Under most circumstances, that would put him at the front of the line to become the next Bachelor.
However, not everyone is keen on the idea of Luyendyk finding love next season — at least, not Bachelor Pad contestant Michael Stagliano.
“Arie would not be my first pick as the next Bachelor,” Stagliano told Celebuzz in an exclusive interview. “I don’t bring it up as a negative; I would just prefer to see Sean [Lowe] or Roberto [Martinez] do the show instead.”
“I think Arie is a really great guy, open to love, ready for that stage of marriage… I just don’t see him being The Bachelor.”
Stagliano — who was at the live taping of After the Final Rose on Sunday — finished in sixth place on season 5 of The Bachelorette, during which Jillian Harris ultimately got engaged to Ed Swiderski in the finale. (The couple has since called off their engagement.)
Of course, as many fans of the Bachelor franchise will know, that experience paled in comparison to last season of Bachelor Pad, when Stagliano found out during the live finale that his partner — and ex-fiancee — Holly Durst had gotten engaged to fellow contestant Blake Julian.
That’s a roundabout way of saying that Stagliano knows a thing or two about getting his heart crushed on national television.
Which led Celebuzz to ask: What advice would he give to Luyendyk as he prepares to move on from Maynard?
“I think he is in for a whirlwind the next two to three months,” he said. “And I would advise him to live it up and have fun. I would also tell him that the heartbreak and the challenge of getting over something like this inevitably makes you a stronger, better person. It will be good for him.”