Arie, who was the runner-up when he competed for Emily Maynard's hand on season eight of "The Bachelorette," wrote that he's "open, hopeful and more than ready" to be the next Bachelor. However, he acknowledged that while he would love to share his journey with everyone, whether he actually gets the role is not up to him but rather to the show's fans and decision-makers.
Arie's tweet came just minutes after the show's creator and producer, Mike Fleiss, sent a tweet that confirmed who is being considered for the top spot. He tweeted that they're "tallying the votes" and that there are some for Chris Soules and Marquel Martin, both of whom competed for Andi Dorfman on the latest "Bachelorette," as well as some for the host of the show, Chris Harrison. "Where are the Arie supporters???" he asked.
Mike's question prompted tons of Arie's fans to respond with support for Arie, showing that even after two years of leaving the show, he still has a very loyal fan base just waiting for him to return to TV.
One person who is campaigning hard for Arie to get the job is Sean Lowe. Sean competed with Arie on "The Bachelorette" and then became the next Bachelor. Sean tweeted to the producer that he's seeing a lot of support for Arie and to bring him to the Bachelor mansion. Sean's opinion may hold a lot of weight with the show's decision-makers since he is the only Bachelor star so far to actually marry his final pick, Catherine Giudici.
On Monday, July 28, Us Weekly reported that both Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Chris Soules are on the very short list of contenders for the role. According to a source, Arie is being considered so heavily that producers have already had him film promos in order to test him out and have him working out with a personal trainer to be camera-ready.