For the second time in the last three seasons of The Bachelorette, we’re seeing a slight change to the final four format. There will be Rachel Lindsay hometown dates, but it’s not going to be in the way that we’ve seen them before.
Typically, what happens is that the Bachelor / Bachelorette travels to different parts of North America in order to meet family members for the remaining contestants in hopes to learn more about them. However, in Kaitlyn Bristowe’s season we saw the remaining contestants stay in Ireland longer, with Shawn Booth and Nick Viall’s families meeting Kaitlyn near the tail end of the season. It was different, seemingly then, because of a last-minute change in production.
However, in this instance it looks like the change in format is due to Rachel’s family, and production making sure that they showcase them in a way that makes them comfortable. Here is what ABC’s own Robert Mills had to say to Entertainment Weekly Radio in the latest edition of The Bachelor Live (thanks to Reality Steve here for the heads-up):
“I will say that hometowns will be a little different this season … Part of it is that she’s going to be taking guys earlier … Her family is not going to be able to travel [near the end] because her sister is extremely pregnant and is not able to fly. She is going to take guys home to meet her family.”
If the show was unable to use one sibling in the past for the final two, which is typically the case for series leads, it would probably not be a huge deal. However, Lindsay’s father is already unable to take part in the show because of his status as a federal judge, so the producers likely need to include every other family member they can. Hence, the decision being made to fly in some of Rachel’s suitors to Dallas. Odds are, the final two will have their families meet Rachel at some point down the road.
We’re not going to reveal anything in terms of who makes it that far or what the overall outcome of the season will be; yet, given that this is coming from someone over at ABC, we figured that this was information that was safe to pass along. It’s an interesting change, but we don’t think it will manifest itself into any sort of enormous shift this season.
If you missed it, you can also check out one of the first teasers for Rachel’s season of The Bachelorette by heading over to the link here right now. (Photo: ABC.)