How far does Jubilee Sharpe make it with Bachelor Ben Higgins and is she being eyed by the show’s producers to become the first ‘diverse’ Bachelorette?
On Week 3 of the Bachelor, Jubilee scores a one-on-one date with Ben and they get to spend a relaxing day at a spa in San Diego. While the ABC video preview (below) reveal that they have a great time together, they do have one thing they disagree on — food.
Sushi is on their date menu and Ben enjoys it, but Jubilee spits it up in a napkin. Fortunately, Ben has a sense of humor. He asks what her favorite food is and it’s nothing even close to sushi — she loves hot dogs.
Champagne, caviar, and hot dogs? https://t.co/Zxdm0rwT9D
— The Bachelor (@BachelorABC) January 15, 2016
Hot dogs aside, Reality Steve‘s spoilers indicate that Ben had a great time on his spa date with Jubilee and give her a rose. That means she’s safe for another week, but does she make it to the final three or will she be going home soon?
Here’s the scoop on what happens between Ben and Jubilee and what’s next for the U.S. Army veteran.
Who’s ready for week 3?! pic.twitter.com/DB8HUAy2Aq
— Jubilee Sharpe (@JubileeSharpe1) January 12, 2016
Host Chris Harrison put Jubilee on his list of women to watch this season, telling Yahoo that she has “attitude” but is very “down-to-earth and sweet.”
“She has a great name. It should be a nail polish,” Chris told Yahoo. “She was in the army and is a war veteran. She’s a very strong, bold, loyal woman.”
“You get this intensity with her because she has the military background, but on the inside, she is actually very vulnerable and sensitive. She has an amazing story. She had a bit of a rough upbringing — born in Haiti, adopted by an American couple, and then served. Ben is impressed with her story as he gets to know her.”
Her story is one that seems to intrigue Ben as the season progresses, but spoilers indicate that other women, including Lauren Bushnell and JoJo Fletcher, quickly become frontrunners pushing Jubilee and several other girls further down Ben’s list of potential wives.
Reality Steve‘s spoilers indicate that Jubilee will go on a few more dates before she leaves the show, getting rose on Week 3 and Week 4.
Although she wins a group date cooking challenge on Week 5, Steve states that Ben sends her home at the group date after-party. For some reason he doesn’t wait until the rose ceremony to send her home — viewers will find out why when the episode airs on February 1.
Although she heads home half-way through the season, there is speculation that she could be in the running for the next Bachelorette. Typically ABC’s leading lady is someone from the top three or four, but according to the show’s creator, Mike Fleiss, they are interested in finding a “diverse” leading lady — perhaps as soon as next season.
Last week Fleiss told Us Weekly that producers are making “a concentrated effort” to give the Bachelorette gig to a “non-white” woman. Once he made that comment, Twitter started buzzing with possibilities — Jubilee Sharpe, Amber James, Jami Letain, and Caila Quinn were all mentioned as possible choices for the upcoming season.
However, Reality Steve feels that the network may name Caila Quinn as the next Bachelorette because she makes it to the final three, something that gives her better odds at being a fan favorite this season. That means the other three girls would be out as spoilers indicate that they all leave well before hometown dates.
“They’ve never deviated away from that in 11 seasons, so you can eliminate Amber, Jami, and Jubilee… none of those girls finish in the top 4, they didn’t even finish in the top 10,” Steve writes. “There is no way they’re casting someone in the lead who didn’t make it halfway through their season. You can forget them. It’s not happening.”
ABC’s next Bachelorette won’t be named until Ben’s season wraps up, so there’s still plenty of time for speculation.
Who would you like to see as the next Bachelorette and do you think Jubilee would be a good lead for the reality TV franchise?
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