Nick Viall Cast as ABC’s Next ‘Bachelor’

Viall was the runner-up on two previous seasons of “The Bachelorette”

Last Updated: August 30, 2016 @ 7:48 PM

Nick Viall will be the next “Bachelor,” ABC announced during the “After Paradise” special on Tuesday night.

Viall was the runner-up on two previous seasons of “The Bachelorette.” The first run, he was a suitor for Andi Dorfman but became known as the villain of the show. The second time, he fought for Kaitlyn Bristowe’s heart, but lost out to Shawn Booth.

It’s a bit of a surprising announcement, given that “The Bachelor” and its spinoff “The Bachelorette” always choose a contestant that had competed on the season prior to the current one.

The 35-year-old is also a cast member on the third season of “Bachelor in Paradise.”

He is a native of Waukesha, Wisconsin, and went on to run track for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Season 21 of “The Bachelor” will air on ABC in 2017.