Get ready Bachelor Nation! ABC is giving you a look at new Bachelor, Arie Luyendyk Jr., and the women who will vie for his heart in the upcoming special "The Bachelor: Countdown to Arie," airing Monday, December 11 at 10:00 p.m. EST on ABC. Chris Harrison hosts the one-hour special preview where viewers will catch up with their favorite couples and for the first time get an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s life, his family and his love of racing.
The 22nd season of "The Bachelor" premieres January 1 at 8:00 p.m. EST on ABC. Relive Arie's journey to find love with one of America's favorite Bachelorettes, Emily Maynard (now Emily Maynard Johnson). Five years ago, Arie fell madly in love with Emily and was ready to get down on one knee to propose when his heart was broken. Relive one of the most heart-wrenching breakups in Bachelor history and discover how Arie finally got closure.
Arie's father, two-time Indianapolis 500 Champion, Arie Luyendyk Sr., will weigh in on his son's decision to find love again as the Bachelor. Arie admits that Emily was his last true love, and he will share why it has been so difficult for him to fall that completely in love again. His friends and family offer their insight into why they believe the second time around will be totally different.
"The Kissing Bandit," as Arie was known during Emily's season, showcased his legendary technique, but not every Bachelor's kiss is as sweet. The "Worst Kisses in Bachelor History" will be featured.
Check in with the most popular Bachelor and Bachelorette couples for the latest on their love stories. What have Rachel Lindsay and her fiancé, Bryan Abasolo, been up to in Dallas? Evan and Carly Bass, who met, fell in love and got married on "Bachelor in Paradise," are eager to share exciting news about the upcoming birth of their baby. Fan favorites Sean and Catherine Lowe also have an update on their growing family. Finally, new parents Jade and Tanner Tolbert will introduce their baby girl to Bachelor Nation.
A special sneak peek at the women who hope to capture Arie's attention and his final rose will be presented, as well as an exclusive preview of this season's romance, tears and dreams of true love as Arie takes the wheel to start the journey to find his soul mate.