So is he or isn’t he? For weeks, rumors have been swirling that the new star of ABC’s “The Bachelor” franchise will be last season’s “Bachelorette” suitor Chris Soules. And on Tuesday, Us Weekly reported that the 32-year-old Iowa farmer will indeed be the star of the next cycle of the show. But the report is based on a tweet sent out by another contender, and it comes before ABC has given an official word.
On Monday, popular show alum Arie Luyendyk Jr. revealed that he is no longer in the running for the starring role on the reality romance series. The hunky race car driver posted a not-too-cryptic tweet that said: "I'm not the Bachelor. Have fun on the farm people."
But did he speak out of turn? ABC won’t officially announce the name of the next “Bachelor” star until Wednesday morning on “Good Morning America,” and Time reported that the network declined to comment on Luyendyk’s tweet. But it would be interesting if a disgruntled, rejected contender decided to post a spoiler out of spite and steal both ABC’s and “GMA’s” thunder.
Luyendyk campaigned hard for the highly coveted “Bachelor “spot, even urging fans to tweet to producers on his behalf. Reports surfaced that that the popular reality star, first seen on Emily Maynard’s season of “The Bachelorette” back in 2012, had already had hometown footage shot at his Arizona home for the show, and had also been working with a trainer to get in buff “Bachelor” shape.
He even went so far as to pen a guest blog for Sean Lowe’s Patheos.com website, in which he reiterated that he’s ready to find love on reality TV: “I want to go on the show for the opportunity to dedicate the time to find love instead of traveling for racing,” he wrote. “I’m tired of letting my relationships take a back seat to my career. . . I’m ready for marriage. I’m ready to open my heart up again for love.”
Season 19 of “The Bachelor” begins filming this fall.