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The 21st season of The Bachelor premiered on January 2, 2017. It featured 36-year-old Nick Viall, a software sales executive.

The season re-aired in a shortened version on August 31, 2020, as a part of The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons - Ever!.

This marks Nick's fourth appearance in the Bachelor franchise. He was previously rejected by Andi Dorfman on the 10th season and by Kaitlyn Bristowe on the 11th season of The Bachelorette as well as appearing on the 3rd season of Bachelor in Paradise.

He ultimately chose to propose to Vanessa Grimaldi.

Filming and development[]

Casting and contestants[]

On August 30, 2016, during episode 4 of the 2nd season of Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise and while the 3rd season of Bachelor in Paradise was still airing, Nick Viall was announced as the next Bachelor. Prior to Viall's selection in the series, fan favorites Luke Pell and Chase McNary, both from the 12th season of The Bachelorette were considered for the lead role on the show, according to host Chris Harrison.


The season traveled to many places including Viall's home state of Wisconsin; New Orleans, Louisiana; Saint Thomas in United States Virgin Islands; Bimini, the Bahamas and Finnish Lapland. With appearances on this season include Olympians Michelle Carter, Allyson Felix and Carl Lewis, famous boyband Backstreet Boys, country singer Chris Lane and Lolo. During production, the producers moved the Wisconsin date week from the original destination of Charleston, South Carolina when Hurricane Matthew hit the city. Host Chris Harrison told the trip was to be headed to Kiawah Island. The reason of the decision has not been disclosed.


The season began with 30 contestants.

Future appearances[]

Rachel Lindsay was chosen as the bachelorette for the 13th season of The Bachelorette, while this season was still airing.

Raven Gates confirmed on After the Final Rose that she would be competing on the 4th season of Bachelor in Paradise. Also participating in that season are, Alexis Waters, Corinne Olympios, Danielle Maltby, Jasmine Goode, Kristina Schulman, Lacey Mark, and Taylor Nolan.

Kristina Schulman, Angela Amezcua, and Whitney Fransway competed in the 6th season of Bachelor in Paradise.

Call-Out Order[]

Order Bachelorettes Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 Danielle L. Rachel Corinne Danielle L. Danielle L. Rachel Kristina Raven Raven Raven Vanessa
2 Elizabeth Vanessa Danielle M. Vanessa Kristina Danielle M. Raven Vanessa Rachel Vanessa Raven
3 Rachel Danielle L. Christen Rachel Raven Corinne Corinne
Danielle M.
Corinne Vanessa Rachel
4 Christen Christen Astrid Raven Whitney Kristina Rachel Corinne
5 Taylor Astrid Taylor Taylor Danielle M. Raven Kristina
6 Kristina Corinne Whitney Whitney Jasmine G. Vanessa Danielle M.
7 Angela Elizabeth Kristina Kristina Rachel Danielle L. Danielle L.
8 Lauren Jasmine G. Danielle L. Jasmine G. Jaimi Jasmine G. Whitney
9 Michelle Raven Rachel Alexis Josephine Whitney Jasmine G.
10 Dominique Kristina Vanessa Astrid Vanessa Alexis
11 Ida Marie Danielle M. Raven Danielle M. Alexis
12 Olivia Sarah Jaimi Jaimi Corinne
13 Sarah Josephine Dominique Josephine Taylor Taylor
14 Jasmine G. Lacey Sarah Sarah Astrid
15 Hailey Taylor Alexis Corinne
16 Astrid Alexis Brittany Brittany
17 Liz Hailey Josephine
18 Corinne Whitney Jasmine G. Dominique
19 Vanessa Dominique Elizabeth
20 Danielle M. Jaimi
21 Raven Brittany
22 Jaimi Liz Liz
23 Briana Angela
Ida Marie
Jasmine B.
24 Susannah
25 Josephine
26 Brittany
27 Jasmine B.
28 Whitney
29 Lacey
30 Alexis
The contestant received a first impression rose.
The contestant received a rose during the date.
The contestant was eliminated.
The contestant moved on to the next week by default
The contestant was eliminated during the date.
The contestant was eliminated outside the rose ceremony.
The contestant won the competition.


No. in season Title Original air date
0 "Countdown to Nick" January 1, 2017
Viewers will get a more in-depth look at our newest Bachelor, the controversial fan-favorite Nick Viall. Bachelor Nation weighs in on Nick's latest attempt to find love. Get an up-close and personal look at a few of the 30 amazing bachelorettes, who will be trying to capture the final rose will be featured, as well as some of the most memorable "Night One" arrivals in Bachelor history and delightful introductions of adorable babies by their proud Bachelor parents.
1 "Week 1: Limo Arrivals" January 2, 2017
Season 21 begins with Nick Viall meeting 30 beautiful bachelorettes, each clamoring for his attention and the coveted first-impression rose. By the end of the initial rose ceremony, only 22 ladies remain to continue on their path to win Nick's heart. But before the ladies arrive, Sean Lowe, Chris Soules and Ben Higgins offer Nick advice on searching for his soul mate.
2 "Week 2" January 9, 2017
One anxious bachelorette hides her secret history with Nick; 12 ladies attend a wedding photo shoot with Nick; Nick whisks away one lucky gal to a private yacht; Nick meets six women at Hollywood's Museum of Broken Relationships where each lady acts out a breakup with Nick; Nick does something shocking that no one could have expected.
3 "Week 3" January 16, 2017
The Backstreet Boys deliver a group date card; Nick takes one lucky lady on an out-of-this-world journey aboard a Zero G plane; seven bachelorettes participate in a "Nickathalon"; Nick incurs the ire of his potential soul mates with his ultra-sensual behavior; a surprise pool party takes a turn for the worse.
4 "Week 4: Waukesha" January 23, 2017
An upset bachelorette confronts Nick about his forward behavior with another woman; the ladies visit Nick's hometown of Waukesha, Wis.; Nick selects a group of women to test their skills as ranch hands; a shy bachelorette spends a day with Nick's family and opens up about her past heartbreak, which allows Nick to see a fiery side to her he never thought possible; country singer Chris Lane performs during a romantic dinner.
5 "Week 5: New Orleans" January 30, 2017
The 13 remaining bachelorettes visit New Orleans, where Nick selects one lucky lady to accompany him on a date. Later, 10 women are chosen for a night of thrills at a haunted plantation; and two vengeful rivals go on the dreaded two-on-one date in the Big Easy's mystical bayou, where the trio encounter a group of voodoo worshipers.
6 "Week 6: Virgin Islands" February 6, 2017
The nine remaining bachelorettes visit the U.S. Virgin Islands, where Nick learns the details of a dark-haired beauty's heartbreaking life. Later, a group date with six ladies goes terribly wrong; and a two-on-one outing sends Nick's journey into a tailspin.
7 "Week 7: Bimini" February 13, 2017
All of Nick's relationships are called into question as the remaining women deal with Nick's admission that the process may not be working for him. Nick seeks council from Chris Harrison about his predicament.
8 "Week 8: Hometowns" February 20, 2017
Nick meets the families of the final four bachelorettes when he goes on hometown dates. Later, everyone meets up in New York City for the rose ceremony but a surprise visitor to Nick's hotel could alter everything.
9 "Week 9, pt. 1: Lapland, Finland" February 27, 2017
Andi Dorfman surprises Nick just before he hands out roses to three of the four remaining bachelorettes. From there, Nick and his final three travel to Lapland, Finland, for a week of cold, snowy days and warm, romantic nights.
10 "Week 9, pt. 2: Finland" March 6, 2017
Nick takes the final three women on dates. One lucky lady goes with Nick to a reindeer farm, where they discuss their future in front of a roaring fire. Another beauty joins Nick for a plunge into icy waters and then a quick warm up in a sauna and hot tub.
11 "The Women Tell All" March 6, 2017
Nick Viall faces some of the most memorable bachelorettes he sent home as they discuss the season. Also: bloopers from the season; and a sneak peek at the emotional final week of Nick's journey.
12 "Finale" March 13, 2017
Nick must choose between the final two bachelorettes.
13 "After the Final Rose" March 13, 2017
Nick recaps the season in an interview with Chris Harrison.

Where are they now?[]

On August 25, 2017, Nick and Vanessa announced that they had decided to end their engagement.

Raven Gates is engaged to Adam Gottschalk whom she met on the 4th season of Bachelor in Paradise.

Astrid Loch is now engaged to Kevin Wendt whom she met on the 5th season of Bachelor in Paradise.

Rachel Lindsay appeared on the 13th season of The Bachelorette. She met and got engaged to Bryan Abasolo. They were married on August 24, 2019.

Whitney Fransway dated Connor Saeli whom she met on the 6th season of Bachelor in Paradise. They announced their split in September 2019.

Angela Amezcua was in an 8-month relationship with Clay Harbor from the 14th season of The Bachelorette.

The Ring[]

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The Women[]