Runner Up No More: Nick Viall


Jessica Crosson, Entertainment Editor

The wait is finally over for the avid followers of ABC’s The Bachelor. It was announced earlier this week that Nick Viall will be the 2017 bachelor. With the third season of Bachelor in Paradise drawing to a close last night, it is clear that Nick and Jen’s relationship does not work out.

The Bachelor Season 21's bachelor, Nick Viall
The Bachelor Season 21’s bachelor, Nick Viall

Loyal fans of both Bachelor in Paradise and The Bachelorette will recognize Viall from season three of paradise and as the runner up on both Andi Dorfman’s season as well as Kaitlyn Bristowe’s season of The Bachelorette.

Although many reactions to this announcement are positive, some fans wonder why Viall was chosen over fan favorite’s from last season of The Bachelorette, Luke Pell or Robby Hayes.

Former bachelorette contestant, Luke Pell.
Former bachelorette contestant, Luke Pell.

After winning over the hearts of many viewers, Luke Pell was originally chosen to be this season’s bachelor. In an interview with US Weekly, Pell stated he only found out about the last minute switch up a couple of hours before he boarded a plane to begin filming. Pell has also admitted that he has come to accept ABC’s decision and looks forward to taking control of his own destiny.

This is the second year in a row that ABC has pulled the plug on the already chosen bachelor/bachelorette. Caila Quinn was supposed to be last season’s bachelorette but was replaced by Joelle Fletcher when Ben Higgins ultimately chose Lauren Bushnell over Fletcher at the end of his season.

All in all the main goal of the show is to find love. Hoping that the fourth time is the charm, Viall will get his chance to hand out the roses during this season of The Bachelor. Fingers crossed that Viall finally gets his happy ending.