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Who Is Arie Luyendyk? The New 'Bachelor' Is An Old Favorite

Bachelor Nation's prayers have been answered and we finally have our 2018 Bachelor: Arie Luyendyk Jr. Although he wasn't the leading man fans were expecting, this Bachelorette veteran from Emily Maynard's season in 2012 seems well-deserving of his new title. Despite his memorable time on the show, fans are still asking: Who is Arie Luyendyk Jr.?

The new Bachelor was announced on Thursday morning on Good Morning America. The 35-year-old revealed to Michael Strahan: "I'll be 36 in a few weeks so for me it's time. All my friends around me have kids and are grown up, so for me, I feel like I'm the last one of my friends to take that step. And my little brother got married, and he's 24."

While fans got to know Arie during Emily's season of The Bachelorette, there's plenty that's happened to America's latest heartthrob in the past five years; here's everything we know.

Arie was first-runner up on Emily's season and a clear fan favorite. It was speculated that he would become The Bachelor immediately after this season, however, Sean Lowe took the spot.

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According to his professional Instagram page, he's currently working as a realtor in the Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona.

He's also a race car driver, and he's the son of two-time Indie 500 winner, Arie Luyendyk.

He speaks Dutch.

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He's a lover of memes (an aspect equally as important as his day job in today's society).

While Arie was not the man Bachelor Nation expected, people are definitely looking forward to the new season. Fans have been gunning for Peter Kraus to be the next Bachelor since he left Rachel Lindsay's season. However, in contrast to Peter's clear commitment issues, it sounds like Arie is ready to get married ASAP.

Hopefully, Arie's season ends with a proposal and a Neil Lane engagement ring that will be the envy of the nation.