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By Marc Inocencio

On the new season of ABC's reality dating show The Bachelor, 28 single women will be vying for the heart of Ben Higgins, a 27-year-old software salesman from Denver, Colorado.

Higgins will return to the small-screen to find love once again after last season's The Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe gave the final rose to Shawn Booth.

"It's about building a relationship and I think she had a relationship with one of my best friends, who is Shawn, that she could never see herself being without him," he tells On Air with Ryan Seacrest on why he thinks he didn't get picked.

"You're getting broken up with, so it hurts," he adds. "It hurts to say goodbye to somebody that you've gotten to know. But just like any other relationship, over time, you work through it, you think about it, and to this day, I have a lot of respect for Shawn and Kaitlyn."

The Bachelor will return tonight (Monday, January 4) at 8/7c on ABC.