September 25, 2012 at 07:15 PM EDT

Confirming rumors and a strong hint by host Chris Harrison, ABC has finally announced that 28-year-old Dallas “businessman and entrepreneur” Sean Lowe is, in fact, the new Bachelor. Lowe had made it to the final three in Emily Maynard’s season of The Bachelorette. In a PopWatch poll yesterday, more than two-thirds of readers said they wanted him to be named the Bachelor while 28 percent said, “No. I want to still like him, which will be impossible after the show.”

Vital information from the ABC press release (in addition to that he “wants to be the patriarch of a family that is centered on faith, love and laughter”):


The 6’3” bachelor went to Kansas State on a full football scholarship and, as a linebacker, was part of the 2003 Big 12 Conference Championship Team. Sean also received a Bachelor of Science degree in social science. Although he started off his career in finance, he followed in his father’s footsteps in the insurance industry before committing to his new enterprise, owning and running an upscale, custom furniture business.

Sean has varied hobbies and interests, including camping, wakeboarding, dancing, outdoor activities, attending concerts and doing just about anything with his two dogs, Lola and Ellie.

Lowe’s season of The Bachelor will premiere in January. ABC’s website is already offering a first look at his suitors.

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