The Bachelor returns in less than three weeks, but fans won’t have to wait that long to see Nick Viall on TV. ABC will air a one-hour The Bachelor: Countdown to Nick special to get everyone geared up for the coming season, and he will appear in the Rose Bowl Parade on the annual rose-encrusted Bachelor float.
If that’s not enough to get you, the Countdown special will include updates about some of your favorite Bachelor franchise couples, so get the details below and find out if we’ll finally get the real story about Josh Murray and Amanda Stanton’s on again, off again relationship.
Here’s what you need to know about the “Countdown to Nick” special, the Rose Bowl Parade appearance, and some spoiler-free tidbits of information about the upcoming season of The Bachelor.
Die-hard Bachelor fans won’t want to miss a minute of the Bachelor on Monday nights when the 21st season begins on January 2, 2017, at 8 p.m. ET. After all, who doesn’t want to see how things play out when he gets a fourth shot at finding love on TV?
Broadway World reports that one night before the premiere, Chris Harrison will host a one-hour special that will feature an “up-close and personal look at a few of the 30 amazing bachelorettes” (Inquisitr shared the full cast lineup and bios here).
ABC also promises fans will get an “in-depth look” at Nick, who lost out on love on Andi Dorfman and Kaitlyn Bristowe’s seasons of the Bachelorette and most recently, he appeared (and didn’t find love) on the summer spinoff, Bachelor in Paradise.
Chances are fans will get to know Nick even better when the season gets underway as we’ll find out how well he does weeding through 30 single ladies to find the girl who may become his future wife.
Former cast members give relationship updates
The Countdown to Nick special will also feature updates about several cast members from previous seasons, including Des and Chris Siegfried, Ashley and J.P. Rosenbaum, Sean and Catherine Lowe, Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell, and Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth.
And fans won’t want to miss the relationship updates from two Bachelor in Paradise couples. Carly Waddell and Evan Bass are still happily engaged, according to their Instagram accounts, but there have been rumors buzzing online that Amanda Stanton and Josh Murray have split.
However, according to a recent report by the Inquisitr, Josh maintains that they are still engaged and “happy.” Tune in to watch the ABC special on January 1 to find out if they issue a joint breakup statement on the show or tell Chris Harrison that they are still headed to the altar.
Nick will appear in the Rose Bowl Parade before the Bachelor premiere
According to NBC, the 2017 Rose Parade will once again feature a Bachelor float and fans can watch the festivities starting at 11 a.m. ET on January 2 on ABC, NBC or HGTV just hours before the Bachelor premiere begins. Although while the float design has not been revealed yet, fans can expect it to be decked out in roses with Nick Viall front and center.
Last year, ABC revealed that the 2016 float featured a tropical theme for Bachelor Ben Higgins, and in 2015, Bachelor star and Iowa farmer Chris Soules had a “Prince Farming” theme. Any guesses on what the theme of Nick’s float will be?
According to Reality Steve, Nick’s season of the Bachelor will have a few changes, but there will be one thing that stays the same. One girl will get very drunk at the premiere night cocktail party. Steve spoils that there will be more than one two-on-one dates this season and also notes that Nick will send several girls home before the weekly rose ceremonies.
Tune in to watch ABC’s Countdown to Nick special at 8 p.m. ET on January 1, followed by the premiere of The Bachelor Season 21 at 8 p.m. ET on January 2.
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