Always a bridesmaid, never a bride—or always a contestant, never a lead.
After months of anticipation (and a delayed premiere date due to COVID-19), The Bachelorette's season sixteen premiere is finally upon us. Clare Crawley's journey to find love—her fifth try within the hit ABC franchise—kicks off on Tuesday, Oct. 13, seven years after she was first introduced to Bachelor fans.
Of course, we're not just getting one Bachelorette in 2020, a source confirming to E! News that Bachelor in Paradise alum Tayshia Adams replaced Clare midway through filming. Ironically, both women had been previously considered to front the franchise before ultimately tag-teaming the upcoming season.
After her breakup with Juan Pablo Galavis was praised by many, Clare was considered for the job before producers ultimately chose Andi Dorfman. Tayshia, meanwhile, was in serious consideration—even signing a contract—for the current season following a stay in Bachelor in Paradise when Clare unexpectedly got the call.
Only in Bachelor Nation, right?
While we impatiently wait to see how the big switch ultimately plays out, we decided to revisit all of the women who had met with producers and even signed contracts to be the Bachelorette before fate stepped in.
So which ladies have been pursued by the franchise over the years, but ultimately never ended up handing out roses?
The Bachelorette premieres Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. on ABC.