While the COVID-19 pandemic might have put most of the television industry on hold, Matt James' upcoming season of The Bachelor is filming right on schedule, meaning we can look forward to an early January premiere date.
All of Matt's contestants who made the final cut before filming arrived on set at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Penn. on Oct. 10 to start filming, and the season's spoilers are slowly being revealed.
Of course, we probably won't be able to have as many spoilers as normal, due to the entire season being filmed on a closed set, but there are still certain pieces of information making it out to us.
One of those spoilers happens to be who won Matt's first impression rose. Here's who won the first rose of the season and what we know about her.
Abigail Heringer won Matt's first impression rose.
According to Reality Steve, contestant Abigail Heringer won Matt's first impression rose. He revealed the information in his column before tweeting it out to his followers.
"As mentioned in today’s column, this is who received Matt’s first impression rose. Abigail Heringer, 25, Salem, OR," he tweeted.
According to the blogger, Abigail was born partially deaf and was given cochlear implants as a child. The Statesman Journal previously wrote an article about Abigail and her sisters, who were supposedly also born deaf, though it appears the article has since been removed.
Abigail is a 2017 graduate of Linfield College, where she majored in finance, and according to her LinkedIn, she currently works as a Client Financial Manager at Opus Agency.
The 'Bachelor' franchise has only had a few visibly disabled contestants.
Diversity in the Bachelor franchise has always been few and far between — the show is in its 25th season and we finally have the first Black bachelor, and there have only been two Black bachelorettes in the show's history (Rachel Lindsay and Tayshia Adams).
While many of the show's contestants have openly grappled with less-visible disabilities, like anxiety, depression, PTSD, and Crohn's disease, there's only been one other contestant in the show's history to have a visible disability.
Sarah Herron, who competed on Season 17 of The Bachelor, was born without the lower portion of her arm, and on night one she talked with Sean Lowe about her disability. Even though she might not have been a match for Sean (who is actually still happily married to his final rose recipient, by the way), Sarah went on to compete on the subsequent season of Bachelor in Paradise.
Abigail will be the closest the franchise has come to deaf representation. During Colton Underwood's season, Cassie Randolph attempted to teach the bachelor some words in sign language on night one, but she was later corrected by deaf activist and former Dancing With the Stars winner Nyle DiMarco.
In a tweet following the show's premiere, Nyle corrected Cassie's sign language, clarifying that she had not correctly signed the words she was trying to teach Colton.
"Hahaha well this is embarrassing. I tried!" Cassie quote-tweeted Nyle in response. "I’m glad it was restaurant [instead of rose] and not something worse."