Runner-up no more! Nick Viall -- who was dumped at the end of both "The Bachelorette" Season 10 and "The Bachelorette" Season 11, and is now looking for love on "Bachelor in Paradise" -- was named ABC's 2017 Bachelor. That surprise announcement was made Tuesday on "After Paradise."
So ... guess that means Luke Pell was not chosen as the new Bachelor, as we kind of expected. And Chase McNary is out, too. Maybe they were too expected. It also means Nick and Jen Saviano didn't end up together, which is kind of a spoiler since they are still together on "Bachelor in Paradise" Season 3 and there's one more episode left.
Nick started as Bachelorette Andi Dorfman's runner-up, losing to Josh Murray, with whom Nick just had a fight on "Bachelor in Paradise." Nick went on to be Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe's runner-up. Nick has definitely picked up more fans over time. He was initially seen as creepy, clingy, someone who didn't get along well with the other guys, maybe a bit desperate, etc. Now he's grounded, self-aware, confident without seeming cocky, intelligent, thoughtful, and willing to stand up for himself in a mature way instead of losing his cool. (*cough*unlike Josh*cough*)Both Nick and Josh are featured in Andi's book "It's Not Okay." Nick said there's some truth to what she wrote about him (while Josh denied the parts about him) so it might be good background reading before the new season starts in January.
Nick told the "After Paradise" crew (including former Bachelor Sean Lowe) that he's nervous and excited about being the new Bachelor, but probably more nervous than anything. Meanwhile, Josh is doing pretty well, and the season finale of "Bachelor in Paradise" will reportedly bring good news for him, too.
Usually, the new bachelor is spoiled in advance, but even spoiler king Reality Steve was blindsided by the Nick pick:
Wow.— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) August 31, 2016
I'm just as stunned as everyone else. I'll give my thoughts tomorrow.— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) August 31, 2016
Bummed I couldn't spoil it, but kinda quietly excited for Nick as the next Bachelor.— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) August 31, 2016
Watch Nick's big intro:Here's hoping the fourth time is the charm! "The Bachelor" Season 21 with Nick Viall premieres January 2017 on ABC.
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