Bachelor fans, our wait is finally over. After what felt like an absolute eternity we finally have a name for our new Bachelor, and it is (drum roll, please) … Arie Luyendyk Jr.
Cue the collective “Oh…”
If you’re wondering “Who is Arie Luyendyk Jr.?” don’t worry — you are in good, albeit surprised, company. I had to look him up, as well. It turns out that Mr. Luyendyk Jr. was the runner-up on Emily Maynard’s season of The Bachelorette, although I couldn’t have recalled that if my life depended on it. (I am now hoping that this isn’t some terrible foreshadowing for this coming season, or for my long-term memory.)
The announcement came as a huge surprise, considering the race-car driver was nowhere near the top of speculated names. In fact, I don’t believe his name was even on the rumored list. Now, it’s not like this is the first big-ticket surprise show runners have thrown at us — remember Nick Viall? He became the Bachelor only after two seasons of The Bachelorette and a season of Bachelor in Paradise. So, while this isn’t an unheard of move, it’s also not a typical one.
Despite some mixed reviews about the choice of man (most of us were gunning for Peter, am I right?), the announcement that there will be another season of The Bachelor should relieve the fanbase. Just a few days ago rumors had been swirling about whether or not there would even be a next season, thanks to some very cryptic tweets from Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss back on August 30th.
His tweets telling us to “Stand by for shocking news,” and wondering whether “a broadcast network [has] ever canceled its No. 1 show” came directly on the heels of an announcement by ABC that they planned to cut up to 300 jobs in a restructuring effort to trim costs. You can see why this news, combined with that overly long break before announcement, sent a panicked wave through the camps, right?
No reason has been given yet as to what took production so long to reveal our new Bachelor’s identity, or what on earth Fleiss meant with all his vague tweeting, but it does leave one wondering if perhaps another bachelor (whose name starts with a “P” and ends with an “eter”…) had been in talks prior to Luyendyk. It would account for the dramatic delay, the vague tweeting, and the fact that no one — I mean, no one — saw Arie coming.
Maybe Peter had been considering a second chance at finding love during prime time TV, and maybe he backed out last minute. It’s not that unlikely. It’s not as though he has convinced someone to keep him around right to the almost-bitter end, and then bowed out. It’s not as though he has done that recently, at all.
Regardless, the show will go on, and it will do so with Arie Luyendyk Jr. as our new Bachelor. I, for one, am interested — dare I say excited? — for this dark horse to run.
How exactly is it going to play out? Let’s look at some fun odds for what is coming up next for Arie, and for us, his new, semi-loyal fans.
Odds of Arie Luyendyk Jr. getting engaged at the end of Season 22: 1/10
The engagement isn’t typically the hard part! It’s the getting married, or staying married, that people on this show seem to have more trouble with.
Odds that one of the girls will show up wearing a racing helmet: 1/3
Someone will sacrifice their hair to make (what they think is) a good first impression. We did have the dolphin girl, after all. You just never know the lengths these girls (and guys) will go in order to be remembered.
Odds that at least one date will include driving around a race track: 4/9
It’s the one identifying factor we really know about the guy! You know they’re going to work that in.
Odds that Chris Harrison will reveal what took so long to announce the new Bachelor: 5/4
Please, Chris! Inquiring minds need to know over here. If the Bachelor producers love anything, its having Chris host special tell-all events. Then again, there might not be that much to tell. (Although, we know there is, right? We just know it!)
Odds of Season 22 being the last season of The Bachelor: 20/1
Considering the panic and distress fans experienced at just a rumor of cancellation, the show doesn’t seem in any immediate danger of going off-air. Twenty-two seasons is a very good run, however, so the question does remain: At what point will they end their perpetual search for love?
O/U how many contestants Arie kisses in the first 24 hours: 4.5
Featured image: Arie Luyendyk Jr. (Wikipedia Commons [CC License]).
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