'The Bachelor' casts a throwback from Emily Maynard's 2012 season

08 September, 2017, 00:29 | Author: Julian Swanson
  • Arie Luyendyk Jr. hails from Emily Maynard's 2012 season of 'The Bachelorette.'

Arie Luyendyk Jr. who some may remember from a previous edition of "The Bachelorette"!

"We've kept in touch over the last few years but this just fit flawless, the timing of this really fit", the 35-year-old said of his relationship with the ABC franchise's producers on Thursday morning's Good Morning America while making the official announcement.

If that name doesn't look familiar, think back to "The Bachelorette" season 8 in 2012 when Luyendyk Jr. was the runner up who vied for the heart of Emily Maynard. For context, that's two full years before Bachelor in Paradise even started. He's also an avid traveler and multilingual, which should make him pretty popular with the ladies when the show premieres in January. He was in contention again for season 19, but the spot went to farmer Chris Soules. I think sometimes when you're on "The Bachelorette" and you jump right into being the Bachelor, for me it would've been too soon. I am just focused on the outcome. "It's fun because they know what races I'm at, and it has brought a lot of new fans into racing, which, you know, I enjoy just because sharing my passion is what I love to do with everybody".

"Bachelor" fans have been speculating for weeks who will take on the role since Rachel Lindsay's season of the "Bachelorette" ended.

But despite the hints, it seems few fans guessed Luyendyk would be the selection over popular contestants from more recent seasons of "The Bachelorette", like Peter Kraus, Eric Bigger, and Wells Adams.

Kraus and Lindsay split in an emotional fight after Kraus said he was hesitant to propose since they had only known each other for a brief period of time.

Good lucky, buddy. We're sure you'll enjoy your 15 minutes of fame before breaking it off with whatever human disaster you end up choosing in the end.

US Weekly, quoting a source, says that he told Bachelor producers he hasn't been in love since Maynard, supposedly acing his interview.

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