Spoilers for The Bachelor ahead. On the final episode of Bachelor in Paradise, it became official what's been known for a while: Peter Weber is The Bachelor. We're already gotten a fair amount of information about his women for this season and will continue to do so over the next four months—including photos from ABC showcasing the potential contestants vying to be Mrs. Pilot Peter/Mrs. I Get to Marry the Windmill Hookup Guy. As internet sleuths, spoiler Instagram accounts, and Reality Steve get busy researching these young women (a lot of them are under 30, no surprise), what do we know, and what does it mean for this upcoming season?
Weber's final selection wasn't "normal" for the show.
Um, excuse me?? So according to Reality Steve on a recent podcast, Weber doesn't have a "normal" ending on his season—which is to say, there aren't two contestants left at the end, each of whom gets a ceremony, and Weber selects one. "On November 17 [the date of the finale] there was not: Hannah shows up, Madison shows up, he dumps one and gets engaged to the other. Did not happen." I...what? What does this mean? I mean, with the full understanding that "abnormal" endings have kind of been a thing for years on this show, I'm actually quite surprised. It seemed like he was really on track to have a perfectly normal season, beyond the obvious snafus of drama amongst the women and the surprise appearance of Hannah Brown (see below). No one knows anything at this point, so allow me to rampantly speculate.
(puts on tin foil hat) What if he dumps them both? What if he doesn't want to get engaged? What if he pulls an Arie and changes his mind? What if he goes back and selects a previously eliminated contestant? What if...he goes after Hannah Brown and all of her appearances throughout the show were clues about his ending? What if he proposes to them both?? (Kudos to Bachelor-lover Amanda Mitchell for that last theory, and also, Jesus, that can't be right. Right??)
Either way, there's something we're missing. Maybe it doesn't come down to just Prewett and Sluss—we'll update when we know more.
We know the top two.
No idea yet who actually won, but we DO know who the final contenders are. They are: Madison Prewett and Hannah Sluss (who was the first impression rose recipient and who goes by Hannah Ann on the show). Both are Southern—Prewett's from Alabama and Sluss is from Tennessee—and both are religious. Both are pageant girls, and both have been on TV before this. Thus far, Prewett has come out slightly more positively than Sluss, who apparently got into fights with at least one other contestant. There are some rumblings from sources in Alabama, where Prewett is from, that she's engaged, but nothing's been verified yet. If it is true and based on what we know from The Bachelorette, Weber absolutely has a type: sweet Southern girls from Alabama.
Both women have re-set their accounts to public after finishing the show. This is Prewett:
And this is Sluss:
So place your bets now, because we'll know soon. Neither girl's talking, but Weber apparently did make a final selection.
The third and fourth women are...dramatic.
Unfortunately, Victoria Fuller, who makes it all the way to overnights before being eliminated, has had some negative rumors around dating married men and breaking up marriages (yes, marriages, plural) before coming on the show. So the narrative may end up being: Will Weber choose the good girl or the villain this season? It's a narrative used a lot, and I'm already a tiny bit depressed about it. Unfortunately, there's also been some post-show drama with Fuller too:
Merissa confirmed this, Victoria was asked to leave, then waited outside for Merissa & was told to leave the premises. Victoria’s side is that Merissa threatened 2 fight her & that’s why she locked herself in the bathroom. Merissa denied she threatened 2 fight her.— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) December 2, 2019
Which is very likely not going to help her case. Fuller has posted about how the rumors are all "false" and how she'll have the ability to defend herself soon:
But FWIW, Steve says he's never seen this much negative news around a contestant, ever. The show hasn't even started and I already need a glass of wine, please and thanks.
The fourth contestant is Kelsey Weier, who was eliminated before overnights. She and Sluss apparently had beef, too, around a group date that Weier thought she should have won. So the top ladies are not drama-free, is my point. Just like last season's Bachelorette, the nuttiness goes alllll the way to the end of the show, which I'm sure the producers are happy about.
Hannah Brown is not a contestant.
Despite what the producers want you to think, thanks to an early season promo, Brown just shows up to (apparently) break Weber's heart all over again and then leave to go win Dancing With the Stars. If they paint Brown as another villain on the way to Weber's journey to find "love," I will throw my laptop out of the window, then go get it so I can rant some more about the producers ruining everything:
More details on exactly what happens on Brown's appearance below, in case you want to fully spoil yourself. I'm always and forever a Hannah fan, so I refuse to accept a negative narrative around my fave Bachelorette.
The ladies have continued to be dramatic.
It wasn't just at the beginning! As the season continued, apparently the ladies' continued to go after each other—and not just the top four, either. Apparently there were entire cliques within the house, which sounds exhausting, exhilarating, and highly watchable. Cats vs. Rats—this season on The Bachelor. Yeesh.
Well, you have a group of girls in the house this season that dubbed themselves “The Cats,” and the ones they didn’t like, they called them “The Rats.” Very mature, I know. https://t.co/rJfw0SxKV7— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) November 5, 2019
So do we think this might be some of the worst drama the show's ever seen? Because it sure feels like it.
Three more women have been eliminated.
This season has gone fast, y'all. Three more women went home at the last rose ceremony: Deandra Kanu, Savannah Mullins, and Kiarra Norman. You can see pictures of the remaining women here:
So now there's only these 12 women left—start placing your bets on the winner now.
In other news, watch out for all the pageant queens on this particular season, because there's about to be some insanity. And it's going to be much, much worse than last season (which was honestly really bad).
And let me just say this: the pageant world is a messy, messy, messy place. You thought the Hannah/Caelynn bickering last season was bad, just wait til this season's shit storm rolls in. Manufactured drama, of course, but it will dominate the first few episodes...— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) October 8, 2019
One woman came back to plead her case.
Alayah Benavidez, who may or may not have had a boyfriend right before she went on the show, came back to defend herself against a "lie" Victoria Paul had allegedly spread about her (maybe the boyfriend thing?), but was ultimately sent back home a second time.
(VIDEO SPOILER): Alayah came back to confront Peter regarding Victoria P. and how Victoria P. lied to him about her. Stuff went down, but ultimately this is Peter sending Alayah home before the rose ceremony. pic.twitter.com/a2MgscRrl0— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) October 6, 2019
We know some of the one-on-ones.
Since usually the coveted individual dates are a good indicator of who The Bachelor really likes, Weier, Kelley Flanagan, Victoria Paul, and Fuller have all had one-on-one dates. There may be and will be more, but keep your eyes on these four, because they're early favorites.
Hannah Brown shows up?!
I guess I shouldn't be surprised that the producers are trying to inject some drama into the situation, but apparently Brown (who's currently filming Dancing With the Stars, another ABC show) comes to talk to Weber and basically is just there to freak out the woman. The heart-to-heart apparently "rattles" Weber so much that he cancels the group date because of it. But we've since seen pictures and reports of the show continuing to film, so...it's not like the Fence Jump, where Colton Underwood just quit the show because of events that happened his season. It was just a cameo, and Weber is still on track for filming.
We know who makes it through the first few rose ceremonies.
Big spoiler alert, if you don't want to know about what actually happens this season, but the field has been whittled down to 15:
- Hannah Sluss—first impression rose
- Lexi Buchanan
- Kelsey Weier
- Mykenna Dorn
- Deandra Kanu
- Natasha Parker
- Victoria Paul
- Victoria Fuller
- Tammy Ly
- Kelley Flanagan—met Weber before the show
- Sydney Hightower—went to school with Brown
- Shiann Lewis
- Kiarra Norman
- Savannah Mullins
- Madison Prewett
Of note, the potentially rumored frontrunner (Sarah Coffin) is off the show, so this might be a surprising, unexpected season after all!
One person has already self-eliminated.
Oh WOW that was fast. Lauren M., who is apparently from Miami, Florida, took issue with the show's proceedings and never made it on camera. I mean, we know the producers can be super-manipulative, so I can't fault anyone for getting the heck out of there if they're getting a bad vibe out of the proceedings:
I also wonder if that means this season will be crazier than usual. Chances are, two more women will be eliminated by the time the show airs, judging by past season numbers.
The girls are...extra.
Or at least some of them, anyways, judging by what the night one spoilers have to say:
I think I'm most intrigued by the...cow situation? Is it a real cow? (No, right? Right??) And also the making out for 30 seconds. I mean, if I were Weber, I would find that to be alarming. Also, I need to know what someone dressing up as a windmill looks like.
ABC released 33 potential women.
Today, September 17, ABC released photos of potential contestants. About three or so of these women will probably be cut before the show actually airs, but ABC actually did this with last season's Bachelorette men and people got very excited (Update: ABC inexplicably took the post down).
It was a smart tactic—people already started voting for their faves.
We know basic details.
Reality Steve released details on the women's basic info and Insta accounts, although it's pretty common show practice at this point to set your account to private until the show starts airing, so don't expect many details from social media:
(Content warning: animal cruelty.) Two of the women have a photo of her and her friends posing with animals they've shot. I'm not going to link to those photos, but that...is going to be a problem for those contestants in the future, I think. Last season of The Bachelor (not to mention previous seasons), contestants have gotten in hot water for their social media life pre-show.
There are several pageant winners.
We have a Miss Texas 2019, Miss Louisiana 2019, Miss Tennessee contestant, a former Miss Iowa 2017, a former pro cheerleader, a Price Is Right winner (lol), and several models. There have been comments that this particular pool of contestants is pretty homogenous in that regard.
Interestingly, there's evidence Alayah broke up with her BF riiiiight before coming on the show. There aren't any rumors thus far that the pageant winners/contestants might get into it, as with Hannah Brown and Caelynn Miller-Keyes.
And there are guesses on the frontrunner.
Reality Steve thinks it's this girl, Sarah Coffin (she set her Instagram account to private), who will either be a strong contender to win it all or a potential Bachelorette if not. FYI, this is Sarah:
Interesting, another contestant, Kelley Flanagan, apparently met Weber at a wedding in August and they really hit it off—so, TBD what that means for the show, but she kind of has a leg up.
Jade Gilliland is a flight attendant, and divorced, and has already gotten flack about it (so she might not even make it on the show):
Update: Jade's husband has spoken out, saying that there may be hard feelings from family members but that he was happy where he was in life and grateful to her.
Jade Gilliland’s ex-husband speaks out pic.twitter.com/J70zir3FzB— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) September 17, 2019
And Megan Hops is also a flight attendant:
Alexis Thind is a pilot, and became one after her dad died:
Two more. Only missing Marissa G from Atlanta now. And interesting story about Alexis Thind. She just became a pilot after her dad recently passed away: https://t.co/SJ5YvGO0Dr pic.twitter.com/74no93ACof— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) September 17, 2019
Sydney Hightower was high school classmates with Hannah Brown at Tuscaloosa County High School.
Watch this space. We'll update when we know more.
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