ABC Makes a Surprising Pick for the Next 'Bachelor' Star

08 September, 2017, 00:29 | Author: Pamela Mathis
  • Arie Luyendyk Jr.    
    Credit Craig Sjodin  ABC via Getty Images

Arie Luyendyk, Jr., will star in Season 22 of The Bachelor.

"We've kept in touch over the last few years but this just fit ideal, the timing of this really fit", the star said on Good Morning America, regarding his relationship with ABC producers.

ABC has tapped the race vehicle driver and former fan-favorite to lead season 22 of the reality dating show. In 2016, production chose Nick Viall, who appeared on seasons 10 and 11 of "The Bachelorette", over Season 12 contestant Luke Pell, right after Viall's image-restoring turn on Season 3 of "Bachelor in Paradise". He's also an avid traveler and multilingual, which should make him pretty popular with the ladies when the show premieres in January. "It just hit me that yeah, I'm here". Fans will recognize Luyendyk from Season 8 of The Bachelorette, when he earned the nickname, "The Kissing Bandit". But his first post already refuted the speculations that the star for the upcoming season is the fan-favorite runner-up from Rachel Lindsay's stint in "The Bachelorette" season 13.




"Arie is so excited about being Bachelor!". "And he told them he hadn't been in love since Emily and he was so honest about finding a woman to complete his life, they knew that was their Bachelor!". "I want to find my person and will do whatever it takes!" After getting the boot, Arie was considered for "The Bachelor" in season 17 but lost out to his good friend Sean Lowe. "The next runner-up, Eric Bigger, "doesn't have the charisma and attitude you need" to be a bachelor", according to a People source. I doubt it. But, true to "Bachelor" form, Ben proposed to then-25-year old Lauren Bushnell, and they ultimately split this past May.

She liked him too: Emily gushed over him in 2012: "Not only is Arie a gorgeous man, but he has a heart of gold and he's a great kisser!"

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