Miami, meet your bachelor! Local music promoter Juan Pablo Galavis is ABC’s latest guinea pig, um, single looking for love. The network has set up the guapo Venezuelan (a castoff suitor on last season’s The Bachelorette) with 27 eligible ladies, hoping to make him a match, or at the least get some serious drama going.
The former pro soccer player (who has a 4-year-old daughter from a previous relationship) talked about what we can expect from The Bachelor, premiering 8 p.m. Sunday for a two-night event.
How did you decide that you wanted to do this again?
It’s a process — you have to think a lot. I have a daughter...so it was going to be a little bit of a time away from [her]. Also I hate hurting people. At the same time you have to take the risk of meeting people that knew little about me. But like I’ve said plenty of times, you can meet people everywhere: in a club or restaurant, but you don’t know if that person is on the same page, so in this case it was easier in a sense.
What are you looking for in a partner?
A woman that is smart, that is honest, that likes sports (a little bit maybe). Also somebody that knows how to dance, because I love dancing. That’s one of my biggest turn-ons, like, I fall in love with that. But in this situation, I said to myself, ‘Juan Pablo, not all of them are going to dance. Not all of them will be good dancers, so just get to know them better.’ And that’s how I did it.
Any other dating turn-ons or turn-offs?
Somebody that doesn't eat. I like food a lot. So I know I don’t want to [hear]: ‘I don’t like sushi, I don’t like this, I don’t like that.’ Also, I don’t like tattletellers [sic]. I like people to care about themselves, like I do.
Is m oving to Miami a deal breaker for you? What if the woman has a career somewhere else?
No, on the moving part. I don’t like Miami that much. I don’t like the weather. My base is Miami, but I travel a lot. I definitely I want somebody very independent, career wise. I respect a lot what a person does for a living. And I want to have kids right away, but if I’m with somebody, and she’s like, ‘Listen, I have my career and this and that,’ I understand it. Obviously I’ll have to find someplace easier for me to do what I do for a living and maybe for that person, what she does for a living too. So there’s got to be a conversation, and [it’s] a couple's decision at the end of the day.
Who’s your dream celebrity date?
Heidi Klum. I’ve thought she was beautiful since I was little. I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, she is so pretty.’ She is absolutely ... her face is just perfect.
What is the best and worst thing about dating you?
If you like music, and you like sports, and you like to have good time, you're going to have a blast [with me]. I like to go to soccer games and baseball games and basketball games and football games and go to Europe and watch football. That’s my life. The bad thing? I’m trying to think. I’m just kidding. Sometimes I can be a little stubborn. I like to eat a lot. So if you don’t like to eat, you’re kind of screwed because I like food. I can be a little sarcastic; there’s people who don’t like that. And obviously my daughter’s my priority, so if you want to have plans with me and then my daughter calls, then I’m going to have to go with her.
Obvious question: Did you find love?
You have to watch until March [for the finale]. I wish I can tell you, but I’m very happy.