The next 'Bachelor' is ... Nick Viall! No, really

/ Source: TODAY

The next season of the wildly popular reality TV romance series, "The Bachelor," is set to reveal whether or not three times really is a charm. That's because the next man in charge of the roses will be none other than two-time "Bachelorette" runner-up Nick Viall!

Nick Viall will be the leading man on Season 21 of "The Bachelor."Joe Scarnici / Getty Images for

Before the big announcement, rumor had it that the likely candidate would be either Luke Pell or Chase McNary, two men who were unlucky in love with JoJo Fletcher over the summer.

But Viall? After Andi Dorfman and Kaitlyn Bristowe said no to him in Seasons 10 and 11 of the "The Bachelorette" respectively, no one could have guessed "The Bachelor" would say yes to him this time around.

And no one could be happier about it than Viall himself.

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As for faithful fans of the series, the reaction has been decidedly mixed.

Ranging from disbelief:

To dissatisfaction:

To celebration:

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And the responses from familiar faces of Bachelor Nation are just as varied, featuring support, surprise and even a jab about soon-to-be 36-year-old's distinction as one of the oldest "Bachelors" yet.

After the big reveal on Tuesday night, Viall, who's currently appearing on "Bachelor in Paradise," admitted that he was nervous but also "very excited."

But what about Viall's quest for "Paradise" with Jen Saviano? Well, viewers can consider this casting announcement a bit of a spoiler for next week's finale.

Will the upcoming season of "The Bachelor" prove whether Viall can finally find love? Fans will have to wait and see. No premiere date has been set for Season 21, but the show usually returns in January.

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