We're inching ever closer, reality TV fans.
At some point in the near future, ABC will reveal to the world which woman will vie for the affection of 25 total strangers, hoping that a tenuous connection she makes with one of them in some exotic location in front of many cameramen will lead to long-lasting, true love.
It's nearly time to select the next Bachelorette!
With a bit of controversy already swirling over the possibilities, it's time to break each one down.
Courtesy of some inside information from E! News, here are the leading contenders for the honor, along with some insightful quotes from those close to the franchise…
1. Has the Network Made its Choice Yet?
No, Chris Harrison tells E! News: “It really is an ongoing debate. As much as it’s raging on social media, that’s the same thing that’s going on behind the scenes with us.”
2. But It’s Gonna Be a Woman from Colton’s Current Bachelor Season, Right?
It sounds that way, considering these words from Harrison: “It really is a fluid situation because it will ebb and flow depending on what we see in what situation.”
3. We’ve Been Fooled in the Past
We really could have sworn that Caila Quinn would be named The Bachelorette… and it didn’t happen.
4. And Luke Pell?
We were totally convinced he’d be The Bachelor. Alas, he was not. So we are hesitant to speculate too much here.
5. There’s Always a Problem in Selecting a Bachelorette
Well, not a problem. But filming starts almost immediately as soon as shooting on The Bachelor ends, meaning there’s not a lot of time to analyze the options.
6. Ah, So THAT Explains It!
This is why the previous pair of leads, Rachel Lindsay and Becca Kufrin, actually met some of their suitors right as they were confirmed as The Bachelorette on The Bachelor’s After the Final Rose special.
The Hollywood Gossip