The new Bachelor has been announced for season 22 and some people are shocked.
I have to say I am one of those people who are shocked because I have no idea who he is. I only started watching the Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise during Kaitlyn’s season, so anything before that is foreign to me and that is exactly where he came from.
Arie Luyendyk Jr. is the next Bachelor. Having a hard time placing that name? You have to think back a few years to when he was the runner up on Emily Maynard’s season. And by “a few years” I mean 2012. You know how many Bachelor/Bachelorettes/Bachelor In Paradise’s we have had since then? A TON. That’s why people are so shocked by this pick when there are more recent cast members who seem to deserve to find love. Well, maybe the word “deserve” isn’t right but the fans seem to really want Peter Kraus, the runner up in Rachel’s season. You know, the guy who basically messed up the entire show by going home a day before the finale because he wasn’t ready for marriage which is the whole point of the show? Yea, that guy. Dean and Eric were also fan favorites who people wanted to see take the lead in “The Bachelor” franchise.
According to PEOPLE, Arie was supposed to be the Bachelor in 2015. He had already shot his intro and told his family he was going to be the next Bachelor and then new executives at the network pulled the rug out from under him and went with Chris Soules instead. They thought he had spent too many years away from TV and were worried about it. They were worried about it after 3 years away? NEWS FLASH ABC- it’s been 5 years now.
“It’s been an ongoing conversation through the last couple of years,” Luyendyk Jr. says. “The timing was never right.”
Luyendyk (I’m going to need to work on spelling that since I’m sure I’ll be blogging about him a lot) is now 35 and ready for love? Yea, I bet he is. He told PEOPLE,
“It doesn’t really feel real yet, but I’m taking it step by step. The timing is just so perfect in my life. I could not be more excited for this journey I’m about to embark on.”
I personally just feel like this is so left field, I don’t know if people will be invested in a person they haven’t seen in that many years. Will you be watching?