Ben Higgins of Warsaw could be the next 'Bachelor' on ABC

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By: Krystal Vivian kvivian@953mnc.com

A 2008 Warsaw Community High School graduate who didn’t get a rose on “The Bachelorette” on Monday night, July 13, might be the next man featured on “The Bachelor.”

Ben Higgins, 26, was chosen by producers as the next “Bachelor” because they thought he would attract more viewers than the other two finalists, E! News Online reported. His contract hasn’t been finalized, but producers told E! News Online that Higgins is “pretty much a lock.”

Producers are also looking for female contestants for the next season of “The Bachelor.” Casting calls are scheduled throughout the U.S. through July 23.

Though Higgins was booted off “The Bachelorette” this week, he told E! News Online that he thinks that finding love through a show like “The Bachelorette” or “The Bachelor” is just as possible as finding love any other way.

“I actually ran into Trista and Ryan Sutter (from season one of “The Bachelorette”) this past week,” he said. “I think seeing them gives me hope that this works.” The Sutters have been married for more than 15 years and have two children.

Higgins lives in Denver, Colo., where he is a business analyst at Talisys, according to his LinkedIn profile. His Twitter profile lists his location as Winona Lake. He graduated from Indiana University.