ABC has finally announced that Jason Mesnick, 32, will star as the next bachelor on the 13th season of The Bachelor, beginning in January 2009. Filming begins next month and hopefully Mesnick will have better luck this time with a brand new crop of contestants after DeAnna Pappas rejected him on last season’s The Bachelorette. Thankfully, ABC listened to the letters and hordes of emails from Jason’s fans who are now getting their wish granted. Jason will get a second chance at finding love on reality television, and hopefully the second time around will be all that is needed.
Here’s what we know about Jason:
- Jason is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, moved to Washington at the age of eight and received his BA in psychology at the University of Washington.
- He is a single father from Seattle with a 3 yr-old son named Ty.
- He divorced two years ago but wants to start another family.
- He’s the middle son in a family of three boys and lives with his younger brother, Larry, and with Ty in Washington.
- His parents are divorced and both are happily remarried.
- Jason is an account executive in estate and legacy planning,
- He has traveled all over Europe and continues to pursue his desire to see the world.
- He loves a variety of sports, including swimming, golf, basketball and football.
- In his spare time, he takes guitar and swing dance lessons.
- Jason is a “big brother” for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America. A philanthropist himself, he hopes to some day form and run his own children’s charity.
Jason told reporters in a recent interview that he hasn’t been on a date since Deanna. Is he ready to love again? Not on the rebound? He told People magazine he is looking forward to the opportunity to find love on the 13th season of The Bachelor.
“I am ready,” he says. “I am through it and open to giving these girls everything I can to find the one that is right for me. “All I am missing, really, is someone to share [my life] with,” he adds. “There’s no guarantee but 25 girls? I mean it’s a real opportunity to find just one.”
Mesnick posted a shout out to his friends on his MySpace page:
“An update for all of my new friends. Thank you so much for the continued support — I have some great news! I am not sure if you have heard, I have been selected to be the next Bachelor. I am so excited that words really can not explain. (WAAAHOOOO!) This whole experience has been surreal and it just keeps on going. With that said, at this point I am going to have to step away from my MySpace page. The casting producers will be watching over my page for now. They are an amazing group of people with my best interest in mind; so to all my new friends out there I am sorry I will not be able to reply for now, but if you are interested; the right people have their eye on my page. I am leaving my romance in the hands of the show — I hope to meet you on the upcoming season.”
I can hardly wait to see what happens on The Bachelor, and hopefully Jason and son Ty will have better luck than previous contestants who were engaged but never made it to the altar. Hopefully Jason will find his lady-love once and for all on the new season of The Bachelor. I’ll be watching. Will you?
Who Will Be The Next Bachelor?
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Call me a sappy romantic if you like, but I admit to watching The Bachelor and The Bachelorette each season, and I’ve been very anxious to see who will be the next bachelor. I was so disappointed at the end of The Bachelorette when DeAnna Pappas sent Jeremy Anderson home brokenhearted, and ultimately chose Jesse Csincsak (a pro snowboarder) over Jason Mesnick. Personally, I think DeAnna lost her mind somewhere along the way, and she definitely seemed to flip-flop throughout the show in terms of what she was looking for in a relationship. Who do you think should be the next Bachelor?
Rumors are flying around the internet that one possibility might be Paula Abdul’s ex-boyfriend. 33-year-old J.T. Torregiani, who owns New York City nightclub Butter, and is a partner in a restaurant investors group called the Dolci Group is rumored to be in consideration for The Bachelor. J.T. who? That was my question when I first read that Torregiani was asked to be on The Bachelor after he and Abdul recently broke up.
Apparently, J.T. is now considering being on the show because “he wants to settle down, have kids, have a family”. Um, JT? Most of the previous contestants on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette that fell in love and got engaged broke up faster than a speeding bullet, so I wouldn’t get my hopes up too high, but I still wish you luck in finding your soul-mate.
I’m still somewhat undecided as to whether I want Jason Mesnick or Jeremy Anderson as the new Bachelor, but as far as ratings for who should be the next Bachelor, I’m more inclined to think that having Jason back on the show would bring better ratings than quiet-shy Jeremy. Of course, Jeremy was dealing with the emotional pain of losing his mother, so I didn’t hold it against Jeremy that he appeared to be so shy and quiet.
Jeremy Anderson, the 30-year-old real estate attorney from Dallas Texas, a favorite amongst many of the ladies who watched the show may be the next Bachelor, according to Access Hollywood. Jeremy has admitted he is dating someone, saying in a conference call with AH, “I have started seeing someone. It was tough in the beginning and it was tough to get back out there because you can’t really date while the show is going on. Once the show was over I could kind of explore…the dating world in real life is so much different. It’s a different universe to dating on television”. We’ll just have to wait and see whether Jeremy makes it back onto The Bachelor, but his chances of finding true love is probably better if he dates privately and off-camera. (Interview with Jeremy Anderson)
I’m thinking that Jason Mesnick is probably the one man most viewers would like to see as the next Bachelor, and I really hope if he is the man chosen, that he will accept the invitation to return to the show. I liked how genuine and sincere he was on the show, and when DeAnna broke his heart and chose Jesse, I felt so bad for Jason.
Mesnick gives his thoughts on dating DeAnna in a Q&A and says the marriage proposal scene where he was down on one knee was not shown in its entirety, but that Jason was down a lot longer than viewers were aware of. I also have a lot of respect for how Jason behaved as a single father, and how he wisely kept his relationship with DeAnna private and away from his young son, except for the one time they met during the show. Jason really appears to be a class act and down-to-earth kind of guy, and I hope he finds the love of his life even if it’s not shown on national television.
Tell me, who do you want to be the next bachelor? UPDATE: Jason Mesnick is the New Bachelor!
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