Arie Luyendyk Jr. Is Officially the Next ‘Bachelor’ 2018 Star
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Arie Luyendyk Jr. Is Officially the Next ‘Bachelor’ 2018 Star

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Bachelor Nation has been on pins and needles for weeks, wondering when the next Bachelor 2018 star would be announced.

Then, on August 30, showrunner Mike Fleiss teased the big reveal for Season 22 was imminent, making us even more crazy.

And now, the big reveal is finally here!

In a twist literally nobody saw coming, your next lead is none other than Bachelorette Season 8 runner-up Arie Luyendyk Jr.

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After losing out on The Bachelor Season 17 lead role to Sean Lowe, it’s finally the 35-year-old’s turn to hand out the roses.

The big announcement was made on Good Morning America Thursday, September 7, much to the surprise of Bachelor Nation.

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“This is pretty surreal. It doesn’t really feel real yet, but I’m taking it step by step," he told People following the annoucement. 

"The timing is just so perfect in my life. I could not be more excited for this journey I’m about to embark on," he continued. 

​“I’m not nervous. Now that I’ve had some time and distance away from it, it feels like the feeling I had before I went into it the first time,” the race car driver continued.  

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“I think sometimes when you’re on The Bachelorette and you jump right into being the Bachelor, for me it would’ve been too soon," he shared.

"This feels more natural. I’m not concerned what people think. I’m just focused on the outcome. I want to find my person and will do whatever it takes!”

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Though fans expected the next pick to be Peter Kraus from Rachel Lindsay’s season, Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss shut down those rumors on Wednesday, September 6.

“Unfortunately, Peter probably will not be #TheBachelor …” he tweeted.

Initially, we thought Good Morning America would be revealing the news on Friday, September 1, when they tweeted as much in the late hours of August 31.

“TOMORROW: We reveal the next Bachelor LIVE, only on @GMA!” the morning show posted.

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But moments later, the tweet was suddenly gone — and no reveal came.

Well, it’s here now! Congratulations to Arie!

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What do you think of this choice? Sound off below.

The Bachelor Season 22 premieres in early 2018 on ABC.