Why Arie Luyendyk Jr. Should Not Be ABC's Next 'Bachelor': Contestant Michael Stagliano of 'Bachelor Pad' Speaks Out (EXCLUSIVE)

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Arie Luyendyk Jr. had his heart broken by Emily Maynard on Sunday night's emotional finale of The Bachelorette, in which he ultimately finished second to Maynard's now-fiance, Jef Holm.

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."

Bachelor Pad airs Monday nights at 8PM on ABC. For more on the show, be sure to check out Celebuzz's official recap. You can also check out some of Stagliano's music via his official website.



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  • Ava

    Sadly, he doesn't care about how much he embarrasses hismlef, he just wants the attention and the fame that comes along with it. The REALLY sad thing, is that this soul-sucking plan actually works.

  • Caitie Stevens
    Caitie Stevens

    I need more ARIE time!!! Sean is boring!!!!! By the way, who the #uck is Michael Stagliano and who cares what he thinks! Go away michael!!! jus sayin!!!

  • Caitie Stevens
    Caitie Stevens

    sean is dull!

  • Ann

    Arie, Sean, Roberta, anyone but the stag.

  • Zeny

    I totally disagree with Stagliano. Arie deserves to be the bachelor next season. Go arie.

  • Yolanda Hamel
    Yolanda Hamel

    I myself would go with Roberto Martinez Jr. for one thing I think he is just a likeable guy. I think alot of the Bachelor Nation likes him. I think Roberto would bring in alot of different cultures into the mix and would bring in great ratings. Everybody has there own preference he just happens to be mine.

  • Lyndsey J.
    Lyndsey J.

    So agree with Michael..Sean would be a fantastic choice for the Bachelor. He's the total package.

  • Megan Miceli
    Megan Miceli

    Really? I'd rather watch Arie than every single one of those guys Michael mentioned. Plus, Arie is the hottest guy to ever grace The Bachelor/Bachelorette scene so... keep him on as long as you can!