Peter Kraus, who was the runner-up on the most recent season of "The Bachelorette," was widely considered to be the favorite -- though he had previously expressed doubt over whether he wanted to participate.WATCH: A look back at @ariejr's journey on Season 8 of the @Bachelorette ABC, before becoming the newest Bachelor!
(Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) "The Bachelor" (Season 2): Aaron Buerge and Helene Eksterowicz broke off their engagement after just a couple of weeks, continuing the franchise's early struggle to result on a long-lasting relationship.(Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)"The Bachelorette" (Season 1): Trista Rehn (now Trista Sutter) and Ryan Sutter are the ultimate Bachelor Nation success story.They continued dating for a few months before breaking up for good in the fall of 2007."The Bachelor" (Season 11): Brad Womack made history by choosing neither De Anna Pappas nor Jenni Croft, leaving him with nobody at the end of the season.(Photo by Edward Herrera/ABC via Getty Images) "The Bachelorette" (Season 4): De Anna Pappas and Jesse Csincsak set their wedding date for a year after the finale of their season, but broke up before they could get there after six months of dating.After getting married on national TV in 2003, the couple welcomed two children together and are still married 14 years later!
(Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images) "The Bachelor" (Season 3): Andrew Firestone proposed to Jen Schefft at the end of his season, but the couple broke up a few months later. (Photo by Robert Mora/Getty Images) "The Bachelorette" (Season 2): Meredith Phillips picked Ian Mc Kee, who proposed to Phillips in the season finale.
SEE ALSO: Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich flaunt sizzling beach bodies on Labor Day"This is pretty surreal," Luyendyk Jr., 35, told People.
"It doesn't feel real yet, but I'm taking it step-by-step. I could not be more excited for this journey I'm about to embark on." DETROIT, MI - MAY 28: Speed Energy Stadium Super Truck Series driver and The Bachelorette TV Show contestant Arie Luyendyk Jr attends Grand Prix Street Fest at Campus Martius Park on May 28, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan.
(Photo by Tiffany Rose/Wire Image)INDIANAPOLIS - MAY 29: Arie Luyendyk, Kim Kardashian, Arie Luyendyk Jr and Kris Jenner visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 29, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
(Photo by Michael Hickey/Wire Image)FONTANA, CA - FEBRUARY 3: Indy Car driver Arie Luyendyk Jr.
She took viewers back to those final days in exotic Curaï¿½o when she was conflicted about being in love with two men.