On Sunday night, Emily Maynard spurned Arie Luyendyk Jr. after choosing — and eventually getting engaged to — Jef Holm. Of course, the contestant didn’t go out without a fight — or, at least, a savvy public relations move. Not only were audience members invited to sympathize with Luyendyk after watching Maynard publicly cut ties on The Bachelorette finale, but he also was given the opportunity to confront the Bachelorette again during the live After The Final Rose special.
Arie Luyendyk, Jr.
Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky’s ex-fiance Roberto Martinez may actually have a leg up on Luyendyk, despite his absence from ABC’s rose-filled reality series since he walked away engaged to Fedotowsky in 2010. “Roberto would be good because that guy is legit — he is really there for love,” Csincsak says. “I’m not saying Arie and the others aren’t — but, he’s always been this down-to-earth, normal guy. That’s why I think he would make such a good Bachelor.”
Also working in Martinez’s favor: While it seems that most runner-ups are shoe-ins for the job (see: Mesnick and Flajnik), others have won the title after getting eliminated from The Bachelorette much earlier. Bob Guiney, who was The Bachelor of Season 4, was a contestant on Trista Sutter’s season of The Bachelorette. He made it only three episodes before she sent him home. Jake Pavelka survived six episodes on Jillian Harris’ season before he got to headline his own show in Season 14. And, just as Martinez booking the gig would be a different selection — as the winner of his season — Brad Womack also had enjoyed a unique run in the franchise, nabbing a chance to star after walking away from his first season single.
Unfortunately for those of you aching for change, based on history, it doesn’t seem likely ABC will choose a random contestant for the next season of The Bachelor. “I would say the chances are in the single digit percentile,” Csincsak says. “They use to: They did Prince Lorenzo Borghese, and Jesse Palmer was pro football player. Those were the good old days. Now, all they are doing is rolling one into the next.” (Out of the previous 16 Bachelor seasons, 10 stars were new to the franchise.
But what about the criticism (and lawsuit) surrounding the fact that The Bachelor has televised 16 white-washed seasons (and eight seasons of The Bachelorette)? And the grassroots support for Lamar Hurd, the charming sportscaster hoping to bring diversity to the series? Cscinsak thinks the selection of a non-white Bachelor could seem disingenuous following the lawsuit, which was filed in April. “[The series] would do more damage to their PR image at this point by trying to all of a sudden bring someone in,” Csincsak says. “That would do more damage than good.”
So who will be the next Bachelor? Only time will tell…