Audiences fell in love with Sean as he tried to win Emily Maynard’s heart on her season of The Bachelorette, but after coming third there was much discussion about whether this popular man would become the next Bachelor.
Other options were discussed but none of them garnered the excitement from women that was hoped for. NFL quarterback Tim Tebow was approached, but happily didn’t sign. Lamar Hurd wanted to be the first African American bachelor, but he didn’t get the gig either. Personally, I would have loved to have some new guy that wasn’t on other seasons so everything about the show was new and different (apart from the setup), but this is good as well. The other sports star that was approached but never signed was Ryan Lochte, eleven time Olympic medalist. To be honest if he were the Bachelor it would have been so cringeworthy I don’t think I could handle watching it. He doesn’t seem like one to be looking for love just yet.
As this show loves pulling from past seasons for their new leaders, there were two other other previous contestants that were in the running. Roberto Martinez, the winner from Ali’s season of The Bachelorette was speculated to be the next bachelor but I expect after the massive response from the three final men on Emily’s season he was forgotten. Lastly, Arie Luyendyk Jr the race car driver and runner up on Emily’s season of The Bachelorette was considered but he decided against it to pursue his racing career. Either Sean or Arie would have been a great addition to The Bachelor series, but I’m happy with who they chose. Sean is a sweet, caring man who I expect will induce some interesting, real conversations from the girls. Hopefully, he seemed engaging at least!
This seventeenth season of The Bachelor will air beginning in January 2013 after Dancing with the Stars: All Stars wraps up. Would you have preferred one of the other men mentioned to be the star, or do you like Sean like me?