WHAT?! Nick Viall is the 2017 Bachelor!
I just returned from Burning Man in the Black Rock desert. Why is this important? Because during my 12 years attending the festival I have always come home to the strangest news. This time I have returned to the shocking news that Nick Viall has been chosen to be the 2017 Bachelor!
I mean holy crap! I didn’t think Nick was even in the running. Nick is certainly good looking and charismatic but he is also a bit sketchy and doesn’t truly appear to be as interested in finding a life-partner as he is in getting “off-camera” time with some of the ladies if you know what I mean. But alas, ABC made the announcement on August 30th that 35-year-old Nick beat out Robby Hayes and Luke Pell to lead the 2016 season and be the 21st Bachelor.
Yes the perpetual Bachelorette runner-up is finally getting his big chance. Nick dumped Jen Saviano on Bachelor in Paradise in one of the most emotional breakups in the 3 year run of the show. He appeared genuinely devastated that he could not commit to Jen but I have to also wonder in Nick was playing it up to solicit the empathy of fans.
I can’t wait to see what Andi Dorfman and Kaitlyn Bristowe will say about this news!
The other very odd thing is that ABC made the official announcement before the finale of Bachelor in Paradise. I literally had to read the announcement multiple times because it made no sense that ABC would release this info before fans even knew that he was going to dump Jen Saviano, but they did. Perhaps they were trying to beat Bachelor spoiler Reality Steve to the punch.
ABC said this on their website…
“Who is the next Bachelor? Everyone is dying to know. Now it’s official! Nick Viall is the next Bachelor 2017! Nick is no stranger to Bachelor Nation. He was the runner-up on both Kaitlyn Bristowe’s and Andi Dorfman’s seasons of The Bachelorette and a current participant on the third season of Bachelor in Paradise. Is Nick ready to put all the heartbreak behind him as he searches for his one true love?”
ABC had apparently had their sights set on Luke Pell but in the end questioned Luke’s motives suggesting that he was much more interested in promoting his music career than finding love.
So we shall see how this situation turns out!