The Bachelor is just beginning with its January 2 premiere.
The magical, journey-ending Final Rose ceremony has already been filmed, however, and customarily, The Bachelor spoilers have already leaked.
Raise your hands if you’re surprised … anyone?! Hello?
No. By this point, The Bachelor spoilers leaking before the season is almost as much of a foregone conclusion as the winners breaking up!
We kid … mostly. But the show’s track record is not great.
Just saying, people. Anyway, back to the lecture at hand:
Nick Viall has finished filming his starring turn as The Bachelor, and we know the outcome.
After being rejected by Andi Dorfman and Kaitlyn Bristowe on back-to-back The Bachelorette finales, will he finally find love this time?
Oh yes. With Nick in the lead role and doling out the roses, it was finally his time (whether it lasts is another story, but we’ll get to that later).
Anyway, ready to meet Nick’s final four – and the winner?!
1. Rachel Lindsay from Dallas, Texas.
2. Corinne Olympios of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
3. Raven Gates from Hoxie, Arkansas.
4. Vanessa Grimaldi of Montreal, Canada.
Nick goes on hometown dates with these four on the ninth episode of the season. Thanks to Reality Steve, we know how it plays out from there.
Hometown Elimination: Corinne Olympios.
According to Steve, the Oracle of Bachelor and Bachelorette spoilers, insiders were surprised that Corinne made it as far as she did.
Perhaps, then, it wasn’t a shock that her hometown date was the one that didn’t translate to an overnight date and the Fantasy Suite.
Steve also notes that Corinne is 100 percent the “villain,” that she wasn’t liked by a lot of the other girls, and will be the talk of this season.
Anyway, she’s out. And then there were three …
In Episode 10, the remaining women travel to Finland, where Nick probably gets naked with all three once the cameras stop rolling.
We kid … sort of. We have no idea honestly.
Remember that it’s Nick we’re talking about, though, so it’s fairly likely he’s not opposed to going there with his final trio of girls. At all.
Fantasy Suite Elimination: Rachel Lindsay.
The first African-American contestant to make the final four (or three) will be a contender to be the next Bachelorette, and for good reason.
She will not get engaged to Nick, however. The finale will pit Raven Gates against Vanessa Grimaldi, and well, the rumors were true …
Nick Viall is engaged to Vanessa Grimaldi!
Weeks ago, we heard that much like Ben Higgins picking Lauren Bushnell and JoJo Fletcher taking Jordan Rodgers, this was a sure bet.
Vanessa was his favorite early on, according to the man with all the inside connections, and like Lauren and Jordan, she got the final rose.
Now, of course, we don’t know for sure.
Until it plays out on ABC, we can’t be 100.00 percent positive that the information above is correct. But we would bet heavily that it is.
While the contestants’ romantic futures often fade fast, with a few notable exceptions, The Bachelor spoilers are pretty close to a lock.
This doesn’t mean there won’t be drama, of course.
You can take it to the bank that ABC promos, tabloids and other fan speculation will hint at various alternate outcomes all winter long.
Does Raven actually win in the end? Nick leave both his finalists hanging? Does he get rejected once again in what would be an epic twist?
No. Steve is not “worried about being wrong,” which is a telling sign. Speaking of signs, they don’t look so hot for the winning duo’s future.
The word on this street is that Nick has been bitten by the Hollywood bug, wants to be an actor and model, and is set on moving to L.A.
Doesn’t bode well if you’re Vanessa.
How can we be sure they won’t last as a couple before we’ve even seen them as a couple? We can’t. Nothing is set in stone, obviously.
Let’s just say that the odds are against it.
Despite all the talk that Nick “earned” the job or takes the process seriously, the trappings of fake and finding love on TV are real obstacles.
We wish them well, don’t get us wrong.
But to state the obvious, based on what we know, we aren’t holding our collective breath for the LIVE TV WEDDING EVENT of the year.
What about you, Bachelor Nation?
Do you think it can possibly last?
Check out the full gallery of contestants above, and tell us if you believe Nick and Vanessa even stand a chance, given his … history: