nick viall twitter tuxWhen After the Final Rose left Bachelor Nation as clueless about the next Bachelor as ever, we figured we'd hear a peep about it soon thereafter. Well, it's been almost two weeks now, and there's still no word. Looks like fans who figured Iowa farmer Chris Soules had it in the bag -- or even those who assumed Bachelorette season eight's Arie Luyendyk Jr. snagged the gig -- could be seriously mistaken ...

As it turns out, a source close to the series recently revealed to Us that producers are strongly considering Nick Viall to be the next Bachelor. OMG. Yup, even after throwing Andi Dorfman completely under the bus by revealing what happened in the Fantasy Suite during ATFR and after acting like a creepy stalker, Andi's Midwestern ex may be the next man to have his pick of 25 eligible bachelorettes. Whaaat?!

Sure, there are plenty of people who were on Team Nick, and even haters may be curious to watch him on the next season. So I guess I can understand why he's in the running.

That, in fact, is what the insider claims to have heard from the folks calling the shots over at ABC. "Viewers are interested in what he has to say," the source notes.

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Perhaps producers realize that a season filled with sweetiepie, lost boy band member Chris Soules would be, well, a total snoozefest. And Arie is old news. So, that leaves Nick, who whether you like 'im or not, sure has a LOT of buzz working in his favor! And won't that fuel jaw-dropping ratings? Really, the more you think about it, the more obvious it seems to be: Nick may really be a shoo-in!

How would you feel about Nick as the next Bachelor?

 

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