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Welcome to The Bachelor version of The Hollywood Reporter's Power Rankings. Each week, THR's Bachelor experts will be tuning into the romantic connections and dramatic shenanigans taking place on season 21 of the long-running ABC franchise. In an effort to cater to viewers who opt out of show spoilers, these rankings are based on opinions and observations week-by-week.
It’s hard to focus on Nick Viall’s pursuit of love when we’re now just as excited for Rachel’s! The Texan attorney has been cast as ABC’s 13th Bachelorette, marking the first time the network has chosen a black lead in its 33 combined seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, a source close to the situation confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. A formal announcement will come on Monday night's Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
The news of ABC’s next leading lady comes while Rachel is still a contestant on The Bachelor. So, keeping in mind that Rachel does not receive Nick’s final rose, THR ranks Nick’s remaining four women below after one of his most emotional episodes yet.
The seventh week kicked off in the U.S. Virgin Islands, with Nick is in the middle of a nervous breakdown. The Bachelor had been crying to the women, to the cameras and to host Chris Harrison about his fear of yet another unhappy ending on his fourth turn at the franchise.
Finally, he wiped his tears to tell his six remaining ladies, "I see what I want in this room. I just don't want to get that close anymore. I want to get all the way there."
But the "the strength" he saw in all six relationships didn't last long: Nick said goodbye to Danielle M. and Kristina, once he realized his heart "can't get there" with the two women.
It's unclear whether Nick's Final Four — Raven, Rachel, Vanessa and Corinne — will each earn a hometown date. While the star of The Bachelor or The Bachelorette traditionally meets four families, the preview for next week teases only three roses remain at the upcoming rose ceremony.
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