Before Bachelor in Paradise has even ended, ABC has announced that current BiP contestant Nick Viall will be the next The Bachelor, entering its 21st season when the show returns in January of next year. Bachelor fans were shocked when the network chose Viall over season 12 The Bachelorette fan favorite, Luke Pell. Fan favorite contestants who ultimately don't take home the final rose are typically named the next Bachelor or Bachelorette. ABC passing over Pell for Viall is an experience The Bachelor season 20 contestant Caila Quinn can relate to all too well: Quinn was passed over by ABC for The Bachelorette at the last minute in favor of JoJo Fletcher; Fletcher just wrapped her season of The Bachelorette last month. So what does Caila Quinn think of Nick Viall as The Bachelor?
Quinn, a 25-year-old software sales representative from Ohio, had nothing but positive vibes and good words to say about the 35-year-old Viall on Twitter last Tuesday, tweeting: "Biggest and best surprise ever! Congrats @viallnicholas28 #TheBachelor." Even when Quinn was so close to becoming the next Bachelorette, she was just as positive about Fletcher being picked by ABC at the time. In March, Quinn posted a congratulatory picture to Instagram of herself with both Fletcher and Laura Bushnell — Bachelor Ben Higgins's ultimate final pick.
Quinn was also supportive of Luke Pell, the snubbed fan favorite who's twice missed out on finding love. She retweeted a tweet by Elan Gale, producer of both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette series for ABC. "In this moment we must also remember that Chase and Luke are both truly wonderful dudes," Gale's tweet began. Perhaps the retweet was Quinn's way of saying to Pell that she completely and totally understands what it's like to be passed over for the leading role at the last minute — without explicitly having to say so.
Even with Quinn's eternally positive outlook, it hasn't all been roses for the former The Bachelor contestant. Quinn left this season of Bachelor in Paradise after she tired of being one corner of a very weepy love triangle between Jared Haibon and Ashley Iaconetti. Before her exit on last Tuesday's episode, it was clear that Quinn has had enough with Iaconetti's incessant pining for Haibon, saying, "There's so much baggage involved, and it's walking around with red lipstick," referring to Iaconetti.
The two-part season finale of Bachelor in Paradise airs Monday and Tuesday on ABC.