According to Chris Harrison, Nick is the “most controversial bachelor ever.” We all know Chris can veer towards hyperbole, but Nick is definitely different than previous leads. We’re going to take a little trip down memory lane and look at Nick’s numerous experiences with this franchise.
Before I start, can I just say that I am so pumped for this season? I found myself liking most of the women, even Shark girl! She was a breath of fresh air and totally made me laugh. There are a lot of women I don’t think will be right for Nick, but I was really impressed with how they respected each other (mostly) and how mature they seemed, even with some of the younger contestants. Taylor, for example, is tied for the youngest contestant at 23, and I thought her commentary was really funny. Not what I was expecting from Forever 21 girl!
So who is this man that these awesome women will all be falling in love with?
Nick Viall! Nick is 36 and up until he became a reality-star, was based in the Midwest. He originally hailed from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and worked as a software salesman at Salesforce in Chicago. As most of you probably know, I live in Chicago and was on the active lookout for Nick when he was first on Andi’s season. Never saw him around town. He’s my white whale.
Little did I know that he had picked up and moved to L.A. to become a model? I think? He used to give us pictures like this:
And now he gives us pictures like this:
So it’s fair to say he’s had a bit of a career shift since his journey started.
It all began with Andi.
Nick was a contestant on Andi’s season of the Bachelorette. Andi, one of my favorite bachelorettes, was a smart, beautiful lawyer from Atlanta. She gave Nick the first impression rose:
Which put a target on Nick’s back and was the impetus of Nick’s persona as “controversial” or “cocky.” When a contestant asked Nick if he thought he was a frontrunner, Nick said “Eh, probably.” Nick was criticized as being strategic because he’s watched prior seasons and knows when the lead will be making big cuts to the contestants. He also snuck out to visit Andi, solidifying Nick’s role as the villain. Villain-lite, because he really wasn’t that bad, but Andi’s season was lacking in any other villain so Nick had a role to fill.
Nick made it to the final two, but Andi broke up with him before he got a chance to propose. Nick did not take his lying down. In perhaps his most obvious “villain” move, he called Andi out for having sex with him in the Fantasy Suite during the After the Final Rose taping:
Rough. I’m actually a pretty big Nick fan, but this was incredibly uncomfortable to watch. I agree with Andi, a little below the belt (wink, wink).
So Nick leaves in disgrace. He spends some time licking his wounds and getting acquainted with other Bachelor/Bachelorette contestants, including the lovable Kaitlyn Bristowe, who got the boot from Farmer Chris! Apparently the two struck up an online flirtation that never came to fruition, and Nick was too intrigued to just let this lady go.
He showed up to Kaitlyn’s season at Episode 5. That is late. Really late. The men had already started traveling, and Kaitlyn had already sent half the guys home! I don’t blame the guys for getting a little ruffled by Nick’s appearance, but they seemed to keep their cool, generally speaking.
Until Nick made another sex faux pas and slept with the lead weeks before the Fantasy Suites.
Making waves yet again. Unfortunately, it didn’t lead to a ring this time either, and Nick was sent home just as he was about to propose.
At this point, things did not look good for Nick. He had lost on the Bachelorette, twice, and hadn’t made too many friends in the process. So he took to Paradise, the place where broken reality contestants go to shine up their images for those Instagram endorsements.
Nick did well in Paradise. He got to face down resident alpha male Josh (Andi’s ex-fiance), which was a good look for him because Josh portrayed the emotional range of a caveman during his stint on the show. Not only did Nick escape unscathed, but he managed to build up a fair amount of goodwill. He was friends with most of the women, and pursued Jen, who was gorgeous, intelligent, and friends with most, if not all, the other contestants.
Something that all the Bachelor intros seem to gloss over is that Nick dumped Jen in Paradise. This was not another story where Nick was the runner-up, the always-bridesmaid never bride. I don’t blame him for it – they live on separate coasts and had only known each other a few weeks – but let’s not feel too sorry for Nick. In an unexpected twist of fate, he got the best gig of all – BACHELOR.
To say the casting was a surprise is an understatement. In the past, spin-off shows like Bachelor in Paradise were considered “below” the standards of leads. That’s why you haven’t seen a lead go on the show, even though the leads are certainly friends with most of the contestants (and the majority are, in fact, single at this point). Even having Josh, who was the “winner” of Andi’s season, on Paradise seemed like a huge boon for ABC.
And here we are, with the “most controversial” Bachelor of all time. For what it’s worth, I think it’s great that we have someone like Nick as the Bachelor. He’s been through this before and he knows how to play the game, but he also is analytic, independent, and kind. I think he’ll do a great job. Query if he is there for the right reasons (I will mistrust anyone who starts a modeling career in LA in their mid-30s) but I do think he’ll give us a good season.
He’s already made some excellent choices with his first impression rose. Rachel is my girl, and I’m so glad Nick agrees! My favorite part of their interaction was when Nick was asking Rachel about her job as a criminal. defense. attorney. and asked whether she was good at it. She owned it (in a graceful way) and replied that she thinks she’s pretty great at it! It was so refreshing to see a contestant on this show proudly announce her accomplishments.
Yes you did, girl! Matches your dress 🙂
I have high hopes for the rest of the season! My women haven’t changed much from last week, but I’m adding one in:
- Rachel. Already noted. Top of my list.
- Vanessa. I really liked her intro video and the interactions the two had during the night. She also seemed to take everything in stride, especially when she did not get the First Impression Rose (unlike Corinne, another story).
- Danielle M. It was so clear how much Danielle loves her job, which I think might be really attractive to Nick. I loved Danielle’s style. I’m a little concerned she is too soft-spoken for Nick, but I still think she’ll go far.
- Danielle L. This girl is smoking! It was clear she and Nick hit it off and had some chemistry. Danielle also seems to have her wits about her and kept her cool throughout the night. Also, she had the coveted spot of being shown as first out of the limo, which is a producer note that she’s someone worth watching.