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the cast of 'The Bachelorette' Season 19

Bachelor Nation Has Its Next Lead... But There's A Twist

Prepare for some hot takes on this choice.

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With the end of a Bachelorette season comes the start of a new one for The Bachelor, and as of the finale of Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey’s tumultuous season, Bachelor Nation officially has its next lead. Keeping with the tradition of choosing the lead from the cast of the previous season, the Season 27 Bachelor is one of Rachel’s guys. During The Bachelorette Season 19 finale, host Jesse Palmer announced none other than Zach Shallcross will be the lead for Season 27 of The Bachelor.

Zach made it all the way to Rachels’ final three, but things fell apart for them during Fantasy Suites. That’s when Rachel told him she felt he was too young for marriage (even though they’re just a year apart) and Zach felt like he wasn’t seeing “the real Rachel.”

“I felt like the ‘concerns with the age part’ was a complete blindside,” Zach said at the time. “It’s kind of hard to wrap my head around it. I did really love you. I saw a future with you, but I need to go.”

Rachel didn’t fight for Zach to stay, and so he self-eliminated. They had a very respectful reunion during the first half of the finale and they both wished each other the best. Turns out, it looks like the best for Zach is now finding someone else he can see in his future as the next Bachelor.

During The Bachelorette Season 19 “After The Final Rose,” Zach said he feels like The Bachelorette prepared him to find love as the lead. “Obviously everyone saw the heartbreak in Mexico,” Zach said. “I needed to take some time away and reflect. I’m now more ready. I’m ready to find my person, my best friend.”

Here’s what to know about his upcoming season.

Zach Shallcross’ Bachelor Season Promo

No promos are available for Zach’s season yet, but watch this space in the coming months!

Zach Shallcross’ Bachelor Season Cast

Since filming for Season 19 of The Bachelorette only finished a few months ago, there hasn’t been much time yet to announce a Bachelor cast and begin filming the upcoming season. But the producers wasted no time and began Zach’s journey early during The Bachelorette Season 19’s “After The Final Rose.” Zach got to meet a handful of his contestants right then and there, and audiences at home got to vote to decide which of them would receive his first impression rose.

During this “first” night of The Bachelor, Zach met five women: Brooklyn, Brianna, Bailey, Cat, and Christina... although he had trouble remembering any of their names right after he met them.

Zach’s memory issues didn’t matter since he wasn’t the one to decide who would get the night’s First Impression Rose — the United States was. After getting a few minutes to text their votes to ABC, the honor of “America’s First Impression Rose” went to Brianna, who took a selfie with Zach during their intro so that Zach should have no trouble remembering her moving forward.

Zach Shallcross’ Bachelor Season Release Date

During The Bachelorette Season 19 “After The Final Rose,” Jesse Palmer announced the new season of The Bachelor premieres Monday, Jan. 23, 2022.