(NEW YORK) — Sean Lowe is going from The Bachelor to the ballroom. The newly-engaged “Bachelor” will compete on the new season of Dancing with the Stars.
The announcement was made live on ABC’s Good Morning America Tuesday after Monday night’s dramatic three-hour finale where Lowe dropped down on one knee and proposed to finalist Catherine Guidici. Guidici accepted the proposal and the sparkling Neil Lane diamond engagement ring that Lowe presented her at the final rose ceremony in Thailand.
“I am so tired of keeping secrets, but now they’re all out,” Lowe said Tuesday on GMA, referring to his new Dancing gig and to having to keep his relationship with Guidici a secret for months.
Now that he’s found a real-life partner, Lowe will pair up on DWTS with professional dancer Peta Murgatroyd on the dance floor. Murgatroyd, who has competed with Gilles Marini, won the mirror ball trophy on season 14 with contestant Donald Driver.
Lowe joins 11 other celebrity contestants who will take to the dance floor on the season 16 premiere on Monday, March 18, on ABC. Music legend Wynonna Judd, former Idol finalist Kellie Pickler, reality TV star Lisa Vanderpump, comedian Andy Dick, and NFL star Jacoby Jones are among the headliners.
Lowe, a 29-year-old entrepreneur from Dallas, said Guidici has been fully supportive of his decision to appear on the reality show. He said that dancing lessons will help him out when the couple tie the knot.
“When we have our big day, hopefully I’ll make her proud,” he said of Guidici. “I won’t make a fool of myself on my dance floor.”
The Bachelor host Chris Harrison said the wedding would air this summer on ABC.
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