Arie Luyendyk, Jr. was a contestant on season 8 of The Bachelorette where he was runner-up to Emily Maynard's heart, losing out to Jef Holm in the finale. On September 7, 2017, he was announced as the Bachelor for the 22nd season of The Bachelor. His season will premiere on January 1, 2018.
Arie was the runner-up on Emily Maynard's season of The Bachelorette. On Week 3, he received a rose on a one-on-one date with Maynard, his only one-on-one date of the season. On Week 6, Arie confessed he was in love with Emily. In the finale, after Maynard takes Jef to meet Ricki, she is certain that Jef is the one for her. Not wanting to put Arie through a failed proposal, Maynard eliminates him rather than giving him a final date. Arie was confused and heatbroken, thinking he was certainly going to win Emily's heart.
On September 7, 2017 he was revealed to be the next Bachelor for Season 22 on Good Morning America. The official Bachelor Twitter Page narrowed down possibilities for who the Bachelor might be before finally posting the tweet "Bachelor Nation, start your engines! We are proud to announce the next Bachelor will be....@ariejr!"