided to mix things up by adding some Latin spice next season.

The rumors were confirmed on Monday when ABC announced that retired Venezuelan professional soccer player Juan Pablo Galavis will be the show’s next man vying for true love.

In a press release regarding the announcement, ABC described the 32-year-old as “a sexy single father from Miami who “is ready to find love.”

A fan favorite who was rejected on the latest season of “The Bachelorette” with Desiree Hartsock,  ABC said “his Spanish accent, good looks, salsa moves and undying devotion for his daughter,” made choosing Galavais for next season a no brainer.

Even though she sent him packing, Hartsock agreed when rumors first started that Galavis would be a perfect choice.

"Girls in America will love Juan Pablo. They would love to see him as the Bachelor, because I get that on my Twitter feed all the time," she said.

The casting of Galavis for the 18th season, which will premiere in January of next year, seems to be a win-win for a show that has been criticized for its lack of diversity.

"Not only do women seem to love him, casting him will help soothe accusations the series doesn't include enough minorities," a source told E! News when the rumors first broke.

When Fox News Latino reached out to ABC about commenting on this historic “Latino” bachelor, a spokesperson said: “We feel our choice for ‘The Bachelor’ speaks for itself and won't have any further comment.”

In October, a federal judge dismissed a case filed by two black men who claimed "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" discriminated against casting participants of color.

At the time of the lawsuit's filing, all of the men given star billing in the first 16 seasons of "The Bachelor" were white. Through seven seasons of "The Bachelorette," two male Hispanic contestants were chosen as winners. The rest were white.

U.S. District Court Judge Aleta Trauger's ruling called the plaintiffs' efforts "laudable" but said the lawsuit was aimed at regulating the show's content, which is forbidden under the First Amendment.

"Ultimately, whatever messages 'The Bachelor' and 'The Bachelorette' communicate or are intended to communicate — whether explicitly, implicitly, intentionally, or otherwise — the First Amendment protects the right of the producers of these shows to craft and control those messages, based on whatever considerations the producers wish to take into account," Trauger wrote.

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