If you watch the demeanor of Chris L., it just draws people in. Like coming out of the limo and how many have commented as he was their pick then.
Going back to the last bachelor, MF saw the draw that Ali had and he knew by her personality. And being good in front of the camera, was a plus. So I tend to believe that they see the same qualities in Chris and have plans for both he and Ali.
After considerable thought, he might be well advised to accept the bachelor part because there are many opportunities with ABC for people like him.
A little side note, Ali might not have been mature enough to understand what some of us older and experienced people saw in Chris. He is a man among men and I really appreciate the chance to watch him on the last show.