Contributing writer Maren DeMargel recaps and reviews the current season of “The Bachelorette.” Warning: there are spoilers in this presentation.
Season 16 of ABC’s “The Bachelorette” premiered on Oct. 14, and it has successfully set the stage for one of the most dramatic seasons of the show.
At age 39, Clare Crawley is the oldest bachelorette in the show’s 16 season history. According to ABC’s website, Clare is looking for a man who is strong and compassionate and who is ready to live life to the fullest with her. With 31 eligible bachelors to choose from, she hopes to find her perfect husband, and when she meets Dale Moss, it seems to be love at first sight.
“I definitely feel like I just met my husband,” Clare said on the show. She later granted Dale the first impression rose, a token of her affection and a guaranteed pass into the next round. However according to the teaser for episodes to come, their relationship will cause an extreme amount of drama on the show.
Even though “The Bachelorette” is supposed to run for about 11 episodes with the end result being an engagement between the bachelorette and the man of her choice, there are rumors swirling around Bachelor Nation that this season may be quite different.
Because Clare has fallen for Dale so quickly, many are speculating that she will quit the show and be replaced by Tayshia Adams several episodes in. Tayshia appeared on season 23 of The Bachelor and was well liked by fans.
“So we can at least acknowledge now that, yes, Tayshia is the new Bachelorette,” RealitySteve, a blogger known for his inside scoop on Bachelor related happenings, wrote on Twitter. If this is true, this would be the first time this has happened in Bachelor history.
Aside from these theories of what is to come, there is already plenty of drama between several of the eligible bachelors on the show, which keeps this usually long and boring premier episode interesting. In this episode, Tyler Cottrill accuses Yosef Aborady of being unfaithful to Clare by direct messaging other girls through Instagram. Yosef denies it, leaving Clare to force the men to talk through their issues.
Because of this, several men do not get a chance to talk to Clare before the rose ceremony, the event at the end of each episode where the bachelorette decides which men move on to the next round and which men must leave the show. This leaves these men upset which usually leads to drama in upcoming episodes.
All of these events and teasers make for an extremely interesting premier episode that creates a foundation for what will most likely be a dramatic season. New episodes of “The Bachelorette” can be viewed on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on ABC.
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