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Dang it. It really did sound too early for Roberto Martinez to be confirmed as the Season 17 Bachelor, but we were hopeful. Maybe it will still happen, but it sounds like the door is wide open for someone else to hand out roses next winter. Host Chris Harrison talked to Celebuzz Wednesday night at the ESPY Awards and he addressed the rumor that Roberto had been chosen as the next Bachelor.

"He'd be a great Bachelor,” Chris says of The Bachelorette Season 6 alum. “He's a friend of mine so, I mean, I think he' a great guy. Obviously women think he's handsome, he's got charisma, charm, and all that. Yeah, he's definitely on the radar, but the rumors that it's a done deal or he's our guy — definitely overblown. He's not. But I'm guessing he's on the list. I'd like him on the list. He's a golfing buddy so if I can have a golfing buddy on The Bachelor, why not?"

Eek. Chris was also asked if there’s any chance they’ll go back to casting “fresh faces” like so many of the deadly dull past Bachelors before they launched the current recycling trend.

"There's a heavy, heavy case to be made for using someone who has already been in the franchise,” Chris tells Celebuzz. “It's a great built-in story. You're already emotionally invested — and that’s one of the hardest things to do in launching a show, is to get you to care. [...] But, again, just like I push for live I'm always pushing to find just somebody out there. But you have to find the right person. You can't do it just for doing its sake. You have to find the right person. It has to make sense."

So if they can’t find “the right person” to be a fresh face for Season 17, expect either Roberto or someone from Emily Maynard’s current season of The Bachelorette, specifically Sean Lowe or whoever Emily rejects at the final rose ceremony.

Source: Celebuzz