To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born, a time to die, and a time for a new Bachelor. Now that the 2017 seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are officially over, the cycle must begin anew with another handsome fresh-faced beau (fingers crossed for Eric, please) — but it will be a while before the producers actually pick someone to fill that role. So when the 2018 Bachelor is announced, what kind of person can audiences expect him to be?
Some fans were hoping to know the name of the franchise’s next lead sooner rather than later, which certainly would have been a nice silver living to the frustration that was The Bachelorette finale. But before the season even ended, Chris Harrison told Entertainment Tonight that they were waiting to find the perfect guy. "We don't start taping for quite some time,” he admitted. “So there's no reason — I know people would love for us to announce it, but there's no reason to. We would just be jumping the gun. So, we're going to wait."
As much as I would love a new Bach to obsess over, that makes a lot of sense to me. After all, it’s not. But fans can still dream about who they’d like to see get picked, and personally here’s what I what I want to see from the next Bachelor:
Maybe Someone Who Isn’t A White Guy
I don’t say this to knock you, white dudes! But you’ve gotta admit, after 20 seasons (I’m excluding Juan Pablo here, who was technically the first Latino Bachelor) it would be nice to see a different subsection of humanity represented on this show for just a little while.
Someone Who Isn’t A Jerk
You’d think I wouldn’t have to clarify this, but in this post-Juan Pablo reality we’re living in, sometimes it’s nice to be upfront. Before you make a choice, producers, please think to yourself: “Are women going to willingly leave this show because they hate being around our Bachelor so much?” If the answer is yes, don’t go with that dude.
Someone Who Won’t Disappear Into A Careful Edit
Everyone was psyched for Nick Viall to take on the role of the Bachelor after he won everyone’s hearts in Bachelor In Paradise, but I sort of felt like he lost that spark when he became the focal point of the series. I hope this time around they find somebody like Rachel, whose personality shone through every single moment she was on screen.
Someone Who Doesn’t Tweet Racist Jokes
Again, this should go without saying, but after what happened with Lee I am not leaving any stone unturned. How hard is it to check a guy’s social media account beforehand??
Someone To Root For
Above all else, the next Bachelor should be someone who's fun to watch as good guy. Like I said earlier, we've done the whole Bachelor-as-villain shtick before, and while it was extremely compelling for some fans at the time, it's gonna be really aggravating to see over and over again. The Bachelor should be someone who inspires audiences to want to find love!
I don't feel like these are difficult bars to clear for The Bachelor — in fact, if you ask me, a lot of it sounds like Eric. Keep your options open for Bachelor In Paradise, I guess, but I'm just saying, he's right there and ready to fall in love again. No pressure.