Remember back before Juan Pablo Galavis was announced as the next star of “The Bachelor“? There was speculation for some time that the man who was going to star on this show instead was none other than Jef Holm. Emily Maynard’s former fiance was a favorite of the tabloids to take the spot, and there was some logic behind it: He has a ton of fans, and save for Juan Pablo (who did not have much screen time), there really were not any other viable contenders.
Jef also apparently had a very strong proponent in his corner: Former “Bachelor” Sean Lowe, who went through the same journey with him on “The Bachelorette.” Speaking to OK! Magazine, he explained why he felt like Jef would have done a great job in the part, and been great for the show:
“He’s funny, articulate, different and already has a large fan base … I think the franchise needs a polarizing guy like Jef for a bounce back.”
Meanwhile, Sean also did hand down some other advice when it comes to what Juan Pablo can do to prepare himself for the best experience possible handing out roses, having cameras in your face all the time, and dealing with anxious, angry contestants who are in part just as interested in camera time (though not all of them are this way):
“Be yourself. Forget about the cameras and the exotic dates and have fun with the woman (or women) you’re with.”
What is interesting for Juan Pablo as “The Bachelor” is that he is somewhat of a mystery still to viewers, and could have a great story to tell. Diehard fans clearly want him, and the thousands who have auditioned following his announcement are proof that the fan base out there for him is more than a little bit strong.
Now, we just have to wait until January 6 to see if this soccer sensation can score a few entertainment goals.