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Bachelor Premiere Will Be Telecast Live

ABC must really be in love with its new Bachelor.

TVLine has learned exclusively that the The Bachelor‘s latest cycle — premiering Monday Jan. 5 and starring Bachelorette reject Chris Soules — will be three hours long.

It’ll also be telecast live.

According to a source, the super-sized opener will feature recorded elements (such as the traditional limo drop-off), but large chunks of the episode will be broadcast live. (Similar to the After the Final Rose specials, the premiere will find host Chris Harrison holding court in front of a studio audience; past Bachelor and Bachelorette couples and/or singles will also be on hand to lend their commentary).

The Bachelor is coming off its most-watched cycle in three years.