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SPOILER ALERT: Spoilers ahead on the next Bachelor Season 24 in 2020 and some Bachelor in Paradise 2019 spoilers too.
A new mini spoiler for Peter Weber's The Bachelor 2020 season points to a potential frontrunner to be his winner ... or maybe be the next Bachelorette.
The bar for The Bachelor and The Bachelorette and their "winners" is now pretty low. It's hard to imagine how ABC's 2020 couples could shake things up more than 2019's Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph, and Hannah Brown and Jed Wyatt. So, congrats to Peter -- who has already been spoiled to be the next Bachelor -- that he gets to be the guy to either break the streak or pick another person who probably shouldn't even be there. (He could always pull a Jason/Arie and dump his chosen one for the runner-up. It's a strangely successful strategy.)
Bachelor 2019 Colton actually picked pilot Pete as his choice for the next Bachelor, half-joking that it's because Cassie thought Peter was cute, so Colton wanted him off the market. As you'll recall, Cassie quit The Bachelor Season 23 and Colton jumped a fence in frustration, then chased after her. They did not get engaged -- she wasn't ready, as we heard constantly -- but they're still together. Meanwhile, The Bachelorette Season 15 did end with an engagement ... and then a painful televised breakup when Bachelorette Hannah dumped Wrong Reasons Jed for two-timing her with a fellow musician back home.
Pilot Pete is meant to start his journey as The Bachelor that week, mid-September, and continue the fun through November for the usual early Monday in January premiere on ABC. I'm deeply annoyed that Peter is the next Bachelor -- especially over Mike Johnson, who apparently never really had a chance -- but I do know each season of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette is more about the contestants.
Here's one intriguing tease to keep in mind as the 2020 season approaches, with Steve singling out an early potential favorite for Pete to pick (before Pete has even met her himself):
This is a bit of a tease, but in doing profiles for Peter's women, I think I’ve found the one who I think he’ll pick. She’s my early favorite. And if he doesn’t, she has next Bachelorette written all over her. Be stunned if this one doesn’t at least make final four. I don’t know anything other than what I’ve found online, but she checks every off every box. When I release the women in a couple weeks, I’ll let you know who it is. And unless she’s just extremely photogenic, she’s also one of the best looking women this shows ever had as well.
Before delving too deep into that, bear in mind what Steve already wrote about the kind of women being cast for The Bachelor Season 24:
Putting together the bios for Peter’s women and geez, the ratio of 5 foot somethin, size 0 blondes to anyone else is like a gazillion-to-1. Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating. But not by much. They pretty much look like you would expect them to. Definitely a great looking cast though.
So there's a good chance this potential frontrunner fits that mold.
UPDATE: Apparently the woman Steve meant is Sarah Coffin, 23, of Knoxville, TN, one of the ladies he listed on 9/17 for The Bachelor 2020.
Take it all with a grain of salt, though. Sure, that kinda sounds like an Emily Maynard description for Brad Womack's 2.0 season, and she did go on to both win The Bachelor and later be the Bachelorette. But Caelynn Miller-Keyes was thought to be an early Bachelorette contender too, and Luke Parker -- yes, that Luke P. -- was considered Hannah's frontrunner to win for most of Steve's pre-season spoilers through filming. Things change. Now Caelynn is with Dean -- yes, still, as of the reunion special -- and Luke P. is doing whatever he'd doing now. I don't even want to look him up, I want to just let him be.
I'm curious to see if The Bachelor fans would be able to pick out this potential fiancée frontrunner before being told who Steve meant. We could all disagree. It's not like fans all agree on anyone -- for every Peter critic there's a Peter fan, or someone who would've preferred Derek Peth, or anyone else. (Hell, I was even pushing for John Paul Jones at one point, and I still kinda love his crazy passionate spittle-talk.)
At this point, Bachelor in Paradise is still airing Mondays and Tuesdays on ABC before the September 17 reunion special. Then The Bachelor starts his journey, which will air from January to March, then The Bachelorette will start filming and air from May to late July or early August. Rinse, repeat.