Caila Quinn traveled to L.A. this weekend, two days before her overnight date with Bachelor Ben Higgins airs on ABC. She was joined by most of her Season 20 co-stars who were in California to film the Women Tell All special that fans will be able to watch on March 7.
Was Caila in Los Angeles to face Ben at the Women Tell All for the first time since filming wrapped in November? Or was the 24-year-old software sales rep there to meet with producers and sign a contract to become the next Bachelorette? [Spoilers ahead]
Viewers who aren’t following spoilers this season won’t find out if Caila moves on to the final rose ceremony until the Fantasy Suite dates episode airs on Monday night. However, producers didn’t try to hide the fact that Caila was at the WTA taping on Saturday, allowing photos and live video to be shared on Snapchat at the after party.
Contestants Leah Block and Lauren Himle took dozens of photos with Caila on Saturday night, essentially giving away the outcome of the overnight dates episode by sharing the photos from the Women Tell All after party on Snapchat of Caila at the Women Tell All after party.
Before the 20th season of the Bachelor premiere aired in January, blogger Reality Steve hinted that Caila Quinn would end up in the final three. Weeks later, he confirmed that she did indeed make it to Jamaica with two other girls — JoJo Fletcher and Lauren Bushnell — but was eliminated at the rose ceremony after spending the night in the Fantasy Suite with Ben.
The photos that show Caila at the Women Tell All after party prove that Steve’s spoilers are spot-on this season. However, spoilers or not, it shouldn’t come as a big surprise to fans that she didn’t win Ben Higgins’ final rose.
The clues were there throughout the season and right up to her hometown date when Caila held back on saying ‘I love you’ to Ben. Perhaps she couldn’t bring herself to say those three important words because she wasn’t ready to make a long-term commitment — or was she more interested in pursuing the Bachelorette gig?
Host Chris Harrison typically introduces the next Bachelorette on the After the Final Rose special that follows the season finale. That means ABC’s next leading lady will be formally announced on March 14, after Ben and his final pick make their first live appearance.
With just two weeks to go until the Bachelorette is announced, it’s likely that producers are close to making a decision and will soon be filming the intro package that will be shown on the ATFR special.
Will Caila be picked to hand out roses, or do they have someone else in mind? Although she was in L.A. to film the ATFR special, Reality Steve thinks there’s a good chance that she will get the gig, especially after the show’s creator, Mike Fleiss talked to Us Weekly about picking a “non-white” lead for the 2016 Bachelorette.
According to Reality TV World, Caila is half Filipino, so she’s a good candidate if producers are going to tackle their diversity issue and pick a “non-white” Bachelorette. Of course, there will be plenty of complaining from Bachelor fans who think Jubilee Sharpe, Amber James, or Jami Letain would be great candidates for the role.
Fortunately, fans have only two weeks to wait until they find out if Caila Quinn is ABC’s 12th Bachelorette. Watch the overnight dates (Episode 9) on Monday, February 29, followed by the Women Tell All special (March 7), and the season finale/final rose ceremony (March 14).
Do you think Caila Quinn will be named the next Bachelorette or do you have another girl from Ben’s season of the Bachelor in mind?
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