In the words of Chris Harrison: Prepare for the most dramatic season yet. Don’t believe us? The Bachelor 2021 spoilers for Matt’s winner will convince you. (Let’s just say there was more than one twist this season.) But before we dive into The Bachelor 2021 spoilers and what we know about Matt’s winner, let’s explain why this season is unlike anything Bachelor Nation has seen before.
Season 25 of The Bachelor with Matt James premiered on Monday, January 4. Unlike previous seasons of The Bachelor, Matt’s season was filmed in quarantine at the Nemacolin Resort in Farmington, Pennsylvania, from September to November 2020. As fans know from The Bachelorette season 16 (which was filmed at the La Quinta Resort & Spa in La Quinta, California), the Bachelor franchise decided to film its recent seasons at resorts instead of the Bachelor Mansion to keep the cast and crew in a quarantine bubble throughout the whole process. Prior to the premiere of Matt’s season, The Bachelor 2021 winner leaked courtesy of Reality Steve. (Read on to find out who the winner is.) A source told OK magazine at the time that Bachelor producers are “livid” that the end was spoiled.
“Everyone on the show has been reminded that they signed non-disclosure-agreements,” the source said. “The show’s PR department strategically leaks information and teases each season to get publicity and viewers excited. However, the number of unauthorized leaks has gotten out of control. To have the winner leaked before the first episode even airs is terrible. Producers are livid,” the source adds.
As for the Nemacolin Resort, where Matt’s season filmed, the estate is much more spacious than the Bachelor mansion. With 2,200 acres in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania, the resort is the home of several restaurants (for those romantic one-on-one dates), outdoor scultpures, wild animal and natural landmarks. At the resort is also a 3,000-foot zip line, a paintball area, spas, salons and cars for off-road driving, so you can expect a lot of these activities to be worked into Matt’s season.
Matt was announced as the season 25 Bachelor in June 2020. Though Matt is known for his friendship with Bachelorette alum Tyler Cameron, he’s the first Bachelor in several years to not be a former Bachelorette contestant. (The most recent was Brad Womack) Matt is also the first Black Bachelor in the franchise’s 18-year-plus history, and only the third Black lead after season 13 Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay and season 16 Bachelorette Tayshia Adams. “It’s an honor,” Matt told Good Morning America in June 2020. “I’m just going to lean into myself and how my mom raised me and hopefully when people invite me into their homes on Monday night they’re going to see that I’m not much different from them and they see that diverse love stories are beautiful.”
Abigail Got the First Impression Rose
The first Bachelor 2021 spoiler is who got Matt’s First Impression Rose. Reality Steve reported in October 2020 that Abigail Heringer, a 25-year-old financial manager from Opus, Oregon, received Matt’s coveted First Impression Rose. According to Abigail’s Bachelor bio, she works as a financial manager at Opus Agency and graduated from Linfield College in 2017 with a bachelor of science in finance. According to Reality Steve, Abigail was born deaf and wears cochlear implants. Unlike The Bachelorette, where the past six First Impression Rose receivers (except for Tayshia’s season) have gone on to win, The Bachelor‘s First Impression Rose recipient doesn’t have the same track record. Still, it is an indication that Abigail will go far in Matt’s season and likely be a finalist.
Victoria Is the Villain
From Matt’s Bachelor promos, it’s clear that Victoria Larson is the villain, and Reality Steve confirmed it. On night one, Victoria set the tone of the season by wearing a crown and calling herself a queen. Reality Steve also compared her to Corrinne Olympios from Nick Viall’s season of The Bachelor. He describes her as controversial in the way that she’s often the comedic relief of the season but also gets under the skin of the other contestants.
More Contestants Come After Night One
Matt meets 32 women on night one , but according to Reality Steve, there are more suitors to come. According to Reality Steve, five women come after the second rose ceremony, which seems to be an idea taken from Tayshia Adams’ season of The Bachelorette when four men came after she replaced Clare Crawley. The five contestants who join Matt’s season after the second rose ceremony are: Brittany Galvin, Catalina Morales, Kim Li, Michelle Young and Ryan Clator (pictured above).
Matt’s Ex-Girlfriend Was Almost a Contestant
Matt’s ex-girlfriend, Madison Nelson, was almost a contestant on his season. Before his season started filming, ABC posted a photo of Madison Nelson as one of Matt’s contestants. According to Reality Steve, Madison and Matt dated in the summer of 2019 when Matt’s best friend, Tyler Cameron, dated Gigi Hadid. There are also photos of the four of them at a fashion show. The two were together for a couple of months. However, after fans noticed that Madison was one of Matt’s ex-girlfriends, ABC decided not to have her as a contestant on the show. “Was actually told once they found out she HAD dated Matt last summer, they decided against bringing her on,” Reality Steve wrote.
Cynthia Rowley’s Daughter Is a Contestant
One famous-ish face from Matt’s season is Cynthia Rowley’s daughter, Kit Keenan, who is a contestant. Unlike many of the other contestants, Kit is already verified on Instagram and has more than 45,000 followers (as of writing this.) She’s also a bonafide influencer, has her own merch site, kitkeenan.com, and is a co-host on the Ageless Podcast with her designer mom. Kit, who is 21, is also the youngest contestant on Matt’s season.
Katie Is a Sex-Positive TikToker
Reality Steve reports that Katie Thurston is the resident sex-positive contestant on Matt’s Bachelor season. For one, her limo entrance on night one included a vibrator. Katie is also a sex-positive TikToker with more than 240K followers. Her most viewed video is one where she talks about having sex with a ghost.
Brittany Is Accused of Being an Escort
According to Reality Steve, Brittany Galvin, one of the five women brought on after the second rose ceremony, is accused of being an escort. One of the Bachelor promos shows Katie saying, “Well, I’ve heard two different terms going around. I’ve heard ‘sugar baby’ and ‘escort.'” Then viewers see Anna Redman say, “She may be having a transactional relationship with wealthy men.” Reality Steve reports that the woman Katie and Anna are talking about is Brittany.
Per Reality Steve, Kalli Anderson, who works in the club scene in Chicago, is the contestant who accuses Brittany of being an escort based on what she’s heard. The drama continues when Anna, who is also from Chicago, also jumps in with what she’s heard.
“Never Been Kissed” Heather Is a Contestant
Reality Steve teased in December 2020 that a former Bachelor contestant from the past three seasons returns for Matt’s Bachelor season. We now know that the contestant is Heather Martin, from season 23 of The Bachelor with Colton Underwood. As fans remember, Heather was known for never having a first kiss until her smooch with Colton during a one-on-one date. Like Colton, Heather was also a virgin. Heather quit Colton’s season in sixth place. Despite the surprise appearance, Reality Steve reports that Heather was sent home by Matt a few hours after she came on his season.
Hannah B. Introduced Heather to Matt
According to Reality Steve, Heather and Hannah Brown, the season 15 Bachelorette, were best friends on Colton’s season. (Hannah was eliminated right before Heather sent herself home.) Per Reality Steve, Hannah, who knows Matt through her runner-up Tyler (all three were in the Quarantine Crew of 2020), introduces Heather to Matt. This also means that Hannah makes a cameo on Matt’s season.
“So in looking at this from the outside, it’s clear this was put together by Hannah Brown. I don’t know any other details of what I just shared, but Heather is Hannah’s BFF. They post all the time together on each other’s IG stories,” Reality Steve wrote. “Clearly Hannah told her this would be a good idea since she’s friends with Matt (you know, Quarantine Crew and all), and I guess convinced Heather she thought the two of them would get along. Or hell, maybe at some point Heather has met or at least spoken to Matt in the past. I’m not sure. But Heather showing up on Matt’s season and getting eliminated the same day, well, kinda embarrassing. Especially when Hannah was probably pushing her to do it. Why wouldn’t she? She’s friends with both. Knowing what the end result is now, clearly it was done for dramatic purposes and Heather never stood a chance of lasting.”
Tyler Cameron Makes a Cameo
As Matt’s best friend and roommate, fans expected Tyler to make a cameo. And they were correct. Reality Steve confirmed in November 2020 that Tyler makes a cameo on Matt’s season, along with a few other Bachelor Nation alums, who all arrived at the Nemacolin Resort.
JoJo Fletcher, Tayshia Adams & Wells Adam Also Make Cameos
Other Bachelor Nation cameos also include JoJo Fletcher, Tayshia Adams and Wells Adam, who were all seen at the Nemacolin Resort. According to Reality Steve, these Bachelor Nation alums were invited to Nemacolin to introduce dates for Matt and his contestants.
A Condom Was Found at Matt’s Bachelor Resort
In January 2021, the Maggie Hardy, CEO of Nemacolin Resort, told Page Six that an employee found a used condom in a tree branch near the resort where Matt’s Bachelor season filmed. “We actually found a used condom in the tree branch,” she said. She also teased “hair will be pulled and weaves will fly” on Matt’s season.
Though the condom was found on the resort’s grounds, she couldn’t confirm that it was used by any of the Bachelor contestants. “Sometimes there’s some hanky-panky going on where it should not have been, but I can’t tell you everything that was going on,” she said. “We are on 3,000 acres. So, there’s a lot of land and a lot of woods out there. There were things going on inside and outside of the hotel all the time.”
Hometown Dates Will Happen
Like Tayshia’s season of The Bachelorette, Matt’s Bachelor season has Hometown Dates but they’re not like previous seasons. Instead of traveling to his final four’s family, the families of Matt’s finalists come to the Nemacolin Resort, where his season of The Bachelor is filming. Also like Tayshia’s season, the families of Matt’s contestants self isolated before they filmed their scenes to keep everyone safe.
“Women Tell All” Will Happen
Just like Tayshia’s Bachelorette season, which filmed the “Men Tell All” at the Nemacolin Resort (where The Bachelor films), Matt’s season will also have a “Women Tell All” special. Reality Steve reports that 10 to 12 contestants flew out to Los Angeles and quarantined for a week before filming the “Women Tell All” in February 2021.
Victoria, MJ, Anna and More Villains Will Be at the “Women Tell All”
Though Reality Steve didn’t have a full list of contestants at “WTA,” he did confirm that the following attended and stood out: MJ, Katie, Pieper, Abigail, Anna, Chelsea, Sarah, Serena C and Serena P. Of course, the special is set to be drama-filled with villains Victoria, MJ and Anna there.
Katie Is in the Hot Seat at “Women Tell All”
Harrison told Extra in February 2021 that Katie will be one of the contestants with the most drama at “Women Tell All.” “[Katie] was in the hot seat as were several other women,” he said.
Serena P. Is Eliminated in the Final 4
Serena Pitt, who is one of two Serenas on Matt’s Bachelor season, is a part of his final four, according to Reality Steve. Per the blogger, Serena P. makes it to Hometown Dates but is eliminated before the final three. Fourth place also means that Serena is in the prime position to be the next Bachelorette. Reality Steve reports that she was sent home after Fantasy Suites.
Matt’s Estranged Dad Will Surprise Him
According to Reality Steve, Matt will have an explosive moment when The Bachelor brings out his estranged father, Manny, who divorced his mom when he was young. As viewers know, Matt doesn’t talk about his dad a lot and the two don’t have the best relationship. The trailer shows a scene where Chris Harrison asks Matt, who is seen sitting on a curb, if he’s OK, to which Matt says, “No, I’m not.” Reality Steve reports that this conversation was about Matt’s father. Despite the surprise, Reality Steve also notes that the moment will be positive for Matt and his dad.
“After the Final Rose” Will Happen
Those who were disappointed that Tayshia and Clare’s Bachelorette season didn’t have an “After the Final Rose” special will be happy to know that Matt’s season won’t end on the same note. Reality Steve reported that Matt’s season filmed their “AFTR” special in February 2021, which means that it won’t be live like previous seasons. “[I] will be stepping aside for a period of time and will not join for the After the Final Rose special,” he wrote. “I am dedicated to getting educated on a more profound and productive level than ever before.”
The “After the Final Rose” Special Won’t Be Live
Matt’s “After the Final Rose” special filmed on March 1. For the first time in almost 10 years, this season’s “After the Final Rose” special won’t be live.
Chris Harrison Won’t Host “After the Final Rose”
After the backlash he received for his Extra interview about Rachael’s racism scandal, Chris Harrison announced in February 2021 that he decided not to host Matt’s “After the Final Rose” special. “This historic season of The Bachelor should not be marred or overshadowed by my mistakes or diminished by my actions. To that end, I have consulted with Warner Bros. and ABC and will be stepping aside for a period of time and will not join for the After the Final Rose special,” he wrote on his Instagram at the time. “I am dedicated to getting educated on a more profound and productive level than ever before. I want to ensure our cast and crew members, to my friends colleagues and our fans: this is not just a moment, but a commitment to much greater understanding that I will actively make every day.”
Emmanuel Acho Will Replace Chris as the “After the Final Rose” Host
Emmanuel Acho, a Fox Sports 1 host and the author of Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, announced in February 2021 that he will replace Chris Harrison as the “After the Final Rose” host. Acho is also a former NFL linebacker who played for the Philadelphia Eagles.
“IT’S OFFICIAL: I’ve accepted the Rose & am honored to be hosting the @bachelorabc After the Final Rose this year. It’s been a pivotal season & this episode will be one of the most storied shows in its history. Empathy is needed and change is coming. See y’all then!” he tweeted at the time.
Bri Is Eliminated in the Final 3
Reality Steve confirmed in January 2021 that Bri Springs is Matt’s third-place finalist. The blogger confirmed that Bri makes it to both Hometown Dates and Fantasy Suites, but is eliminated before the final rose ceremony. Bri is a 25-year-old communications manager from San Francisco, California. Reality Steve reported that she was sent home after Fantasy Suites.
As Bachelor Nation members may remember, Bri told Matt on the February 19 episode that she quit her job to stay on his season. Bri didn’t name where she worked, but Chris Harrison revealed in an ABC YouTube video before Matt’s season that Bri was a communications manager for a well-known “tech company.” Though Bri quit her job for Matt, it doesn’t seem like their relationship ended on good terms, as Bri took to her Instagram after the February 19 to shade her ex. “Me on the phone trying to get my job back,” she captioned a photo of her on the phone.
Rachael & Michelle Meet Matt’s Mom
As Matt’s final two, Rachael and Michelle meet Matt’s mother, Patty, according to Reality Steve. Their meeting comes after Matt’s estranged father, Manny, surprises Matt on his season. According to Reality Steve, Rachael and Michelle only meet Matt’s mom and not his dad.
Michelle Is the Runner-Up
According to Reality Steve’s sources, Michelle, one of the five contestants who is brought on after the second rose ceremony, is in Matt’s final two but doesn’t win. Michelle is a 24-year-old food truck owner from Los Angeles, California.
As for how Michelle is eliminated, Reality Steve reports that Michelle gave him a matching jersey with her on their last-one-on-one date before the Final Rose Ceremony. However, at their date that night, Matt decides to break up with her. According to Reality Steve, he tells Michelle that he loves her but he’s not in love with her. When Michelle suspects that Matt is breaking up with her because of his feelings for Rachael, he confirms this to her.
Matt Eliminates Michelle Before the Final Rose Ceremony
Though Michelle is Matt’s runner-up, she isn’t eliminated at the Final Rose Ceremony. According to Reality Steve, Matt sends Michelle home before the Final Rose Ceremony, which means that only one contestant is there for the last rose ceremony of the season. Unlike The Bachelorette, where the lead often eliminates the runner-up before the Final Rose Ceremony (for such as with Tayshia and Ben), The Bachelor doesn’t have the same track record, which means that Matt is somewhat breaking tradition. The most recent Bachelor to eliminate his runner-up before the Final Rose Ceremony was season 23’s Colton Underwood, who went home Tayshia and Hannah G.
Rachael Is the Winner
The question Bachelor Nation wants to know: Who is Matt’s winner? According to Reality Steve, Rachael Kirkconnell, a 24-year-old graphic designer from Cumming, Georgia, receives Matt’s final rose. However, Reality Steve acknowledges that he’s been wrong in the past. That said, Reality Steve is almost sure that Rachael is the winner after receiving evidence that Matt’s other two finalists, Bri and Michelle, don’t win. As for what happened to Matt and Rachael after The Bachelor, Reality Steve confirmed that they’re still together, which seemed to be confirmed by their social media behavior. In January 2021, Matt was seen listening to Rachael’s “Night Drive” playlist on Spotify, which confirmed to fans that they have a relationship after the show.
Matt Doesn’t Propose to Rachael
Unlike many of the Bachelors before him, Matt did not propose to Rachael at the Final Rose Ceremony, which means that he and Rachael are not engaged, according to Reality Steve. The twist shouldn’t come as a surprise to viewers, however, as Matt revealed to many women on his season that he’s never been in love before.
At the Final rose Ceremony, Rachael tells Matt how much he hurt her but she’s not going to leave him because she’s in love with him and she’s not going to run away from love when it gets difficult. Matt then tells Rachael that he can’t propose to her, but he does love her and he can’t picture his life without her. She accepts his final rose and the two leave as a couple.
Matt & Rachael Are Not Still Together
Reality Steve confirmed in February 2021 that Rachel and Matt had broken up. “Not that Matt’s statement wasn’t pretty clear itself, but I can confirm that Matt and Rachael have broken up,” Reality Steve tweeted, referencing Matt’s statement on Rachael’s racism scandal His report came after sources also sent tips to @DeuxMoi, an un-fact-checked celebrity gossip Instagram, about Matt and Rachael split. The insiders claimed that Rachael’s racism controversy was part of the reason for their breakup. According to Reality Steve, Rachael and Matt broke up after Valentine’s Day weekend in February 2021. If you’re not caught up on Rachael’s racism scandal, click here.
Katie Is the Next Bachelorette
Reality Steve and Variety both reported in February 2021 that Katie Thurston, a 30-year-old bank marketing manager from Renton, Washington, was chosen as the season 17 Bachelorette. However, due to Rachael’s racism scandal, Reality Steve reported that Katie was put on pause as the next Bachelorette. That changed, however, at the “After the Final Rose” special, where Katie was officially announced as the season 17 Bachelorette.
As for the next season, Reality Steve reports that The Bachelorette will film at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa 20 minutes outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Filming is set to begin in the third week of March. For more spoilers about The Bachelorette season 17, click here.
Michelle Is Also the Next Bachelorette
Confused? Well, there will be two Bachelorettes in 2021, according to Reality Steve. The blogger confirmed in March 2021 that Michelle and Katie were both announced as the next Bachelorettes at the “After the Final Rose” ceremony. Katie’s season will start filming first in March 2021 and will air in the summer. Michelle’s season will start filming in the summer and air in the fall. Why are there two Bachelorettes? Well, according to Reality Steve, Michelle, a 27-year-old teacher from Edina, Minnesota, was ABC’s first choice to be the season 17 Bachelorette, but because she’s an elementary school teacher, she didn’t want to leave her students during the school year, so ABC decided to film her season in the summer when school is out. While school is in session, Katie will film and air her Bachelorette season. For more spoilers about The Bachelorette season 17, click here.
Tayshia & Kaitlyn Will Host The Bachelorette
ABC announced in March 2021 that Chris Harrison will not host season 17 of The Bachelorette and will be replaced by Tayshia Adams, the season 16 Bachelorette, and Kaitlyn Bristowe, the season 12 Bachelorette, who will serve as co-hosts for the next season.
“Chris Harrison will not be hosting the next season of The Bachelorette,” ABC said in a statement at the time. “We support Chris in the work that he is committed to doing. In his absence, former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe will support the new Bachelorette through next season. As we continue the dialogue around achieving greater equity and inclusion within The Bachelor franchise, we are dedicated to improving the BIPOC representation of our crew, including among the executive producer ranks. These are important steps in effecting fundamental change so that our franchise is a celebration of love that is reflective of our world.”
Bachelor in Paradise Will Happen
Reality Steve also revealed in March 2021 that Bachelor in Paradise will happen in 2021 after ABC cancelled filming for the show in 2020 due to the current health crisis. The blogger revealed that Bachelor in Paradise will start filming in June 2021 as Katie’s season of The Bachelorette starts airing. He also reported that Bachelor in Paradise will air in between Katie’s Bachelorette finale and Michelle’s Bachelorette premiere. It’s unclear who will be in the season 7 BIP cast, but Bachelor executive Rob Mills confirmed on Twitter in 2020 that Joe Park, a contestant on season 16 of The Bachelorette, will likely be on the next BIP season.
To get more of an inside scoop, check out Los Angeles Times writer Amy Kaufman’s book, Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America’s Favorite Guilty Pleasure, for a deep dive into the Bachelor franchise. The book uncovers the secrets of Bachelor Nation, from how much the Bachelor and the Bachelorette are paid to the rules contestants have to follow, that producers don’t want fans to know. It’s a must-read for any Bachelor Nation member.
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