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Rumors Are Swirling About Who the Next 'Bachelorette' Will Be

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Feb. 9 2021, Published 5:05 p.m. ET

One of the most exciting parts of a new season of The Bachelor is the constant analyzing and guessing as to which women will go on to be the new Bachelorette the following season. Typically, there is a fan-favorite from the contestants who make it pretty far in the show, sometimes final two, and sometimes even winning the show, but then later, we see the relationship fall apart (ie. Becca Kufrin). 

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Matt James’ season of The Bachelor is heating up, but fans can’t help but wonder, “Who is the next pick for The Bachelorette?” While no woman has been chosen yet, that doesn’t mean the internet hasn’t come up with a ton of theories.

Some 'Bachelor' Nation fans believe Bri Springs is a good choice.

Bri Springs had the honor of getting picked for Matt’s coveted first one-on-one date. The two rode all-terrain-vehicles around the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in western Pennsylvania where most of the show is being filmed. When they got on the same vehicle, they ended up crashing, flipping the ATV over, and rolling in the mud. 

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After the scary incident, the two recovered, sharing a dip in the hot tub with some champagne. “I feel like our near-death experience really brought us closer together,” Matt told Bri. 

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Bri then opened up to Matt over dinner about her insecurities about her mother having another child. They bonded over both being raised by single moms, and he gave her a rose at the end of the evening followed by lots of making out. Sounds like a magical time, right? While their connection was obvious, fans have noticed that the girl who gets the first one-on-one doesn’t usually get the final rose. She does, however, have a good chance at becoming the next Bachelorette

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‘The Bachelor’ fans turn to the data to try to guess who will be the next 'Bachelorette.'

Fans on Reddit wasted no time pointing out that data shows half of the women who went on the first one-on-one date on The Bachelor later became The Bachelorette lead. Bri, are you listening?

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Bachelor Data’s new post about the first date recipient is pretty cool,” one fan wrote on Reddit. “Ashley, Clare, Caila, Hannah B, and Becca all got the first one-on-one, and they were all Bachelorettes besides Caila, who technically was supposed to be until they changed their minds to JoJo.”

Fans agreed that it could be the producers’ plan to make America fall in love with a contestant early, gain her approval throughout the show, and bank on high ratings for her to potentially become the next Bachelorette

“The first date often goes to a girl the lead likes that the producers think will go far, but not win. It is to set up the storyline where the girl develops feelings fast and then gets heartbroken,” another Reddit user commented.

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'Reality Steve' claims Katie Thurston will be the next 'Bachelorette.'

While ABC has yet to announce who the next Bachelorette is, spoiler king Reality Steve claims he's heard Katie Thurston will be the next season's lead.

Katie has been a fan favorite this season, starting when she walked out of the limo with a sex toy in her hands.

"(SPOILER); At the 'Women Tell All' taping this past Thursday, Katie Thurston was announced as the next 'Bachelorette,'" Reality Steve tweeted on Feb. 7.

But while many were excited about the news, Katie suggested that she hasn't actually been asked to be the Bachelorette at all. 

"Reading my texts this morning like ... news to me," she posted in an Instagram Story according to Cosmopolitan

Current contestant Mari Penin also replied to Reality Steve's tweet with a simple "False."

It looks like next season's Bachelorette is still very much up in the air.

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