The Bachelor to compete on Dancing With the Stars after popping question to Catherine Giudici

March 12, 2013 10:20:20 AM PDT
Sean Lowe is going from "The Bachelor" to the ballroom. The newly-engaged "Bachelor" will compete on the new season of "Dancing With The Stars."

The announcement was made live on "Good Morning America" Tuesday after Monday night's dramatic three-hour finale where Lowe dropped down on one knee and proposed to finalist Catherine Guidici. Guidici accepted the proposal and the sparkling Neil Lane diamond engagement ring that Lowe presented her at the final rose ceremony in Thailand.

"I am so tired of keeping secrets, but now they're all out," Lowe said today on "GMA," referring to his new "Dancing" gig and to having to keep his relationship with Guidici a secret for months.

Now that he's found a real-life partner, Lowe will pair up on "DWTS" with professional dancer Peta Murgatroyd on the dance floor. Murgatroyd, who has competed with Gilles Marini, won the mirror ball trophy on season 14 with contestant Donald Driver.

Lowe joins 11 other celebrity contestants who will take to the dance floor on the season 16 premiere on Monday, March 18 on ABC. Music legend Wynonna Judd, former "Idol" finalist Kellie Pickler, reality TV star Lisa Vanderpump, comedian Andy Dick, and NFL star Jacoby Jones are among the headliners.