The Next Bachelorette Will Likely Be Woman of Color — Let’s Guess Who!
BACK ROW: AMANDA K, JACQUELINE, LAUREN R., TIARA, OLIVIA, LAUREN H., LAUREN B.; MIDDLE ROW: SAMANTHA, LACE, LEAH, ISABEL, BECCA, AMBER, JESSICA, RACHEL, JENNIFER; FRONT ROW: MEGAN, CAILA, JOELLE, JUBILEE, LAURA, LAUREN BARR, BEN HIGGINS, SHUSHIK, AMANDA S., EMILY, HALEY, JAMI, BREANNE
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The Next Bachelorette Will Likely Be Woman of Color — Let’s Guess Who!

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For years people have petitioned ABC to cast a black Bachelor as lead, and it looks like they might finally be getting their wish — well, sort of.

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While we haven’t been promised Bachelor star of color (womp womp), ABC president Paul Lee did all but guarantee next summer’s Bachelorette lead won’t be white. Hooray!

As previously reported, the TV exec revealed at the Television Critics Association panel over the weekend we will likely have a “diverse” Bachelorette come summer 2016. Paul cited Venezuelan Juan Pablo Galavis as the long-running series’ first Bachelor of color, which is why it seems they’ve shifted their attention to mixing up their female-led franchise.

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Another thing we learned from the presentation was their focus on “the farm team” of Bachelor Nation, aka the many current and past contestants the show continues to pick from for their leads.

So since we know the next Bachelorette will likely be both someone of color and from a past season, we thought we’d take a stab at who this lucky gal might be! Read on for our three most likely options.

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The Frontrunner: Jubilee Sharpe

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Ben Higgins’s contestant most likely to snag the role would have to be Jubilee — should she not win Season 20, of course. Girl’s got everything going for her: She’s gorgeous, a U.S. Army vet, and viewers already love her from just the premiere. Not to mention, she got plenty of screen time in the Bachelor 2016 full-season trailer. Keep your eye on this one!

The Dark Horse: Caila Quinn

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If Jubilee doesn’t get the gig — or if she ends up Ben’s fiancé — Caila seems like the obvious second choice. Though we hear the Catherine Lowe lookalike will be a bit divisive this season due to her overly bubbly personality, but that’s not always a bad thing! Plus, girlfriend clearly takes the show seriously: She dumped her boyfriend to date Ben!

The Long Shot: Amber James

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If Ben doesn’t pick Amber in the end, this will be the third strike for the Chicago-based stunner on a Bachelor Nation show (two Bachelor seasons and Bachelor in Paradise 2). However, ABC could want someone a little older and wiser than the aforementioned two, who are both in their early to mid-20s, and Amber fits the bill at 30 years old.