Spoilers for The Bachelor ahead. If it feels like Tayshia Adams and Claire Crawley's season of The Bachelorette just ended, that's because it did. Just two weeks separated the finale of their season of The Bachelorette and the premiere of Matt James' season of The Bachelor, which started on January 4, 2021 on ABC at 8 p.m. (hallelujah, we're back to that Monday slot!). Early spoilers for James' season from Bachelor Nation guru Reality Steve suggest that this season is going to be just as dramatic (or "dra-MATT-ic," as ABC puts it). It's early days, but we already have plenty of information about the season, which also takes place in a single location: this time, the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Pennsylvania.
James is unique for being both the first Black Bachelor and the first Bachelor in years that wasn't a fan favorite from previous seasons. Instead, James was plucked from Crawley's cast before he'd even met her—and the timing was interesting, to say the least, since a petition had just begun circulating that demanded a greater commitment to diversity in The Bachelor franchise. But James also ticks a lot of the boxes for the franchise: He's handsome, charming, best friends with Tyler Cameron, and committed to charity work. Who wouldn't want to date him? So let's get to what we do and don't know about this "dra-MATT-ic" season, shall we?
Who wins Matt James' season and gets engaged to him?
Let's get straight to the good stuff, shall we? According to Reality Steve, three of the four final women who make it to hometowns are: Serena Pitt—not to be confused with Serena Chew, the other Serena on this season; Rachael Kirkconnell, and Michelle Young. The potential fourth girl may be Bri Springs, but Reality Steve says he isn't certain on that one.
Here's Rachel Kirkconnell (you can learn more about her here):
And here's Serena Pitt:
Michelle Young arrives later on in the season (more on that in a second), but here's her Instagram:
Here's Bri Springs:
As for who wins, Reality Steve says it's either Rachael or Michelle—which means, presumably, one of them is engaged to James right now. (RS also noted that they were the first two girls to be shown coming out of the limo to meet James, which likely wasn't an accident.)
Hilariously, RS says that everyone from Rachael's hometown is claiming she wins, but he isn't sold. (This line cracked me up: "All I’m saying is that if she did, she, her family, and her friends are doing an awful job of keeping it secret because word is spreading around Cumming, GA faster than you can shake a stick at.")
What else happens on James' season?
One person who doesn't want this season to be The Most Dramatic Ever? James himself. “I hope [it isn't]...I don’t want there to be any drama, I run from drama," he said in an Access interview. "But when you have a bunch of people who are trying to date one person, it’s inevitable.”
We'll also see the mid-season arrival of Heather Martin, a Bachelor favorite and friend of Hannah Brown's who you'll remember from Colton's season:
ABC Entertainment Executive Rob Mills said of Martin's arrival: "She felt for sure this was her husband and basically did anything she could to get there and track him down." (Which feels kind of shame-y, considering every woman on the show is doing the same thing.) There's also a preview in which Chris Harrison tells her: “Heather, what are you doing here?You could honestly destroy this whole thing for Matt.” (Which...how?)
It sounds like a Nick Viall on Kaitlyn's season situation, in that Martin shows up a few episodes in and tells James she's interested in getting to know him—but unlike Viall, Martin does not get added to the cast. It's not totally clear why, but Reality Steve says that James sends her home almost immediately.
We learned some...weird details from an interview between the owner of the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Page Six: "Sometimes there’s some hanky-panky going on where it should not have been, but I can’t tell you everything that was going on. We are on 3,000 acres. So there’s a lot of land, and a lot of woods out there. There were things going on inside and outside of the hotel all the time...We actually found a used condom in the tree branch.” (Which...what? The Fantasy Suites always take place inside, so who is having sex in the middle of the forest?!)
We'll also see the "sugar baby" moment we've seen hinted at in promos, where contestants spread rumors about Brittany Galvin having a "transactional relationship with wealthy men." Writes RS: "Brittany I believe is currently in South Africa for the next month. Maybe the smartest thing she could probably do since she knows a shit storm is coming soon." (Sounds like an empowering and sex-positive moment to me! Can't wait!)
Finally, five new woman arrive after the second rose ceremony, which will no doubt spark ~drama~.
Who is the villain on Matt James' season?
This one is clear from the get-go: The "villain edit" of the season goes to Victoria Larson, a self-described "queen" who arrives on a throne and memorably tells another contestant on night one: "Move aside, the queen is here." By episode two, Larson is already in the midst of the quote-unquote "drama," thanks to a confusing feud between her and Marylynn and the rest of the girls claiming that said feud is taking away from their "time with Matt" (a Bachelor trope, but we're getting it early this season!). Larson, for her part, has already turned off comments on her most recent Instagram and reposted an exchange that says, in part, "She's amazing. Obviously the show shows what it wants."
Writes RS: "She’s basically this season’s Corrinne. Some people will think she’s hilarious, some people will find her as comedic relief, and some people will find her performative and incredibly irritating thinking she’s better than everyone else. Same song, different season."
Bookmark this page, because we'll be updating it with more spoilers as we have them—and in the meantime, enjoy your "dra-MATT-ic" time (really, ABC, of all the puns?).
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