NEW YORK -- What do you do after winning viewers' hearts as "The Bachelor"? If you're Sean Lowe, you put on your dancing shoes.
ABC says Mr. Lowe is headed to "Dancing With the Stars." He steps up fresh from his engagement to Catherine Giudici at Monday's conclusion of the recent season of "The Bachelor." (See details on the show on Page C-7.)
"I don't know if there's anything more challenging to me than learning how to do classical ballroom dance," Mr. Lowe, 29, said in an interview, calling it a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
The reality star says he made sure Ms. Giudici was on board with the idea before he signed on.
"Of course I'll be in the front row," added 26-year-old Ms. Giudici, who confessed she's looking forward to meeting his fellow contestant and Bravo reality star Lisa Vanderpump.
Besides, Mr. Lowe's dance training could make for a great first dance at their wedding.
"That was part of the motivation," Mr. Lowe said with a laugh. "Hopefully we can impress everyone on our wedding night."
Those nuptials, the couple say, will take place in the same way they fell in love: on TV. So far, no specific plans have been made, but they hope it happens "somewhat soon." They're just happy to be public as a couple.
"I wanted to gush and tell everybody" said Ms. Giudici of keeping the relationship under wraps. "We just channeled that energy into each other and focused on our relationship."
A Dallas businessman, Mr. Lowe will compete for the disco-ball trophy when "Dancing With the Stars" returns for its 16th season Monday at 8 p.m. He will partner with Peta Murgatroyd.
Previously announced rivals include actor-comic D.L. Hughley, Baltimore Ravens football player Jacoby Jones and former "American Idol" contestant Kellie Pickler. ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" is hosted by Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvat.
Fans of "The Bachelor" franchise can also look forward to "The Bachelorette." Desiree Hartsock, 26, who was rejected by Mr. Lowe on "The Bachelor," has been chosen as the lead of that show.
"Des is a really sweet girl. America already loves her. As long as she is herself and I know she has sincere intentions ... she's gonna be just fine," said Mr. Lowe.
"The Bachelorette" is set to debut May 20.people