The 21st season of The Bachelor premiered on January 2, 2017. It featured 36-year-old Nick Viall, a software sales executive. This marks Nick's fourth appearance in the Bachelor franchise. He previously appeared on Andi Dorfman's season and Kaitlyn Bristowe's season of The Bachelorette as well as the third season of Bachelor in Paradise.
He ultimately chose to propose to Vanessa Grimaldi.
Filming and developmentEdit
Casting and contestantsEdit
On August 30, 2016, during season 2 episode 4 of Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise and while the third season of Bachelor in Paradise was still airing, Nick Viall was announced as the next Bachelor. Prior to Viall's selection in the series, fan favorites Luke Pell and Chase McNary, both from season 12 of The Bachelorette were considered for the lead role on the show, according to host Chris Harrison.
The season traveled to many places including Viall's home state of Wisconsin; New Orleans, Louisiana; Saint Thomas in United States Virgin Islands; Bimini, the Bahamas and Finnish Lapland. With appearances on this season include Olympians Michelle Carter, Allyson Felix and Carl Lewis, famous boyband Backstreet Boys, country singer Chris Lane and Lolo. During production, the producers moved the Wisconsin date week from the original destination of Charleston, South Carolina when Hurricane Matthew hit the city. Host Chris Harrison told the trip was to be headed to Kiawah Island. The reason of the decision has not been disclosed.
The season began with 30 contestants.
Rachel Lindsay was chosen as the bachelorette for the thirteenth season of The Bachelorette, while this season was still airing. Raven Gates confirmed on After the Final Rose that she will be competing on the fourth season of Bachelor in Paradise. Also participating in that season are, Alexis Waters, Corinne Olympios, Danielle Maltby, Jasmine Goode, Kristina Schulman, Lacey Mark and Taylor Nolan.
|1||Rachel||Corinne||Danielle L.||Danielle L.||Rachel||Kristina||Raven||Raven||Raven||Vanessa|
|2||Vanessa||Danielle M.||Vanessa||Kristina||Danielle M.||Raven||Vanessa||Rachel||Vanessa||Raven|
|6||Corinne||Whitney||Whitney||Jasmine G.||Vanessa||Danielle M.|
|7||Elizabeth||Kristina||Kristina||Rachel||Danielle L.||Danielle L.|
|8||Jasmine G.||Danielle L.||Jasmine G.||Jaimi||Jasmine G.||Whitney|
|11||Danielle M.||Raven||Danielle M.||Alexis|
|The contestant received a first impression rose.|
|The contestant received a rose during the date.|
|The contestant was eliminated.|
|The contestant was eliminated during the date.|
|The contestant was eliminated outside the rose ceremony.|
|The contestant won the competition.|
|No. in season||Title||Original air date|
|0||"Countdown to Nick"||January 1, 2017|
|Viewers will get a more in-depth look at our newest Bachelor, the controversial fan-favorite Nick Viall. Bachelor Nation weighs in on Nick's latest attempt to find love. Get an up-close and personal look at a few of the 30 amazing bachelorettes, who will be trying to capture the final rose will be featured, as well as some of the most memorable "Night One" arrivals in Bachelor history and delightful introductions of adorable babies by their proud Bachelor parents.|
|1||"Week 1: Limo Arrivals"||January 2, 2017|
|Season 21 begins with Nick Viall meeting 30 beautiful bachelorettes, each clamoring for his attention and the coveted first-impression rose. By the end of the initial rose ceremony, only 22 ladies remain to continue on their path to win Nick's heart. But before the ladies arrive, Sean Lowe, Chris Soules and Ben Higgins offer Nick advice on searching for his soul mate.|
|2||"Week 2"||January 9, 2017|
|One anxious bachelorette hides her secret history with Nick; 12 ladies attend a wedding photo shoot with Nick; Nick whisks away one lucky gal to a private yacht; Nick meets six women at Hollywood's Museum of Broken Relationships where each lady acts out a breakup with Nick; Nick does something shocking that no one could have expected.|
|3||"Week 3"||January 16, 2017|
|The Backstreet Boys deliver a group date card; Nick takes one lucky lady on an out-of-this-world journey aboard a Zero G plane; seven bachelorettes participate in a "Nickathalon"; Nick incurs the ire of his potential soul mates with his ultra-sensual behavior; a surprise pool party takes a turn for the worse.|
|4||"Week 4: Waukesha"||January 23, 2017|
|An upset bachelorette confronts Nick about his forward behavior with another woman; the ladies visit Nick's hometown of Waukesha, Wis.; Nick selects a group of women to test their skills as ranch hands; a shy bachelorette spends a day with Nick's family and opens up about her past heartbreak, which allows Nick to see a fiery side to her he never thought possible; country singer Chris Lane performs during a romantic dinner.|
|5||"Week 5: New Orleans"||January 30, 2017|
|The 13 remaining bachelorettes visit New Orleans, where Nick selects one lucky lady to accompany him on a date. Later, 10 women are chosen for a night of thrills at a haunted plantation; and two vengeful rivals go on the dreaded two-on-one date in the Big Easy's mystical bayou, where the trio encounter a group of voodoo worshipers.|
|6||"Week 6: Virgin Islands"||February 6, 2017|
|The nine remaining bachelorettes visit the U.S. Virgin Islands, where Nick learns the details of a dark-haired beauty's heartbreaking life. Later, a group date with six ladies goes terribly wrong; and a two-on-one outing sends Nick's journey into a tailspin.|
|7||"Week 7: Bimini"||February 13, 2017|
|All of Nick's relationships are called into question as the remaining women deal with Nick's admission that the process may not be working for him. Nick seeks council from Chris Harrison about his predicament.|
|8||"Week 8: Hometowns"||February 20, 2017|
|Nick meets the families of the final four bachelorettes when he goes on hometown dates. Later, everyone meets up in New York City for the rose ceremony but a surprise visitor to Nick's hotel could alter everything.|
|9||"Week 9, pt. 1: Lapland, Finland"||February 27, 2017|
|Andi Dorfman surprises Nick just before he hands out roses to three of the four remaining bachelorettes. From there, Nick and his final three travel to Lapland, Finland, for a week of cold, snowy days and warm, romantic nights.|
|10||"Week 9, pt. 2: Finland"||March 6, 2017|
|Nick takes the final three women on dates. One lucky lady goes with Nick to a reindeer farm, where they discuss their future in front of a roaring fire. Another beauty joins Nick for a plunge into icy waters and then a quick warm up in a sauna and hot tub.|
|11||"The Women Tell All"||March 6, 2017|
|Nick Viall faces some of the most memorable bachelorettes he sent home as they discuss the season. Also: bloopers from the season; and a sneak peek at the emotional final week of Nick's journey.|
|12||"Finale"||March 13, 2017|
|Nick must choose between the final two bachelorettes.|
|13||"After the Final Rose"||March 13, 2017|
|Nick recaps the season in an interview with Chris Harrison.|