The sweet farmer is rumored to be handing out roses next season

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America has to wait a little longer to find out who the next Bachelor will be, but fan favorite Chris Soules may have dropped a big hint during Monday night’s finale of The Bachelorette.

The sweet farmer from Iowa attended the taping of After the Final Rose, and though it was announced a new bachelor wouldn’t be revealed, Soules – who was let go by Andi Dorfman two weeks ago – turned bright red and laughed nervously when the discussion launched.

Fans would certainly be happy if he’s indeed snagged the spot. The soft-spoken contestant won over hearts when he was revealed as Dorfman’s secret admirer throughout the season and further stepped up the romance game by telling her he was in love by hiring a plane to fly over his hometown date.

“From an emotional perspective, it was tough going through the process and falling in love with Andi and not having it work out, but I’m strong and I’ve been there before and I’m going to figure it out,” he told PEOPLE at the Men Tell All taping. “I’m optimistic that my future is bright and I’m definitely ready to move on.”

He’s also got Dorfman’s seal of approval. “I mean, look at him,” she said, laughing. “Chris has the whole package. He is the all-American guy who is a farmer who does not look like a farmer, but he’s also successful and he’s ready for a family. He’s going to be a great husband and a great father.”

Check back Tuesday for exclusive details on the engagement ring, as well as interviews with Josh and Nick, and of course, Andi’s blog. For exclusive photos and an interview with the couple, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

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