'The Bachelor' producers reportedly deciding between two possible next Bachelor stars
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 07/23/2014
The Bachelor producers are reportedly zeroing in on two potential stars of the show's upcoming nineteenth season.
According to multiple show sources, producers are looking into having either Arie Luyendyk Jr., a 32-year-old race car driver from Scottsdale, AZ, or Chris Soules, a 32-year-old farmer from Arlington, IA, star as the next Bachelor, E! News reported.
"They are looking for the anti-Juan Pablo," one source close to production told E! News. "Definitely want a really nice guy this time around."
Luyendyk Jr. finished as Emily Maynard's runner-up during herThe Bachelorette edition, which aired in Summer 2012. The Bachelorette's current tenth-season star Andi Dorfman eliminated Soules in third place after she had visited his hometown and met his family.
Not only are both guys in talks to appear on the series, The Bachelor has already reportedly filmed scenes of Luyendyk Jr. in his hometown to get a grasp of what the season might look like with him as its leading man.
The network "will probably wait [until the] very last minute to make the call," a source said of producers' tough decision, which may be officially revealed as early as next week.
"We never comment on casting rumors and speculation," an ABC representative told the website. "Right now we do not know when we will announce who the new Bachelor is."
Soules was a clear fan favorite from Dorfman's season, as the audience roared with applause for him during The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All special earlier this week. Soules came across as a sweet, kind-hearted gentleman who's very successful at running his family's farm in Iowa. However, he managed to stand up for himself and put some of the other guys in their place numerous times throughout the season.
In November 2013, "I told Arie we were done. He was disappointed and asked me to think about it overnight, and then attend the iHeartRadio concert with him the next day," Robertson wrote in her recently-released memoir, I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends -- Confessions of a Reality Show Villain Courtney Robertson.
"After sleeping on it, I called Arie and told him I'd overreacted and that I'd love to go with him. 'I don't think it's a good idea,' he said. I was surprised and confused, until I checked Instagram later that night. He'd flown in another girl to take to the show and because he just couldn't help it Arie posted pictures of them together," the model explained.
"I clicked on her name and figured out that he was dating this woman, a born-again virgin, the entire time we were together. He'd often seen both of us on the same day. It was all right there on social media, if I'd bothered to check."