Bachelor host Chris Harrison will put an end to the rumors on Monday night when he introduces the next Bachelorette on the live After the Final Rose special. Since her appearance on the Women Tell All last week, there has been speculation that Caila Quinn got the gig.
This weekend, professional photos of the 24-year-old software sales rep surfaced online, all but confirming the gossip that fans will see Caila handing out roses on the 12th season of the Bachelorette.
Is this one of the images fans will see on ABC’s promo posters, and is the photo carefully cropped to hide the rose she holding a rose in her right hand?
Of course, it could just be a great photo of Caila, but if that’s not enough to convince fans, Reality Steve recently posted photos of Caila with a film crew in her hometown of Hudson, Ohio. The photos below hint that it’s a done deal.
More pics from Caila filming today… pic.twitter.com/AOouCDydqP
— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) March 3, 2016
Need a few more hints? She posted another professionally-done photo on Instagram this week, and there are hints of an L.A. arrival in this photo taken on Sunday.
During Ben’s season of the Bachelor, the show’s creator, Mike Fleiss, told Us Weekly that he hoped to bring some diversity to the next season of The Bachelorette.
“We’re gonna do everything possible to pick the right person and add a little diversity to our cast,” Fleiss stated in January. “That’s the goal, we’re making a concentrated effort to make that happen.”
At that time, there was speculation that contestant Jubilee Sharpe would get the gig, but Reality Steve states that the lead is normally picked from one of the Bachelor’s final four girls.
Out of Ben’s final four — Amanda Stanton, Lauren Bushnell, JoJo Fletcher, and Caila Quinn — Steve said that Caila had the best shot of being picked for the 2016 Bachelorette.
If the network wants to tackle the diversity issue, she’s a good fit, with Reality TV World reporting that she is half-Filipino, never mind the fact that she landed in third place on Ben’s season — a good spot to be in, because in recent seasons the runner-up has never been given the role of the Bachelorette.
“Caila’s beauty comes from her German, Irish, Swiss, and half-Filipino descent. Her mother immigrated from the Philippines when she was seven-years-old.”
Of course, there are a number of fans who don’t want to see Caila as the next Bachelorette, but that happens every season. Fans complain about who gets picked, say they won’t watch the show, and end up tuning in and tweeting about the drama despite their initial promise to tune out for a season.
It won’t be long before fans find out for sure if Caila is indeed the Season 12 Bachelorette. But first viewers will be glued to their televisions as Ben Higgins’ love story comes to an end.
The three-hour Bachelor season finale begins at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Hosted by Chris Harrison, many Bachelor and Bachelorette alum will be in the audience during the live event. At 10 p.m. ET, fans will get to see Ben and his final pick for the first time on live TV, and he will also face the runner-up.
Once the tears are shed and Ben’s future plans with his bride-to-be are revealed, the Bachelorette will be introduced, with filming expected to start this month, two months ahead of the premiere that will air in May.
Do you think Caila Quinn is the next Bachelorette?
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