Even though there's still a long time before the next Bachelor season films, everyone wants to know who the next star will be. Spoiler alert: Nothing has been decided yet. Sure, there's a lot of talk about Peter Kraus, Dean Unglert, and Eric Bigger from Rachel Lindsay's Bachelorette season, but there might be someone else in the running for that coveted spot. It would make so much sense if Wells Adams' appearance on Bachelor in Paradise was a way to set him to be the next Bachelor.
It's not too far-fetched of an idea. After all, Nick Viall got the gig after he had a favorable turn during Season 3 of Bachelor in Paradise. So, at this point, the formula of choosing the Bachelor from the previous Bachelorette season is not the sole way to select the guy for the job.
Not only that, but after Nick was picked as the last Bachelor, it was reported that Chase McNary and Luke Pell were also considered to take on the task, so it's logical that there would be multiple options this time, as well. It's safe to assume that the fan-favorites from Rachel's season are in the running, but Wells could be, too.
Wells is the bartender on Bachelor in Paradise this season. This means that he will be present for every episode to dispense dating advice and humorous commentary. He will be providing constant entertainment to viewers, and it's pretty likely that the fandom will get attached to seeing him on TV every week. Since he is not going on dates himself, it sets him up for a story line about emerging from being the third wheel (or nineteenth wheel, in this case) to step into the forefront.
Last year, when Nick was announced as the Bachelor, the timing was pretty awkward. It was revealed before the BiP finale aired, so his romance with Jen Saviano wasn't tied up. It was a major spoiler for the finale episode. In contrast, Wells will have that same fresh BiP exposure, but he will not have a super recent ex to publicly rebound from, so it's a less messy start to the season.
Aside from the perfect timing with BiP wrapping up right before The Bachelor begins filming, there are plenty of reasons for Wells to be the Bachelor. First of all, viewers know him. He was on JoJo Fletcher's Bachelorette season, he appeared on Bachelor in Paradise Season 3, and now he's going to be around for all of BiP Season 4.
Not only that, but he has a strong following on social media. If you're not watching his drunk Snapchat recaps of each episode, you're making a major mistake. He is also a radio personality for iHeartRadio, which means he has fans of his own outside of the Bachelor franchise. This could bring in additional viewers.
Anyone who has seen Wells on any of the Bachelor franchise shows he has appeared on or on social media knows that he is hilarious. It's time to have a Bachelor who is actually fun instead of relying on the cast of suitors to bring all of the entertainment value. No shade to anyone else, the previous Bachelors worked in their own way, but were any of them funny? Not really.
The other thing that other Bachelors have had to deal with that Wells would not is pulling in viewers in the wake of recent heartbreak only to date 30 women five minutes later. Getting your heart smashed on a previous season is a good draw when it comes to rooting for a Bachelor, but it can be hard to understand how someone can go from being heartbroken to jumping into looking for a wife immediately after.
The fact that Wells has never had a serious Bachelor romance totally works in his favor. Yes, he tried with JoJo on The Bachelorette, gave a rose to Ashley Iaconetti on BiP, and also went on BiP dates with Jami Letain and Shushanna Mkrtychyan, but nothing really came from any of that, so there's no lingering awkwardness or pining for an ex that Wells (and the audience) would have to overcome before getting invested in new prospects.
The multiple women who were competing to get that rose from Wells in Paradise last summer support the idea that he would be even more sought after if he were the Bachelor. If so many ladies were trying to get with him while there were other eligible bachelors at the resort, imagine how into him contestants would be if he was the sole choice as the Bachelor.
More than anyone else, Peter is a safe bet to be the next Bachelor if he wants to take on the gig, but don't count out Wells. His presence on Paradise could definitely build up steam for his own season.