According to Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone, ABC and the show's producers have decided to cast Colton Underwood asThe Bachelor's next star, although a last-minute change could still be made.
"(SPOILER): I know ABC has made last minute changes in the past so it's not technically official, but after the Paradise reunion taping yesterday, I'm hearing that they will be announcing the next Bachelor soon and it will be Colton," Carbone tweeted Wednesday night.
Producers selecting Colton as the next Bachelor may come as a surprise to fans given he appears to be in a happy relationship with Tia Booth right now on Bachelor in Paradise's fifth season; however, Carbone claims Colton dumped Tia while filming the spinoff in Mexico.
"I guess Colton didn't see themselves lasting in the real world so they broke up and both went home," Carbone wrote in his spoilers.
The preview of next week's Bachelor in Paradise episode on September 3 is consistent with Carbone's spoiler, as Colton and Tia are shown having an emotional conversation that leaves them both in tears.
Chris Harrison teases in the voiceover it could be "the final chapter" of their relationship.
Carbone believes ABC has decided to cast Colton -- who finished fourth on Becca Kufrin's season of The Bachelorette -- as the franchise's leading man because the former professional football player and self-declared virgin will win fans over during Bachelor in Paradise's reunion special.
"My thoughts are Sean Lowe has been their only successful Bachelor. They must feel Colton is the closest thing they'll get to Sean. Character, morals, no shady past, etc. Sean 2.0. Here we go. Let the freaking out begin," Carbone tweeted, referring to how Sean declared himself a "born-again virgin" on his season.
The announcement of who will star as the next Bachelor is expected to be made within the next couple of weeks.
Many fans in Bachelor Nation have also been invested in Peter Kraus since he competed for Rachel Lindsay's heart The Bachelorette's thirteenth season; however, Chris recently told Entertainment Tonight that the personal trainer is "not in the mix."
"Of all the people in the debate, his name I have not heard in any of the conversations," Chris revealed of Peter. "Which isn't to say he couldn't pop up."
Chris said fans tend to "go crazy" for "the last flavor they tasted" on the franchise. For example, when Becca eliminated Colton fromThe Bachelorette, people were "threatening to storm the castle" if ABC didn't choose him as the next Bachelor, but then Jason captured people's hearts following his emotional ouster.
It wouldn't be unprecedented if Colton lands the gig after his time on Bachelor in Paradise as The Bachelor's Season 21 star, Nick Viall, was similarly offered the job following his time on the third season of Bachelor in Paradise.
The Bachelor's 23rd season is slated to premiere in January 2019 on ABC.