Bachelor Nation was taken by surprise during Bachelor in Paradise: After ParadiseÂ when it was revealed that Nick Viall, a contestant on two previous Bachelorette seasons and this past season ofÂ Bachelor in Paradise, would be the Season 21 Bachelor.
Nick was a runner-up for both Andi Dorfman and Kaitlyn Bristowe’s seasons of The Bachelorette, leaving loyal fans heart-broken multiple times.
Originally, fan favorite from JoJo’s past season, Luke Pell, was favored to be the new Bachelorâ€” and apparently he was just as shocked by the decision as the rest of America.Â ABC admitted to making a last minute decision when going with Nick, and producers say that Luke was more than ready to be the bachelor, even having signed a contract.
Some fans were outraged, saying Luke is the better option for the role, while others are ecstatic. Nick was painted somewhat as a villain the past few seasons, but made a turnaround on Bachelor in Paradise, which made it the perfect time for producers to leak the news.
Some might say that having Nick on the show again is a bit redundant, but seeing him handing out the roses this time is said to send ratings through the roof.
Here’s to hoping that Nick can finally find true love onÂ a reality TV show for the fourthâ€” yes, fourthâ€”Â time.