This year’s The Bachelor, which premieres Jan. 1 at 8 p.m. ET, finally gives Arie Luyendyk Jr., who appeared on The Bachelorette in 2012, a second chance at love. After having his heart broken by Emily Maynard, who chose Jef Holm over him, Arie’s now hoping Bachelor Nation can save him from singlehood yet again. And judging by the 29 gorgeous contestants, he might have a hard time choosing a winner!
However, no premiere is complete without adding an extra dose of excitement to those watch parties. We’re talking about brackets, of course! Our season 22 official bracket is easy to use. All you have to do is download it, print it, and have some fun with your friends. Make sure to fill out the entire bracket before the Jan. 1 premiere. At the end of each show, add up your points and see how well you did. The winner might not get a fancy cash prize (or a handsome bachelor), but at least you’ll be able to brag incessantly about it to your friends for the rest of the year.
Although many fans are still shocked that Arie was chosen as the Bachelor for the 2018 season, there’s a lot to love about the 36-year-old. For one, he’s worth a lot of money — $4 million to be exact! He’s also one of the oldest bachelors and seems to be earnestly looking for love and not, you know, Instagram followers.
Another interesting fact? According to Bachelor villain Courtney Robertson, Arie was “the best sex I’ve ever had.” Say what? She wrote in her book, “Arie’s incredibly passionate and utilizes his entire body in his lovemaking.” Hey, they don’t call him the “Kissing Bandit” for nothing!