“The Bachelor” Season 20 is still not over, but fans of the ABC reality show are already clamoring to find out who the next star of “The Bachelorette” is. Although the casting announcement is not usually made until after the finale, the “Women Tell All” special Monday night may have hinted at who among the current season’s contestants the production is leaning toward.
It was previously reported that Lauren Bushnell, JoJo Fletcher, Becca Tilley, Amanda Stanton and Caila Quinn were front-runners for “The Bachelorette” Season 12. Lauren and JoJo are the final two in the running for Ben Higgins’ heart, but the others ladies were on hand for the reunion special. While Becca and Amanda got to briefly talk, all eyes were on Caila — the most recently eliminated contestant — as she joined host Chris Harrison in the hot seat.
When Caila sat down for her one-on-one interview, the audience broke into a loud round of applause.
“It’s hard to watch it back,” Caila admitted to the host after a clip of her emotional departure aired. “And I really did love him, and I still do in a way. I just didn’t picture it ending that way.”
Caila got choked up and said she didn’t imagine things happening the way they did when she went to surprise Ben in the most recent episode. She truly fell in love with him and trusted him with her heart. She explained that she never felt that way with anyone before.
“But, you know, what was really good for me was to see his relationship with Lauren B. and JoJo,” she continued. “Because the way he looks at them, I want somebody to look at me that way one day. I want that. I want someone who can’t control how much they love me.”
It was almost as if Chris Harrison was setting up Caila’s “heartbreak” story for the next season of “The Bachelorette.” And fans on Twitter took notice too.
— Marlee Rose (@marliiirose) March 8, 2016
I don't trust Caila. This monologue has "let me be Bachelorette" written all over it #womentellall
— NAT TOMZ (@n_tomasik) March 8, 2016
Caila carefully not saying anything to disqualify herself from being the next Bachelorette. #womentellall
— 30MG (@20SmthngPrblms) March 8, 2016
Does anyone really believe Caila !!? She is gunning for bachelorette hard it's sad #WomenTellAll
— Arlene (@Arlene_92) March 8, 2016
Caila's dropping all the necessary "I'm the next bachelorette" catch phrases and I'm so sad about it #WomenTellAll
— Modern Magnolias (@ModernMagnolias) March 8, 2016
— lolbachelor (@lolbachelor) March 8, 2016
— Her Campus (@HerCampus) March 8, 2016
So, is Caila the next “Bachelorette”? Amanda and Becca didn’t get nearly as much screen time as Caila during “The Women Tell All.” And the series does have a history of choosing the third-place contestant from “The Bachelor.” Kaitlyn Bristowe came in third in Chris Soules’ season of “The Bachelor,” and Andi Dorfman was third in Juan Pablo Galavis’ season. To top it off, “The Bachelor” blogger Reality Steve posted photos on Twitter last week of what appears to be Caila filming the introduction package for “The Bachelorette” in her hometown of Hudson, Ohio.
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