Ben Higgins and Kaitlyn Bristowe on a one on one date

Although it has yet to be official, if recently eliminated “Bachelorette” contestant Ben Higgins is indeed ABC’s next “Bachelor,” the 26-year-old software salesman is more than ready for the challenge of having the job of dishing out the roses.

“Being the next ‘Bachelor’ is something you have to consider,” Higgins tells Zap2it at the taping of Season 11’s “Men Tell All” (July 11) special. “If it’s offered — it’s a pretty awesome situation and it’s real. You come into this skeptical and you walk out of it knowing that this was a real thing that existed and your emotions were real.”

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After all, choosing one out of 25 girls as “The Bachelor” couldn’t be harder than admitting to the world Higgins fears he is “unlovable,” could it?

“At first watching the unlovable stuff was hard because you’re kind of concerned with what’s going to be said about that and if people are going to criticize you for it,” Higgins says. “People have been very good about asking me, ‘Hey, what does that mean?’ That was tough because it is one of your biggest insecurities … one of your biggest fears and some people are like, ‘I don’t get it, doesn’t make sense to me, can’t be true.’ I’m like, ‘Alright that’s fair, but that hurts more. Thanks for not understanding.’ That’s been tough.”

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Even though it sounds like Higgins being offered the position is in the bag, he won’t be devastated if he doesn’t get the position.

“Life is good for me and if it doesn’t happen, I won’t be crushed,” he says. “I also don’t want to focus on that right now. I still have a job that I’m focused on and I still have a life that I’m focused on. So until that offer is on the table, I’m going to continue to move forward with life and see where it takes me. If that comes up, I’ll think about it. Definitely think about it.”

“The Bachelorette” airs Mondays on ABC.

Posted by:Sarah Huggins