'Bachelor' Contestant Rachel Lindsay Is First Black 'Bachelorette' [Update]

Cheryl Phillips

The Bachelor Nick Viall is just days away from handing out his final rose, but the show's producers may have bigger plans for one of his final four girls. For years, ABC's popular reality dating series has struggled with diversity and now an African-American woman has, for the first time in the show's history, made it to the final four.

UPDATE February 13, 2017: According to Reality Steve, the formal announcement that Rachel Lindsay has been named as the 2017 Bachelorette star will take place on Monday, February 13 during the Jimmy Kimmel Live, making her the first black lead in the history of the show. Steve's confirmation comes hours after producer Mike Fleiss teased on Twitter than a "historic announcement" is coming on Monday night.

Contestant Rachel Lindsay, 31, has been a top contender since she first arrived at the Bachelor mansion when filming started in late September. Nick had 30 women to choose from on night one and gave the first impression rose to Rachel, a beautiful attorney from Dallas, Texas. According to Reality Steve, Rachel is the first black woman in the show's history to get the first rose of the season — and there's more.

"Only took 21 seasons (33 if u count 12 Bachelorette), but we have our first black F4 contestant: Rachel Lindsay, 31, Dallas, TX," Steve tweeted.

He went on to say that he'd be "very surprised" if the 2016 Bachelorette "wasn't diverse," and sure enough, she wasn't – unless you the fact that JoJo's mother is Persian made her a diverse lead.

Now that Rachel Lindsay has made it to at least the final four on Nick's season, it's almost too obvious that ABC is trying to make up for lost time when it comes to casting a black lead for either the Bachelor or the Bachelorette.

According to a previous report from the Inquisitr, Nick picked his final three girls on Friday (November 4) and the cast and crew are currently filming the overnight dates in Finland.

It doesn't matter if Rachel is one of the three girls who made it past the hometowns or not, she still has a good shot at becoming the next Bachelorette. In recent seasons, producers have picked ABC's leading lady from one of the top four girls.

Of course, there's always a chance that Rachel could become the next Mrs. Viall if Nick gives her his final rose, but the whole season already has that overly-produced feeling to it, what with producers giving Nick a fourth shot at finding love within the franchise.

"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. 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."

[Featured Image by ABC Television Network/Rachel Lindsay, Facebook]