Spoilers ahead for The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise. We are still a while away from the 2020 season of The Bachelor, but—no surprise—there's already preliminary buzz about who might nab the coveted role, and who fans would love to see. Right now, it's mostly speculation, but as we get closer to the show's shooting schedule (production often starts in September) we'll update this post with more details.
We're getting a big hint that one frontrunner may be out.
Update, 8/16/19: This isn't a huge surprise, considering that Tyler Cameron was already a "distant third" compared to Mike Johnson and Peter Weber in the running for Bachelor. Then there's all that "dating a supermodel after casually hooking up with Hannah and being swarmed by female fans 24/7" stuff he's been doing lately. But Tyler himself provided us with another potential clue as to his plans this coming year:
Cameron announced at a running event in New York City on Wednesday that he'll be participating in the TCS New York City Marathon on Nov. 3, New York Road Runners confirms to ET. He reportedly told a crowd he would also run the Chicago Marathon in mid-October. The new season of The Bachelor typically starts filming in mid-September and continues for roughly two months, into November.
So, that could absolutely be a sign that he's eliminating himself out of the running (or he knows he's not being considered), because one cannot do both. Or, this could be a fakeout—but I'm not sure I see Tyler saying or doing something like that. This is just another sign that, really, unless they dip into a previous season, it's likely going to be Peter or Mike all the way. So far Mike's had a quiet, uneventful run on Bachelor in Paradise. Fingers crossed.
Bachelor in Paradise might be the deciding factor.
Update, 8/13/19: So, fans who speculated that the reason Mike Johnson showed up on Bachelor in Paradise is because he's being kept in mind for another role can give themselves a pat on the back. "I think they're going to let Paradise play out and see what the reaction to him is," said a source to E! (squeals with delight). We got to see a little bit of Mike's on-screen activity in the 8/13 episode—Onyeka is a huge fan, and so is Caelynn (although I'm not catching a particularly romantic vibe from her, and we know she ends up being attracted to someone else). But Mike is doing his sweet smiley thing while Cam mopes in the corner about Mike "stealing" Caelynn away from her. The edit makes Cam look ridiculous, and Mike hasn't said anything bad about anyone. So far so good.
But lest we start celebrating too soon, that same source explained, "Peter has always been their guy...He's older, he has a career and he has a great backstory. He can definitely carry a show." Hannah also revealed after she eliminated Peter that their overnight windmill hookup happened four times, so, like, ladies would fight to apply if Pilot Peter was the Bachelor. So it's really anybody's guess at this point. Although one thing we know for sure: It's not Jed. Never Jed.
My absolute favorite (Mike) is a strong contender, apparently.
Update, 8/9/19: Oh my Lord. Please please pleeeeease let this happen. According to Us Weekly, a source explained that "Mike is being seriously considered to be Bachelor, and producers have brought up his name a lot to potential contestants." Commencing freakout immediately.
Mike previously spoke to Us about the opportunity, saying, "It makes me feel awesome, I’m not gonna lie about it. It puts a smile on my face to know that people want me to find the love that I want so dearly...I’m, like, super humble in the sense of I shy it down quite often, but being completely transparent, it makes me feel amazing that people would even consider that for me." He apparently wants "a mix between Rachel McAdams in The Notebook and Rihanna," which is...not me, but anyone who fits the bill should get excited!
Again, I know I'm jumping the gun here a bit—we've got a wait ahead of us. There's also this slightly less positive response and more equivocal statement from ABC president Karey Burke:
So, I'd say it's far from a done deal. However—if Mike's edit on BiP is good, we maybe, maybe will be looking at some very good news come September.
One Bachelor in Paradise cast member was potentially gunning for the role.
Update, 8/8/19: ...oops. Blake Horstmann has been in the news for a rather spectacular run on BiP involving many girls (four, by my count, that he's either hooked up with or been hoping to hook up with). According to a source talking to ET, part of the reason behind Blake wanting to keep the hookups a secret was his hope that he might be cast as the next Bachelor.
He saw how it worked out for Colton Underwood," the source said. "So, he was thinking that he could maybe try and become the Bachelor. He was keeping his options open."
That's...a little confusing to me, TBH. Was he pretending to be the Bachelor before he was even in the running by going after multiple ladies at one time?? In any other situation than The Bachelor, that just makes ladies super mad, dude. His strategy, or lack of, seems to have torpedoed his chances. When show host Chris Harrison calls you a "dumpster fire," you have officially screwed up.
I find the whole situation sad because he was also such a fan favorite from Becca's season. He had so much good will! We were all rooting for you, Blake!
Two guys are "dead even" for the coveted role.
Update, 8/6/19: Sources have told TMZ that Tyler is, in fact, a "distant third" and that Mike Johnson and Peter Weber are "dead even" in contention. No decision has been made (yet), but apparently the deciding factor for putting Tyler last is "sincerity." Apparently he might not be in it for the right reasons, given his recent dating history (below)?
This top-two insight actually makes sense, given recent actions on the franchise's part. Peter was brought on for an exit interview after Hannah broke up with with him, and his parents and brother were in the audience cheering him on (and in his mom's case, openly weeping about her son's heartbreak, which was kind of awful to watch). Nothing was mentioned about Peter's pre-show ex-girlfriend, and he hasn't gotten the kind of blowback that Jed got. The key difference was that Peter broke up with his girlfriend, and thus had no crossover to speak of—making his actions feel more straightforward and honest, at least judging by Bachelor Nation's response. The point is—Peter got a perfect edit to set him up for the role.
Now that we know Mike Johnson is on Bachelor in Paradise (more info below), that's another good sign that he's still in the running. Plus, he doesn't get engaged or end the show with anyone, so much will depend on whether fans of the show respond to him and how his edit goes, which may also set him up perfectly for the role. Also, we'll have more onscreen time with Mike, and more recent memories of him by the time the Bachelor is chosen. So this could be like one, long, extended screen test.
Actually, Tyler might be single(ish) after all.
Update, 8/5/19: Sigh. Just after it was confirmed that Tyler and Hannah spent the night together post-drinks, the heart of Bachelor Nation was crushed, twice.
First, a source told Life & Style that the coupling isn't likely. "Tyler did genuinely fall for her and loved her, but, at this point, I don’t think he would rekindle things. It would be too complicated now," the source said. "Tyler would definitely be open to hearing her out. That’s just the kind of guy he is—understanding and welcoming and wouldn’t ever hold any hard feelings towards her. But ultimately, it would be too hard for him to take her back."
Then, E! News and elsewhere confirmed that Gigi Hadid and Tyler Cameron went on a date in Brooklyn and ended up at her place at the end of the night. The two had followed each other weeks ago, and I guess they truly did slide into each other's DMs. Devastating.
So, scratch everything I said about Tyler officially being off the table for The Bachelor, because it'll totally depend on what his relationship status is around mid-August. If he's single/uncommitted to any particular person, he could totally be Bachelor. In light of this news, I'm more conflicted than ever. Why can't we have nice things??
Tyler and Hannah are...dating?
Update, 7/30/19: In the best spoiler that I have to report to you, Tyler Cameron and Hannah Brown are off the show, gonna go get a drink, giving this another shot, really loving being together and grinning like fiends in each other's company. Which means that unless they fall apart before September, Tyler isn't going to be The Bachelor. My God. I am so deeply happy about both these things: Tyler has treated Hannah with the utmost respect throughout this whole process. He would have made for a fabulous bachelor, but The Bachelorette finale hit me straight in all the feelings. This is exactly what I hoped for on my TV screen—with Hannah getting with a respectful guy who makes her feel good even though she totally picked Jed over him initially.
And now, we can potentially look forward to Peter or Mike (maybe, unless they go with a bachelor from a previous season or another bachelor from Bachelor in Paradise) gracing our screens in that titular role. Interestingly Peter never got the chance to speak about his pre-show ex-girlfriend, but the fact that his family was in the audience during his exit interview means he has a strong shot for the top role. Mike's edit could mean good things for him as well. It is going to be a tough decision for producers (#MikeForBachelor all the way), but I have to say, they're really spoiled with two great guys for this upcoming season. I cannot wait.
Original post, 7/29/19:
One of the top contenders is now on Bachelor in Paradise.
(Shrieks incoherently.) So, this is mildly panic-inducing: Mike Johnson, one of the frontrunners for Bachelor, is on Bachelor in Paradise. Yes, that Bachelor in Paradise, where there's a ton of hooking up and yelling and crying and in this season's case two people actually punching each other ("bodyslam" is a word that's being thrown around, which, ugh, no thx).
Eagle-eyed fans just spotted it from the trailer that was shown during the "Men Tell All" episode:
And fans across Twitter immediately began freaking out, myself included.
However, initial reports are that Mike comes in after the show's started, has dates and or/roses with Sydney (Colton's season) and Angela Amezcua (Nick’s season), but then is eliminated. So it appears as though he stays out of the drama, develops connections, but doesn't find his "person." So, in theory, nothing to worry about. Neither Peter nor Tyler shows up in BiP. At this stage, the decision for Bachelor has likely not been finalized, but having Mike go on BiP could be a way to keep him in the Bachelor Nation ecosystem/see how he does on this show before making a final decision. See also: Colton Underwood, Nick Viall. But Tyler and Peter are still absolutely candidates for the role, so it's going to be a tight race. So, fingers crossed that Mike gets a good edit/continues to be his down-to-earth self in the face of all that BiP crazy.
We can use Bachelorette spoilers for clues.
Assuming the next Bachelor is from Hannah Brown's season—remember the Arie debacle?—a few former would-be frontrunners are looking less likely. First, we know it won't be Jed, because he won the whole shebang and then the two broke up following reports that Jed ghosted his girlfriend to go on the show. (It's a whole thing, people.) Then there's Peter Weber, the fan-favorite pilot—but in mid-July, a woman saying she's Peter's ex came forward to say that, as with Jed, Peter abruptly broke up with her to go on The Bachelorette. Which could hurt his chances, obviously.
Then there's Tyler, who has been outspoken about his admiration of Hannah on Twitter, calling her a "queen" in response to criticism on social media. But now Hannah and Jed are dunzo, and Peter reportedly ended a relationship to go on the show, could Hannah and Tyler get together and go public on After The Final Rose? I mean, it's the Bachelor franchise, weirder things have happened. And, of course, if Tyler is no longer single, he couldn't be the Bachelor. But this is pure speculation on my part.
The field is narrowing as we speak.
Entertainment Tonight broke out the top contenders and their likelihood of success. No surprise: Peter, Tyler, and Mike are basically their top three. Lauren Zima rightly pointed out that each one has been a fan favorite and has extremely vocal fans, so for the producers, trying to pick one is going to be tricky. But, in a nutshell, these are the pros and cons ET laid out.
Peter: He's handsome and cool. (I've said it before, but producers would give us approximately one million flying, flight, pilot, and air travel puns if he becomes Bachelor.) He's smart, sweet, and low-key. But then again, there's that pre-show girlfriend he broke up with suddenly just before going on the show who felt "betrayed" and spoke publicly about it.
Tyler: He has no drama, showed lots of development and growth over the season, and demonstrated a very respectful attitude to dating Hannah throughout his time on the show. Interestingly, at 25, he'd be one of the youngest bachelors, but he certainly doesn't act like it. So it likely wouldn't be a huge ding against him.
Mike: He's a leader, he has no patience for pettiness and drama, and he has the support of much of the cast and other members of Bachelor Nation. Oh, and just like Tyler, he has no pre-show drama. But Mike himself had some thoughts about the situation: "I have lots of questions if I were going to be Bachelor. I take stuff like that very seriously," he explained to ET's Lauren Zima.
We know it has to be a fan favorite.
It's not just about who can bring the maximum amount of drama: according to producer Alycia Rossiter, it's all about what the fans want. "We also look for is this person really ready to find the love of their life and get married?" she said. "We really want to find someone who honestly wants to get married and start their adult life in a partnership. There's so many factors. The audience has to love them, but if you love them and I think they're just in it for a rollercoaster ride that's no good for us."
So, authentic, charismatic, connected, and also doesn't have such an insane job that they can't take too much time away, as was the case of dentist Chris "Cupcake" Strandburg.
Some fans are rallying for John Paul Jones.
In fairly hilarious news, the quirkiest bachelor in town from Hannah's Bachelorette season went from being so annoying that fans couldn't even bear to hear his voice to being the one fans desperately want to lead a whole Bachelor season. I mean, that is the most impressive turnaround I've ever heard, but rumor is we'll be seeing him on Bachelor in Paradise, so he might not have been bookmarked for The Bachelor role...at least not yet.
From Hannah's top 9, there are several that don't seem likely.
To be clear, I am fully speculating here, but I'm also going off of who's not on this year's Bachelor in Paradise list. Now, that doesn't necessarily mean anything—someone can go on BiP and then go on to be The Bachelor, as in the case of Colton Underwood, but it also may mean that someone who was beloved by fans and is NOT on the BiP shortlist might already be reserved for that special role.
Our third runner up in Hannah's season is Luke Parker, but...I really don't see it, considering how disruptive he's been. The other top nine guys excluding Tyler, Peter, and Mike (so, Connor, Garrett—naked bungee guy, Dustin, Dylan) haven't stood out to me for being particularly noteworthy based on the show's edit. TBD.
Let's compare the top three guys.
Tyler Cameron, Peter Weber, and Mike Johnson (who isn't top 4, but is a huge fan fave) are your likely picks. These three potential Bachelor contenders do make me excited, I'll admit, so let's break it down.
Tyler has a lot of things going for him: He was an athlete, and nearly played professional football. He's funny, and quippy, and has a personality. He's gorgeous—that's just a fact—and he worked as a model. He used his one-on-one date when Hannah was feeling low to help take care of her, and told her he wanted the real Hannah. His eloquence, compassion, and more laidback tendencies in a show filled with aggression make it clear that he'd do a great job as Bachelor. He'd probably be the safest choice, too, so I can definitely see this happening.
The second runner up on Hannah's season is Peter Weber, who really made fans fall in love with him in episode 7 during a one-on-one. He revealed he speaks Spanish, is a big family guy, and is really kind to Hannah. Also, they have mad chemistry, and considering that part of the fun of the show is imagining yourself as the bachelorette, fans probably also feel like they have chemistry with him too (Twitter definitely enjoyed him last episode). Even before this, he was the first, and so far only, guy to ask Hannah to be his girlfriend, which she thoroughly appreciated, and also they made out on a pool table. Soooo he's thoughtful AND creative, is my point. He's been getting a bit of backlash from the way he handled his pre-show ex-girlfriend, but that may not be a big deal regarding his chances. The news about him isn't having nearly the impact that Jed's pre-show girlfriend did.
I know who I'm rooting for. Military veteran, finance guy, and "happy at life" Mike Johnson has charisma for days. We have not yet had a non-white Bachelor. Much has been written about this already, and it's deeply upsetting, considering how many amazing contestants of color we've had. Mike, in particular, is funny, smart, unafraid to speak his mind, but not mean-spirited. He's become friends with a lot of the other bachelors, in a protective and compassionate way (he refers to Luke Stone as his "guy" during the battle of the Lukes in episode 4) and he is not here for any petty shit. He also grins from ear to ear anytime he's in Hannah's presence, so he comes off as genuine and there for the right reasons.
I think he's the best potential candidate, although there are critics who said he was too Luke-focused and passive aggressive during his time on The Bachelorette. But the cast and former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay and some of the rest of the cast say they think he's the best pick, so Bachelor Nation has spoken!
Could there be a Bachelor from a previous year?
Just because we have several very strong candidates from this year doesn't mean that producers might not dip into past seasons and pull a fan-favorite to be Bachelor. Looking through Bachelor in Paradise spoilers, one in particular stood out to me as a strong candidate: Clay Harbor. He doesn't end the season engaged, despite cultivating a relationship with Nicole Lopez-Alvar, and he was a strong bachelor on Becca's Bachelorette season before he left due to an injury.
Just looking at Bachelor in Paradise, he seems like the best contender—although, we'll need to see what his edit looks like. Blake Horstmann was a fan favorite but gets involved in a romantic "decagon" this season, according to the trailer. Soooo I don't think he's going to be a fan fave at the end of the season, and thus won't be Bachelor. We'll have to see how Clay fares with his arc—his ex, Angela Amezcua, is on the show as well, and that could lead to some very awkward interactions.
Honestly, I kind of doubt that anyone before 2019 will be The Bachelor, but it's worth laying it out anyways just in case the producers decide to surprise us.
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