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It was always obvious that Nick Viall was on The Bachelorette for the wrong reasons. Now he's our next Bachelor, for the right reasons -- from ABC's perspective, at least: cash money, fan familiarity, above-average height, doing anything to avoid uncertain ratings, and that leather jacket he wears to be trend-sexy even when they're in Barbados. Chase was too boring, Luke was worse, and Chad's predicted sweet potato intake simply wasn't cost-effective. Which meant there wasn't anything left to do except pull a dirty, desperate stunt and anoint Nick. It just might work.
But it also proves, finally, that this show isn't about finding love, and never has been. Should that come as a massive surprise? Of course not, unless you liked M. Night Shyamalan's last five movies. But The Bachelor has finally become obvious about it.