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Chris Harrison: The Ladies Are Excited for Bachelor Ben Flajnik

Chris Harrison: The Ladies Are Excited for Bachelor Ben Flajnik

Ben Flajnik

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If the casting sessions with the women are any indication, Ben Flajnik will prove to be a very popular man indeed on the upcoming season of The Bachelor.

“We were able to tell the girls, you know, who our bachelor was. So, they’re fired up. And if they’re excited, then it’s going to be a good season,” the show’s host, Chris Harrison, told PEOPLE Sunday after finishing the Nautica Malibu Triathlon.

Harrison, 40, got to know Flajnik, 28, during this past season of The Bachelorette, when he famously had his proposal rejected by Ashley Hebert.

“I traveled with him, obviously, in Ashley’s season and got to know these guys really well, and he’s a good guy. He’s a great guy,” says Harrison. “I mean, who wouldn’t want a good-looking guy who lives up in Sonoma on a vineyard? So, it’s going to be an interesting season, for sure.”

Harrison has a whole Bachelor and Bachelorette connection to the Nautica Malibu Triathlon. Andy Baldwin, the star of season 10 of The Bachelor, first got him into it. And now, each year it’s a chance to catch up with Trista and Ryan Sutter – as Ryan also competes in the race.

“It’s the one big tri I do a year. It’s kinda cool,” says Harrison. “Ryan and Trista come and stay with us for the week and hang out. He kicks my butt. So, it’s fun.”

Eva Amurri Gets Racy For Her Very Public Bachelorette Invite

Susan Sarandon‘s daughter Eva Amurri is celebrating her bachelorette party at Lavo in Vegas on Friday. It’s clearly not the era of blushing brides anymore considering the invite (see above) where Eva looks all come-hither in sheer, white and black-detailed lingerie. She’s marrying ex soccer player Kyle Martino, who met his fiancee at her — and this is fate’s hand, clearly — at a lingerie shoot for Maxim magazine. What we’re kinda having a problem with is this — why would anyone want to have such a public bachelorette party with a bunch of random, sweaty people? It seems like such a KardashianParis Hilton thing to do! And that invite is very ‘pimp my wedding’, isn’t it? Looks like every little bit of a celebrity wedding can be encashed now. Do you think it’s in poor taste?

[Photo via Eva Amurri]

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The Bachelorette’s Ashley Hebert: J.P. and Dog Boo ‘Will Be Best Friends’

The Bachelorette's Ashley Hebert: J.P. and Dog Boo 'Will Be Best Friends' | Ashley Hebert

Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum

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Before getting engaged to the man of her dreams on The Bachelorette, Ashley Hebert had to make sure he met the family. And New York construction manager J.P. Rosenbaum did – except for one important member: Hebert’s teacup Yorkie, Boo.

Hebert’s fiancé finally spent time with Boo earlier this month when the couple traveled to her hometown of Madawaska, Maine. And, to no one’s surprise, the two hit it off right away.

“J.P. loved Boo,” Hebert told PEOPLE at Sunday’s Boy Meets Girl presentation during New York Fashion Week. “They’re good. They will be best friends.”

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Hebert is also looking forward to getting reacquainted with Boo, who has been living in Maine since filming for The Bachelorette began five months ago.

“She’s so sweet. She’s going to be in New York [with me] very soon, but my mother’s taking care of her right now,” Hebert said. “It was so sad [to leave her] because I had just gotten her, but then I found out I was going to do the show.”

Hebert already knows where she wants to take Boo in the Big Apple – Madison Square Park for dog treats – and what the pooch will be like on the sidewalks of the city: “She just loves everyone. She’s such a friendly dog. I can’t wait to walk her around New York.”

As for when Boo will be able to get from Madawaska to Manhattan, that’s harder to say. “I think things need to settle down, things are a little crazy now with school,” Hebert said. “I want things to calm down so I have more time to spend with J.P.”

– With reporting by JENISHA WATTS

Bachelor Pad Winners Revealed

Bachelor Pad Winners Revealed

The cast of Bachelor Pad season 2

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After six weeks of tears, teams and a new romance-turned-engagement, the second season of Bachelor Pad concluded Monday night.

Kasey Kahl and Vienna Girardi were the early frontrunners of the game, and of the eight contestants at the end, PEOPLE.com readers thought Ella Nolan and Kirk Dewindt were the most deserving of the $250,000 prize.

So which couple emerged victorious? Read on to find out!

They may not have been able to rekindle their romance, but on-again-off-again couple Holly Durst and Michael Stagliano beat out the remaining three couples to win Bachelor Pad.

Durst, 28, and Stagliano, 27, were once engaged to each other but Durst spent much of the reality competition flirting with Blake Julian – and the couple are now planning to marry.

But before the winners were named, the final four couples left the Bachelor Pad mansion for Las Vegas, where they competed in a Cirque du Soleil challenge.

A panel of former Bachelorette stars judged the contestants on their acrobatic routines – perfected in just 24 hours – and they awarded roses to Michael and Holly, while deeming Ella and Kirk the worst of the bunch, sending them home on the spot.

From there, Holly and Michael awarded the final two roses to Michelle and Graham.

A reunion of the housemates followed, and the surprises came one after another. First, Kasey apologizes to Jake for unfairly judging him. Then, Holly and Blake’s engagement is shown on air – and Michael gets blindsided by the news, delivered to him on camera.

Lucky for Michael, he gets some happier news next. All of the contestants from the pad vote for the couple they think deserve to win, and Michael and Holly beat out Michelle Money and Graham Bunn.

Finally, both finalists had to independently choose whether to split the money evenly or keep it for themselves.

“Weddings are expensive, last I checked,” quipped Michael before the pair revealed that they both chose to split the money.

And they each went home $125,000 richer.