The new Bachelor has been named as Bachelorette finalist Sean Lowe who is the lucky man that the ladies in the competition will be vying for. E! Online had reported last week that the deal to sign the blue-eyed blonde-haired hunk was "pretty much done", and it's now been reported by a source close to the production team that "Sean is our choice. I think we finally got everyone to sign off."

Lowes was a popular man on the Bachelorette last season, managing to make the final three of the competition and at one point looking like he might well manage to snag single mom Emily Maynard, only to be given the boot the week before the final, with Maynard instead opting to go with Utah entrepreneur Jef Holm.

However, he's now guaranteed to get a result now that he's the man who'll be doing the picking, and it comes as no real great surprise. It's believed that his name was in the mix to be the next Bachelor for months, with Olympian Ryan Lochte and last season's Bachelorette runner-up Arie Luyendyk Jr. It's the 17th season of the show, a quite remarkable success story. The current season is reportedly in production and will be good to go from January of next year.