The Bachelor host Chris Harrison has revealed Colton Underwood reminds him of fan-favorite Bachelor Sean Lowe -- but not because of the obvious reason.

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Colton and Sean have one major thing in common, and that would be their views on sex. Sean was a born-again virgin on Season 17 of The Bachelor, and Colton is waiting for the right woman to have sex with for the very first time.

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During an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Chris compared the two men as stars of the franchise, but the virgin angle had nothing to do with it.

"I feel like I finally got to know Colton more, as a friend and as a man this season than I ever had before. He kind of reminds me of Sean Lowe in that Sean was really popular, but no one really got to know him until it was his turn to be the Bachelor," Chris told ET.

"And then everyone fell in love with him, and I think that's the way Colton's going to be."

Sean starred on The Bachelor in 2013 after failing to win Emily Maynard's heart on The Bachelorette's eighth edition.

Fans saw very little of Sean's personality -- other than the fact he was a warm, southern gentleman -- on Emily's season, so his casting as the Bachelor was initially met with mixed reviews.

However, he turned out to be one of the most popular The Bachelor stars ever and the only leading man to marry his pick at the Final Rose Ceremony.

In fact, Sean is still happily married to Catherine Giudici, and they have two children together. 

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"I think everyone has this idea of who Colton is, but until you really dive into this season, you're not really going to know. And even the naysayers, everybody who was all upset, I think will fall in love with Colton," Chris insisted.
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Chris told ET that Colton was "a really good Bachelor" and he's also "a really good guy."

"I'm actually very eager and excited for everyone to finally get to know him. I think for The Bachelorette, and even for [Bachelor in Paradise], you really didn't get a great sense of who he was," Chris said of the 26-year-old charity founder and former professional football player.

"That's just how the show is. The show's not about him. It's about [Becca Kufrin], and then Paradise was kind of about everybody. So this show is obviously about his story and who he is."

Chris revealed that he became "really good friends" with Colton while filming Season 23 of The Bachelor premiering January 7 at 8PM ET/PT on ABC, which is why he's excited to see the "whole cocktail joke" of his virginity come to an end.

"Everyone's kind of laughing about it, and [people will see] the reason of why he is the way he is, what he stands for, what it means to him and how he got to this point," Chris explained.

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"He's a very open, vulnerable guy this season, very emotional, so I was kind of proud of him. I give him a lot of credit, because it wasn't easy to do. It's not easy to come on as a man and say, 'Here I am, this is what happened, and this is why.' But he did this season."

Chris concluded, "It's a great, great season and credit to him."

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