The final rose on “The Bachelor” hasn’t even been given and ABC is already moving onto the next eligible heartthrob.
It was revealed Friday that the network will announce the next star of “The Bachelorette” Monday during “Good Morning America,” despite still having two episodes of the Peter Weber-fronted season remaining. Typically the dating show waits till the previous season’s finale — leading many to wonder if there’s a dramatic reason behind the announcement, or if they’re simply bored of Peter, 28, and his questionable decisions.
“The Bachelorette” 2020’s start date has not yet been announced.
The news of the early announcement sent the Bachelor nation into a frenzy on Friday, with many taking the early announcement to mean that the star would be Tayshia Adams, 29, a finalist on Colton Underwood’s season last year who also dated John Paul Jones on “Bachelor in Paradise.” TV Guide hypothesizes that enlisting Tayshia, who is biracial, could satisfy efforts to make the show more diverse.
But predictions for the 2020 Bachelorette are running the gamut, from seasons long past to those at the heart of this season’s drama.
Warning: Potential spoilers for the upcoming season follow!
TV writer “Reality Steve” Carbone tweeted that he can “confirm one US city they are headed to when next season begins filming: Chattanooga, TN! The ‘Bachelorette’ will be all up inside you towards the end of March. There will def be a public date to attend as well.”
He added on his website that “three names that I know for sure have been in LA and met with production for formal interviews: Kelsey, Tayshia, and Tia.” Tia Booth was a contestant from Arie Luyendyk’s season in 2018, and Kelsey Weier was booted from the current season after the infamous #ChampagneGate episode.
“Coming into this, that was never my intent or goal,” Weier told People. “It was always to see if this actually could work for me. And I thought it could with Peter, but I haven’t been asked and honestly up until I started to figure out my feelings towards Peter, it’s never something that I’ve even thought about.”
Former Bachelorette Hannah Brown was also allegedly a “top choice” for producers, Carbone wrote, but he added that the two parties couldn’t agree on money.
Another possible contender is Clare Crawley, who is 38 years old and would be an exception to the typically under-30 crowd featured on the show. Rumors swirled that “The Bachelor” franchise vet would be the next love interest after a comment was made on a private gossip Facebook group, which was then shared by Carbone. Crawley made it to the final two on Juan Pablo’s season of “The Bachelor” in 2014. Since then she has been on “Winter Games” and “Bachelor in Paradise.”