It's down to the final four on season 22 of The Bachelor.
While Arie continues to narrow the field of hopefuls down to the one he'll spend the rest of his life with -- or the next few months -- speculation about who could be the next Bachelorette
should hit fever pitch. The last three Bachelorettes -- Kaitlyn Bristowe (season 11), JoJo Fletcher (season 12) and Rachel Lindsay (season 13) -- were all fan favorites from their respective Bachelor
seasons and all found "lasting" love. The big question is if Bachelor Nation has a vested interested in watching any of Arie's female suitors embark on their own journeys to find the man of their dreams. Here's a look at a few of season 22 standouts, and why one of them could be crowned the next Bachelorette
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Amongst a bevy of interchangeable blondes, this breathy, baby-voiced bottle job definitely left her mark during season 22. Her first date with Arie included a trip to his hometown and meeting his parents, making her an apparent frontrunner -- in her own mind anyway. In spite of her philanthropic endeavors and heartbreaking backstory, Krystal quickly emerged as this installment's villain. While villains are as integral to The Bachelor's/Bachelorette's success as fantasy suites, champagne toasts and rose ceremonies, nobody's eager to see them headline the series. Although watching Krystal as The Bachelorette would be like a car wreck -- you don't want to look, but you just can't help but sneak a peek at the carnage.
If it's time for a bad girl to take The Bachelorette helm, throw one in the mix who viewers haven't already watched mentally unravel over the course of six weeks. Just a note, Krystal; ya can't go on a dating show, throw yourself at one of the blandest men on Earth and call everyone else desperate.
Despite Bekah and Arie's 14-year age gap, viewers love the perky, pixie-cut-sporting nanny. Arie has the distinction of being one of the oldest Bachelors, and he has a good decade on many of the female suitors, so ABC obviously doesn't think age is an issue when it comes to casting the show. If Bekah is tapped to be the next Bachelorette, female fans may be turned off if her dating pool consists of a bunch of men having their mid-life crises on national TV. But if a young Bachelorette means twentysomething guys running around with their shirts off, don't expect to hear much complaining.
Let's face facts: Seinne is far too good for Arie. She's Ivy-League-educated, speaks French and brings way more to the table than the kissing-obsessed, washed-up race car driver. When Seinne lamented about growing up not seeing love stories featuring girls that looked like her, it could have been the start of a significant dialogue about interracial relationships, but all Arie could muster up in response was "Yeah." This is the case of a great woman cast on the wrong season. In a perfect world, race wouldn't be a factor when choosing participants in the Bachelor franchise, but the fuss surrounding Rachel Lindsay as the first black Bachelorette proved it is. Seinne is likely out of the running this time around, but don't count her out in the future. All little girls are entitled to their shot at a fairytale ending.
Chelsea got the First impression rose, and Arie was infatuated enough with the single mom to give her two one-on-one dates. It's tough being a mommy and competing on a reality show. Inevitably, there's the mom shaming for leaving the little one(s) behind, and there are guys who see kids as unwanted baggage (Kalon McMahon.) But a girl has got to eat, and it's been a while since the Bachelorette's been a hottie and a mommy, and the two shouldn't be mutually exclusive. Between taking a backseat to some of the bigger personalities and the tissue-worthy narrative about being unceremoniously dumped by her baby daddy, fans might have forgotten that Chelsea had a lot more edge in the premiere. If Chelsea could rediscover her fast and furious side, she'd make a formidable Bachelorette.
Usually, having a hobby like taxidermy would guarantee an early exit from a dating show. But Arie embraced Kendall's quirkiness, and despite carrying around a stuffed duckling in her carry-on luggage, she's turned out to be more grounded than viewers might have expected. Kendall's attempt to empathize and connect with Krystal on their two-on-one, even after Krystal stabbed her in the back, showed maturity and restraint. She plays the ukulele and is looking for someone to complement her "weird soul." Who wouldn't want to go along for that ride? The only downside is she hasn't had a relationship last longer than a year, which could mean she's got very bad luck, some freaky skeletons in her closet or just bad taste (a theory proven by her infatuation with Arie.)
Tia's got that same southern sass as her gal pal and Bachelor season 21 alumna, Raven Gates. We know Tia's in it to win it because she was the first of the ladies to say she was falling in love with Arie while on their first one-on-one date! This hasty confession indicates Tia could easily move on from Arie and give her heart to the next Tom, Dick or Harry. Do we really need another Raven? Not really. But it's hard to ignore how much fun it would be to listen to the Weiner, Arkansas native talk about her hometown. The possible puns are endless.
Are there any women from season 22 who you'd like to see on The Bachelorette? Should the franchise pick a fresh face? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
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