The Bachelor Season 27 – Here’s what we can tell fans so far

Clayton Echard’s season of The Bachelor wrapped in March, but fans are already bracing themselves for the franchise’s latest dramatic installation with the premiere of The Bachelorette Season 19. For those who didn’t see how things went with Echard, the answer is… not good. Per People, Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia were Echard’s last two, but he ultimately turned them both down in favor of Susie Evans, a woman he’d already sent home.

Outrage over Echard’s decision prompted ABC to select Windey and Recchia as next season’s co-Bachelorettes, something not done since season 11 of The Bachelorette, which saw Kaitlyn Bristowe and Britt Nilsson compete for the title. Meanwhile, ABC promises “two lots of drama,” but fans aren’t sure about the logistics of a season being directed by two bachelorette girls. When we started filming, even the main cast didn’t know how the process would work.

“We were just thrown in,” Windey said during a March interview with Good Morning America. “But I have faith and a lot of faith and I love Rachel to death and I know we’re going to have each other’s backs all the way, so I really have no doubt it’s going to end well.” Those who are after one According to Collider, those looking for a more typical season of “The Bachelor” – at least for the time being – will have to wait until season 27, which was renewed in May. It may be a while before it premieres, but here’s what we know so far.

Who will be the bachelor in season 27?

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, filming for “The Bachelorette” and “The Bachelor” took place in a quarantine bubble, according to Variety. However, as Parade reported, things were back to normal for Clayton Echard’s season, which was filmed in Croatia, Vienna and Toronto. It’s therefore safe to assume that Season 27 will follow a similar format, rather than being limited to the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort à la Matt James. Which lucky Bachelor will helm Season 27 — well, that’s the question everyone on Bachelor Nation wants to know.

According to Cosmopolitan, there are already some frontrunners in the mix, including Michelle Young’s season’s Brandon Jones. Jones won over fans with his romantic declarations of love, telling Young, “Until my last breath, I will put you first.” In December 2021, Jones took to Instagram Stories (via Elite Daily) to discuss his friendship with producer Scott Marcin to report to, so it seems the crew is keeping him in mind.

Another possible “Bachelor” contender is Rodney Matthew (aka Hot Rod), who, like Jones, made it into the bottom four of Young’s season. When Echard was announced as the dark horse pick for The Bachelor season 26, fans were quick to claim that Matthew had been stripped of the title. “What a missed opportunity!! Rodney should have been our bachelor this season,” one fan tweeted. Unsurprisingly, however, blogger Reality Steve claims he has the inside scoop on the Season 27 headliner of The Bachelor.

Blogger Reality Steve may have the inside information

In October 2021, Reality Steve hosted an Instagram Live in which he revealed that Clayton Echard’s replacement is expected to be Michael Allio. YouTube star Dave Neal backed Reality Steve’s claim in a separate video, explaining he received a tip from an anonymous source. Neal went on to share that he’d heard filming would take place at an undisclosed location (but a location that isn’t Bachelor Mansion or SoCal).

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For those who may not remember, Michael Allio was one of the front runners on Katie Thurston’s season of The Bachelorette, which preceded Michelle Young’s. Although he had developed a real bond with Thurston – and got along with the other boys in the house (no small feat!) – Allio left the show early to spend time with his then 4-year-old son. Since his departure, there has been much speculation that Allio will be crowned the next “Bachelor”.

Per Cosmopolitan, he was reportedly shortlisted by ABC for season 26 and indicated he was confused as to why he ended up being passed over. “Hmmm. I don’t know,” he said on Instagram Live when asked why Echard pulled ABC’s “Bachelor” over him. But should Reality Steve’s claim prove true, Allio’s priority will be parenthood. “If I were the Bachelor, 100% would be James,” Allio shared on an episode of The Viall Files. “I’m 37. I’m not looking for dates and I do all of that. The casting is totally different, the location is different.”