Following “The Bachelorette” Monday night, we are going to actually get a surprise: The announcement of the next “Bachelor”! This is not typically something that we receive the same night as the leading lady makes her decision, as we traditionally have to wait until September or even early October for this news to be announced.
However, ABC president Paul Lee confirmed to TV Guide Sunday at TCA that the next man to pass out roses will be announced during the live “After the Final Rose” special, which really takes out all of the guesswork regarding just who it could be… time that the press would normally use to really sit around and start up rumors; also, it changes the game somewhat when it comes to figuring out who the people really want.
To us, this news means that we are probably not going to see Jef Holm, who was one of the recent frontrunners, in the spot as he has received no presence on the show this season, and we’re sure that there would be a leak or two in the press about him by now if there were serious talks. To us, this really limits the options to just four from Desiree Hartsock’s season: Drew Kenney, Chris Siegfried, Zak Waddell, and Juan Pablo Galavis. Out of the group, the latter is the most interesting given that he adds diversity to the show, a story that is largely still untouched, and he clearly has fans. Plus, there have been reports linking him to the job over the past few weeks.
As for the others, we really don’t need Sean Lowe’s heir apparent to be another guy with Dallas ties (sorry, Zak), and both Chris and Drew come across as a little bit boring as a whole, which was our biggest problem with Desiree’s season. We want a leading man who wants love, but also wants to have a little bit of fun along the way. (Plus, we don’t need to hear Chris’ poems for every woman he meets in the competition.)
We’ll have some more specific rankings for the possible contenders soon; for now, just click here if you want more teasers from Monday’s finale.