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Juan Pablo Galavis      

ABC's First Latin Bachelor and Former Professional Soccer Player

Juan Pablo Galavis is an United States-born former professional football midfielder/forward, who retired in 2008. In 2013, he was chosen as the first minority star of the ABC-TV reality show "The Bachelor" after 17 editions.

He left soccer after his 2008 season with Miami and began his career in the music business by promoting on the Miami bar and club scene. Around this time he also began working with Venezuelan musician/songwriters Frank Santofimio and Mario Donoso. They began promoting Venezuelan duet Chino y Nacho, earning them a record deal with Universal Music Latin. Servando y Florentino, L'Squadron, Treo, Obie Bermudez and Jerry Rivera are some of the bands he also helped bring to Miami the following years.

Galavis began filming television commercials and had a short stint working as a television presenter for a Miami-based sports show, Mega News.

Galavís appeared as a contestant on the ABC reality-television dating competition "The Bachelorette" in May 2013, but was eliminated.

He returned as the lead on season 18 of The Bachelor, which made him the first member of a minority to hold this role. He chose Nikki Ferrell at the end of the season but their relationship ended after. He later married Osmariel Villalobos, a Venezuelan model and TV host.


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