`The Bachelor' begins new season with San Diego contestant: Sean Lowe to meet local Selma Alameri

SAN DIEGO - "The Bachelor" begins its 17th season tonight at 8 p.m. on ABC with Sean Lowe, the last bachelor to be eliminated before the finale of the most recent edition of "The Bachelorette," having San Diego real estate developer Selma Alameri among the 26 bachelorettes to chose among.

The 29-year-old Alameri said she is "a sentimental person, but wouldn't consider myself romantic."

Lowe said he had his heart broken by Emily Maynard on "The Bachelorette" and went on "The Bachelor" "hoping that I would find the woman I want to marry."

"My feelings for Emily were very real and I think most of the people who watched the show could recognize that," Lowe said in a recent conference call with reporters. "I was just hoping that I would have the same feelings, if not stronger, for one of the 26 women."

Lowe said he "was blown away" by "the amount of wonderful women that we had this season... smart, well-accomplished, funny."

"I think you'll see that causes internal problems for me as the season progresses because I get to a point where I think, `Wow, I've got so many wonderful women, I don't know what I'm going to do. I don't know how I'm going to sort this out,"' Lowe said.

The 29-year-old Lowe owns a Dallas-area upscale custom furniture business and played linebacker on the Kansas State team that won the 2003 Big 12 Conference championship.

No bachelor has married the woman to whom he presented the final rose, although Jason Mesnick, the bachelor in the 2009 season, married runner-up Molly Malaney.

"I've never paid attention to the track record of past relationships," Lowe said.

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