‘The Bachelor’ 2017 Contestants: Meet Nick Viall’s Girls

'The Bachelor' 2017 Contestants

While many Bachelorette fans thought Luke Pell or Chase McNary might wind up to be the next star of The Bachelor, longtime fans and Bachelor In Paradise viewers were shocked and excited to see that veteran cast member Nick Viall was chosen. E! News reported that Luke Pell was actually the front-runner for the gig, but production changed gears when Viall was getting a lot of attention on BIP2. A similar situation happened with Caila Quinn from Ben Higgins' season of The Bachelor. She was spotted filming and was reported to be the next Bachelorette star. But, last minute, the plug was pulled on Quinn and JoJo Fletcher was given the opportunity. When it comes to Nick Viall, many viewers who have hated him in the past, have changed their minds, while others stand firm in their distaste for him. Bachelor guru Reality Steve has stated that Viall may be great for entertainment, but that he's been trying to get this gig for years. Reality Steve explained: He’s got a very healthy ego that’s increased ten fold since he began in this franchise. He’s even admitted it in past interviews that he knows he can be an a**hole at times. He’s relishing being the “Bachelor.” He’s wanted this role for three years now. So the “awww shucks” attitude is an act. The guy moved to LA and has been taking acting classes. He’s lied in numerous interviews about things, so much so that I’ve lost count. He’s just become verrrrry media savvy. Lets not mistake what we’re seeing here. He’s no spring chicken when it comes to this franchise. Whatever the case, Nick Viall is the new Bachelor and we've got all the details on the women who are vying for his attention on season 21. Get the spoilers on the girls announced so far, Nick Viall and more in our contestants gallery. (Instagram/NickViall)