ABC Goes Green, Recycles Brad Womack For Second Run As 'The Bachelor'

Brad Womack, "The Bachelor," Sept. 2010 Brad Womack, "The Bachelor," Sept. 2010

He failed to find love, saying goodbye to two lovely ladies three years ago on Season 11 of “The Bachelor,” but now, Brad Womack is back and ready to seek out his soulmate once again in front of a national television audience.

During Monday night’s “Dancing with the Stars,” the Austin-based cutie was revealed as ABC’s new (and returning) “Bachelor,” the first time the network has brought someone back to the fold in a second search for love.

Brad, now 37 (he was 34 during his first “Bachelor” run), was seated alongside “Bachelor” host Chris Harrison in the audience during Monday night’s “Dancing’s” competition.

“Brad, this time, pick somebody,” “DWTS” co-host Tom Bergeron told the gent.

As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, Brad turned down love with DeAnna Pappas and Jenni Croft on the season finale of “The Bachelor’s” eleventh season, the first and only time a “Bachelor” or “Bachelorette” has left without picking someone to love.

Melissa Rycroft, former “Bachelor” contender and recent “Bachelor Pad” co-host, told Access Hollywood Live’s Billy Bush and Kit Hoover on Monday that bringing back Brad would change up the franchise.

“We have seen Brad go through this process before, so it’ll be interesting to see how the show kind of changes now that this will be our second time to see him,” she said. “I would assume something’s gonna have to change, whether it’s the format or what, but I’m interested.”

Melissa, who was infamously jilted by Jason Mesnick during the “After the Final Rose” episode of “The Bachelor” Season 13, said she thinks Brad is a decent guy who made the right decision the first time around.

“I think Brad’s a great guy. I think he made the right decision not picking anybody the first time around. At least he didn’t pick one and change at the last minute, right?” she laughed.

While the last “Bachelor,” Jake Pavelka was a pilot, Brad is a bar owner in Austin, Texas. He owns several bars with his twin brother Chad and brother Wesley.

“The Bachelor” returns to ABC in January 2011.

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