'The Bachelor' spoilers: Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s winning final pick and runner-up bachelorette -- Plus rest-of-season details
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 01/29/2018
The Bachelor spoilers reveal what viewers don't want to wait until March's finale to learn: Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s final pick, whether the couple is still together, and what happens from the next episode on.
The next episode of The Bachelor's 22nd season will air Monday, January 29, and Arie is almost halfway through his journey to hopefully find love.
It's clear there are frontrunners in the competition at this point, such as Bekah Martinez, but a lot can change in a short period of time. Arie revealed, for instance, that his early favorites on the show changed as time progressed.
So which bachelorette won Arie's final rose and his heart? And which girls made it far but left the show brokenhearted?
[Spoiler Warning: Please stop reading now if you want to watch Arie's love story play out on TV instead of reading all the details now].
Arie's winner, whom he proposed marriage to at the final Rose Ceremony filmed in Cusco, Peru, was Becca Kufrin, a 27-year-old publicist from Minneapolis, MN, according to Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone.
And Arie's runner-up was allegedly Lauren Burnham, a 25-year-old technology salesperson from Dallas, TX.
But Reality Steve says Bachelor Nation will experience a big shocker once the finale airs!
Arie allegedly dumped Becca about two weeks ago, which was within two months of getting engaged to her in November 2017.
Reality Steve learned that Arie had called Lauren on the night of The Bachelor's January 1 premiere and begged for her back.
"A couple days after the premiere, I was given word that Arie called Lauren on the night of the premiere. Certainly an interesting thing to be told because why would a lead possibly contact the girl he dumped when he's engaged to someone else?" Carbone wrote in a recent blog post.
"So I tried to find out what I could about that situation... [and] started hearing that Arie was having second thoughts about Becca and thinking he might've made the wrong choice."
On January 16, a source told Carbone that Arie had broken up with Becca and was traveling to Lauren's mother's home in Virginia with ABC cameras documenting the trip.
A photo then appeared in a private Facebook group hours later, showing ABC vans parked in front of that exact house.
Lauren apparently forgave Arie and decided to give him another chance, so they are now together and dating! (But they're not engaged).
Carbone says Arie's breakup with Becca was also filmed, so the footage of his switcheroo will air on The Bachelor's live After the Final Rose special in March.
"Are you serious? Un-be-lievable," Carbone wrote in his blog. "The season is a joke, he's a joke, and I feel sorry for Becca... This is what happened. It's not wrong... This is your ending to this season and you will see it play out during the finale."
Heading into the next The Bachelor episode, Arie still has 13 bachelorettes in the running for his heart, if you include Maquel Cooper, who is expected to return after leaving the show to be with her family following her beloved grandfather's sudden passing.
The group will be shown traveling to Fort Lauderdale, FL, for two one-on-one dates as well as a group date.
Arie will first embark on a one-on-one date with Chelsea Roy, a 29-year-old real estate executive assistant from Portland, ME. Chelsea has set out to show Arie a different side of herself, as he's just gotten to know her "mother" side.
For their date, Arie and Chelsea will sail around together on a 100-foot luxury yacht.
Tia, who has been shown falling in love with Arie, will receive the other one-on-one date. The pair will enjoy an airboat ride through the Florida swamps and then try some local delicacies, such as frog legs.
Carbone insists both Chelsea and Tia, a 26-year-old physical therapist from Weiner, AR, will earn a rose from The Bachelor star during their solo dates.
As for the episode's group date, 11 women will participate in competitive bowling.
The girls will split up into two teams, and the winning team will receive extra time with Arie. However, Carbone says Arie will not send the losing team home, as he wants to spend as much time as possible with women he feels a connection with.
"One unhappy bachelorette lashes out at the Bachelor," ABC teased of the date. "How will Arie react to her temper tantrum? Kendall helps him forget the blowup, but the fun comes to a screeching halt when a party crasher shows up unexpectedly."
And at the cocktail party, one woman will be "taken to task" by the other ladies, who are "fed up with her behavior." Based on previews for the next episode, Krystal Nielson will be the troublemaker.
At the end of the broadcast, Carbone says Arie will send the following girls home at the Rose Ceremony: Maquel, a 23-year-old photographer from Orem, UT; Marikh Mathias, a 27-year-old restaurant owner from Salt Lake City, UT; and Ashley Luebke, a 25-year-old real estate agent from West Palm Beach, FL.
The Bachelor's sixth episode will air the following week and take place in Paris, France.
Ten women will remain at this point, and Lauren will receive the first one-on-one date.
Carbone claims Arie and Lauren will explore the Luxembourg Gardens and then get a portrait drawn of themselves.
Episode 7 of The Bachelor was filmed in Florence, Italy. During this romantic trip, both Lauren and Becca will go on one-on-one dates with Arie.
Carbone hasn't released many details about this week of dates, but Arie will send Bekah home at some point.
The girl who will be eliminated during the Rose Ceremony is Seinne.
Jacqueline will also leave the competition, but it will allegedly be on her own terms.
Carbone claims Jacqueline realized during a one-on-one date with Arie that they just weren't right for each other and their relationship wasn't progressing.
After all, Jacqueline was days away from potentially getting engaged, so she probably realized this fairy-tale ending would not be her own.
In addition to Becca and Lauren, the other two girls who will make Arie's Final 4 are Tia and Kendall.
Tia was allegedly eliminated in fourth place after Arie visited her home town and met her family.
And Kendall, a 26-year-old creative director from Los Angeles, CA, finished the season in third place, according to Carbone.
Arie said goodbye to Kendall after he spent a night in the Fantasy Suite with the quirky and fun bachelorette. Kendall's elimination therefore took place in Ica, Peru.
Kendall surprisingly made it to Final 3 without ever receiving a one-on-one date, says Carbone, but it's been clear Arie was charmed and intrigued by her. It doesn't hurt either that she would eat worms for him!
Below is a list of the 13 bachelorettes who will appear on the upcoming January 29 episode of The Bachelor:
- Ashley Luebke, a 25-year-old real estate agent from West Palm Beach, FL
- Becca Kufrin, a 27-year-old publicist from Minneapolis, MN