'The Bachelor': Here's who's still in the running -- and who's not

Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss announced on Tuesday that Dean Unglert was officially out of the running to become the next Bachelor, but the search for the next lead is far from over.

Though Peter Kraus has been a frontrunner since Rachel Lindsay's season of The Bachelorette, there's still a few other names in the hat, and as Fleiss has declared that "all options are on the table."

ET's Lauren Zima got the lowdown on where things stand at last week's Bachelor in Paradiseseason four finale taping. Here's who's still in the race to become Bachelor No. 22 -- and who's not.

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'The Bachelor' and 'The Bachelorette': Length of every winner's relationship
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"The Bachelor" (Season 1): Alex Michel didn't propose to Amanda Marsh when he chose her over Trista Rehn back in 2002, and they broke up after several months of dating.

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"The Bachelor" (Season 2): Aaron Buerge and Helene Eksterowicz broke off their engagement after just a couple of weeks, continuing the franchise's early struggle to result on a long-lasting relationship. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)

"The Bachelorette" (Season 1): Trista Rehn (now Trista Sutter) and Ryan Sutter are the ultimate Bachelor Nation success story. After getting married on national TV in 2003, the couple welcomed two children together and are still married 14 years later!

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"The Bachelor" (Season 3): Andrew Firestone proposed to Jen Schefft at the end of his season, but the couple broke up a few months later. They reportedly remained friends.

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"The Bachelor (Season 4): Bob Guiney didn't propose to Estella Gardinier at the end of his season, but he did give her a promise ring that she happily accepted. Clearly, the promise didn't last long, as they broke up a few weeks after the season aired.

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"The Bachelor" (Season 5): Jesse Palmer and Jessica Bowlin broke up after several weeks of dating. They never got engaged. (Photo by Michael Hickey/WireImage)
"The Bachelorette" (Season 2): Meredith Phillips picked Ian McKee, who proposed to Phillips in the season finale. They broke off their engagement a year later in February 2005. (Photo by J. Merritt/FilmMagic)
"The Bachelor" (Season 6): Byron Velvick and Mary Delgado were together for five years, but eventually broke up in 2009.
"The Bachelorette" (Season 3): Jen Schefft initially didn't choose either of her final two men, but during a live final rose ceremony, Schefft ended up choosing Jerry Ferris. When Ferris proposed, though, Schefft denied his proposal. Get all that?
"The Bachelor" (Season 7): Charlie O'Connell (brother of actor Jerry O'Connell) and Sarah Brice dated on and off for five years before calling it quits for good in 2010. They were never engaged. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
"The Bachelor" (Season 8): Travis Lane Stork, who you may recognize now as a current host of "The Doctors," and Sarah Stone broke up shortly after their season of the show aired in 2006.
"The Bachelor" (Season 9): Lorenzo Borghese and Jennifer Wilson dated for about four months before breaking up in January 2007. Borghese never proposed. 
"The Bachelor" (Season 10): Andrew Baldwin proposed to Tessa Horst in the season finale of his season, but the couple ended their engagement a month later. They continued dating for a few months before breaking up for good in the fall of 2007.

"The Bachelor" (Season 11): Brad Womack made history by choosing neither DeAnna Pappas nor Jenni Croft, leaving him with nobody at the end of the season.

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"The Bachelor" (Season 12): Matt Grant and Shayne Lamas got engaged on the season finale, but broke up just a few months later in the summer of 2008.

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"The Bachelorette" (Season 4): DeAnna Pappas and Jesse Csincsak set their wedding date for a year after the finale of their season, but broke up before they could get there after six months of dating. Pappas would later return for Season 13 of "The Bachelor," and Csincsak ended up marrying a contestant from that same season.

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"The Bachelor" (Season 13): Jason Mesnick chose Molly Malaney over original winner Melissa Rycroft after he ended his engagement to Rycroft. Mesnick and Malaney famously wed on a TV special called "The Bachelor: Jason and Molly's Wedding" in March 2010. They welcomed their first child together in 2013 and are still together. 

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"The Bachelorette" (Season 5): Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski were engaged for a little over a year before breaking up in July 2010.

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"The Bachelor" (Season 14): Jake Pavelka proposed to Vienna Girardi at the end of his season, but the couple called off their engagement just a few months later.

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"The Bachelorette" (Season 6): Ali Fedotowsky and Roberto Martinez were engaged for 15 months before ending their relationship in November 2011.

"The Bachelor" (Season 15): Brad Womack was given another shot at love after ending Season 11 without a woman. He proposed to Emily Maynard during the show's finale after the couple had broken up during their season. They were engaged for just a few months before breaking up in May 2011.

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"The Bachelorette" (Season 7): Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum got engaged on the finale of their season and married over a year later in a televised wedding. They share two children together and are still together.

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"The Bachelor" (Season 16): Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson broke up while their season was airing, but resumed their engagement for another six months or so before ending things for good in October of 2012.

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"The Bachelorette" (Season 8): Emily Maynard and Jef Holm were engaged for about six months before going their separate ways.

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"The Bachelor" (Season 17): Sean Lowe proposed to Catherine Giudici in the finale of his season, and they got married in January of 2014. They have one child together, Samuel, who was born in July 2016. They're still married.

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"The Bachelorette" (Season 9): Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried got married two years after their season wrapped in January 2015. They share one child together and are still married.

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"The Bachelor" (Season 18): Controversial Bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis didn't propose to Nikki Ferrell, but they dated for over half a year before breaking up in October 2014. 

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"The Bachelorette" (Season 10): Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray ended their engagement about half a year after their got engaged. Murray would later be engaged to Amanda Standon from Season 20 of "The Bachelor," who he met on "Bachelor In Paradise" Season 3, but they broke up just six months later.

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"The Bachelor" (Season 19): Chris Soules and Whitney Bischoff ended their engagement less than three months after the finale of Soules' season.

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"The Bachelorette" (Season 11): Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth got engaged in the season finale of their season in the summer of 2015, and they're still engaged and living together in Nashville.

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"The Bachelor" (Season 20): Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell enjoyed a little over a year of being engaged, before announcing their split in May 2017. They had starred on "Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After" together in the fall of 2016.

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"The Bachelorette" (Season 12): JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers got engaged on the season finale of their season in the summer of 2016. They're still together and living in Dallas.

(Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)

"The Bachelor" (Season 21): Nick Viall proposed to Vanessa Grimaldi on the finale of his season, and they're still engaged.

(Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

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Dean Unglert

The 26-year-old reality star's shot at being the Bachelor seemed to explode just as quickly as his relationship with Kristina Schulman on this season of Bachelor in Paradise -- but just last week, it seemed as though he might still have a shot.

"The court of public opinion, I think, will tell whether Dean can still remain a viable candidate to be the Bachelor," Chris Harrison told ET last week. "This is why we wait."

By Tuesday, however, Unglert's likelihood of being our next lead was shot.

Peter Kraus

"Peter is still a viable candidate, which, by the way, I said all along," Harrison told ET last week. "I kept telling people he's still on board."

"I wouldn't be surprised if it's Peter," Diggy Moreland added. "Peter would be a good Bachelor because he's very authentic, and I think we saw that this past season on The Bachelorette. He says what he feels and he doesn't really care about how it's going to make him look."

"This past season, he was like, I'm not ready for the proposal at the end of this, and that was a very unpopular decision, but he made it. So I think Peter would definitely go into this, and you know, lead with his heart," he shared.

Just after The Bachelorettefinale (where Lindsay told Kraus that the show wasn't for him -- and he agreed), the Wisconsin native told The Hollywood Reporter that he was "considering" the possibility of becoming the Bachelor.

"I don't know if I can get to that level with someone that fast, but I certainly know that I tried," Kraus explained of his refusal to propose to Lindsay. "In this one instance, I couldn't. I can't really speak to my future. In this one time, it wasn't what I was able to do at that point."

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Wells Adams

Harrison told ET last week that Adams was in the running after "coming out of nowhere," but the radio host was quick to shoot those reports down.

"I am not going to be the Bachelor, because no one has asked me to be the Bachelor," he explained at the Paradise finale taping. "I'd be the worst Bachelor!"

"What I wanted to do if I was the Bachelor, on night one, I would make everyone have to be in like, totally casual wear -- jeans, T-shirts -- because who goes to a first date in a gown?" he said. "That's the weirdest thing in the world."

On Monday, however, Fleiss sealed Adams' fate (as well as Chase McNary's, whom Fleiss included on his Bachelor "power rankings" earlier in the day), by revealing that the next lead will not be from JoJo Fletcher's season of The Bachelorette.

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Ben Higgins

Fans entertained the possibility of Higgins returning as Bachelor (Hey, it's been done before!), but the season 20 lead revealed in a blog post that accepting the position again wouldn't be "wise."

"However, with that being said, a lesson I've learned over the last few years: Don't close doors to any possibilities," Higgins explained. "I've said, 'I would never do that' too many times, and then I found myself doing that very thing a few months later. So, I'm not saying 'never;' I'm just saying 'not now.'"

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell discuss 'The Bachelor' at AOL Studios in New York on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell discuss 'The Bachelor' at AOL Studios in New York on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: The Bachelors(R_L) Lauren Bushnell and Ben Higgins are seen on 'Good Morning America' on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell visit ABC's 'Good Morning America' in Times Square on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell visit ABC's 'Live with Kelly and Michael' on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell visit ABC's 'Good Morning America' in Times Square on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell visit ABC's 'Good Morning America' in Times Square on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell visit ABC's 'Good Morning America' in Times Square on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: The Bachelors Lauren Bushnell and Ben Higgins are seen on 'Good Morning America' on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell visit ABC's 'Good Morning America' in Times Square on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: The Bachelors Lauren Bushnell and Ben Higgins are seen on 'Good Morning America' on March 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 17: 'Bachelor' Ben Higgins (L) and fiancee Lauren Bushnell visit 'The Lion King' on Broadway at Minskoff Theatre on March 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/WireImage)
NEW YORK - MARCH 18: The Bachelor's Ben Higgins and fiance Lauren Bushnell seen at the Today Show on March 18, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 30: TV personalities Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell attend the 2016 iHeartCountry Festival at The Frank Erwin Center on April 30, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 30: (L-R) TV personalities Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell speak onstage during the 2016 iHeartCountry Festival at The Frank Erwin Center on April 30, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
BEN & LAUREN: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? - Freeform's 'Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?' stars Lauren Bushnell and Ben Higgins. (Vu Ong/FreeForm via Getty Images)
THE BACHELORETTE - 'After the Final Rose'- Emotions run high as JoJo sits down with Chris Harrison, live, to talk about her two final bachelors from this season - Jordan and Robby. She takes viewers back to those final days in exotic Phuket, Thailand, when she needed to make her life-changing decision. Both men return to sit with JoJo and discuss the shocking outcome of the show and their relationships. It's the unpredictable ending to JoJo's adventure to find true love on 'The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose,' MONDAY, AUGUST 1 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT). (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) BEN HIGGINS, LAUREN BUSHNELL
BEN & LAUREN: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? - 'An Offer We Can't Refuse?' - After an uncomfortable lunch date with Ben's ex JoJo and her new fianc�Jordan, Ben and Lauren head back to Denver and begin to discover new things about each other, for better or worse, in an all-new episode of Freeform's original series 'Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?,' airing TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on Freeform. (Greg Zabilski/Freeform via Getty Images) JOJO FLETCHER, JORDAN RODGERS, BEN HIGGINS, LAUREN BUSHNELL
BEN & LAUREN: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? - Freeform's 'Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?' stars Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell. (Vu Ong/FreeForm via Getty Images)
BEN & LAUREN: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? - 'An Offer We Can't Refuse?' - After an uncomfortable lunch date with Ben's ex JoJo and her new fianc�Jordan, Ben and Lauren head back to Denver and begin to discover new things about each other, for better or worse, in an all-new episode of Freeform's original series 'Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?,' airing TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on Freeform. (Adam Larkey/Freeform via Getty Images) BEN HIGGINS, LAUREN BUSHNELL
BEN & LAUREN: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? - 'Chad to the Bone' - Ben and Lauren head to the woods for a camping trip with some former Bachelor contestants, but all hell breaks loose when villain Chad shows up and threatens to ruin everything, in an all-new episode of Freeform's original series 'Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?,' airing TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on Freeform. (Adam Larkey/Freeform via Getty Images) LAUREN BUSHNELL, BEN HIGGINS
BEN & LAUREN: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? - 'A House Divided' - After living in close quarters, Ben and Lauren decide to look at new houses and struggle to find a compromise, causing both to evaluate their current career plans and explore new options, in an all-new episode of Freeform's original series 'Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?,' airing TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on Freeform. (Josh Vertucci/Freeform via Getty Images) BEN HIGGINS, LAUREN BUSHNELL
BEN & LAUREN: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? - Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell from Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After? enjoy a magical day at Disneyland. (Richard Harbaugh/ABC via Getty Images) LAUREN BUSHNELL, BEN HIGGINS
BEN & LAUREN: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? - 'Relationship Retreat' - Ben and Lauren go to couples counseling with Grant, Lace and the twins - Emily and Haley - all in good fun until Ben drops a bombshell; then Ben and Lauren decide to go on a road trip to spend time together processing where they are at in their relationship, in a two-hour event of Freeform's original series 'Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?,' airing TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on Freeform. (Rick Rowell/Freeform via Getty Images) ED SHEVICK, FLORENCE 'TOOTS' SHEVICK, LAUREN BUSHNELL, BEN HIGGINS
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 23: TV personalities Lauren Bushnell (L) and Ben Higgins attend the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 23: TV personalities Ben Higgins (L) and Lauren Bushnell attend the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mindy Small/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 24: Television personalities Ben Higgins (L) and Lauren Bushnell speak during the 2016 Daytime Village at the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the Las Vegas Village on September 24, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
BEN & LAUREN: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? - What a Difference a Year Makes - To celebrate their anniversary, Ben and Lauren decide to give back and focus on someone in need by pulling off a surprise home makeover renovation, in an all-new episode of Freeforms original series Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?, airing TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on Freeform. (Josh Vertucci/Freeform via Getty Images) BEN HIGGINS, LAUREN BUSHNELL
BEN & LAUREN: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? - 'What Happens in Vegas...' - The couple arrives for their bachelor/bachelorette parties in Las Vegas, but things are a little uncomfortable as no one knows where Ben and Lauren's relationship lies, on the season finale of Freeform's original series 'Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?,' airing TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on Freeform. (Ronda Churchill/Freeform via Getty Images) BEN HIGGINS, LAUREN BUSHNELL
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 10: Lauren Bushnell and Ben Higgins attend The Knot Gala 2016 at New York Public Library on October 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 11: Lauren Bushnell (L) and Ben Higgins visit 'Extra' at their New York studios at H&M in Times Square on October 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra)
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Eric Bigger

According to Harrison and Fleiss, Lindsay's second runner up still has a shot at Bachelor -- though that's about all either of them will say about it.

In an interview with People last week, however, Bigger said that ABC has not reached out to him about the position, but that he would be open to the possibility.

"The universe is approaching me. Everyone's talking about it!" he said. "I haven't really watched too much of the past Bachelors, but I don't know, I just think I just bring a different dynamic and different energy."

Wild Card

Other names thrown around by Fleiss include Ben Zorn (whose only relationship in Paradise this season was the one he was missing with his dog) and Arie Luyendyk Jr. -- though Lindsay and her new fiance, Bryan Abasolo, told ET that they have their money on Alex Bordyukov.

Regardless of who makes the cut, Harrison told ET last week that he's hoping to make the big announcement "very soon."

"I'd like to make an announcement live on the air during Miss America!" Harrison, who is hosting the competition on Sept. 10., shared. "That's what I'm pushing for. That's selfish, but that's what I'm pushing for."

The season four finale of Bachelor in Paradiseairs Monday, Sept. 11, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

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