'The Bachelor' : Nick Viall Will Be Season 21's Leading Man

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The wait is over, Bachelor Nation!

On Tuesday’s After Paradise, rose lovers finally found out the identity of the ABC hit’s next leading man.

Spoiler warning: If you have not seen Tuesday’s episode of After Paradise, stop now – the next Bachelor will be revealed.

And season 21’s leading man will be …

Nick Viall!

Former Bachelors Sean Lowe and Ben Higgins (via video call) joined co-host Michelle Collins in welcoming the two-time runner-up to the live Bachelor in Paradise after show to talk about the journey ahead.

“I’m nervous,” admitted Viall, 35. “I’m very excited.”

Viall tied a non-spoiler-y bow around the inevitable realization that his romance with BiP‘s Jen Saviano doesn’t lead to happily ever after, teasing, “You’ll have to watch to see how it ends” before Collins jokingly dashed fans’ dreams that the next installment could be “a throuple season.”

Viall quipped of his fourth time seeking love on a Bachelor series: “I certainly have the practice.”

He continued, “I don’t know if anything really prepares you for it. … I’ve had an interesting journey throughout this process – it hasn’t worked out so far, and hopefully this time around maybe things will end up on a more positive note.”

He added, “I can’t be more excited about the possibility of it actually all working out.”

And what is Viall seeking in a partner?

“I’ve always been attracted to women who are very confident and know their own self-worth,” he revealed, “someone who makes me a better person and challenges me and isn’t afraid to, you know, give it as much as I like to.”

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Fans of the franchise will know that Viall will follow directly in the footsteps of Higgins, who popped the question to Lauren Bushnell this past March.

Higgins, joined by his fiancée, advised Viall: “There’s going to be times in this that there’s no right and some really tough moments, but in the end it can really work out well and it can be the best experience you’ve ever had, so buckle up. Your life is about to change big-time, but all for the better. And Lauren and I have your back.”

The Bachelor returns early next year on ABC.

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