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It will be the third time Underwood has appeared in a "Bachelor"-franchise reality show, but the first time as its lead character". 4, with former National Football League player Colton Underwood set to hand out the roses during Season 23 of the reality dating competition.

Because it's one thing to fall in love with someone with all the cameras and excitement but if you can find that person that you actually do everyday normal life with, that's what will last in the long term.

He then went on "Bachelor in Paradise" where he rekindled his romance with ex-girlfriend and former Bachelor contestant, Tia Booth. But when the two split on Monday's episode of "Bachelor in Paradise", the door was open for Colton to be the next Bachelor.

He added that what he's "looking forward to most" is getting engaged by the end of his season, "and just getting married shortly after that".

He said: 'I'm very excited.

She shared a picture of her with Colton, seemingly from the weekend they spent together before he did Becca Kufrin's Bachelorette season.

The announcement was made on Good Morning America during an interview with Underwood, and Twitter immediately had thoughts about the casting decision. "That's what I'm hoping for!"

We are attempting to obtain reaction this morning from Washingtonians who knew Underwood back in the day, before he started dating Olympic gold-medal gymnast Aly Raisman.

Despite the backlash, the 26-year-old does have a number of supporters.

When he came clean to Tia about his feelings, they had a very emotional break up, with both deciding to leave Paradise in the aftermath. "And I wish her all the best".

Earlier, Underwood was among the final four contestants on "The Bachelorette".