Let the Journey Begin for One Local Bachelor

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BRUCE HAMILTON: Co-anchor of "The Morning Show" on WJXT, Bruce is somewhat more "mature" than the previous bachelors, but he's charming, witty and, as a seasoned newsman, can talk about anything. Bonus: Producers wouldn't have to spend money on teeth whitening or spray tans.
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DALTON CYR: At the other end of the age spectrum, singer/songwriter Dalton Cyr would woo the ladies with his heartfelt songs and boyish good looks (yes, I know he's only 12 years old, but Wesley, the star of"The Baby Bachelor" on Jimmy Kimmel Live is still in diapers).
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BRIAN SIEBENSCHUH: Fact: Ladies love chefs (seriously, would anyone consider Tom Colicchio of "Top Chef" hot if he were a car salesman or dentist?). As executive chef/managing partner at Orsay, Brian already has that going for him, but he's also quite the dish himself, especially with the rock-and-roll attitude. As a bonus, he loves vintage champagne and world peace.
JAXSON DE VILLE: The show's drama quotient would go up considerably since Jaxson can't speak, and the ladies would have to interpret his antics ("He wouldn't have stuck my head in his mouth if he didn't like me, right?"). And how awesome would it be for him to zip line or bungee jump into a rose ceremony?
FRED DURST: Having the frontman of Limp Bizkit as "The Bachelor" would be a nightmare for editors who'd have to bleep countless F-bombs and blur thousands of middle finger salutes. But for viewers, it would be highly entertaining to watch the bachelorettes compete for roses and nookie.
AUSTEN LANE: The good news about this exotic-looking 6'6" beefcake is he has a great sense of humor and has been recognized in the media for his "Twitter prowess." Unfortunately for potential bachelorettes, here's one of the Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end's's most recent Tweets: "I refuse to get engaged for the simple fact that proposing looks too much like Tebowing."
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RON SHOLES: Folks may not recognize him since he's not rolling up his sleeves while standing in front of an American flag, but attorney Ron "You Hurt? We Fight!" Sholes would be perfect for "The Bachelor" for his experience in front of the camera alone. Personally, I'd watch just to see how many places he could work in an ad for his law firm (a magnet on the bachelor pad refrigerator, license plate frames on the limos, his face silk-screened on to the rose petals).
JAKE MARISNICK: Look at him. That should be enough to prove his worthiness, but for those of you who actually care about the details, Jake is 22, 6'5", 225-pounds and currently plays center field for the Jacksonville Suns.

Kerry Speckman shares her unique perspective and observations on people, places and events on the First Coast and beyond. She's also the 2012 winner of Jacksonville Dancing With the Stars, so she's got that going for her.

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Having watched "The Bachelor" since its debut in 2002 (feel free to judge—unless you watch "Dance Moms" or "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"), I think the latest season was the most boring ever. The tedium did serve a purpose, though, since it gave me time to re-imagine the show with local personalities handing out the roses.

From a musician to a chef, an NFL player to a news anchor, the eight bachelors* in the above photo gallery are my local candidates for "The Bachelor" season 18. As you will see, not every one of them was selected based on their looks (how many of them would you like to see in the show's frequent "shirtless bachelor working out or running down the beach" scenes?) or accomplishments (one of them isn't even old enough to have a driver license ... guess his dates' parents would have to drive the convertible Ferrari). But each has a certain something that would make it a show worth watching.

* Disclaimer: To the best of my knowledge, each of these gentleman is a true bachelor (i.e., not legally married), a "fact" that I researched on the Internet and/or by texting friends of friends of people who might know them. In the event that any of them is married, I apologize profusely to the gentleman in question, his wife, his family and potential bachelorettes.

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