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Chris Soules's Bachelor Blog: 'I Do Need to Come Clean About One Thing'

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Chris Soules is the Bachelor! After a bittersweet exit from Andi Dorfman's season of The Bachelorette, the farmer from Arlington, Iowa, is searching for love once again on ABC's hit franchise. Chris, 33, will be blogging for PEOPLE.com every week about the women, the dates and the difficult decisions he'll make on his journey to love. So check back each week, and follow Chris on Twitter.

When I woke up the morning after the first rose ceremony, it all seemed like a dream. Did all of that really just happen? I couldn't stop thinking how hard this was all going to be. I remember just lying in bed stressing over how I was going to choose between all these amazing women. I know, high class problem. Still, it was really stressing me out. And while I knew I had made things even harder on myself by allowing Kimberly a second chance, I was okay with that. Kimberly seemed so sincere, and we really hadn't gotten a chance to talk that first night.

Staying down the hill from the mansion was huge for me. It felt so great knowing that all the women were just a few hundred feet away. When it was time for a date or a cocktail party, I didn't have to waste any time driving over; I just ran up the hill!

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The Bachelor Recap: The 4 Craziest Moments, Including Ashley S.'s Seeming Mental Breakdown

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Chris Soules' reign as The Bachelor has only just begun, but it's already clear that he is presiding over one of the drunkest group of women to ever live in a mansion together in order to vie for the attention of one man.

This week's episode picked up immediately after last week's ended. Following the rose ceremony, it was daylight outside, and the women – most of whom had entirely run out of steam – had taken to just sitting on the floor.

Before everyone could leave to go sleep it off, Kimberly, the 28-year-old yoga instructor from Long Island who did not receive a rose last week, begged Chris, 33, for another chance at love.

Given that Kimberly had barely even met Chris and that her desperation may have been more than a little unwarranted, it was somehow the least crazy thing to happen in this episode.

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Bachelor Couples Who Made Love Last

Originally posted 01/09/2015 08:10 PM

Bachelor Couples Who Made Love Last

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Bachelorette Andi Dorfman may have just split with fiancé Josh Murray, but after 12 years and 33 seasons of The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and its spin-offs (Bachelor Pad and Bachelor in Paradise), somewhere between all the group dates, hometown visits and rose ceremonies, some true love connections have formed. In fact, six couples have turned their on-camera connection into 'til-death-do-us-part love.

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Bachelor in Paradise Stars Lacy Faddoul and Marcus Grodd Talk Wedding Plans

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It's beach balls and wedding bells for Bachelor in Paradise lovebirds Lacy Faddoul and Marcus Grodd!

The reality stars, both 26, plan to make their showmance legal this summer.

"We have been going to lots of different venues, and our wedding is planned for this year in 2015 – hopefully in the summertime," Faddoul told PEOPLE at the Season 19 premiere of The Bachelor on Monday night.

"We're still 80/40 on the date, but, as far as our wedding, we're really customizing it," she continued.

Since most of Faddoul and Grodd's love story – from the time they first met up until their engagement – played out in front of Bachelor Nation, the couple is adamant about including fans in their nuptials.

"Everybody has been so supportive of our [relationship]," Faddoul said.

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The Bachelor's Catherine and Sean Dish on Their First Year of Marriage | Catherine Giudici, Sean Lowe

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Bachelor couple Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici have another reason to celebrate in the new year – Jan. 26 marks their first wedding anniversary!

So what have the two been up to since saying ''I do'' in front of 6 million television viewers and honeymooning in Tahiti?

"There's been a lot of down time with just us two," Giudici, 28, tells PEOPLE exclusively. "I've really been enjoying being next to him all the time."

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Warning: This May Be the Hottest Chris Soules Photo Ever

Originally posted 01/06/2015 03:50 PM

Chris Soules, Shirtless and Sweaty: See the New Pic

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We've never appreciated Michelle Money more.

The regular Bachelor franchise contestant shared a photo of new Bachelor Chris Soules in which the Iowa farmer shows off a sweaty, sculpted (so very sculpted) physique.

Money's ex-boyfriend, Cody Sattler – a personal trainer whom she met on Bachelor in Paradise – trained Soules to get him even more camera-ready for his big debut and the results are, well, quite noticeable.

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Chris Soules's Bachelor Blog: Britt Gave Me the 'Best Hug of My Entire Life'

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Chris Soules is the Bachelor! After a bittersweet exit from Andi Dorfman's season of The Bachelorette, the farmer from Arlington, Iowa, is searching for love once again on ABC's hit franchise. Chris, 33, will be blogging for PEOPLE.com every week about the women, the dates and the difficult decisions he'll make on his journey to love. So check back each week, and follow Chris on Twitter.

First off, I'm not a writer. I'm a farmer. So if this blog doesn't exactly sound like Hemingway, there's a reason! I don't write blogs. I farm stuff. Regardless, I'm going to give this a shot. What's the worst that could happen, right?

So I flew into L.A. a few days before the women arrived, and it was great to have that time to just wrap my head around what I was about to embark upon. I also did a couple photo shoots and tried on LOTS of clothes. Cary Fetman is the guy who I'm talking to while I'm surrounded by racks and racks of expensive suits, and not only is Cary wonderful with clothes, but he's also just a wonderful man. Cary, you magician, you made this farmer look damn good!

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Nikki Ferrell on Juan Pablo Galavis: It Didn't End Because We Didn't Love Each Other | Juan Pablo Galavis, Nikki Ferrell

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Nikki Ferrell isn't bitter about her time on The Bachelor. She's not even bummed that she lost out on a chance at marriage.

On the contrary, the pediatric nurse from Kansas City, Missouri, says she's actually "really happy" these days, even though she ended her relationship with The Bachelor's polarizing Juan Pablo Galavis in October.

"It didn't end because we didn't love each other or [over] a lack of communication," Ferrell told host Chris Harrison during Monday night's season 19 premiere of The Bachelor. "It just ended because of a difference of lifestyle. There was a point we said we love each other, like in a normal relationship."

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Chris Harrison: Having Ex-Wife Gwen As the Next Bachelorette Would Be 'Epic Television'

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When Bachelor host Chris Harrison and his college sweetheart, Gwen, announced their divorce in 2012, the level of schadenfreude coming from critics of the reality competition was almost sentient in its force.

Harrison, however, is all too aware of the irony of his situation – he's even able to crack jokes.

After anchoring a whopping 19 seasons of ABC's juggernaut franchise, Harrison, 43, knows that having his ex-wife as the next Bachelorette would be "epic television, good or bad," as he told GQ for their January issue, on newsstands now. "It could be like the Hindenberg – the greatest disaster ever – but even that would be great TV."

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Macklemore's Becoming a Dad, Demi Lovato Loves Her Body & More Weekend News

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The first weekend of the new year was jam-packed with celebrity happenings, suggesting 2015 is going to be just as star-studded as 2014. From a pregnancy announcement to a wedding and an engagement, here's the happy news you might have missed:

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