Forget Luke & Chase — Could Nick Viall Be the Next ‘Bachelor’ Star?
NICK VIALL
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Forget Luke & Chase — Could Nick Viall Be the Next ‘Bachelor’ Star?

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Isn’t it time the Bachelor franchise shook things up in choosing their lead?

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While we’d love to see the Powers That Be over at ABC cast a minority in the role, that doesn’t seem to be happening for at least next year’s Season 21. But what if they changed it up in a different way?

Luke Pell and Chase McNary
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For weeks it has been assumed Bachelorette 2016 fan favorites Luke Pell or Chase McNary will be the next Bachelor. However, the producers have an opportunity here to go outside of the most recent pool of candidates, and they should consider doing so with Nick Viall!

Hear us out. We know the two-time runner-up has just kicked off his journey on Bachelor in Paradise Season 3. Sure, he’s had plenty of chances at love in the franchise. However, his "always the bridesmaid never the bride" storyline is too good to pass up.

Even the Paradise teasers seem to imply Nick will be losing Amanda Stanton to newly-reignited foe Josh Murray. Isn’t it time the reality hunk gets to be in the driver’s seat for his own romantic life?

NICK VIALL, AMANDA STANTON

It was rumored last summer he was in consideration, ultimately losing out to Ben Higgins. Now seems like an even better time for Nick to do it. First off, at 35 years old he’s the appropriate age to want to get married and settle down a bit — unlike younguns like Ben and JoJo Fletcher.

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Plus, he’s no longer working full-time in sales in Chicago, having moved to L.A. and pursuing a (more flexible) career as a Wilhelmina model.

Speaking of modeling, have you seen him lately? The guy has never looked better, and the internet has taken notice, earning him over a quarter million Instagram followers. There’s your built-in fanbase, ABC!

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So you’ve got your backstory, the name recognition, and the screen-ready image — what else can producers ask for, right?