Juan Pablo Galavis is the first Latino “Bachelor” in the long-running show’s history. (Photo/Courtesy Craig Sjodin for ABC)

Venezuelan Juan Pablo Galavis close to becoming first Latino on “The Bachelor”

Ladies longing for a Latin lover should prepare themselves for an audition for “The Bachelor” ASAP as hunky Venezuelan Juan Pablo Galavis is rumored to be close to signing on the dotted line to star as the Bachelor for season 18 of the ABC show.

Galavis – who appeared on this season of “The Bachelorette” as a contestant but failed to find love with Desiree Hartsock – has been offered the lead on the reality show, a source told E! News, sharing that it’s up to the 31-year-old retired soccer star to make a decision.

“He’s been told the gig is his if he wants it,” a show insider told E! News. “He’s definitely interested and will most likely accept, although nothing’s been signed yet.”

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Galavis was born in upstate New York but moved to Venezuela with his family before returning to the United States to play soccer in college. The sports and music industry consultant would be the perfect addition for the popular show, says “The Bachelorette” Hartsock.

“Girls in America will love Juan Pablo,” said Hartsock during a taping of a “Bachelorette” tell-all special for E! News. “They would love to see him as the Bachelor, because I get that on my Twitter feed all the time.”

And it seems like Galavis’s good looks could equal a big boost in ratings for “The Bachelor,” which has received criticism for failing to cast enough minorities. The show has yet to cast a Latino as “The Bachelor” over seventeen seasons and was even the target of a lawsuit filed by two black contestant hopefuls who claimed they were discriminated against in favor of  casting white participants. The lawsuit was dismissed in October 2012.

But Galavis – a single dad to a young daughter, Camila – had gone on the record saying that he would find it difficult to date 25 women all at once.

“That’s pretty tough. I saw Desiree, what she went through. I hate hurting people. I hate hurting girls. I hate looking at girls cry,” Galvis told E! News during the “Men Tell All” taping. “It’ll be very tough. I have a family, my daughter. Being away from her was very tough. It’s going to be a very tough decision to make.”

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