Arie Luyendyk Jr. is the newest Bachelor, but he sure is no stranger to the world of televised dating! Arie previously appeared in season 8 of "The Bachelorette". He made it far in the competition, remaining until there were only one other man and one rose left to give. Unfortunately for Arie, he did not receive the final rose and was sent home without an engagement. After five years, however, Arie Luyendyk is back and ready to find "the one" once and for all.

The life of Arie Luyendyk Jr.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. was born in the Netherlands, and immigrated to the United States with his family at a very young age.

While he isn't looking for love, Arie can be found working in real estate in Arizona, or perhaps speeding around a race track. Arie Luyendyk Sr. is a two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, and Arie has followed in his footsteps by also competing in the Indy 500. Arie has also appeared on other game shows since his time on "The Bachelorette", including "Wipeout" and "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?".

Fans react to the 2018 Bachelor

Without a doubt, the announcement of the 2018 Bachelor completely surprised fans. Many fans hoped that Peter Kraus, the runner-up and fan favorite of season 13 of "The Bachelorette", would be the next Bachelor, leading to disappointment with the choice. Some viewers didn't remember or even ever see Arie Luyendyk on "The Bachelorette", leading to confusion over why he would be the star of the newest season.

A large number of viewers are thrilled that Arie will be the next Bachelor. Old fans who adored Arie since day one are excited for his return while new fans are excited to see a "fresh" face. However, while the majority of fans seem to be discontent with the announcement, they are all ready to watch Arie find love!

Season 22 sneak peek and promotions

To get fans excited for the upcoming season, ABC has released some promotional videos and even the name of a future cast member! In the video, Arie wears a suit and mask, a reference to his nickname "The Kissing Bandit" which he was given during his time on "The Bachelorette." It is also confirmed that Arie's ex-girlfriend applied to be on "The Bachelor"; perhaps she will be chosen and add a whole new dimension of drama.

Can't wait until January to see Arie Luyendyk Jr. in action? Watch season 8 of "The Bachelorette" on ABC.

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