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Here’s a First Look at Arie Luyendyk, Jr. as the Bachelor

Put yourself in a room full of Bachelor fans and you’ll still hear plenty of mixed thoughts about new leading man Arie Luyendyk, Jr. Whether or not you like this racecar driver from many, many rose ceremonies ago, the filming of his season is now in full swing. Refinery29 reports that this year’s Bachelor contestants entered the mansion Wednesday night, while franchise creator Mike Fleiss shared a behind-the-scenes pic of Arie on his new turf. 

“Guess who’s back?” Fleiss tweeted alongside a photo of himself with Arie and host Chris Harrison. “Arie’s back. Tell a friend.” 

 “Fantastic group of women,” Fleiss shared afterwards. “[Arie] has got some tough choices to make tonight…”

Although he has posted even more detailed photos of the show’s first night in the past, Fleiss has stayed quiet on any other Bachelor happenings. Meanwhile, spoiler guru Reality Steve has already revealed a few women from this season and responded to one of Fleiss’s tweets with a new nickname for Arie: “Not Peter.” Thanks for saying what we’re all really thinking, Steve!

Other responses to Fleiss’s photo also aren’t very positive. Production overlooking Peter and other potential Bachelor contenders clearly caused some broken hearts. 

Okay, so that room of Bachelor fans may feel more negative about Arie than indifferent. Nonetheless, we wish him the best as filming proceeds!  The Bachelor returns to ABC this January. 

Kristen is a 2017 graduate of Siena College with a degree in English and minors in Writing & Communications and Journalism. Although she constantly pines for life in London after studying there for a semester, she calls New York home for now. In addition to previously working as a writer and Senior Editor for Her Campus Siena, she has worked for Her Campus as a News and Pop Culture blogger and a national editorial intern. Kristen has previously written for New York Minute, London's Health and Fitness, and Electronic Products. She makes far too many references to "Friends" and the British royal family. Her blog, where she talks about books, TV, and film, can be found at Bookworms and Fangirls. Follow her on Twitter @kperroney.
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