It's still anyone's game as far as who will be the next Bachelor, but, with the release of James Taylor's new album Can't Stop , he's not only pulling into the lead, but also giving us a pretty good idea of what a season of The Bachelor would be like with him as its star. As I'm sure we're all aware, James Taylor was a contestant on JoJo Fletcher's season of The Bachelorette, and his name has been tossed around as a possible Bachelor ever since the adorable singer-songwriter was sent home in Week 7. If I'm being totally honest, I would personally prefer Luke Pell as the Bachelor, I have no idea what a season with him would look like, or even if he'd be interested in being pursued by a veritable flock of women. James Taylor, on the other hand — I feel like I can see pretty clearly in my brain what he'd get up to with his own season at his disposal, and Can't Stop only serves to fill in those blanks.
I feel like it would be a lot of earnest, folksy dates and concerns about breaking the hearts of these nice gals, interspersed with frequent breaks for some light guitar-strumming and eye-gazing. If you want some predictions beyond that, you only have to look as far as the tracks on his debut album.
Right off the bat there's "Just Can't Stop," which basically sounds like it was written in order to be played by an intimate little band in one of those private concerts that Bachelor Nation couples always go to on dates. I see James Taylor and one of his lucky ladies pressed cheek-to-cheek, with her exclaiming that she can't believe he wrote this song himself, and him whispering in her ear about how he wrote this song for her before they even met. If you can't score a kiss off a move like that, then I don't know how to help you.
There's also "Fairytale," which could only be more Bachelor-themed if he'd called it "For The Right Reasons." The lyrics suggest that James Taylor is looking for that fairytale romance that we hear spoken about so much about on seasons of The Bachelorette, but that he's been disillusioned along the way:
Once upon a timeWhite horses, kissing frogsAnd every stranger knows every songAnd they sing in the streets, they surround you and all sing along.But they lie, girl, they lie, they lie to you.Say goodbye, say goodbye to dreams come true.
Doesn't that make you want to go on the show and make Taylor believe again? Really the whole album is songs of love, from "Took From Me," which is about a heartbreak at 18 (but could just as easily be applied to JoJo), to "All I've Ever Needed," which is about one person being what he's been missing all along, to "One Chance," which is about someone worrying that his love is one-sided.
Basically, the whole album drives home the point pretty clearly that James Taylor is jonesing for that special someone, and what better way to meet her than as the next Bachelor? When you think about it, it's kind of an application for the role of the Bachelor, all wrapped up in a tidy album, and it just might work. Pretty clever, James Taylor. Prettttttty clever.
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