3:08pm PT by Ryan Gajewski
'The Bachelor' Season 19: Chris Soules Reveals Whether He Says "I Love You"
There may be some pressure on Chris Soules as he begins his starring run on The Bachelor's 19th season, but it's unlikely that he could come off looking any worse than the last guy who held that title.
Soules told reporters during a recent conference call that he is a far cry from Juan Pablo Galavis, the season 18 Bachelor who antagonized viewers by not taking the process seriously and never telling winner Nikki Ferrell that he loved her. Galavis and Ferrell split in October.
"Going into this, I felt very humbled and pretty excited for the opportunity and grateful for the opportunity," said Soules, who was Andi Dorfman's second runner-up on The Bachelorette's most recent season. He added that getting married is his "biggest goal at this point."
"I think that that's one thing from what I saw in how Juan Pablo handled things, maybe not with the most respect for some of the women and not as much respect for the process that it deserved," the hunky farmer said. "I think we were very different in that regard."
To prove just how different he is from the soccer-playing lothario, Soules revealed that he does in fact say "I love you" during the course of his season. "Yes, I did," Soules said when asked whether he used those three little words. "I think I can say that. I did."
Another surprise is that Jimmy Kimmel, a longtime fan of the ABC dating series who always offers predictions on his late-night show, will be joining resident Bachelor voice-of-reason Chris Harrison to co-host the season's third episode. Soules said viewers can look forward to "some fun shenanigans that Jimmy pulled on us that everyone will enjoy watching, including myself."
The Bachelor's season 19 premiere airs Jan. 5 at 8 p.m. on ABC. Watch a preview, below.