The Bachelor preview: let's get to know the hot farmer, Chris Soules

As you know very well, I love "The Bachelor" franchise on ABC. It is one of my guiltiest pleasures.

The kicker this time around is that I also love Chris Soules, the chosen one for the next season of The Bachelor. You might know him as the "hot farmer" or "farmer Chris" from Andi's season of The Bachelorette that wrapped in May.

Season 19 (19!) of "The Bachelor" premieres January 5. In less than three months, we will get to see Chris, our/my favorite smokin' hot farmer, meet 25 crazy beautiful women.

I nosed around a little online to try to find some interesting info about our Bachelor, while avoiding any spoilers. Here's what I found:

1) According to, Chris is 32 years old and is originally from Arlington, IA, population 427. He loves football, camping and country music. Chris studied agriculture at Iowa State University, then went back to the family farm and helped make it a multi-million dollar enterprise. Cha-ching!

2) In an interview with the Des Moines Register, Chris admitted to crushing on Jennifer Aniston, liking corn dogs and most important of all - wearing boxer briefs (good choice).

3) Radaronline reported back in June that Chris has a number of "alcohol related arrests" on his record, dating back to 1998 (which, in all fairness, would have been when he was 17 years old). Chris reportedly has had incidents of speeding, possession of alcohol as a minor, fighting and running stop signs. He's hot, rich AND edgy!

4) He hired a personal trainer to get him in shape for the show: none other than Cody Sattler (known in my circle as "Mackleroid"), reject from Andi's season of "The Bachelorette" and current main squeeze of Ms. Michelle Money, Bachelor franchise vet. Let's hope Cody doesn't try to turn our perfect-as-is farmer into this:

5) "The Bachelor" is a family affair: Chris’ three older sisters originally submitted him for "The Bachelorette" and "The Bachelor" is Chris' mom Linda's favorite show. As I mentioned during Andi's season, Linda (and the whole darn Soules fam) ROCKS.

6) Another tidbit from ABC: Chris has been engaged once before. Chris ended that seven-year relationship (!!) just months before he was to walk down the aisle.

7) Chris has recently been working with the Iowa Farm Bureau to fight hunger in his home state. See above for Chris modeling an "America Needs Farmers" tee. Hot, rich, edgy AND a humanitarian!?

And here's the only REAL dirt I found:

8) According to, filming of Chris' season started September 25 in Los Angeles. Episodes 1-4 were filmed in L.A, episode 5 was filmed in New Mexico, ep 6 in South Dakota and ep 7 in Iowa. Ep 8 will be hometown dates, then after that they will start going outside of the U.S. Inquisitr speculated about the fact that they didn't leave the U.S. for this season of the show - because, as you know, they typically travel the world and create very exotic dates. Could ebola be a factor? Or budget? Or is ABC merely pigeonholing our hot farmer into farm-only scenarios?

Chew on that info for the next 2.5 months while we wait for another dramatic and amaaaaaaazing season to start (DRINK!).

I can't wait! I'm going to recap the bejesus out of this one.