Is One Of ‘Bachelor’ Ben Higgins’ 25 Ladies A Former ‘Bachelor’ Contestant?

It’s official. Ben Higgins is The Bachelor and he will start handing out roses on January 4, 2016. Who are the 25 girls who will try to win his heart, and is one of them a former Bachelor contestant?

Ben, 27, was introduced on Monday night as the Season 20 Bachelor during ABC’s live After Paradise show. Before host Chris Harrison brought Ben out on stage, he chatted with Nick Viall in an effort to fool viewers into thinking Ben didn’t get the gig.

Although many fans were convinced that Nick would be picked, Reality Steve stated for weeks that Higgins became the network’s top contender soon after he was eliminated from Kaitlyn Bristowe’s season of the Bachelorette.

The Bachelor season premiere is scheduled for January 4, 2016, on ABC, so mark your calendars for another season full of drama. Ben seems to be an easy going guy, so the craziness that fans love will likely come from the 25 ladies who will be fighting over him.

Who are the 25 women who will be stepping out of limos at the Bachelor mansion on January 4? Reality Steve revealed several weeks ago that producers were doing final casting with a group of contestants in L.A., but he has not spoiled the names of any of the girls just yet.

At the end of July, E! News reported that Ben and Tenley Molzahn — who was the runner up on Jake Pavelka’s season of the Bachelor and is currently a contestant on Bachelor in Paradise — were spotted “hanging out” together — a report that immediately fueled rumors that they were dating and he was turning down the Bachelor gig.

Weeks later, Us Weekly reported that Higgins “turned down a promotion at work” and “halted a romance” with Molzahn so he could become the next Bachelor.

Will Tenley pull a Nick Viall and show up on Ben’s season? It’s not clear what’s in store for Ben or who the ladies are just yet, but after Kaitlyn’s controversial season of the Bachelorette and the over-the-top drama on this season of Bachelor in Paradise, anything is possible.

Are you excited to watch Ben Higgin’s season of the Bachelor or were you hoping to see Nick Viall hand out roses?

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