will kick off its 18th season tomorrow night with fan favorite Juan Pablo Galavis, the first ethnic love searcher of the ABC reality dating series. The former pro soccer player from Venezuela is expected to add some spice to the new season as it serves a huge serving of his Latino roots.
"I am the Bachelor, and I am a Latino, and obviously it's going to be me," he told reporters during a conference call
. "So, there's going to be a lot of Latino things in the show -- a lot, you know, just me. ... It's going to be a lot of food, a lot of dancing, a lot of stuff. I'm going to tell you, it's going to be so different that you're going to love it."
Juan Pablo first appeared on The Bachelorette season 9 as one of the contestants competing for Desiree Hartsock. As a single father to 4-year-old daughter Camila, he stood out in the competition though he never got a chance to go on a one-on-one date. This time he'll be surrounded by 27 women who will be vying for his attention. Though he admits that he won't seek his daughter's approval when it comes to dating, he remains cautious of his daughter's well being.
"If I'm getting married with somebody someday, definitely I would be like, 'This is the one, she could be your stepmom,' and I introduce her as my girlfriend because I am 100 percent sure that I'm going to marry somebody whenever that has to happen," revealed Juan Pablo, who only introduces girlfriends to Camila as "a friend of Daddy's" and won't allow her daughter to watch The Bachelor due to her age. "It's not even worth involving her into this whole process and tell her, 'Listen, Daddy's going to go out with 27 [women] -- no, it's not worth it at all."
Bachelor fans would have to find wait until March to find out whether or not Juan Pablo found love but he teased that he's "very happy." However, a TV wedding may just not be on the horizon for the single dad.
"Getting married on TV, I'm not sure," he said. " You know, I don't know. ... I'm from Venezuela and weddings in Venezuela are big, and music - I don't know how this works. I have no idea. So, I'm not even thinking about that."
Meanwhile, you can get an early look at Juan Pablo's first cocktail party on The Bachelor
season 18 though this video clip, courtesy of TV Guide
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