‘Bachelor’ Star Nick Viall Heads To Hometowns With Final Four Girls – There’s A Major First On Hometown Dates This Season

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Nov. 2 2016, Updated 7:48 a.m. ET

The Bachelor star Nick Viall has only a few weeks to go before has to make one of the biggest decisions of his life. As filming begins for the hometown dates episode, fans are anxious to find out who Nick’s final four girls are, who will make it to the overnight dates, and if Nick will propose to his final pick or walk away from the final rose ceremony single.

Although there’s a good chance that Nick already has his heart set on one of his final four ladies, he still has to meet the families of all four girls during what will undoubtedly end in a very emotional rose ceremony after the hometowns are filmed.

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Season 21 of The Bachelor premieres on ABC January 2, 2017, but the spoilers about the upcoming season are already leaking out online, including a big “first” this season that took place not only on the first night of filming but when Nick picked his final four girls prior to hometowns.

Get the latest scoop about Nick’s final four girls below as well as some other intel about the upcoming season below.

Warning: The Bachelor Season 21 spoilers ahead!

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Last month, Nick met 30 single ladies at the Bachelor mansion in Los Angeles and, after weeks of dates and rose ceremony eliminations, he is now down to his final four girls.

According to Reality Steve, Nick and the six remaining contestants enjoyed some sun and fun (and probably a good amount of tears) in the Bahamas over the past week. After sending two ladies home and choosing his final four girls, they all headed back to the U.S. to prepare for Nick’s visit to their hometowns.

There are several firsts happening on this season and perhaps ABC’s answer to the diversity issue that has plagued the reality TV series for the past 20 seasons. Spoilers indicate that viewers will see a black contestant — Rachel Lindsay — get Nick’s first impression rose and she also ends up in the final four.

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The Huffington Post recently reported that the network planned to bring “more diverse” contestants onto the show, although — Juan Pablo aside — they have yet to cast a diverse lead. Whether producers made sure Rachel made it to the final four to for diversity reasons or if Nick is really smitten with her is still unknown.

“I’m not saying Nick gave Rachel the first impression because she’s black at all. I’m just saying I think it played a role based on everything I heard coming into this season,” states Reality Steve. “This has nothing to do with Rachel. Very attractive woman. All she did was agree to come on the show. I’m sure Nick is into Rachel. Without a doubt. I’m also sure that Nick is very interested in ‘producing’ good TV this season as well.”

Rachel is 31 and hails from Dallas, Texas. She’s smart and beautiful, and there is no doubt that she will keep Nick on his toes. According to her LinkedIn profile, Rachel graduated from Marquette University Law School in 2011. When she’s not pursuing Nick on The Bachelor, she works as an attorney at Cooper and Scully in Dallas.

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Rachel is one of four girls who make it to hometowns, but there’s still a bit of a mystery as to who the other three girls are. However, Steve told his Twitter followers that they could be among the 17 girls he has released so far. Or not.

“They absolutely very well could be,” Steve teased on Twitter. “Or not.”

What is known so far is that one contestant who will create a buzz early on in the season will not make it to the hometown dates. When contestant Elizabeth Sandoz stepped out of the limo on night one, it wasn’t the first time she laid eyes on Nick.

Elizabeth is a long-time friend of Jade (Roper) Tolbert and served as Jade’s maid of honor when she married Tanner Tolbert on the The Bachelor at 20: A Celebration of Love special. According to a previous report from the Inquisitr, Nick was at the wedding, had sex with Elizabeth that night, and never called her after their night in the sack.

According to Reality Steve, Nick sent Elizabeth home without a rose during the second rose ceremony, so it’s obvious that there wasn’t a love connection beyond their one-night stand.

Filming for hometown dates will take place over the next week, and there is no doubt that more spoilers will emerge, including the names of the girls who make it through yet another rose ceremony and on to the overnight dates.

Watch The Bachelor Season 21 starring Nick Viall starting January 2, 2017, on ABC.

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