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Join Chris Harrison for a one-hour special season preview, The Bachelor: Countdown to Arie, airing Monday, December 11 at 10 p.m. EST. For the first time ever, Bachelor Nation will get an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s life, his family and his love of racing. (Image: ABC/Craig Sjodin)c

It’s baaaack! 'The Bachelor' will premiere January 1, 2018

OH THANK GOODNESS.

It has been a long and lonely seven months since Rachel Lindsay’s season ended back in May. What is life without Bachelor Mondays?! DREARY.

The new bachelor, Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s magical journey for love just wrapped up filming and is set to air on January 1st, 2018 at 8 p.m. EST.

Who the heck is Luyendyk you ask?! If you recall back to Emily Maynard’s season, he was the runner-up to Jef Holm and was nicknamed the “kissing bandit.” In real life Luyendyk is a professional race car driver, following in the foot steps of his father.

Luyendyk, 35, says that he hasn’t been in love since Maynard’s season - so you bet your sweet cheeks it’s going to be one wild ride! While he stepped away from the spotlight to focus on his career in real estate the last few years, he is back now and more ready than ever for a second chance at love. Join Chris Harrison for a one-hour special season preview, The Bachelor: Countdown to Arie, airing Monday, December 11 at 10 p.m. EST for a behind-the-scenes look at Luyendyk's life, his family and his love of racing.

And we couldn’t be any more excited here at the office, as you know how much we love the hit ABC series. What can we say – drama, love, debauchery?! It doesn’t get much better than that!

Tune in to watch Luyendyk’s season, airing January 1 at 8 p.m. on ABC7.

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