As the 16th season of "The Bachelor" gears up, host Chris Harrison said he still believes in the show's success for finding love and although new bachelor Ben Flajnik says he was skeptical of the show at first, he feels it works for him.
"I'll admit I was skeptical when I came into 'The Bachelorette,'" Flajnik told OnTheRedCarpet.com recently. "But you know this forum I feel like worked for me once and so I was excited about a new opportunity in coming to do it again."
"I'm incredibly optimistic about the show because I know it does work," Harrison said.
"The way the format is set up and I think the genius behind this show is that it doesn't really promise anything. It's kind of like life," he added. "I mean what it promises is that you have a great chance to meet somebody, a great chance to fall in love and so going on this journey with Ben, with whoever our bachelor or bachelorette is, that's the great part of the show. "
The series has resulted in a few marriages so far. The first "Bachelorette" star, Trista Rehn, is still married to her pick, Ryan Sutter. Season 13 bachelor Jason Mesnick ended up marrying the season runner-up, Molly Malaney, after splitting with his first choice, Melissa Rycroft, during the "After the Final Rose" post-finale show. Several other couples have become engaged through the show as well, but many have broken up.
"Look, whether it's Ryan and Trista, Jason and Molly, even Ali and Roberto -- who unfortunately broke up after 18-months of engagement -- I'm very hopeful and I still believe that it works," Harrison said.
Flajnik is one of the few men that knows what is it like to both compete on "The Bachelorette" and become "The Bachelor."
Flajnik was confirmed as the bachelor for season 16 in September. The 28-year-old winemaker from Sonoma, California had fallen for recent "Bachelorette" star Ashley Hebert and made it down to the final two. He proposed but she picked J.P Rosenbaum over him. They are now engaged. (Check out a recap and photos from the finale.)
Now Flajnik will take a chance on finding love through the reality show and have his pick of 25 women to find "the one." Meet the 25 contestants here and check out some sneak peek photos from the premiere.
"It's much more time consuming, obviously. You're going on dates everyday with different women so you have to maintain staying open and being honest with yourself and these women," Flajnik explained about being "The Bachelor." "Not, that I wasn't before but it's on a whole 'nother level. Whole 'nother level."
"In the beginning it gets confusing because there are so many women and I keep a journal and that kind of thing as much as I can," he added. "I mean you start to remember things. It's not difficult I suppose but a wonderful experience none the less."
"The Bachelor" season 16 premieres on January 2 at 8 p.m. on ABC. Check out scenes from the upcoming season in the video below.
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Reporting by Cari Skillman of KABC Television, which produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).