Let the Bachelorette casting free-for-all formally begin.

Whereas it is nonetheless too early to inform who can be season 17’s lead—c’mon, we have nonetheless obtained 20 ladies left competing for Matt James‘ coronary heart—ABC government Rob Mills did provide a little bit of perception into the seek for the franchise’s subsequent lead in a latest interview.

“I might say with 99.9 p.c definitely, the Bachelorette goes to be somebody who comes from considered one of our earlier seasons,” Mills informed Variety. “Most likely Matt’s, however no less than somebody who’s acquainted to Bachelor Nation.”

Meaning, not like Matt, our subsequent Bachelorette is not going to be a complete beginner to lengthy rose ceremonies and intense group dates—and it is probably she is likely one of the ladies we’re at the moment watching throughout his season. 

Since Matt’s journey kicked off on Jan. 4, followers have already began campaigning for a few of his contestants to be thought of for the position, together with first impression rose recipient Abigail Heringer and Katie Thurston, she who infamously introduced a vibrator on night time one and f—king owned it. 

However that does not imply there aren’t ladies from earlier seasons who could not find yourself being picked by producers, together with not one, however two former Bachelorettes and Kelley Flanagan, who recently split from Bachelor Peter Weber. 

With manufacturing set to start by March, it is probably followers will see their subsequent lead topped properly earlier than Matt’s finale airs. Whether or not it is a acquainted face from the present season or a giant shock à la Clare Crawley final 12 months, it is essentially the most speculative time of the 12 months for Bachelor Nation.