Bachelorette star Luke Pell is the front-runner to be the next Bachelor, besting Robby Hayes and Chase McNary, according to a new report.
A source quoted by celebrity news magazine Us Weekly claims:
"It's looking like Luke right now as the next Bachelor, but there are a couple others on the back burner in case he doesn't work out."
So it's a done deal? Not quite, but Pell sounds like the favorite.
If Luke Pell gets the nod ... fans most likely would not complain.
Pell, 31, instantly became a fan favorite in the journey for JoJo Fletcher's heart, as The Bachelorette beauty often gushed about Luke.
"Luke and I have a very emotional relationship, but we have, like, that physical connection down. Like, we have it down!" JoJo said.
"Every time we kiss, I get the feeling where I have to, like, take a breath. I have to take a moment because that spark is just … it’s crazy."
No wonder he lasted as long as he did ... albeit not to the finale against an unusually strong (and at times, controversial) group of contenders.
Ultimately, even that electric intimacy didn't quite cut it for her.
The war veteran made it to the final four, but was sent home following the hometown dates in favor of McNary, Hayes and Jordan Rodgers.
Jordan, as we know, took home the final rose on the finale.
While Fletcher and Rodgers are engaged and plan to reside together in Dallas, Pell (like Hayes) was left heartbroken following the split.
JoJo dispatched Luke just minutes after he dropped those three magic words - I love you - that further endeared him to Bachelor Nation.
"I still do love her," he said during the show's Men Tell All episode.
The handsome contestant didn't hurt his own cause in terms of earning a promotion when he added: "[She'll] always have a piece of my heart."
Despite the way things ended in painstaking, emotional fashion, Luke and JoJo seemed to be on good terms at the After the Final Rose taping.
Even more, the bride-to-be seemed to offer her endorsement.
"If you ask me personally, I think both Luke and Chase are great options," JoJo said on ABC's Good Morning America on August 2.
"I think Robby is a great choice, too," Fletcher adds, however:
"When I sent Luke home, America just died. There was an overwhelming amount of support and love for him and I totally get it."
What do you think? Should Pell get the nod, or would McNary or Hayes be better options to dole out the roses come January?
Or would Wells (above, right) be a dark horse pick that fans would fall in love with, having formed less of an impression beforehand?
And where would Luke rank among these dudes? Discuss!