Ben Higgins may have been recently eliminated on The Bachelorette season 11 but all eyes are still on the 26-year-old software salesman now that multiple sources are claiming that he has been chosen as the next Bachelor. ABC has yet to make an official announcement and negotiations have yet to be established but Kaitlyn Bristowe’s third runner-up is pretty much ready to hand out roses.

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“Doing this experience, you come in skeptical and you walk out of the experience, I did at least, realizing it’s a very real thing,” Ben tells E! News. “True emotions do evolve and it does give you the opportunity to meet somebody that you could potentially spend the rest of your life with.” 

According to Ben, he has a lot to consider if he ever decides to sign the dotted line. However, thanks to couples like Trista and Ryan Sutter, he’s more optimistic than ever to find love again.

“I had a great experience on the show, from beginning to end. Like I’ve said it, I have a good life, though. I have a job that is steady, I have a house in Denver and I have a great family…I think if the offer was on the table, there’d be things I’d have to consider and seriously consider those things,” he explained.

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“I actually ran into Trista and Ryan Sutter this past week,” he said of the first Bachelorette couple, who have been married for almost 15 years. “I think seeing them gives me hope that this works.”

Ben also argues that because of online dating sites like Tinder and Christian Mingle, traditional dating does not happen much these days. “As weird as it is, you as a man, you get 25 women to date and that’s pretty good odds that one of those women is going to be compatible with you,” said Ben, who describes The Bachelor process just as “effective.”

“My Tinder days are done,” Ben revealed.”They existed at one time and they are done now!”

The Bachelorette airs Monday at 8pm on ABC.

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Dean Bextor

Staff Writer, BuddyTV