And your next Bachelorette is…
The 38-year-old hairstylist from Sacramento was announced as the upcoming season’s lead during Monday’s Good Morning America.
For those who don’t immediately remember Crawley, she appeared on the 2014 season of the series when she looked for a chance at love with then-Bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis.
— The Bachelorette (@BacheloretteABC) March 2, 2020
As one of the two finalists, Crawley was sent home.
She appeared in a few spinoffs including Bachelor in Paradise and The Bachelor Winter Games, in which she got engaged to Benoit Beausejour-Savard. Clearly, that didn’t last, and she’s looking for love once again.
Crawley was just as surprised as the rest of the world because she told GMA, “I literally just found out. ”
So unexpected, can you believe this? Six years later? What is happening,” she added.
What’s happening is that producers didn’t find any of The Bachelor Season 24 contestants as viable choices.
Twitter was pretty impressed with the choice especially because Crawley becomes the oldest Bachelorette.
Fans believe that this season’s contestants were too young and thus, immature and not truly looking for a forever partner.
Crawley believes her age means she won’t “settle” and “knows what she’s looking for.”
Many were excited about The Bachelorette Season 16 choice:
— Sarah Wainschel (@Swainsch) March 2, 2020
— Abby (@abbster1215) March 2, 2020
— the bachelor & bitchelor 🌹 (@acceptedrose) March 2, 2020
— // r // (@rebe_cca7) March 2, 2020
Clare Crawley: Bachelorette 16
I’m excited to see her take another shot at love within the franchise. I think she knows what she wants, won’t take any BS, and will be open & vulnerable.
— Bachelor Bob (@BachelorBob_) March 2, 2020
I'm excited for this!
Finally someone ever the age of 25. I'm tired of all these 23 year olds saying they are looking for a wife/husband when really all they want is to be on BIP or Instagram famous #TheBachelor #TheBachelorette pic.twitter.com/Bmm82jMGUp
— Natalie Lafemme (@Only_Lafemme) March 2, 2020
Clare Crawley is the next Bachelorette. I’m happy we have a woman of age/experience and not another early 20 something year old but… Clare as lead? Eh. I don’t hate the idea but I also don’t necessarily care for it. We’ll see how this all shapes up.#TheBachelorette. pic.twitter.com/5jObdJrZAj
— Aliya Langley (@aliyalangley) March 2, 2020
Did we want Clare? No
Did we want Peter? No
Did we want Hannah? No
Did we want Arie? No
The producers thrive on ruining any trust we have in them#TheBachelorette
— TheBachBabes (@TheBachBabes) March 2, 2020
— Julie S✌🏾️ (@JStanky90) March 2, 2020
After years of not getting my way, I might be officially giving up on the Bachelor franchise. This season of #TheBachelor is dumpster fire, now Clare Crowley is #TheBachelorette? No thanks. pic.twitter.com/xfvCT6rDZV
— Brittany Bauza Shaw (@Shawnannigans) March 2, 2020
And while it seems the show is heading in the right direction by not making all of #BachelorNation sit through another season of 20-something wannabe Instagram influencers who want to sell fit tea, there’s a much bigger issue at play that this user brought up — the show’s lack of diversity. It’s one thing to cast contestants that are diverse, but when will the producers casting the lead get the memo?
Chris Harrison Reveals Clare Crawley’s Season on ‘The Bachelorette’ Will Address Coronavirus
Unfortunately, the season has been postponed due to to the coronavirus pandemic. The quarantine and “stay at home” orders are preventing shows from filming, but all hope isn’t lost.
When things finally go back to normal and it is safe to leave the comfort of our home, the franchise plans to move forward with Crawley’s highly-anticipated season.
“Until we can do this show and do it safely, we won’t do it,” longtime host Chris Harrison told People. “Right now, we are just on hold and it’s being postponed. But we’re all chomping at the bit to get back to it and to have Clare be our Bachelorette.”
“If you use your common sense, you have to think, ‘Okay, out of all these people, are they all going to be healthy?’ You pray to God that they all are, but what happens if some of these people are infected? What happens if some of them get severely sick? I mean, Colton [Underwood] went down, so once the smoke clears and this virus subsides and we think, ‘Okay, let’s get back to work.’ It’s going to be a brave new world and we’re all going to have to reassess everything,” he said.
And, that means, the casting for the season can look and feel different.
Of course, we’ve all been changed by what has been happening around the world with the novel virus.
The virus has affected all of us either directly or indirectly. People have gotten sick, lost loved ones, and lost jobs as small businesses and big corporations have all struggled to stay afloat.
It’s impossible to ignore those effects on our society and economy, and The Bachelor, which is often considered escapist reality television, doesn’t plan on shying away from it.
“When we shoot Clare’s season, it’s going to be indicative of what’s happening in the world,” Chris explained. “Obviously, there will be talks of the pandemic and, ‘What were you doing quarantining and who were you with?’ Those are going to be the conversations that we’re going to embrace. And then when you watch Clare’s season, 20 years from now, you’re going to think, ‘What? What were these people doing? Why did they not hug? Why were they scared to embrace?’ And that’s kind of the beauty of this show is it always embraces what’s happening in the real world.”
Coronavirus is definitely a sign of our times. It’s unclear if the show will really bounce back and force contestants to practice social distancing, but it wouldn’t be the craziest thing to happen this year.
With airlines crumbling and the travel industry halted, it may also effect all the trips the contestants take on their journey to love.
We’ll have to wait and see how this all pans out, and while we do, we’re hoping everyone stays safe and healthy!
‘The Bachelorette’s’ Mike Johnson Reveals If He’d Ever Become ‘The Bachelor’
Mike Johnson and Smirnoff hosted a viewing party for the finale of most dramatic season of The Bachelor on Tuesday night at Rannali’s in Chicago. (If you’re in the area, check them out cause the pizza was delicious.)
Throughout the night, Johnson, who was a contestant on Hannah Brown’s season of The Bachelorette, was spotted working the room with a Smirnoff Seltzer in one hand (his favorite is the raspberry flavor) and roses for the ladies in the other hand.
During a one-on-one chat with Erin, our Bachelor expert, he was asked the hard-hitting questions including if he would ever consider becoming the Bachelor.
“Right now, to be honest, I’m just focused on Peter. That’s my boy, I want to make sure he’s good,” he said,” adding, “if the opportunity presents itself in obviously I’m single then I would love to.”
Did you hear that Bachelor producers?
Mike is in and his smile (which he said he got from his grandma) is ready.
He also explained that he’s excited for Clare Crawley’s season of The Bachelorette.
Crawley will officially become the oldest Bachelorette in the franchise, and many fans are pumped because they think it’ll bring a new level of maturity to the series that may have been missing from Weber’s season.
Mike admitted that the thinks Crawley’s a woman who knows exactly what she wants.
“Hannah was young but definitely mature for her age. And I think Clare is definitely a cute woman. I can’t wait to see Claire because she told us already what she is going to do. She knows exactly what she wants, she ain’t playing no games and I can’t wait for it. She’s a really strong woman and that’s what Claire exudes,” he explained.
As for the three words he’d use to describe this season? One of those words was definitely rollercoaster!
Bachelor Nation’s Guide to Every Premiere in 2020 Including ‘The Bachelorette’ and ‘BIP’
The Bachelor franchise has taken up the “can’t stop, won’t stop” mantra in 2020.
By February 2020, ABC announced two spinoffs of the iconic reality dating series.
We wanted to help you keep track of it all, so we created this handy dandy Bachelor Nation guide for you.
The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart (April 13, 2020 premiere)
While so much focus has been put towards the upcoming Bachelorette season, a new Bachelor spinoff titled “Listen to Your Heart” is set to premiere beforehand on April 13, 2020. The gist of the plot finds 20 single men and women living under one roof and not only trying to find love but also a singing career. The official description teases that passionate singles will go on Bachelor-style dates that focus on their shared love of music, there will be musical challenges, and best of all, there will be live performances judged by “the biggest names in the music business,” which apparently boils down to Jojo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers (how did they not bring Jedd Wyatt for this?!). Find out more about the spinoff here!
— The Bachelor (@BachelorABC) February 18, 2020
The Bachelorette (likely May 2020 return)
As Peter Weber’s season 24 of The Bachelor nears a close, there’s plenty of talk concerning the upcoming Bachelorette. (Plenty of folks are also freaking out because it doesn’t seem like there’s a clear frontrunner either. Our Bachelor expert weighed in on this and picked her top 5 choices so read them here.) Based on previous seasons and when they premiered, the 16th season of The Bachelorette will likely return this May 2020.
The Bachelor Summer Games (CANCELLED BECAUSE OF CORONAVIRUS)
Similar to Bachelor Winter Games, the Summer Games spinoff follows singles competing in Olympic-inspired sports while searching for love. Since producers are drawing inspiration from the Olympics, it’s safe the say it’ll parallel the sporting event and air sometime between July 24 and August 9. However, since Bachelor in Paradise usually premieres in August, it seems June-July might be the best month for Summer Games. More info on the spinoff here!
Bachelor in Paradise (likely August 2020)
Following its debut in 2014, Bachelor in Paradise has remained a hit. If singles competing in The Bachelor and The Bachelorette didn’t find love the first time around, there’s always a second chance as Paradise invites them back for another shot. So, yeah, it’s entirely possible Mykenna, her facial expressions, and her empowering speeches to herself will be back sometime in August.
The Bachelor Winter Games (TBD – looking at 2022)
ABC launched Winter Games in 2018 to coincide with the 2018 Winter Olympics (the actual sporting event). In this spinoff, singles spent time in Vermont looking for love and competing in Olympic-themed sports. Since the Olympics air in the summer in 2020 and ABC is opting for Summer Games, it’s likely they’ll skip this until the 2022 Olympics.
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