The Bachelorette’s streak of First Impression Rose winners from the premiere going on to win the show remarkably stands at … well, two.
But those are the only two to do it!
Will this season’s lucky fella make it a threepeat? (The Bachelorette spoilers have a lot to say on that, but we’ll keep you in suspense.)
For a time, this first rose of a new season was more like a kiss of death than a harbinger of success, as its recipients never went anywhere.
That’s changed quite a lot since 2014.
Nick Viall came close, winning Andi Dorfman’s First Impression Rose in Season 10 before coming oh-so-close to winning the finale.
The next season, Shawn Booth became the first recipient of the inaugural rose to capture the final one, as well, from Kaitlyn Bristowe.
(Also defeating Nick on the finale.)
This had never been accomplished before, someone going wire to wire like that, but last summer, recent history repeated itself.
Jordan Rodgers, a consensus frontrunner throughout the journey, garnered the first and last roses on JoJo Fletcher’s season.
Can Rachel Lindsay make it three in a row? Or more accurately, can Bryan Abasolo, who caught her eye on last Monday’s premiere?
Booth, who remains engaged to Bristowe two summers after their on-air engagement, says he wouldn’t bet on that outcome.
“The guy that got the first impression rose … I’m willing to bet a lot of money that he will not be the winner of the season,” he predicted.
“Jordan [Rodgers] got the first impression rose on JoJo Fletcher’s season, I got the first impression rose the season before."
"We both went on to ‘win.’ Do you think that there’s any chance that the producers will let that happen again? There’s no way.”
There’s no way the show’s producers would allow Rachel Lindsay’s free will to follow through if she found love at first sight?
Seems a little extreme. If you feel a connection right away, there’s probably a reason for that. It might not last … but it also might last!
It’s unclear why Shawn seems to think producers wouldn’t permit this, especially for a stand-up guy like Bryan Abasolo seems to be.
Not that he’s a lock.
"I like that guy from Wisconsin … Peter,” says Booth, referring to Peter Kraus, who really stood out from the competition this week.
“He was great,” added Bristowe. “That’s because they played the romantic music when he came out, so all of a sudden we’re brainwashed."
On their podcast, Kaitlyn and Shawn admit that watching their love story unfold on TV was awkward … but they love seeing other people’s!
Picking and choosing this season’s contenders and pretenders and trying to predict who will win The Bachelorette like we do is just fun.
Which category does Lucas fit in? “Whaboom is so happy we’re talking about him,” says Kait. “He is so happy the world is talking about him."
"I feel like that’s why he went there.”
“He’s selling t-shirts,” says Booth.
“I’ll buy one,” Bristowe adds.
They may be onto something there. Going on reality TV for the exposure and a chance to make a living, rather than to find true love?
Who would’ve guessed.