Is Zach Shallcross the lead on ‘The Bachelor’ 2023? ABC's next choice for its dating show revealed
Zach Shallcross and Rachel Recchia had a solid bond at the start of the season, but their romance ended in 'The Bachelorette' finale. Zach questioned their relationship when Rachel took him on an overnight date during Fantasy Suites week. They spent an uneasy morning together after their date, during which Rachel said she had more "clarity" about their romance. Zach then expressed his reservations to host Jesse Palmer. Zach's problems continued until the finale of 'The Bachelorette.' Zach approached Rachel before the rose ceremony with Tino Franco and Aven Jones to convey his thoughts.
On the September 13 episode, Zach received a "Bachelor edit". As he and Rachel had a pleasant moment of closure after a difficult journey, ABC gave him significant space, highlighting his grief, sensitive side, and gracious manners. After the Fantasy Suite episode, Zach's relationship with Rachel took a rapid turn for the worse, and his storyline became a crucial arc in the season, building up to his expected announcement as the next "Bachelor".
Blogger Reality Steve drops Zach Shallcross bombshell
Many 'The Bachelorette' Season 19 finale viewers were disappointed to see Zach Shallcross leave Rachel Recchia behind. While Rachel clearly had affections for Tino Franco and Aven Jones, her relationship with Zach was hopeful, and he would've been an excellent candidate for a spouse. But, according to Reality Steve, fans will see a lot more of Zach in the future. “(SPOILER): As we know plans can always change last minute, and it won’t be ‘official’ until next Tuesday on the ATFR, but I feel confident in reporting that the next Bachelor is going to be Zach Shallcross,” The Bachelorette spoiler guru tweeted on Sept. 14, 2022.
Zach seemed to record his intro package in Austin, Texas, where he presently resides, according to video footage posted on Wednesday by spoiler king Reality Steve. Zach's absence from the 'Bachelor in Paradise' Season 8 roster adds even more credence to Reality Steve's assertion that he'll be the Bachelor 2023 lead. Several of Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia's contenders are on their way to the beach, but Zach may be elsewhere.
(SPOILER): As we know, Caila filmed an intro video and we thought she was Bachelorette until they went with JoJo.— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) September 14, 2022
But from what I’ve been told, it’s going to be Zach. And here is footage I was sent today from this past Saturday of Zach filming his intro video in Austin. pic.twitter.com/mNJu3XQTZi
Zach Shallcross replaces Nate Mitchell as the next Bachelor
According to Variety, Nate Mitchell, a fan-favorite single parent who dated Gabby on 'The Bachelorette', was considered to be the next lead of 'The Bachelor'. While vying to be the next "Bachelor", Nate got caught in a little off-camera tabloid controversy when his exes exposed his relationship history on social media, leaving Bachelor Nation wondering about his "good guy" demeanor depicted on the dating show. Nate addressed the claims on an episode of "Men Tell All", including his ex's assertion that he dated two women at the same time. “I’m deeply sorry for the way that I acted,” Nate told host Jesse Palmer on “Men Tell All".
According to Reality Steve, the 'The Bachelor' 2023 lead will be revealed during the After the Final Rose Ceremony. 'The Bachelorette' finale started on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Part two of the three-hour finale will air the following Tuesday, September 20, 2022, at 8 p.m. ET. The After the Final Rose special will most likely be broadcast on September 20, 2022, at 10 p.m. ET, following the final two hours of the finale.