Jana Duggar: Will She Be "Married Off" For Ratings?!

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Last month, the lovely Jana Duggar turned 28.

Obviously, she's still very young, and she has plenty of time to marry and start a family, assuming she wants to do that in life.

Now if only her father saw things that way.

Jana Duggar: A Pic

As you probably know, rumors of fair Jana entering a courtship have been circulating non-stop for several years now.

Yet "Cinderella Duggar" remains single.

The latest round of reports had Jana dating Caleb Williams, but now it appears that wasn't the case, or isn't anymore.

Either the rumors were bogus from the start, or the relationship fizzled, as Jana's once again a confirmed bachelorette.

But for how much longer?

It seems some fans on the Duggar message boards on Reddit are convinced that Jim Bob knows exactly when Jana will get married ... 

Jana Duggar Smirk

... he just might not have told her yet.

“Does anyone think Jim Bob is holding off on marrying Jana to create tension," wrote one fan this week, prompting a lively discussion.

Then, "just when people are getting sick of Counting On, he will marry her off in a royal wedding-type, hyped spectacle?” 

Yeah. We don't know what to make of that theory, but there's certainly plenty going on in the Duggars' world these days.

In fact, there are so many pregnancies, courtships, and weddings in the works that even diehard fans are having trouble keeping track.

Jana Duggar is Awesome

All those developments haven't led to increased viewership, however, and ratings for the TLC have been on a steady decline.

For over two years now, in fact; Josh Duggar's sex scandals may not have ended the family's reign for good, but they never recovered.

One fan on Reddit described the most recent season of Counting On as "incredibly boring," and it seems he's not alone.

So it's not hard to see why now would be the perfect time for big news. As in really big news, not just more of the same.

Like a Jana courtship.

Jana Duggar With John David Duggar Image

Still, the idea that she'll announce a relationship soon in order to boost ratings is entirely based on fan speculation, right?

Well, not entirely...

In the past, when he was asked about his eldest daughter's single status, Jim Bob Duggar would give evasive answers.

These days, he's a bit more forthcoming -  and it seems he's just as eager as the fans to see Jana finally find Mr. Right.

In his most recent interview, Jim Bob was asked point blank about his feelings about his daughter's dating prospects.

Jana Duggar Selfie

Rather than lashing out against the creepiness of the question, Jim Bob calmly replied that he's been “praying about that one.”

In other words, he very much wants Jana to join the likes of daughters Jill, Jessa, Joy-Anna and Jinger and get married ASAP.

And in the Duggars' world, what Jim Bob says usually goes (at least until they get married, then their husbands take over).

So ... the idea that you can expect an announcement at a time when it will be most advantageous to the family brand isn't crazy.

Unlikely, perhaps, but far from crazy.

For her part, and despite the increasingly bizarre rumors surrounding her personal life, Jana Duggar seems to be ... picky.

That's right, she's been approached by eligible men (how could she not be), but simply hasn't gotten the right feeling yet.

So she's holding out. But for how long? And will Jim Bob actually wield as much influence over her as you might think?

Is there any truth to the persistent chatter that she's too busy taking care of her younger siblings, or is that just fan fiction?

Hit the comments below to discuss.

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