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“The Bachelor”: Could 2 Bachelor leads work?

ABC has already announced that Zach Shallcross will be returning from Season 19 of The Bachelorettewill star in season 27 of The bachelor. But will ABC ever have two leads again?

There are plenty of fan favorites out there that could be for Zach and plenty of great guys who didn’t quite finish the way they wanted despite the screams of Bachelor Nation on their collective TVs (look at you hair-raising Nate Mitchell).

Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey kicked off their season of The Bachelorette with two leads to make up for the appalling mess that was Clayton Echard’s version The bachelor. And he and Susie Evans just announced a split after dating for less than a year. Ouch. Maybe sleep with multiple finalists was not finally the way to go.

But back to the double lanes. Recchia and Windey started dating the same guys before splitting them up into groups at week 3, Distractify notes. Windey quipped to Today.com, “Hopefully I’ll meet my man and hopefully it won’t be the same one that Rachel wants.”

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Hence the riddle, right?

ABC could still throw a curve ball to Bachelor Nation by announcing a second bachelor closer to premiere night in January. It’s a perfect scenario with the NFL playoffs in full swing.

If on the first night they decide to split up the contestants based on which Bachelor they wanted to pursue, like they did halfway through the final season of The Bachelorette, could that work? It would give Zach and another lead more time to make up their minds.

Perhaps they could introduce different types of group social dates so leads can see which women they are most interested in to make the process more efficient The Bachelorette did.

The network may not be ready to go through another season with two leads, although there are plenty of women (32) who will be trying to win the heart of Shallcross. He’ll need some help. Showrunners told The Daily Beast they weren’t sure how to handle two leads.

However, instead of splitting the 32 participants into groups based on what the leads like and dislike after the dates, why not just split them into two teams before you meet them? It’s like picking teams for flag football or wiffle ball in high school. Shallcross played college football for Cal Poly.

The young man is also a tech manager. He could use an algorithm to split the participants into two groups. He’s sure driven, though other Bachelor Nation members claim he’s too young to know what a commitment really is. In his defence, he played football AND got a technical degree. That takes commitment.

Will the next iteration of The bachelor get not one, but two leads? Find out on January 23, 2023.

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