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Bachelorette's Arie: Ryan Lochte needs to be The Bachelor

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Arie at the iHeartRadio Music Festival

SheKnows caught up with The Bachelorette star Arie Luyendyk at the iHeartRadio Music Festival. He told us what he really thinks about everything from Rihanna to Bachelor Pad!

We weren't expecting to see The Bachelorette star Arie Luyendyk, Jr. at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, but he said he couldn't pass up an opportunity to see Rihanna live.

"She just has so many great songs," Arie said. "I can't wait to see her."

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The Bachelorette runner-up added that he was planning on attending both nights of the festival at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. He's still jonesing for his music fix since he wasn't allowed to have his iPod with him while filming the hit ABC reality show.

But, back to television. We wanted to know if he watched Bachelor Pad this season.

"I did watch Bachelor Pad. It was crazy!" he told SheKnows, adding that he might not have done the same thing as Ryan did on the show, but "you never know unless you're in that situation."

"He could have a little bit more kind," Arie added.

The racer added that he'd never watched the show before this year, but now he's hooked.

"It's like Bachelor on spring break!" he joked of all the crazy antics.

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We're with you there, Arie.

Speaking of the franchise, Arie said he'd like to see Olympic champion Ryan Lochte look for love.

"I think he'd be entertaining, for sure," he said. Arie also apologized for not being the next Bachelor due to scheduling conflicts.

"Unfortunately, I couldn't do it because of racing," he said, later hinting that he's in the beginning stages of another television project.

Arie does think the next Bachelor can find love on the show if the chosen one "is himself" during filming.

"I wish the next person a lot of luck!"

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