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Ben Flajnik's 'The Bachelor' selection officially announced by ABC

By Reality TV World staff, 09/06/2011 

Ben Flajnik's stint as the star of The Bachelor's next season is now official.

ABC has formally announced Flajnik, a 28-year-old winemaker from Sonoma, CA, will serve as the star of the sixteenth edition of The Bachelor.

"Secret is out. Looking forward to my new journey as the new Bachelor!" Flajnik tweeted Tuesday afternoon.

Flajnik -- who was rejected during The Bachelorette's seventh-season finale when Bachelorette Ashley Hebert selected and presented her final rose to fellow suitor J.P. Rosenbaum instead -- had widely been considered one of the frontrunners for The Bachelor role since The Bachelorette's finale aired on August 2 and reports that he had been selected for the role had surfaced late last month.

Billed as a "rare, modern Renaissance man" by ABC, Flajnik attended the University of Arizona, majoring in music production.  In addition to enjoying crab fishing, sailing, golf, skate boarding, surfing, playing piano and singing in a tribute band, he "is also quite handy with a hammer and saw, and loves fixing and building things, as well as landscaping," according to the network.

The Bachelor's sixteenth season will premiere on ABC in January.

In addition to Flajnik, fellow former seventh-season The Bachelorette bachelors Ryan Park and Ames Brown were also under consideration for The Bachelor role, according to previous reports.

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