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As the rumor mill churns! Things are looking better and better for Team Sean — according to this report, at least. 

On August 31, Arie Luyendyk, Jr. announced he had chosen racing over romance, essentially taking his name out of any prospective running to be the Season 17 Bachelor. That led us to believe the strongest remaining candidates were Sean Lowe, also of The Bachelorette Season 8, and Roberto Martinez, The Bachelorette 6 "winner" whose name has been in the mix for months.

Well not so fast, says Ryan Seacrest and his radio show sources. Weirdly enough, Ryan's new report, posted September 4, takes Hottie Dimples out of the running (sob!) but keeps Arie on the list, along with Sean and a third unnamed option, which scares us more than anything. (No alarms and no surprises, please!)

Here’s Ryan’s Bachelor update:

"First we know it will definitely not be Roberto from Ali Fedotowsky's season of The Bachelorette, as it's been rumored before. I can reveal that they've narrowed it down to three options. There are three finalists. The man in charge of dishing out the highly coveted roses will either be Arie or Sean, who finished second and third respectively on the last Bachelorette, or they may go back to how they used to choose, it could be an unknown third guy. Either way the president of ABC himself will be involved in the decision."

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They're breaking out the big guns! Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss also tweeted September 3, "We start shooting later this month. A decision must be made this week. Who will be Bachelor 2013???"

Do you think Ryan’s report is outdated, from before Arie issued his little dispatch? Do you think it’s a good sign for Uncle Seanie that he is the only guy whose name is consistently in the running? Or are they going to listen to all the "no more recycled contestants!" complainers and give us someone like Ryan Lochte? They really need to just name someone already so we can stop speculating/worrying and just know what we're dealing with!

Sources: RyanSeacrest.com, Twitter

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