Luke Pell, Chase McNary, James Taylor — who is the Bachelor 2017? Fans who can’t wait to find out who will be handing out roses in January should watch ABC’s Bachelorette: After the Final Rose special on Monday night.
In addition to JoJo Fletcher’s first public appearance with the man she gave her final rose to, there is speculation that Chris Harrison will introduce the next Bachelor during the ATFR special that begins at 10 p.m. ET. on Monday, August 1.
Is Luke Pell still favored to become the next Bachelor or will the gig go to Chase McNary or James Taylor? Here’s the latest scoop about the new Bachelor and his big debut.
If the 2017 Bachelor announcement is made on Monday night, it won’t be the first time ABC has introduced the new Bachelor on an ATFR live show.
According to US Weekly, host Chris Harrison announced that Juan Pablo Galavis was selected to become the Season 17 Bachelor during the Season 9 (Desiree Hartsock) Bachelorette: After the Final Rose show.
Of course, ABC could stall and create even more anticipation over the selection of the next Bachelor by holding off a few weeks. Making the big reveal a part of the live After Paradise talk show is possible — that’s what the network did when Ben Higgins was announced as the Bachelor last season.
Although the 21st season of the Bachelor won’t air until January 2017, filming starts in September, so, at the very latest, fans will find out who ABC picked before the Bachelor in Paradise season finale airs on ABC.
Who has the best shot at becoming the next Bachelor?
At the top of the list are Luke Pell, Chase McNary, and James Taylor. According to Reality Steve, Robby Hayes has far too much ex-girlfriend gossip making headlines this season, so it’s not likely that he will hand out roses.
James Taylor, who was eliminated before the hometown dates episode, supposedly has a shot at becoming the Season 21 Bachelor, but it’s definitely a long shot.
“It’s just — I don’t know. There’s a lot of weight there. It puts you under the microscope of America, and that’s scary.”
Although he told Entertainment Tonight that he is “in talks” to become the Bachelor, Chase is a rather underwhelming choice for the gig. Granted he’s a good-looking guy and has a real job, but he lacks personality, something that’s helpful when you’re ABC’s lead.
Luke Pell became a fan favorite early in JoJo’s season and although he had a quiet demeanor throughout the season, there is no doubt producers could give him some pointers on talking louder and acting excited.
Pell has a fabulous backstory that makes him Bachelor-worthy, not to mention all of the fans who adore him on social media.
From his time served in the U.S. Army as a platoon leader in Afghanistan to his music career that is starting to take off, he’s a Bachelor star in the making.
Even getting blindsided by JoJo just minutes before the Bachelorette final rose ceremony may have pushed him up a notch with the show’s producers.
Luke told Chris Harrison during the Men Tell All that he was ready to find love again — sounds like he was dropping a hint that he will be suited up and giving out roses in a few months.
“It’s a possibility,” Pell told ET, “and so, I definitely would not pass on it up.”
According to blogger Reality Steve, Luke is still favored to become the next Bachelor, but it’s not official until ABC’s next leading man is introduced.
Watch the three-hour Bachelorette season finale on August 1 starting at 8 p.m.
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