August 6th, 2013
05:11 PM ET
Even if you're not a fan of ABC's "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" series, you've probably heard that the network has picked its first non-white "Bachelor," Juan Pablo Galavis.
It's a significant move for the reality dating competition, because the show's never actually had a "Bachelor" or "Bachelorette" of color since it began in 2002. Last year, the network and the companies behind the shows faced a class-action lawsuit that accused the programs of racial bias.
But now, for its 18th season, ABC has tapped Galavis to be its star.
The single dad and former pro soccer player made it to the final eight of Desiree Hartsock's recent "Bachelorette" season before being eliminated, and wasn't much of a factor storyline-wise.
Yet Galavis proved to be extremely popular with the show's female fan base, and his appearance on the "Men Tell All" special (which included a friendly one-on-one chat with Chris Harrison) solidified his spot as the favorite to become the next "Bachelor."
Galavis, who just turned 32 Monday, was actually born in Ithaca, New York, before moving to Venezuela as a toddler. He came back to the States for college, and played soccer at Roberts Wesleyan before going pro.
These days, the international athlete calls Miami home, where he's focused on becoming a respected sports and music agent and being a devoted dad to his four-year-old daughter, Camila.
According to ABC, Galavis' time on "The Bachelorette" "opened his eyes to the possibility of finding a real, everlasting love," and he's "decided that he can't give up on love and on giving his daughter, Camila, what she wants more than anything else in the world – a brother and a sister to complete their family. Juan Pablo is ready and hopeful that he'll find love and the missing puzzle piece to fulfill his family here on 'The Bachelor.'"
Galavis will begin his search for a wife in January.
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