*Warning: Spoilers ahead*
We know it’s early, but this week’s episodes of The Bachelor proved that one contestant has major Bachelorette potential: Sydney Hightower.
It all started in season 24, episode five when Sydney went on her first one-on-one date of the season. Although she was eliminated during last night’s installment, we think Sydney is a frontrunner to become the star of season 16 of The Bachelorette.
Why, you may ask? Our prediction has everything to do with the way the producers introduced Sydney to America. Throughout the season, she had a leadership role in the mansion. Although she didn’t cause any drama, Sydney guided several group discussions—like when Alayah crashed the group date—making her a prominent figure among the contestants.
On Monday night’s episode, Sydney continued to win over viewers during her one-on-one date. Not only did she seem really interested in Weber (*cough, Kelley, cough*), but she also came off as extremely poised and well-spoken, which are two necessary traits that former Bachelorette Hannah Brown lacked. No offense, Beast.
When Sydney sat down for dinner with Weber, we learned about her rough childhood, which included being raised by a single mom. While she received a rose that night, she was sent home during the next ceremony.
Of course, we don’t blame Sydney for opening up, but we have to question the producers’ intentions for featuring her sob story. Like, were they purposely framing Sydney as a fan-favorite, so we’re not disappointed when they crown her as the next Bachelorette?
We’re onto you, ABC. The Bachelor returns on Monday, February 10, at 8 p.m.