Olivia Should Be The 2016 'Bachelorette,' Because She Knows What She Wants & Isn’t Afraid To Go After It

As the contestants on The Bachelor start to dwindle, viewers have a very important question they want an answer to — not, “Who will win Ben Higgins’ heart?” (because, whatever), but, “Who will be the next Bachelorette?” Since ABC doesn’t go outside Bachelor Nation for casting Bachelors and Bachelorettes any longer, it’s a fun game to try and guess whom we’ll see next season as they are usually plucked from the current season. And, let’s be frank — it’s a popularity contest, and if you get second place, you’re probably definitely not going to be the Bachelorette. (It’s weird for you to tearfully say goodbye to someone you supposedly were madly in love with and then turn around and announce you’re the next Bachelorette. Even though a few months passed in between those moments, to the audience they're shown right next to each other.) Though we’re only a few weeks into Ben Higgins' season, I have my preference of who should follow in his footsteps — I think Olivia should be the 2016 Bachelorette.

Now, you probably think that I’m as crazy as Olivia is portrayed to be, but keep an open mind here. Every season, the producers of The Bachelor take one woman in the house and give her the “crazy, emotional b*tch” edit — they did it to Ashley S., Tierra, Kelsey, Ashley I., etc. This season, it’s Olivia, and I don’t think that’s fair at all. Olivia is definitely not crazy — she is young, and she’s just gotten sucked up in all of this Bachelor stuff. I mean, you’re trapped in a house with 25 other women without any contact with the outside world and you’re all trying to date the same man. That’s bound to make you go a little stir crazy or at least appear that way, no? Though Olivia’s behavior has been a little outlandish, I’m sure she’s a very nice person when she’s on the outside. And, as discussed in Bustle's Bachelor podcast, she doesn't deserve to be bullied.

Here are a few reasons why she would make a great Bachelorette.

Olivia Is Down To Try Anything

Olivia has really embraced being on The Bachelor with open arms. Whatever date, whatever situation, Olivia is ready for it. She might be nervous or scared or a terrible cook (like she was in Mexico City), but she just shakes it off and keeps on going. Survival is frankly nine-tenths of being a Bachelorette, and I think Olivia would do just fine as the star of the show.

Olivia Is Great In Uncomfortable Situations

Being the Bachelorette is not all sunshine and roses. Sometimes, there are bad dates, and sometimes, there are guys that you just don’t click with. Sometimes, the men tell you you’re garbage and then leave (hi, Ian from Kaitlyn’s season). As the Bachelorette, you have to be able to handle whatever is coming down the pike. This season on The Bachelor, Olivia jumped out of a cake in her underwear because she couldn’t think of anything else to do for a Las Vegas talent — now that’s going with the flow.

Olivia Is A Television Professional

Olivia’s day job before coming on The Bachelor was a news anchor down in Virginia, so suffice it to say that Olivia is totally at home in front of the camera. Since the Bachelorette is the star of the show, the person who gets that role cannot be a wallflower. I think it’s safe to assume that Olivia will be just fine as the center of attention.

Olivia Is Headstrong

Though it’s been a point of contention throughout this season of The Bachelor, Olivia knows what she wants (aka Ben Higgins) and she’s not afraid to go out there and get it. There’s no room for indecisiveness when you’re dating 25 men at once. I would trust her as the Bachelorette to make the right decisions — and fast.

Is it too early for me to begin petitioning ABC to give Olivia a chance? I’ll start my letter writing campaign now.

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