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'The Bachelor's' Sean Lowe to join 'Dancing with the Stars'

It was announced March 12 that

It was announced March 12 that "The Bachelor" star Sean Lowe will compete on the next season of "Dancing With the Stars."

You could see this coming from a thousand miles away -- if you were wearing glasses, that is: Sean Lowe will join the new season of "Dancing with the Stars." Announced Tuesday on "Good  Morning America." 

But ... but ... but (you say) -- what about the forthcoming nuptials with Catherine Giudici and that Neil Lane rock on her finger and all the love that was professed last night?

This is reality TV, friends, and love has to wait. He'll partner on "DWTS" with Peta Murgatroyd. 

Sure, this is a clever move by ABC. Lowe has become  something of a professional reality TV show contestant (he was on "The Bachelorette;" got dumped just before the altar, millions of tears flowed, remember?) while "Bachelor's" ratings have also been strong this season -- very strong. The likelihood of ABC shelving its big new reality star for something like marriage/honeymoon was just about nil. 

Here's ABC's release. (Oh, and "DWTS"  begins Monday):

Having found new love, Sean is engaged to Catherine Giudici. His “rosy” journey to “The Bachelor” was not without its, well … thorns. Originally a contestant on the eighth edition of “The Bachelorette,” Sean was eliminated right before the show’s finale. But heartbreak didn’t derail his pursuit of love and happiness, as he soon signed on as ABC’s next “Bachelor.” A successful Dallas businessman and entrepreneur, Sean prides himself on his close-knit family. He went to Kansas State University on a full football scholarship and, as a linebacker, was part of the 2003 Big 12 Conference Championship team. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in social science. Sean began his career in finance, following in his father’s footsteps in the insurance industry, before committing to his new enterprise, owning and running an upscale, custom furniture business. 

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