'The Bachelorette' 2016 Rumors: Ben Higgins' Castoffs JoJo Fletcher, Caila Quinn, Amanda Stanton Frontrunners

Cheryl Phillips

Ben Higgins season of The Bachelor begins next month and there is already speculation about the girls who may be offered the role of the next Bachelorette. Out of the 28 girls who will be exiting limos at the Bachelor mansion on the January 4 premiere, there are three who have a good shot at handing out roses as the Bachelorette in 2016.

[Spoilers ahead]

According to Reality Steve, Ben had his heart set on one girl during the season — Lauren Bushnell. His interest was apparently quite obvious to the other cast members who were hoping to end up with Ben's final rose and a big Neil Lane diamond engagement ring.

"This season has essentially been over since about halfway through. Ben has been pretty clear about wanting Lauren in the end."

Steve states that the runner-up rarely gets picked as the next Bachelorette because it would be hard to transition from being rejected at the Bachelor rose ceremony in March to finding love as ABC's leading lady just weeks later.

Steve's initial prediction was that Jolene "JoJo" Fletcher would make a great Bachelorette, so it's completely possibly producers would change the filming schedule if they think she will draw in viewers. According to WetPaint, JoJo owns her own real estate development company in Texas, so she may have more flexibility than someone who has to ask for time off of work to film the show.

— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) November 17, 2015

If JoJo isn't selected as the next Bachelorette, Steve thinks it's a toss up between Ohio native Caila Quinn and Orange County health and wellness blogger Amanda Stanton. Caila is rumored to make it to the overnight dates with Ben, but is eliminated before the final rose ceremony. There is speculation that fans may not be thrilled with her "drama queen" attitude this season, but apparently Ben liked her enough to bring her on the overnight dates.

— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) November 17, 2015

If Amanda is one of the girls producers are eyeing for the role of the 2016 Bachelorette, the decision to give her the gig will undoubtedly come with some criticism from fans and quite possibly her ex-husband, Nick Buonfiglio, who shares custody of their daughters.

— Melanie Van Ness (@Melsue16) October 26, 2015

Watch the two-hour Bachelor season premiere on January 4, 2016 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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