It was just a few days ago, on September 6, that People reported that the producers of The Bachelor were in panic mode trying to find the right Prince Charming for their 22nd season of America’s favorite romance reality show.
Thursday morning, however, the panic seemed to have subsided, as Good Morning America premiered the next Bachelor, Arie Luyendyk, Jr.
Luyendyk, 35, was the runner up on the 2012 season of The Bachelorette Where he had his heart broken by Emily Maynard. He broke some hearts, himself, when he confessed in the car as he drove away from Emily that he still believed she was the love of his life. He showed off his bilingual skills that season, which are sure to impress this seasons Bachelorettes; having been born in the Netherlands, Lyundyk is speaks Dutch even though he only lived in the country until he was two years old.
Luyendyk makes his living as a professional race-car driver and has won the Indianapolis 500 twice. His father, Luyendyk Sr. has also won the Indy 500 twice. His father was a Dutch garage owner, thus inspiring his and his son’s love of cars and racing.
Some in “Bachelor Nation” didn’t recognize Luyendyk at all and some weren’t impressed at the throwback Thursday of his casting. “What year is it?” One Twitter user asked.
Luyendyk responded by saying that he doesn’t care what people think. He also told People that he wasn’t nervous yet because of the distance he’s had (meaning five years) from the show. “It feels like the feeling I had before I went into it the first time,” he said.
This time, however, he’ll be the one doing all the heartbreaking (most likely).
The new season doesn’t premier until 2018 so all there is to do now is find out who his potential Bachelorettes will be and see how the internet welcomes or trashes them.
Something to look forward to.