Bachelor fans have something big to look forward to this fall: a new quarantine season of The Bachelorette. Even with COVID-19 restrictions, this season promises to be one of the most dramatic yet.
Hype for the upcoming Bachelorette season began long before the premiere date was announced or the first promo was released. Bachelor nation went ballistic when rumors of leading lady, Clare Crawley, leaving the show began circulating soon after the season began. Fans speculated why Clare would leave the show and the general consensus was Clare had fallen in love and refused to continue filming. Not long after, Tayshia Adams was all but confirmed by producers to replace Clare mid-season by various news outlets. With all of this drama, how exactly will the next season play out?
Even before Clare left the season, she was already an attention-grabbing Bachelorette. To start, Clare would be the oldest show lead at 39. This wouldn’t be the first time the franchise has emphasized Clare’s age. Hardcore fans will remember some contestants criticizing Clare for being 35 on season two of Bachelor in Paradise. One of the upsides of being older than most leads is that Clare has a long history in the franchise. She first appeared on Juan Pablo’s season of the Bachelor then went on to appear on two seasons of Bachelor in Paradise and Bachelor Winter Games.
Viewers who saw Clare’s earlier appearances know she’s not one to play games (unless those games include talking to a raccoon). She famously demanded respect from Juan-Pablo before she left his season in the latter half. Clare also left season one of Bachelor in Paradise in week five after realizing her partner was more interested in another woman. In the second season of Bachelor in Paradise, she was eliminated in week three. The elimination wasn’t a surprise considering her unexpected outburst a week prior. She accused her castmates of having ulterior motives and expressed frustration over not finding a potential husband for the second time. Maybe Clare has found her knight in shining armor this go-around.
Clare’s no-nonsense attitude will probably carry on into the 16th season of the Bachelorette. If anything, she’ll be more certain on what she wants because of all the time she’s spent on personal growth. With this in mind, it’s not a surprise Clare fell head over heels in love with one of the contestants, Dale Moss, and refused to continue filming. There’s no way producers would let Clare slip calmly into the night with her love, so the dramatics are guaranteed. Clare may even be painted as the villain for disrespecting “the process,” as promotional posts may be hinting at. When it comes to Clare’s connection with Dale, it will probably be fast and intense. It’s already been confirmed that Dale received the first impression rose, and with the passionate make-out session featured in the first trailer, it’s no surprise Dale was the reason Clare jumped ship.
Even though Clare left the show early on, she still likely made connections with some other men. The trailer features Clare on what is likely a one on one date with Jason Foster, from the looks of the tattoo on the man’s arm. Maybe Jason and Dale were the only real contenders in Clare’s eyes from the start and she could quickly tell Dale was the one for her.
The quarantine aspect of this season may have also contributed to the quick coupling up. In an interview for Juan-Pablo’s season of The Bachelor GOAT, Clare explained how she was excited because she felt most men would have a more genuine interest in her because the season was “different.” To Chris Harrison she said, “I want somebody who is not excited about traveling to the wonderful locations, which is great and awesome to be able to go do those things, which I’ve done before. But this is more of what I’m looking for — just one-one-one connection or multiple connections. And just having the time to get to know each other way better and not having to focus on anything greater than that. It’s the most important thing.”
A couple of weeks into the season, Tayshia will replace Clare as the lead Bachelorette. Because Clare fell for Dale so fast, it’s likely Tayshia will spend the majority of the season searching for her future husband. Tayshia may experience the same head over heels phenomenon Clare experienced considering the circumstances. Although, if most of the men vying for Tayshia’s heart were originally vying for Clare’s heart, they may just be trying to stick around for the attention. After Clare left, it would be easy to assume the season would attract more viewers because a Bachelorette leaving mid-season is such a big scandal. Some of the men may have picked up on this and in turn shifted their main reason for staying on the show.
Some of Tayshia’s contenders were brought in for Tayshia, so viewers will certainly see some new faces. Some eliminated contestants were also given the chance to return, so if you fall in love with one of the eliminated night one contestants, he may return later on. Per Marie Claire, two men will certainly draw attention: Spencer Robertson and Yosef Aborady. Spencer is rumored to have received the first impression rose and Yosef may be the primary villain.
Producers have made certain adjustments to make the season as normal as possible. For one, hometown dates won’t be conducted via Zoom. Family members were flown into the La Quinta resort so they could get a full read for their relative’s potential future spouse. Fantasy Suites will also be held in more than just a fancy hotel room. Trailers were used to give Tayshia and her contenders a more private experience. The crew likely put a lot of effort into dressing up the trailers so they resemble a traditional fantasy suite.
With all this considered, the next Bachelorette season will be incredibly different from previous seasons. But in some ways it may feel the same or more intimate than usual. It’s fair to say every episode will be filled with drama from start to finish.
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Source: Marie Claire