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The Bachelor's Next Decision Might Be Its Most Important Yet: Here Are the 8 Contenders

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07/25/2018
Get ready for the most dramatic announcement ever as the search is officially on to find the next star of The Bachelor.

Coming off on Arie Luyendyk Jr. .'s season, the pressure is on for producers to find the right man for the job. Let's face it, a beloved contestant does not always make for a compelling lead, and sometimes, going for the element of surprise over what the fans are demanding on Twitter doesn't always go over well. Just imagine how last season would've ultimately went over with Bachelor Nation had Arie not pulled off that infamous and controversial finale switch? We'd probably all still be asleep, haunted by endless whispers of Arie saying "I love that."

Aside from the aftermath of a somewhat lackluster lead, the franchise is also dealing with the fallout of several controversies that happened off-camera during Becca's season: Finalist Garrett Yrigoyen's liking of offensive Instagram posts (he later issued an apology) and then the news that contestant Lincoln Adim was convicted of indecent assault from an incident that occurred prior to filming, and is now registered as a sex offender.

Yeah, the pressure is on to really nail the upcoming season, which will debut in January 2019, on multiple fronts. But really, it all starts with finding the right lead to anchor the audience during the bumpy ride that is The Bachelor journey.

"Here's what you're looking for to be the next Bachelor: you're looking for that diamond in the rough," host Chris Harrison told E! News at the Men Tell All special taping. "That guy, that without us shining a bright light on him, would otherwise go unnoticed." So which guys are currently in the mix to be the franchise's 23rd Bachelor? We've rounded up the top contenders, listing the pros and cons for each, before asking you to weigh in on who is your pick to be the next Bach.

Plus, we asked many of the contenders, including Jason Tartick, Joe Amabile (Grocery Store Joe!) and Colton Underwood, to weigh in on how they are feeling about possibly taking on the role, and found out who Becca thinks is the best man for the job. Press play on the video above to hear what they all had to say.