Luyendyk sat down with Michael Strahan to discuss being picked for the show. "It just sunk in just right now. For sure, it has been a little surreal," he admitted. "I was a little skeptical because we had been in talks for a few years about doing it and so I just kind of went in with an open mind, open heart," he also disclosed.
In fact, the decision was so secret that the new star couldn't even tell his parents. "I kept things under wraps because I didn't know how this would turn out," he revealed. "It's been such a quick turn of events and my family doesn't know. So now they know, so they know along with you guys."
While many thought the show would select a contestant from the most recent The Bachelorette, Luyendyk's season was back in 2012—he was sent home during the finale by Emily Maynard.
On GMA, Luyendyk revealed that his ideal woman is three things: "independent, strong, but then still gentle." When Strahan asked him about his old nickname, "the kissing bandit," he shared that he'd be willing to stick with it. "With the right woman," he explained. "With the right woman obviously there has to be that chemistry there. Emily and I had it previously. I'm hoping to find that kind of love."