On September 6, news was swirling around hard hitting topics such as the latest moves of President Donald Trump and Hurricane Irma, but another piece of much softer news seemed to also get a bunch of attention — the announcement of the new “Bachelor.”

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“It just sunk in,” former auto racer Arie Luyendyk Jr. said on “Good Morning America” after the announcement was made that the 35-year-old would be “The Bachelor’s” new leading man. “It’s been a little surreal.”

The announcement itself even seemed a tad surreal to fans of the dating reality show, as Arie actually hasn’t been on the show since its eighth season, where he fought for the heart of bachelorette Emily Maynard in 2012 but ended up brokenhearted as the runner-up.

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“I’m not nervous,” Arie says in an interview with People magazine. “Now that I’ve had some time and distance away from it, it feels like the feeling I had before I went into it the first time. I think sometimes when you’re on ‘The Bachelorette’ and you jump right into being the Bachelor, for me it would’ve been too soon. This feels more natural.

“I’m not concerned what people think,” he adds.”I’m just focused on the outcome. I want to find my person and will do whatever it takes. It doesn’t really feel real yet, but I’m taking it step-by-step. The timing is just so perfect in my life. I could not be more excited for this journey I’m about to embark on.”

Tricia Despres is the contributing editor for Rare Country, based out of Chicago, Illinois. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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