Arie Luyendyk Jr. was named The Bachelor for Season 22 after appearing on Season 8 of The Bachelorette with Emily Maynard in 2012. He earned a reputation as a "kissing bandit" on The Bachelorette and, at age 36, E News! noted that he's one of the oldest Bachelor contestants ever.
Right now, though, he's being eclipsed for attention by one of the ladies competing to become his bride: Bekah Martinez, who turned up on a Humboldt County, California missing persons list after she told her mother that she was going to work on a marijuana farm — and hadn't been heard from since Nov. 12, 2017. She joked about it, tweeting, "MOM. how many times do I have to tell you I don't get cell service on The Bachelor??"
She was the main topic of conversation in Luyendyk Jr.'s interview with LIVE with Kelly and Ryan (via E! News), in which he said that it's a "PSA to call your mother."
Kelly Ripa is convinced that Martinez is the chosen one, because not even her mother knew where she was and the winners go into lockdown before the final rose is revealed.
That would sure be an, um, uplifting ending to Season 22.