Bachelor Nation rosemaster Chris Harrison said they're taking a wait-and-see approach when it comes to picking the next Bachelor. They won't be announcing it during Rachel Lindsay's "The Bachelorette" finale on August 7, so don't expect her loser -- or one of the other finalists -- to pop out with a Bachelor announcement during the "After the Final Rose" special.
At this point, Rachel is down to her final three, but fans expect her to pick either Peter Kraus or Bryan Abasolo (sorry, Eric Bigger), with Peter looking like the frontrunner as the next Bachelor -- unless Rachel got him to put a ring on it. The most recent episode definitely made it look like Peter was not ready to propose to Rachel, but that doesn't meant ABC is ready to hand him roses as the 2018 Bachelor. Harrison said any of Rachel's top four -- including Dean Unglert -- could be candidates.
Here's what Chris Harrison told Entertainment Tonight during the "Men Tell All" taping in L.A.:
"Dean, Peter, Bryan, Eric. There's four great candidates right there. But in all seriousness, we've not picked a Bachelor. So I can tell you, no Bachelor is chosen. We're going to wait for 'The Bachelorette' to end. And then we're going to wait for 'Bachelor in Paradise' to kind of run its course as well. Because Nick [Viall] popped out of 'Paradise,' if you remember. We didn't see that coming. We weren't planning on it and then it happened. I think, lesson learned, we're going to wait and just watch it all play out."
Stupid Nick ruining everything again! Sorry.
Unlike "The Bachelorette," which starts taping immediately after "The Bachelor," "The Bachelor" usually doesn't start taping until September, so they have some time to wait and see if anyone from "Paradise" emerges as a favorite.
The spoilers for Rachel's finale have been back and forth (and may have just taken a slight step toward a particular direction) but if you're curious about "Bachelor in Paradise" spoilers, it does sound like Dean ends up in a messy love triangle, and that could hurt his chances of being named the 2018 Bachelor. So, if Peter is *not* Rachel's fiancé at this moment, he should still be considered the No. 1 draft pick.
"The Bachelorette: Men Tell All" airs Monday, July 31, with the finale airing the following Monday on August 7. Then "Bachelor in Paradise" will premiere Monday, August 14.
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