This season of ABC's 'The Bachelorette' might actually be—drum roll—the most dramatic of all time. Both Clare Crawley and Tayshia Adams played the role of the Bachelorette this season, which finally began airing on Tuesday, October 13 (yes, it's on Tuesdays now!). According to spoilers from Reality Steve, their season features multiple Bachelor star cameos, at least one major villain, two unexpected endings, and even a temporary host replacing Chris Harrison. And that's on top of the unprecedented switch-up, which saw Adams taking over from Crawley a few weeks into the show.
Okay, a refresher: First, Crawley was formally announced as The Bachelorette back in March; then the pandemic shut down filming until the summer; and then Crawley fell head over heels for a contestant, Dale Moss. Enter Tayshia Adams, a fan favorite from past seasons. When Crawley left her own season to be with Moss, Tayshia took over as The Bachelorette, and there was a cast shake-up—the 11 men Crawley eliminated did not come back, but four new men came in.
What happens on Tayshia Adams' part of the season?
Crawley was replaced by Adams at the very end of July 2020, slash the very beginning of August, and Reality Steve noted in early September that filming for Adams' season had ended. So it seems that Adams' season filmed for a month, which is a little shorter than the typical 40-60 days. That makes sense—Adams started out with less men than a typical Bachelorette, and with less episodes to fill (Reality Steve initially speculated she'd get six, but later expanded his prediction to seven or eight). That's...not a lot of episodes to whittle 20 strangers down to a proposal from at least one of them, so it'll probably feel a little rushed, with multiple rose ceremonies expected in some episodes.
And just in case you thought the drama was over, buckle up: Spoilers suggest that Adams' season, which will end on December 22 this year, didn't go to plan either. Which brings me to...
Who wins Tayshia's season?
Per Reality Steve, Adams' top four were: Ben Smith, Zac Clark, Brendan Morais, and Ivan Hall, with Morais being particularly important. (This flies in the face of previous rumors that Bennett Jordan, a.k.a. "the Harvard guy," might win—in fact, Jordan doesn't even make it to the top four.)
Throughout Adams' season, Morais was her favorite, RS reports. But then came a twist: Morais, who got divorced about a year ago, left the show because he wasn't ready to jump into another engagement. His family also didn't show up for Fantasy Suites, apparently, which suggests they might have disapproved. This twist might account for a new promo that shows Adams seemingly hysterical, saying to a producer: "Okay, I'm sorry. Oh my god, I'm so sorry."
Reality Steve wrote of the departure: "People will question why come on the show in the first place if you’re not ready, but that’s just silly. One can think they’re ready, but until they’re in this situation, they don’t really know."
Whatever the reason, Morais' departure left Clark and Smith as Adams' top two.
Is Tayshia engaged now?
Ultimately, Zac Clark got Adams' final rose—but they did not get engaged, according to RS, which is a big deal because, well, usually the lead gets engaged. It's not clear how much that has to do with Morais, but—I'm speculating here—it's possible Adams realized she doesn't feel the same way about Clark as she did about Morais. There's a promo in which Adams' dad tells her she could be making the biggest mistake of her life, and Adams has spoken openly about how difficult her first divorce was on her.
"By all accounts, Brendan is who Tayshia wanted. And when he left, she was pretty distraught but still ended up picking somebody," says RS.
Adams has stayed tight-lipped about what happened, though she's now active on social media again, and even showed up at the American Music Awards to present. It was her first public appearance since the show, and she looked stunning:
Are Tayshia and Zac together now?
The big question! Writes RS: "As for where they stand now, that’s anybody’s guess. Some people have told me they aren’t together, some have told me they still are but it’s not that solid, and some have said it’s never gonna last. She’s a SoCal girl who wants to be an influencer. He runs a sober living facility in NY. So that’s where we stand at this point."
A few weeks before her finale, Adams was spotted wearing what looks to be an engagement ring on her Instagram Story. Allow me to present the evidence:
So, did she and Clark get engaged after the finale? It's possible, of course, but the season only ended three months before this photo was taken, and we know from Reality Steve that the couple not to get engaged at the end. Both of them have been divorced before, and they didn't have as much time to get to know each other as they would on a regular season, so it would be understandable if they decided not to rush things. But if they didn't get engaged—why would they get engaged just a couple months later?
Here's Reality Steve's take: "If that’s an engagement ring, that’s news to me, because as far as I was told, there was no engagement at the end of this season. I can’t imagine she’d be that stupid to take a pic with her ring on if she’s engaged, but, we’ve seen people spoil it in the past, so I guess it can’t be that unbelievable."
Does Tayshia's ex-husband Josh Bourelle show up?
But Reality Steve, Adams, and Chris Harrison have all denied that Bourelle is appearing on Adams' season, with RS writing: "Uhhhh, no he’s not...Chris Harrison says, yeah no, not happening. He doesn’t know how her ex’s name appeared in the closed caption, it wasn’t on the network level, and her ex-husband has nothing to do with this season. "
Why were Bachelor Nation cast members on set?
The switch-up is unprecedented—so is the delay in filming, come to that—so to make the whole process easier, ABC threw a bunch of Bachelor stars into this season. Some franchise favorites have already shown up to advise and support Adams and Crawley on their crazy season in what was already a crazy year. But that doesn't account for all of them. Old cast members who have been spotted on the set include: Hannah Ann Sluss, Becca Kufrin, Sydney Lotuaco, Wells Adams, Ashley Iaconetti, and Amanda Stanton. (Writes RS of Sluss specifically: "I do think her appearance at La Quinta was probably done more so to throw people off and maybe think something was there that wasn’t.")
Which brings me to: It's rumored that La Quinta hosted or is hosting another franchise of the Bachelor universe, though it's not exactly clear what. Fans think it could be Bachelor In Paradise or Bachelor Pad, or even a new quarantine-edition Bachelor show.
Where was The Bachelorette filmed?
Obviously, we're still in the middle of a pandemic, and the set of this season will reflect that. Among other details, we know that the Fantasy Suites will take place in vintage Airstreams (romantic!), and the entire season takes place at La Quinta resort in Palm Springs, California (both Crawley's part of the season and Adams'). Hometown dates will go ahead, but family members will be flown in rather than Adams and her suitors going to them. Everyone on the set, from the cast to the producers to the videographers, will have to have tested negative for COVID-19 and quarantine for two weeks before being exposed to other people.
But ABC picked a different setting for Matt James' season, which just finished filming—at the cozy, wintry Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Pennsylvania.
Are Dale and Clare still together?
We also have an update on how Crawley is doing since leaving the show: Per People, even though she and Moss remain engaged, Crawley has been unhappy about the reaction to the show. And there have been rumors about Moss—but Reality Steve, by far the best source for Bachelor gossip, shot them down in a strongly worded blog post (phew), calling the spreading of the rumors irresponsible. Plus, new photos of Moss suggested he was wearing a wedding band, so I'm going to go ahead and continue to believe this is true love, y'all.
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