The 36-year-old race car driver has certainly been waiting. He last appeared on a Bachelor show in 2012, after getting his heart broken in the finale of Emily Maynard's season of The Bachelorette. Though Luyendyk's casting in September seemed to come out of nowhere, ABC executive Robert Mills told ET that the timing was right for the Arizona native to find love.
"He's incredibly sincere," Mills insisted. "He's dated a lot of women since Emily, but he says he's never been in love since Emily, and that's a really interesting story to try to bring to completion this season on The Bachelor."
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The Bachelor returns Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.