Sean Lowe Shares His Bachelor Advice for Matt James: 'There's Going to Be a Lot of Distractions'

Sean Lowe is passing down some wisdom to the newest BachelorMatt James.

Sitting down with PEOPLE this week, the former male lead — who found his happily ever after on the show with now-wife Catherine Giudice Lowe — had some advice for James on his journey.

"It's a running joke now because I think I've given advice to almost every Bachelor since I've been on the show," says Lowe, 36.. "And I'm not sure how that advice has been received, but I would just say to have fun, try to be yourself."

"There's going to be a lot of distractions: cameras, sound techs, producers and all of that, but just try to be yourself, focus on the women that are there," the father of three adds. "Then, once the show's over, that's when the hard part starts. So if he decides to propose to a woman at the end, or just be in a relationship with a woman at the end, don't let all the other stuff distract you from her."

The former NFL wide receiver was originally meant to be competing on Clare Crawley's season of The Bachelorette, which was put on pause due to the coronavirus pandemic.

James' new role comes after Bachelor Nation called for more diversity in the franchise, with thousands rallying around a new petition that called on ABC and executive producer Mike Fleiss to cast more people of color.

Former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay was also vocal about the lack of diversity on the show, calling on them to rectify the problem. Lindsay was the first and only black lead in the history of the ABC franchise until James' casting.

James told Good Morning America, "When Rachel speaks, we listen. She has a very important voice in all this, being the first black woman, person of color to be a lead, and … this is hopefully the first of many black men to be in the position I'm at now."

"It's an honor. I'm just going to lean into myself and how my mom raised me, and hopefully when people invite me into their homes on Monday night… they see that diverse love stories are beautiful," he added.

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