The Bachelor Fans Think They Already Know Who The Next Bachelorette Is, And I’m Here For It
It's too early to tell, but I fully support this.
Spoiler alert! This story discusses the January 30 episode of Zach Shallcross’ season of The Bachelor, so consider yourself warned!
With any new season of The Bachelor, fans always try to get an early start on guessing which contestant might be a good lead for the following season of The Bachelorette. Most of the time, it takes until later in the run — Hometowns or Fantasy Suites maybe — to get a really good idea of who it seems like the show is trying to promote as a good candidate for a second shot at love. However, after Zach Shallcross’ first one-on-one date, many Bachelor Nation fans on Twitter think they already know who might be leading The Bachelorette Season 20, and honestly, I hope they’re right.
Christina Mandrell was the recipient of Zach Shallcross’ very first one-on-one date, which included a helicopter ride and a big party, where the content creator spent the day meeting his family (no pressure). They ended the date with an intimate dinner, where she told him she has a 5-year-old daughter. When the Bachelor expressed apprehension about being ready for that kind of responsibility, many on Twitter predicted Mandrell was being set up to lead her own season:
I’m predicting Christina gets sent home in 5th place the week before hometowns in a major heartbreak edit because Zach isn’t ready to meet the daughter and she’ll be next bachelorette #TheBachelor pic.twitter.com/OWtOAYnxEqJanuary 31, 2023
The blonde Southerner with a little girl at home reminded longtime Bachelor Nation fans of a previous Bachelorette, Emily Maynard, and this fan tweeted that even though Zach Shallcross seemed nervous about the prospect of being a stepfather, his decision to keep Christina Mandrell around improved her chances of making it far enough to be the next lead:
Okay, so even with that little speed bump over the Christina being a mother thing, I think she’ll go far and if she plays her cards right, she could be another Emily Maynard and become the bachelorette potentially. She has really good energy.#TheBachelorJanuary 31, 2023
Christina Mandrell has been a standout in these first two weeks, rolling up to Bachelor Mansion in a party bus and showing genuine flashes of humor in her conversations with the other women in the house. Those are great qualities when you’re on the lookout for someone to frame a season around.
The Nashville, Tennessee resident also has celebrity connections, as her aunt is country music singer Barbara Mandrell. That’s not a fact they’re trying to hide, either. While The Bachelor refers to all of the other cast members by first name only, Christina Mandrell is always identified by her full name, so maybe she’s leaning into some “nepo baby” energy?
She even seemed to introduce a viable theme for her season, one Twitter user pointed out, when she expressed to Zach Shallcross how serious she was about finding love:
“I’m chasing real” ^tagline for when she leads the next season of Bachelorette #bachelor #thebachelorJanuary 31, 2023
Fans also seemed impressed that Christina Mandrell didn’t “kiss and tell,” so to speak, after meeting Zach Shallcross’ family on their first date. The Bachelor didn’t realize that and spilled the beans himself (much to the horror of several of the women). The whole episode had fans declaring the search for the next Bachelorette over, with one tweeting:
#TheBachelor 100% Christina edit is to be the next bachelorette. there is no other choice. pic.twitter.com/BkouX9arU8January 31, 2023
There’s one pretty big obstacle, however, that could put an end to our hopes for Christina Mandrell: The Bachelorette Season 20. The end of the January 30 episode featured a small rivalry brewing between Mandrell and America’s Rose recipient Brianna Thorbourne, and the promo for next week’s episode appeared to show that friction spreading to other women in the house. One fan tweeted our collective reaction to that revelation, saying:
They’re really going to make Christina the villain? #thebachelor pic.twitter.com/vfJwvcYl6sJanuary 31, 2023
Say it ain’t so! Tune in at 8 p.m. ET Monday, February 6, on ABC to see if Christina Mandrell can avoid elimination and power through a possible villain edit. The Bachelor is also available to stream the next day with a Hulu subscription, and see what other premieres are coming soon with our 2023 TV schedule.
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