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Who Will Be the Next Bachelorette? A Look into Some of the Most Compelling Candidates

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By Francesca O'Hern

Although led by the beloved Pilot Pete, this season of The Bachelor has experienced some major turbulence. Normally, there are a few standout contestants, who have sweet and likable personalities, strong values and needs in a partner, and would make good TV. This season, Bachelor Nation is pretty divided on which women we would and would not like to see more of. At this point, it's a complete tossup as to who will be our next Bachelorette, so let's take a look at some of the likelier candidates.

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Kelsey Weier

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Although Kelsey was portrayed as a ruthless, unstable villain early on, it looks like she has done some reflecting and made up with some of the girls she was in conflict with, like Mykenna and HannahAnn. Over the last few episodes, she's received a much more flattering edit, and been shown standing up for other women and opening up to Peter about her tough family life. She's also made it to hometowns, where we will surely see her endear herself to Peter further.

Kelley Flanagan

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Kelley was an immediate frontrunner, having already met and attracted Peter in the real world. However, she was sent home just ahead of Hometowns, meaning we won't get to see her family and work life, but we've seen enough of her to know that she has a laid-back, funny personality, and is very intelligent. While she would probably make very interesting TV, some of her detractors think she's too full of herself, while others believe she is just too smart to seriously look for a husband on TV.

Hannah Brown

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Yes, she already got her chance. The former Bachelorette is still a clear favorite to repeat the job, though, since she made some mistakes and was dealt an unfair hand in her season. Many argue that Hannah deserves a do-over, with better men, and with hindsight and experience on her side. On top of that, she has a sweet yet strong personality, and is able to lead with her heart while still standing up for herself. And at the end of the say, she is more popular among Bachelor Nation than most of the other candidates.

Wildcard: Alayah Bendavidez

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Alayah did get sent home pretty early on in the season, but it wasn't entirely fair. Many other women threw her under the bus for their own gain, clouding Peter's judgment. What we saw of her was mostly positive, too: Sure, she may have told everyone about Victoria F.'s relationship with Chase Rice, but she seemed really sweet--remember when she gave Peter a letter from her grandma? And maybe the big personality that other contestants complained about could be a boon for her--she certainly would make good TV, if nothing else.

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