7:55am PT by Jackie Strause
Jimmy Kimmel Reveals 'Bachelor' Winner Prediction
Keeping with tradition, Jimmy Kimmel revealed his predictions for Colton Underwood's finalists on his post-Bachelor premiere show of Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
The superfan of the ABC dating franchise has been picking the Top 4 contestants of each Bachelor or Bachelorette season for years, though he credits wife Molly McNearney as the true Rosetradamus.
"This is how seriously my wife takes these predictions," said Kimmel. "We're watching the show last night, we're halfway through, she's got a pad and taking notes. And in a very serious way she says, 'I need to know what these women smell like.'"
The late-night host and McNearney have correctly named the winners for the last five out of six seasons of The Bachelor and the last five out of seven seasons of The Bachelorette. Last cycle, he correctly guessed that the then-controversial frontrunner Garrett Yrigoyen would go on to get Becca Kufrin's final rose.
On The Bachelorette seasons, the recipient of the coveted "first impression" rose more often than not will go on to win the season. But the Bachelors make Kimmel's job slightly more difficult. Underwood also wasn't a guest on Kimmel's Monday night show, so the host wasn't able to get a read on the star as he revealed his picks.
For Underwood's final four, Kimmel predicts that the 26-year-old former football player — and the franchise's first virgin star — will pick: speech pathologist Cassie, 23; medical sales rep Katie, 26; Miss North Carolina winner Caelynn, 23; and content creator Hannah G., 23.
Though Hanna G. received the first impression rose, Kimmel predicts that Hannah G. will be runner-up and that Underwood's winner is Cassie (pictured below), who hails from Huntington Beach, Calif.
"I just saved you all 11 weeks of your lives — you don't have to watch it now," Kimmel joked. Watch the segment below and see all of the starting contestants here.