Ben Higgins has been named as the next Bachelor for Season 20, ABC has announced.
The network made the announcement during Monday’s live episode of After Paradise, the Bachelor in Paradise after-show, when Ben Higgins showed up to the taping.
Ben Higgins, a 26-year-old software salesman from Denver, came in third place on Kaitlyn Bristowe’s season of The Bachelorette, which aired this summer.
“I’m excited,” Ben Higgins told host After Paradise host Chris Harrison.
“Everything leading up to this has just been incredible and I’m just ready to get started,” he added.
The Bachelor Season 20 will premiere in January 2016.