Credit: Rick Rowell/ABC Television Group ©2010 Disney Photo: Shawntel Newton as The Bachelorette?

They owe her. Seriously. That was brutal. The Bachelor Season 16, Episode 3 had some great highs and horrible, horrible lows.

Brittney Schreiner left, but really, that wasn’t a huge deal. The huge deal was Ben Flajnik’s “ladies” all but eating Shawntel Newton alive for the audacity to step onto the show on the third episode to try and date a guy she had talked to a few times before. The Bachelor Season 15 funeral director cared about Ben. She had the guts to show it. She stood up to the other women and when she was rejected, she retained her composure as he walked her out. The same could not be said of the two other eliminated women or the girls who got to stay. They acted like spoiled children.

Shawntel showed she has bravery, she has maturity, she has a big heart and she wants love. To quote the great Michelle Money, she’s a woman, not a little girl. She deserves to find the right guy for her.

So what say you, Bachelor fans? Shawntel for The Bachelorette? We’ve read some spoilers out there, but you never know. Nothing’s set in stone until an official announcement.

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