Spoilers for The Bachelor ahead, as well as potential spoilers for The Bachelorette. It's tough to believe, but Peter Weber's much-hyped season of The Bachelor has its end (and winner) in sight—which means that filming for The Bachelorette isn't far off. ABC, obviously, hasn't said anything yet about which contestant will serve as The Bachelorette in 2020. But looking at the available options, we can at least begin to narrow down the field and figure out who might be among the producers' options. Here's what we can infer so far.
It's probably not Hannah Brown.
This was kind of a divisive choice anyways. It's not the first time a lead has been in the role twice, but it's also not terribly common either. But it's been officially announced that Brown, who was Bachelorette in 2019, will be touring with other Dancing With the Stars contestants. This makes sense, since she won the damn thing, but it also means that (if the show sticks to its tight shooting schedule, which it's done in previous seasons) there's no way she can do both. Since I'm not really connecting with any of the women on Weber's season, more on that below, I'd honestly rather someone from a previous season come back.
You can now cross Hannah B. off the list for “Bachelorette.” This would be during filming and clearly she can’t do both. pic.twitter.com/dIDxZzAe8c— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) February 19, 2020
At one point, Chris Harrison hadn't said definitively no to Brown taking on a second Bachelorette season: "Look, anything’s possible. I’m not against it," he explained. But Brown said she wasn't sure whether she wanted to go down that long, exhausting road again (her season was...a real journey) and not all fans were on board—including Jennifer Aniston, so go figure with that one. I love Brown and I loved her on her season, and I feel like maybe she deserves a vacation? Maybe that's just me.
The potential contestants from Weber's season include...
Listen, basically all of this is speculation, considering we don't even officially know the ending yet. But the Bachelorette could be any of Weber's top ladies (or an early fan favorite, but I'm not really thinking of any that could be contenders). Here are Weber's top 10 women for your review:
- Hannah Ann Sluss
- Kelsey Weier
- Mykenna Dorn
- Natasha Parker
- Victoria Paul
- Victoria Fuller
- Tammy Ly
- Kelley Flanagan
- Sydney Hightower
- Madison Prewett
Of those, Kelsey Weier (eliminated before overnights) is the only one who's gotten some traction around that coveted role. She was left brokenhearted after Weber selected Victoria Fuller; This, even after he heard all the rumors about Fuller breaking up "multiple" relationships. Weber didn't even get a chance to meet Fuller's family, and he still kept her! Weier said she was in "shock" after the bombshell announcement; She couldn't have known the full extent of the issues with Weber/Fuller, but she had genuinely felt like Weber connected with her and her family. So, of the top four, she may have the most compelling narrative.
Gonna be real honest here that I can't really see it/I don't want it to be Weier. She was at the center of a lot of drama this season, and I don't care for how she handled any of it. Watching 10 episodes of an extended ChampagneGate is a big no thank you for me. That doesn't mean it won't happen—when do the producers listen to me? Never—but I can see her getting enough momentum.
We know the top two are Sluss and Prewett, so it stands to reason that whichever one does not get picked will also stand a good chance of becoming Bachelorette. Both are pageant contestants/model-influencers/girls from the South—much like Hannah Brown, our last Bachelorette, if the show wants to go there. Fuller came in third, but unfortunately her pre-show behavior has made it very unlikely she'd get picked for the role.
I personally am not really connecting with anyone this season, although I'd love to see Parker or Flanagan (who are down-to-earth and aren't buying any of the bachelorettes'/Weber's nonsense) take on the role. And I'm not the only one...
Weber has dropped a hint about who he'd pick for Bachelorette.
Admittedly, Weber was specifically asked whether one contestant in particular would be good for the title role, so it's a leading question—but his answer was a resounding yes. That contestant? Kelly Flanagan, the no-nonsense attorney who placed fifth in Weber's season. Said Weber to Entertainment Tonight:
Kelley would kill it. Kelley is so ready, Kelley is one of the smartest people I've met. She has] such a strong presence. I definitely had questions at first if she was really ready and wanted this. I was wrong, she truly was...I think she can absolutely make an amazing [Bachelorette].
Flanagan was initially a fan favorite, but never seemed very enthused about the show itself (she said repeatedly that she was only there because she'd run into Weber in that now-famous hotel lobby and believed it was a sign), so that...might be an issue. Generally, the Bachelor or Bachelorette is the biggest proponent of "the process" on the season. (If I had a nickel for every time they insisted they "believed in the process"...)
That said, there's certainly precedent for a likable brunette attorney to be the Bachelorette. Look no further than Andi Dorfman, the assistant district attorney-turned-Bachelorette, who was 27 when she appeared on The Bachelorette. (She also ushered Nick Viall into our lives, but it's fine.)
We have information about Weber's potential ending.
Just a few days ago, Madison Prewett was spotted with Bachelor producers in Alabama shooting...something. The show wrapped in November, so this is very indicative that Prewett is important to Weber's final selection, and therefore less likely she's The Bachelorette:
Madison currently filming something with production at Town Creek Park in Auburn, Alabama. pic.twitter.com/2MaZQSAjQi— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) February 11, 2020
Thus, Hannah Ann Sluss might be the intuitive favorite for the role. Again, I wouldn't love that, but I'm simply assessing the possibilities at this point.
Meanwhile, rumors about Fuller came to an absolute head on the show:
Which makes me feel like that puts the final nail in the coffin of Fuller ever being Bachelorette. Remember, producers usually go for the fan-faves, not the villain.
It could also be a contestant from a previous season.
Less likely but not impossible, producers could draw from a previous season of The Bachelor or Bachelor in Paradise, which has happened with previous Bachelor stars Nick Viall and Arie Luyendyk Jr. Other contestants from Colton Underwood's season who were much-loved includes Tayshia Adams, who broke up with John Paul Jones after a wild ride on Paradise, and whom I adore. She was apparently in the running for The Bachelorette last year, though, and lost out to Hannah Brown, so I don't know if she'd even be up for consideration a second time.
Demi Burnett, who was one half of the first same-sex couple in franchise history, has cameoed on Weber's season and would be a very interesting and cool Bachelorette—not all the contestants would have to be male! (Obviously, this would be a huge step for the show.) Caelynn Miller-Keyes and Hannah Godwin are both in relationships with Bachelorverse alums.
Thinking back to Paradise, Katie Morton, Whitney Fransway, Kristina Schulman, and Nicole Lopez-Alvar could be options, unless they too are in relationships with other people (not that I've seen? But Lopez-Alvar did say she's dating someone at the end of BiP). But I can't see it for any of them, except maybe fan-favorite Morton.
From Arie's season, Kendall Long (the taxidermist) and Tia Booth (a Southern girl who ended up being a fan-favorite) are believed to be currently single, as is Amanda Stanton from Ben Higgin's season (she...definitely got arrested though, so that doesn't seem likely?). Also, that could also be too far back for viewers to really remember them or connect with them.
Either way, we'll update this space when we know more.
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