The announcement was made live on “Good Morning America” today 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.
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“I am so tired of keeping secrets, but now they’re all out,” Lowe said today on “GMA,” referring to his new “Dancing” gig and to keeping his relationship with Guidici under wraps 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.
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Lowe, a 29-year-old entrepreneur from Dallas, Texas, has been on the most popular bachelors in recent seasons for the ABC franchise, drawing millions of viewers and charming fans with his sincerity and all-American vibe.
Lowe 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
Lowe is not the first “Bachelor” contestant to take to the dance floor. Former bachelor Jake Pavelka competed on season 10, and Melissa Rycroft, who was famously dumped on national television by bachelor Jason Mesnick weeks after he proposed. Rycroft most recently won last’s season “All-Star” competition.
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The new season kicks off with a two-hour premiere on Monday, March 18 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on ABC. The couple with the lowest combined judges' scores and public votes for their performance will be sent home in the season premiere of "Dancing With the Stars: The Results Show."
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