We officially have our next Bachelor, Arie Luyendyk Jr. ABC announced last week that he would be our leading man, and this week we already have ‘The Bachelor’ 2018 promo. The former ‘Bachelorette’ contestant will be breaking hearts on TV for your viewing pleasures.
If you don’t know who Arie is, he was the Runner-up on Emily Maynard’s season of the Bachelorette, five years ago. Guess he hasn’t had luck in the love department since the season aired. He’s in his mid- thirties and is a race car driver, turned relator. Hm, that’s an interesting career change. Anyways, the promo focuses on his career as a driver “Hearts will race. Rev up your engines because Arie’s your new Bachelor” the promo states.
When Arie spoke on GMA he announced “I’ll be 36 in a few weeks, so for me, it’s time … I feel like I’m the last one of my friends to really take that step,” I don’t know, sounds a little desperate to me. However, it does sound like he’s ready to settle down and take that important step to marriage, what’s a better way than being surrounded by beautiful women who are looking for you to propose to them?
Fans were NOT expecting Arie to be the choice for the new Bachelor. We thought for sure Peter Kraus, the runner- up from the most recent Bachelorette season would be a clear choice. Although he didn’t win the season, a lot of viewers opened up their hearts to the Wisconsin trainer. He teased on an Instagram post that he had turned down the opportunity to be the next Bachelor:
#tbt to the most incredible journey of this life time that has now officially come to an end today. As I sit here writing this, I struggle to hold back the tears as I am overcome with emotion one last time. First and foremost.. Rachel, there are so very many things that I've wished I could say to you since the day we parted ways in Spain, but for everyone's sake, I'll keep it short… You gave me a chance and all that I can say is thank you. I have a heart filled with love for you now and always and wish you nothing but the best in your life and love ahead. ABC, you saw something in me, but something held me back. You treated me with such love and kindness and showed me glimpses of a life I never once dreamed that I could have. I will be forever humbled and grateful and will always look back at these last 6 months with an ear to ear smile, knowing that this has truly been a very special life indeed. Upon leaving the @bacheloretteabc I was asked, "what did you learn about yourself during this process?" And at the time I naively said "nothing that I can think of." Now… looking back… I realize I learned one of the single greatest teachings of my life; When you let uncertainty or fear guide your decisions, you risk missing out on what could potentially be the greatest opportunity of a life time. So live dangerously, live without the fear of the unknown, and continue to live and love with a heart that is truly open to anything. #thankyou #lovealways
Sorry people. It could’ve been Peter but instead we have Arie, who we will be opening our “’racing’ hearts to in the January premiere of the Bachelor.