The debate has been going on for months – who would be the next “Bachelorette?” Would it be a girl from Ben’s season? Would that pesky Emily Maynard rumor turn out to be true? Would they go completely off the board and not recycle someone? Well, the decision has been made. All season I’ve been watching Ben’s girls picking out who I thought would make the best “Bachelorette.” Only have two episodes to go off of, but I’m guessing that the public has a pretty good idea of who they like at this point. With Courtney out of the running, and knowing that the “Bachelorette” would probably come from somewhere within the top four, it wasn’t hard to see who was a candidate – Nicki, Kacie, Lindzi, and Emily.
If I had to rank them, I’d think that Lindzi or Kacie would make the best “Bachelorette.” Tough deciding on one over the other. Lindzi would be an obvious candidate because she gets dumped at the final rose ceremony and there will be plenty of people who will want to see her happy. I think the reaction after Kacie’s date last night was a positive one and she is somebody I think America could tolerate for a couple months. Southern girl, sweet as pie, and leaves a lasting enough impression on this show where people will be invested in her. As for Nicki, I just don’t see it because her divorce is too recent? Emily, well, I just put her in the third slot because I have a mini-crush on that gangsta rapping doctor. But I’m sure she could easily handle the lead role just as well as the others, even though she didn’t make the final four.
Having them go off the board and pick a completely new “Bachelorette” is just something I don’t see this show ever doing again. Hell, Mike Fleiss even admitted it himself in this interview he did with EW.com at the end of Brad’s season, where he so eloquently called me a “goof ball.” Thanks buddy. I appreciate it. Here was his answer:
EW.com: Will you ever go back to casting unknown bachelors or bachelorettes?
Mike Fleiss: I can’t imagine how we would ever get back to that. This works so well for us. People are invested in these characters, they are who they are tuning in for. We have enough new blood by design. We have one returning character with 25 or 30 new faces. I don’t think we need new blood across the board. Can you imagine if it was someone not like Ashley, who was brand new? It makes the show feel small of all sudden. It would be hard to get people interested.
So everyone who asks me, “Why don’t they use fresh meat? I’m sick of the recycled contestants”, there’s your answer. Never ask me again. I don’t see eye-to-eye with him on much, but this I do. He’s made a silly dating reality show last now 23 seasons. He’s obviously doing something right. No one would’ve ever though back in 2002 we’d still be talking about this show in 2012. No one. So, we at least have to give him credit for that. Outside of “Survivor”, no US reality “game” show (you know, where people are getting voted/kicked off and stuff) has lasted as long as this. “Real World” has produced more seasons, but it’s a completely different show content wise. “Survivor” and “The Bachelor” franchise are the gold standards when it comes to reality competition shows, whether you want to admit it or not.
Which is why the announcement of the next “Bachelorette,” while coming as a surprise to me, does not surprise me at all in terms of the franchise…