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He's Back! Nick Viall Is New Star of 'The Bachelor'

He's Back! Nick Viall Is New Star of 'The Bachelor'
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On Wednesday night's “After Paradise" episode following "Bachelor in Paradise," it was announced that Nick Viall will be the leading man in the 21st season of “The Bachelor."

Nick was a runner-up two seasons in a row on "The Bachelorette," first with Andi Dorfman and then with Kaitlyn Bristowe.

He was romancing Jen Saviano on this season of “Bachelor in Paradise," but they didn't work out. Now, he will have another televised shot at love!

Nick beat out Luke Pell and Chase McNary, who were the fan favorites for the gig. As for why he was picked, host Chris Harrison told People magazine, "He has just become that perennial, second-place guy who wants to find love and is as sincere, if not more sincere, than anybody about finding it. It's about giving him his chance to find love. Who deserves it more than him?"

"He wasn't actively campaigning for it. He wasn't begging for it," Harrison added. "We just were talking and thought, 'You know what, this makes so much sense. Why aren't we doing this?' The good thing is, with our casting, there's no rules. There's no rules that say we can't use somebody that's been on the show or hasn't been on the show or whatever."

Earlier this month, Nick played coy when "Extra's" Mario Lopez asked who should be the next Bachelor, saying, "I don't know — I've never really thought about it."

He also recently sat down with "Extra's" Charissa Thompson and dished on sex, love and dating. Watch!

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