The Bachelor kicks off tonight for its 13th season!

Jason Mesnick, a single dad who was rejected at the last rose ceremony by (once again single!) Bachelorette DeAnna Pappas, is now in the driver’s seat as 25 gals vie to win his love.

We already know that one did. Jason announced last December that he’s engaged to one of his lovely Bachelor ladies.

I’m all for finding love in 2009 (and I plan to: Feel free to send in your suggestions!). But with the Bachelor’s track record, 0 – in – 13, I had to know if Jason was worried that his declaration would be D.O.A. before the show even got underway!

“This question comes to me in every single interview or any conversation I’m having. And I say, ‘How can I not be open and honest about that,’” Jason declared to me.

Simply put, the accountant from Seattle, Wash., knew he’d have a hard time keeping his mouth shut about being head over heels in love as the show aired.

“If I had to swallow the fact that I’m extremely happy and I’m in love and I’m engaged for this long, there’s no way I could do that,” he admitted.

Awww, so sweet! I really works it works out for Jason and his mystery fiancée!

The Bachelor, season 13, premieres Monday, Jan. 5 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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