It's Official! Ben Flajnik Is the Next 'Bachelor'

The shaggy-haired wine-maker will get another shot at finding love when The Bachelor returns in January

It looks like the rumors were true: Ben Flajnik is ABC's new star of The Bachelor.

The 28-year-old runner-up of last season's Bachelorette will get to do his own picking after having his proposal to Ashley Hebert rejected on national television. Hebert chose fan favorite J.P. Rosenbaum despite having an undeniable chemistry with Flajnik, a wine-maker from Sonoma, Calif.

After Hebert turned him down, he allowed his disappointment to show -- unlike other more stoic runners-up in the past. He said to Hebert: "What I don't need you to do is sugarcoat it. You can't leave something like this on good terms. It's impossible. ... Right now I'm in utter shock and disbelief. Things don't end, unless they end badly."

If anything, Ben's reaction made him even more likable because it was honest and real. And he already seems to have the support of iVillage readers: Last month we asked you whether Ben would be a good choice for the role, and 63% voted yes!

According to ABC, Flajnik has been in love three times, but he's only popped the question the one time to Hebert. His first act as the new Bachelor is to appear on the season finale of Bachelor Pad this Monday, Sept. 12.

May the power of the rose bring Flajnik luck ... and a true romance!

The Bachelor returns to ABC in January 2012.

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