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Arie Luyendyk Jr. -- 6 things to know about the new 'The Bachelor' star

By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 12/11/2017 

Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s season of The Bachelor is set to premiere Monday, January 1 at 8PM ET/PT on ABC.

Arie, 36, will be shown looking for his future wife among 29 beautiful and accomplished bachelorettes when The Bachelor returns next year.

Arie is searching for love again after previously being dumped by Emily Maynard -- the only woman whom Arie claims to have ever truly been in love with -- when he competed on The Bachelorette's eighth season in 2012. Arie had finished as the runner-up at the time behind winner, Jef Holm.

ABC just announced the cast of The Bachelor next season, and Arie will certainly have his work cut out for him. Fans are hoping this handsome man not only finds a woman to love, but finds a fiancee and his future wife. (To read spoilers about how Arie's journey on the reality dating show ends, click here.)

Curious to learn more about Arie ahead of The Bachelor: Countdown to Arie special that airs December 11 at 10PM ET/PT on ABC?

Below is a list of 6 facts Reality TV World has compiled about Arie Luyendyk Jr.:

- Arie began working as a real estate agent in Scottsdale, Arizona in the racing off-season late last year. He calls the real estate gig his "winter career" and gushes about how he loves it.

- Born in the Netherlands, Arie and his family immigrated to the United States when he was just three-years-old.

- Son of famed Formula One racer, Arie Luyendyk Sr., a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, Arie Jr. followed in his dad's footsteps and made a name for himself by speeding in the Indy 500.

- Arie, who also dabbled in modeling, speaks Dutch and often communicates with his parents in that language.

- After appearing on The Bachelorette, Arie got romantically involved with former The Bachelor contestants Selma Alameri and Courtney Robertson.

In her memoir, I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends -- Confessions of a Reality Show Villain Courtney Robertson, Courtney wrote that Arie was the best sex she's ever had.

- Arie, who is best known for competing in the Indy Lights Series, also made an appearance on Season 9 of Hell's Kitchen and a special Wipeout edition featuring Bachelors vs. Bachelorettes. He has also dabbled in commentating races on TV.

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