Colton Underwood named season 23 Bachelor

Colton Underwood is officially looking for love again! The former NFL pro was announced as the suitor for season 23 of The Bachelor on Good Morning America on Tuesday, September 4.

“Third time’s the charm,” he joked to GMA cohost Michael Strahan.

Underwood, 26, first appeared on Becca Kufrin’s season of The Bachelorette and came in third place. He then appeared on Bachelor In Paradise, where he had a brief relationship with Tia Booth.

When asked about the possibility of becoming the next Bachelor in August, Underwood told Us Weekly exclusively, “I know that this show can work. I’ve seen it with Garrett [Yrigoyen] and Becca. I know what it did for me as a person and how it helped me grow into the man I am today.”

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THE BACHELORETTE - 'Episode 1406' Richmond, Virginia, whose past is inextricably connected to Americas rich history, is the backdrop for a defining week in Beccas journey. Jason and Beccas date takes the couple on a trolley tour around town, but the day ends on a stunning emotional note. Seven men pay homage to Virginia, one of the cradles of democracy, as they take a history quiz and then participate in the Beccalection 2018 debate. Leo and Becca take a spectacular aerial tour of the state and try their skill at shucking oysters. Australian country superstar Morgan Evans caps off the night with a special performance. One bachelor mounts a shocking late-night surprise which may decide his fate with Becca. Which men will be on the right side of history? Find out on 'The Bachelorette,' MONDAY, JULY 2 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Paul Hebert via Getty Images) COLTON
THE BACHELORETTE - 'Episode 1406' Richmond, Virginia, whose past is inextricably connected to Americas rich history, is the backdrop for a defining week in Beccas journey. Jason and Beccas date takes the couple on a trolley tour around town, but the day ends on a stunning emotional note. Seven men pay homage to Virginia, one of the cradles of democracy, as they take a history quiz and then participate in the Beccalection 2018 debate. Leo and Becca take a spectacular aerial tour of the state and try their skill at shucking oysters. Australian country superstar Morgan Evans caps off the night with a special performance. One bachelor mounts a shocking late-night surprise which may decide his fate with Becca. Which men will be on the right side of history? Find out on 'The Bachelorette,' MONDAY, JULY 2 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Paul Hebert via Getty Images) COLTON
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 17: Former NFL and 'The Bachelorette' star Colton Underwood attends Regard Magazine's celebration of the ESPY Awards and their Special Annual Sports Edition at private residence on July 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Robin L Marshall/Getty Images)
BACHELORETTE - 'The Men Tell All' - The most memorable bachelors from this season - including Chris R., Christon, Colton, Connor, David, Jason, Jean Blanc, John, Jordan, Leo, Nick and Wills, as well as Christian, Jake, Joe and Kamil - return to confront each other and Becca one last time to dish the dirt, tell their side of the story and share their emotional departures. Finally, as the clock ticks down on Beccas journey to find love, a special sneak peek of her dramatic final week with Blake and Garrett is highlighted, on 'The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All,' MONDAY, JULY 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Paul Hebert via Getty Images) COLTON
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 17: Colton Underwood attends Monster Energy Outbreak $50K Charity Challenge celebrity basketball game at UCLA on July 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 07: Colton Underwood attends the Disney ABC Television TCA Summer Press Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 08: Colton Underwood visit 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on August 8, 2018 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - AUGUST 10: Reality TV star Colton Underwood poses for photos on the red carpet during The Aesthetic Everything Beauty Expo Trade Show at The Phoenician on August 10, 2018 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by John Medina/Getty Images)
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Underwood also opened up about his past while appearing on The Bachelorette, revealing that he is a virgin. He became emotional during the Men Tell All special in July, admitting that he feared people thought he was “less of a man” because of his virginity. However, since the reveal, his family and friends have been very accepting, he told Us.

“I think they’re starting to understand who I am. For the longest time, I really hid,” the Indianapolis native said. “I was ashamed of the man I was. I think right now they’re starting to see the real Colton for who he is, it’s been awesome. My family and friends have been super supportive through all this and it’s been great, just opening up about who I am.”

Season 23 of The Bachelor premieres on ABC in January 2019.

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