We're inching ever closer, reality TV fans.
At some point in the near future, ABC will reveal to the world which woman will vie for the affection of 25 total strangers, hoping that a tenuous connection she makes with one of them in some exotic location in front of many cameramen will lead to long-lasting, true love.
It's nearly time to select the next Bachelorette!
With a bit of controversy already swirling over the possibilities, it's time to break each one down.
Courtesy of some inside information from E! News, here are the leading contenders for the honor, along with some insightful quotes from those close to the franchise...
Has the Network Made its Choice Yet?
No, Chris Harrison tells E! News: "It really is an ongoing debate. As much as it's raging on social media, that's the same thing that's going on behind the scenes with us."
But It's Gonna Be a Woman from Colton's Current Bachelor Season, Right?
It sounds that way, considering these words from Harrison: "It really is a fluid situation because it will ebb and flow depending on what we see in what situation."
We've Been Fooled in the Past
We really could have sworn that Caila Quinn would be named The Bachelorette... and it didn't happen.
And Luke Pell?
We were totally convinced he'd be The Bachelor. Alas, he was not. So we are hesitant to speculate too much here.
There's Always a Problem in Selecting a Bachelorette
Well, not a problem. But filming starts almost immediately as soon as shooting on The Bachelor ends, meaning there's not a lot of time to analyze the options.
Ah, So THAT Explains It!
This is why the previous pair of leads, Rachel Lindsay and Becca Kufrin, actually met some of their suitors right as they were confirmed as The Bachelorette on The Bachelor's After the Final Rose special.
The Decision is Coming Soon
According to creator Mike Fleiss, that is.
But It's Gonna Come Down the Last Second
Harrison says that producers will be watching the Women Tell All special very closely. "We want to see the reaction of the audience, reaction from [the media], how they reacted to what happened," he said of what they are focusing on at the taping.
Does Colton Have an Opinion?
"There are multiple women that it would be great for," he told E! News. "And I would want to see every single woman on my season be the happiest and be in a relationship and be engaged and be married and be happy."
Let's Break Down the Candidates!
Hannah B. is in Colton's final three and has over 300,000 Instagram followers. Impressive! She's a former Miss Alabama, which would mean future suitors may fight violently over her.
Would She Do It?
"It would be something I would want to do if given the opportunity," Hannah told E! News. "I would love the opportunity and to find somebody, I think it can happen here. I really, really believe in this being a way you can find your person."
What About Caelynn?
She's also a beauty queen and she actually has over 400,000 followers. She has received praise for sharing a story of sexual assault on air.
Okay. Would She Do It?
Sounds that way. "I want to find my person. I don't know what that means, if that's Paradise, if it's Tinder, if that's in a library...I'm determined to find my person," he told E!.
She's long gone from the show, but she made many headlines for her villainous behavior. Would certainly be a ratings draw!
She has 701,000 followers! She's presented herself well on the series, too, coming across sort of like the anti-Demi.
She is, let's face it, very attractive. She's happy to flaunt her body on social media and make out BIG TIME with Colton on air. We think she'd be a hit with male viewers.
She likes to sky-dive and bungee-jump, meaning we'd be in for an adventurous season if he's chosen. It may also help that she's divorced because she has an appreciation for marriage and for trying to find the right person.
What About... Khloe Kardashian?!?
Oh, boy. Here we go.
This Actually Was a Rumor
But then Kim Kardashian shot it down on Twitter.
But Fleiss is Trying to Tease This Possibility
Much to Khloe's Annoyance
Okay, Fine. We Can Probably Cross Khloe Off
But everyone else listed here is a possibility. Do you have a favorite?