Fans of “The Bachelor” were in for quite a shock last night, when during the official “Bachelor In Paradise” aftershow, “After Paradise”, the star of season 21 of “The Bachelor” was announced, and it wasn’t someone that anyone expected.
The new Bachelor is none other than Nick Viall. This will be Viall’s FOURTH time seeking love on the franchise, after competing in this season of “Bachelor in Paradise”, as well as Andi Dorfman’s and Kaitlyn Bristowe’s seasons of “The Bachelorette.” So…the 4th time’s the charm? Even Viall seems to recognize the irony of coming back again, joking, “I certainly have the practice,” adding “I can’t be more excited about the possibility of it actually all working out.”
Both of the presumed front-runners, Chase McNary and Luke Pell (from the last season of “The Bachelorette”) took to Instagram after the announcement:
As for why 35-year-old Viall was picked over McNary and Pell, Chris Harrison told People,
“He has just become that perennial, second place guy who wants to find love and is as sincere, if not more sincere, than anybody about finding it. It’s about giving him his chance to find love. Who deserves it more than him?”
Still, that hasn’t stopped everyone in the world (aka on social media) from speaking their damn, outraged minds.
If you are relatively new to “The Bachelor/Bachelorette” (as I am) and aren’t familiar with Viall, here are some shots from his Insta to bring you up to speed:
We’ll see if Viall finally finds love when “The Bachelor” returns in early 2017. And if not? Well, Nick, I’m still single, and I have a soft spot for cute dogs and hot guys so….
Image via Instagram