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‘Bachelor’ producer asks for fans’ help in casting season 19 leading man

Let the campaigning begin! The star of the 19th season of ABC’s “The Bachelor” has not yet been announced, but the candidates are coming forward. And the show's producer is even asking for some help from loyal fans.

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Director Mike Fleiss from 'The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir' poses for the Tribeca Film Festival Getty Images Studio on April 23, 2014 in New York City.
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Fans of the show will apparently have some influence on which hunk is cast for season 19, and the choices include show alum Arie Luynedyk Jr. as well as Andi Dorfman’s recent rejects Chris Soules and Marquel Martin.

On Tuesday, executive producer Mike Fleiss tweeted to fans: “Give me 2 reasons why we should choose your favorite guy... Need your help, #BachelorNation!”

After dishing that there are “multiple qualified dudes,” Fleiss added, “Tallying the votes. Some for Chris, some for marquel, some for Chris Harrison... Where are the Arie supporters???”

Us Weekly reported that Arie Luyendyk Jr., the runner-up from Emily Maynard’s season of “The Bachelorette,” is definitely being considered for the coveted role. The popular race car driver reportedly has already had a hometown video package shot for the show, and Luyendyk himself has gone on record as saying he’s ready to share another TV journey with fans.

"No hiding it anymore!" the 32-year-old race car driver tweeted, "Would love to share my journey with all of you, but it's up to #bachelornation.”

But with three popular alums and a show host in the running, could producers have another man in mind? On his blog for Entertainment Weekly, host Chris Harrison revealed that producers “haven’t decided 100 percent on whom that is yet,” and he added that there have been “endless discussions and heated debates on which direction to go and what to do.” Harrison even wrote, “I am a part of these heated debates, and I can promise you one took place last night after the show, so it’s still not a done deal.”

This week’s “Bachelorette” finale featured rejected runner-up Nick Viall coming face to face with Andi Dorfman and calling her out for sleeping with him in the fantasy suite and then dumping him. The live studio audience was shocked by Viall’s comments, and Dorfman chastised him for going “below the belt.”

But if producers really want to shake things up for the upcoming season, a bad boy “Bachelor” like Viall could do the trick. Ratings soared when controversial bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis starred on the show earlier this year, and we all know this franchise is more about ratings than about love.

The next cycle of “The Bachelor” will air in early 2015 on ABC.

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