Before ABC announced Chris Soules as The Bachelor 2015, several other names made their way round the rumor mill as possible candidates for the lead role. Arie Luyendyk, Jr. from Emily Maynard’s season of The Bachelorette campaigned for the title, Andi Dorfman cast-off and fan darling Marquel Martin’s name was bandied about, and even Andi’s runner-up Nick Viall was mentioned as a possibility.

With so much competition for the role of rose doler, we started to wonder how the show’s producers slept at night knowing they held the happiness of an entire nation of women in their hands… because, hyperbole. Or, was there always a clear winner? While we couldn’t be a fly on the wall in the exec meetings, Sean Lowe took an informal poll of his own, which gives us a little insight into the data the producers were probably crunching during their decision-making.


On his blog on Patheos, the Season 17 Bachelor asked readers to vote for who the next lead should be. Sean got 10,000 submissions, and the results show a pretty decisive victory for… Chris Soules. Go figure!

Almost 6,000 of Sean’s readers wanted the Iowa farmer for the lead, just over 4,000 asked for Arie to take on rose duties, and only 465 voted for Nick. What about Marquel? His name didn’t register. Um, awkward.

While Sean’s poll was obviously informal, we’re betting ABC conducted some similar research of their own, which is probably how Chris landed the role. However they came to their decision, we’re glad they did because farmer Chris = dreamboat!

Do you think Sean’s poll pretty accurately depicts fan opinion or is his readership biased? Tell us your thoughts below.

Source: Sean on patheos