Bachelor spoilers: Who does 'The Bachelor' star Matt James pick as his bachelorette winner? How does Matt's 2021 'The Bachelor' season end? Is he engaged? (SPOILERS)
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 02/11/2021
Bachelor spoilers revealing how the rest of Matt James' The Bachelor season for 2021 plays out have emerged -- including spoilers on Matt's Final 5 bachelorettes, how The Bachelorstar's Final 4 became his Final 2 women, Matt's runner-up, and whom he picked and ended up with as his winner. Plus, is Matt engaged?!
[Bachelor Spoilers Warning: This report includes spoilers that reveal Matt James' Final 4 bachelorettes and who The Bachelor star picked as his winner, as well as spoilers revealing if Matt got engaged.]
During the latest The Bachelor broadcast, Matt ousted Katie Thurston, a 29-year-old bank marketing manager from Lynnwood, WA, during a one-on-one date, and also sent MJ Snyder, a 23-year-old hairstylist from Hudson, OH, packing during her brief two-on-one date against Jessenia Cruz, a 27-year-old social media marketer from San Antonio, TX, who won herself a rose.
Matt denied roses to Brittany Galvin, a 23-year-old model from Chicago, IL; Ryan Claytor, a 26-year-old dancer and choreographer from Brooklyn, NY; and Magi Tareke, a 32-year-old pharmacist from Adwa, Ethiopia.
At the Rose Ceremony, Matt handed out roses in the following order: Serena Pitt, a 22-year-old publicist from Markham, ON; Michelle Young, a 27-year-old teacher from Edina, MN; Pieper James, a 24-year-old graduate student from Happy Valley, OR; Bri Springs, a 24-year-old communications manager from Owatonna, MN; Chelsea Vaughn, a 29-year-old runway model from Marietta, GA; Katie; and Serena Chew, a 24-year-old flight attendant from San Bruno, CA.
And four women already had roses in their possession from dates earlier in the week: Abigail Heringer, a 25-year-old client financial from Salem, OR; Kit Keenan, a 21-year-old fashion entrepreneur from New York, NY; Jessenia, a 27-year-old social media marketer from San Antonio, TX; and Rachael Kirkconnell, a 24-year-old graphic designer from Cumming, GA.
Matt established a strong connection with Pieper on a one-on-one date, during which Pieper expressed how she was "falling in love" with The Bachelor star.
And Matt had previously told Rachael that he was "falling in love with her" given she had been feeling the exact same way.
"Do you see yourself getting down on a knee at the end of this thing?" Tyler asked.
"I do," Matt replied. "Yeah."
Just when Matt probably thought he had everything under control and was narrowing down his list of bachelorettes to those he could really see a potential future with, The Bachelor alum Heather Martin suddenly showed up!
Heather walked by a group of girls at the cocktail party and then interrupted Matt's time with Pieper. When Matt saw Heather, he burst into laughter.
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Matt hugged Heather and said, "What the heck?!"
Meanwhile, the women vented to each other about how they'd be furious if Heather received one of their roses.
"If you're going to let a new girl come in or you're going to give a new girl a rose over some of us who have been here this long, then you better marry that girl -- because the rest of us are going to be pissed," Chelsea said in a confessional.
"If she gets a rose tonight," Serena P. said of Heather, "I am going to be rageful!"
So did Matt choose to keep Heather around and which girls received roses? And which bachelorette went all the way and won Matt's heart? Keep reading for The Bachelor spoilers!
The Bachelor's next episode will air Monday, February 15 at 8PM ET/PT on ABC.
The season's hometown dates -- which will be held at Nemacolin Resort in Pennsylvania due to the coronavirus pandemic -- are already on the horizon, which puts pressure on Matt and his entire group of bachelorettes.
Matt must take a serious look at all of his remaining women and determine who he could see a real future with.
At this turning point in the season, Matt will have "more than a few difficult decisions" to make, according to ABC's press release for the upcoming episode.
The jam-packed episode will feature two one-on-one dates, a group date, and a whopping TWO Rose Ceremonies, according to the network.
Matt must also decide whether to keep Heather around and make his bachelorettes angry or eliminate Heather to prevent any drama from occurring.
According to a December blog post published by Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone, Heather only stuck around for a few hours!
"Here's what I know: [Heather] doesn't show up the first night, it's somewhere after filming is already started, and she's literally there only a few hours as Matt sends her home the same day she arrives," Carbone wrote.
Carbone doesn't know why Matt chose to give Heather the boot so early.
"I don't know Matt's reasoning for sending Heather home so quick... But Heather showing up on Matt's season and getting eliminated the same day, well, kinda embarrassing," Carbone wrote.
Based on the preview for the next episode, it appears Jessenia receives one of the one-on-one dates with Matt and it includes an activity in which the pair ride around in a hot sports car.
The episode will also feature a performance by artist Aloe Blacc.
So what else happens on Matt's The Bachelor edition? Read on to find out!
Carbone had initially reported that Matt's ex-girlfriend, Madison Nelson, a 27-year-old from Granger, IN, was one of the five bachelorettes that joined Matt's cast before the season's third Rose Ceremony.
"Some tea for you already: Apparently Madison Nelson was dating Matt last summer when Tyler was seeing [Gigi Hadid]," Carbone tweeted in early December.
"Went to one of the fashion shows with him. Here they are together. Heard they were together for at least a couple months."
Madison had been one of the 43 "potential" bachelorettes ABC had announced for Matt's The Bachelor season in October before the season began filming.
However, Carbone clarified in a January 4 blog post that he was incorrect about Madison's appearance on the show.
"I originally thought that Madison Nelson was one of the five, but was told she is not," Carbone wrote.
"Was actually told once they found out she HAD dated Matt last summer, they decided against bringing her on."
According to Carbone, Madison and Matt dated in 2019 and she was hoping to win him back on The Bachelor.
Carbone doesn't know how Matt's Final 10 women get narrowed to his Final 4 bachelorettes
Carbone has acknowledged his spoiler information is much spottier than prior seasons given Matt's The Bachelor season followed the same format as last year's The Bachelorette season and was filmed at a single resort.
"So kinda like [The Bachelorette] season, I have information about things, but not necessarily full details," Carbone wrote in his blog.
"Same deal this season as I have things I was told, but without details behind it, you just never know."
Carbone did release a list of twelve bachelorettes who didn't last very long on Matt's The Bachelor season the day the season premiered on ABC.
According to Carbone's January 4 blog post, all the bachelorettes on his list went home before the third Rose Ceremony or so.
"There's obviously more that would go home during that time, but these women I know aren't major players at all this season," Carbone wrote, before rattling off his list of rejected bachelorettes.
Seven of the twelve bachelorettes on Carbone's list were among the eight women Matt sent home at the season's first Rose Ceremony.
Four more bachelorettes on Carbone's list were among the five women Matt eliminated at The Bachelor season's second rose ceremony, and the last bachelorette on the list was eliminated at the season's third Rose Ceremony.
Carbone never released much information about which bachelorettes were eliminated at any of the season's subsequent Rose Ceremonies leading up to the season's hometown dates -- including the two Rose Ceremonies that narrow Matt's Final 10 bachelorettes to his Final 4 bachelorettes.
However in a January 21 blog post, Carbone revealed he had recently learned Abigail Heringer finished Matt's The Bachelor season in fifth place.
Carbone didn't release any additional information about Abigail's elimination.
But given she finished fifth and ABC has stated there will be two more Rose Ceremonies before the Final 4 hometown dates, it appears Abigail was sent home at the Rose Ceremony that immediately proceeded the hometown dates.
In his January 4 spoilers blog post, Carbone claimed he only knew three of Matt's Final 4 bachelorettes for certain.
Carbone reported Serena Pitt, a 22-year-old from Markham, ON; Rachael Kirkconnell, a 24-year-old from Cumming, GA; and Michelle Young -- one of the five bachelorettes who joined the show later in the season -- made it to Matt's Final 4.
"I do not know who the 4th girl is," Carbone admitted, but added he had heard Bri Springs, a 24-year-old from Owatonna, MN, may have been the fourth member of Matt's Final 4 women.
"I haven't gotten the confirmation I needed... If/When I get solid confirmation, I'll let you know if Bri is in fact the 4th girl," Carbone wrote in his blog.
Carbone also clarified that he wasn't sure that would have meant Bri was eliminated from Matt's The Bachelor season in fourth place.
"I'm just trying to give you the 4 girls that got hometown dates. Serena P., Rachael, and Michelle definitely did," Carbone reported.
However, in a subsequent blog post on January 21, Carbone announced he had now confirmed Bri, Michelle, Rachael, and Serena were in fact Matt's Final 4 bachelorettes.
Given the pandemic, Matt's The Bachelor season used the same format as The Bachelorette's 2020 season and held its "hometown dates" at the Pennsylvania resort in which the rest of the season was also filmed.
"Their families came to Nemacolin just like on Tayshia's season where their families traveled to the location of filming due to COVID," Carbone wrote.
In his January 21 post, Carbone also revealed he had discovered Serena Pitt was eliminated after the hometown dates and finished in fourth place.
Serena's ouster therefore left Bri, Michelle and Rachael as Matt's Final 3 bachelorettes.
"I was told 'Michelle and Rachael were final 2,'" Carbone wrote in his January 4 blog, explaining he was still unsure who had been Matt's third-place finisher.
But in his subsequent January 21 blog, Carbone revealed he had now learned Bri was eliminated after Matt's overnight dates with his Final 3 bachelorettes.
"Bri gets eliminated after overnights," he wrote.
Matt's BFF Tyler visitedThe Bachelor star on-location while the season was filming and revealed in an early December video log that Matt seemed "extremely happy."
"He loves his girls... He spoke so highly of them," Tyler shared. "He's really pushing himself to be vulnerable and put himself out there, and I think you're got to get a great season and a great Matt."
Tyler predicted, "I'm excited to see how all of this ends here, because Matt seems genuinely happy. I think we're going to get the ending we all want and have been missing for a while."
According to Carbone, Matt also receives a surprise visit from his seemingly-estranged father, whom Matt has told multiple women about in conversations this season.
Matt revealed his father wasn't around much when he was growing up and his mother raised his brother and himself. Matt also gravitated towards friends with big families to fill that void and said his parents didn't set a good example of what a marriage should be.
"Just like last season where I reported [producers] were trying to get [Kelsey Weier]'s dad to show up for her hometown date, I guess they succeeded with Matt's," Carbone wrote in a January 26 blog post.
"I don't know the outcome. If it was contentious, if Matt got closure, if it's a touching moment, etc. Not sure."
In a preview The Bachelor has aired multiple times, Matt is shown sitting down outside on a curb as host Chris Harrison asks if he's okay. Matt replies, "No, I'm not."
Carbone now believes this scene had to do with the appearance of Matt's father.
"Either he'd just met him or was just told his dad is there to speak with him," Carbone reasoned.
"I know immediately people will think this is a low blow by the show because clearly they didn't consult Matt beforehand. Which is why I think that this meeting between Matt and his dad probably ends cordially at least."
Carbone doesn't think Matt's conversation with his father ended badly or else the show would look bad for not asking for Matt's consent first.
Regardless of the outcome, Matt's chat with his dad was likely a tough one and probably very emotional.
"But when it's over, Matt probably feels better," Carbone predicted. "I can't imagine for the life of me that Matt calls it a disaster/walks off set/f-bombs production for bringing him on, etc."
Carbone, however, clarified how he does not know the end result of Matt and his father's conversation.
(Peter got engaged to Hannah Ann Sluss at the Final Rose Ceremony after Madison quit the show in second place. After Peter and Hannah Ann split, Peter briefly reunited with Madison but the pair never really got their relationship off the ground and broke up within a few days).
"I never ran with it because I was never convinced it was that easy. And it ended up being wrong anyway," Carbone explained.
"Maybe Rachael did win. All I'm saying is that if she did, she, her family, and her friends are doing an awful job of keeping it secret."
Carbone therefore questioned if Rachael's alleged victory was another situation in which someone started a false rumor about her winning and it then spread like wildfire.
"I'm not 100 percent sold on it yet, but, I'm just telling you that's the one I've heard most," Carbone wrote.
The spoiler blogger said he expected to hear more details as Matt's season unfolded on TV, "but that's what I got for you right now."
However, in his January 21 blog Carbone announced he had now gotten full confirmation that Rachael had in fact received Matt's final rose.
"Tuesday night into yesterday, I got the confirmation I needed about this seasons spoiler: Matt chose Rachael and is still with her," he wrote.
"I know it's been out there, but I don't base my spoilers on what anyone else reports. Never have, and never will. Been hearing it was her for a while but never felt fully secure saying with certainty he chose her."
While Carbone stated Matt and Rachael are still together as a couple in his January 21 blog post, he clarified he wasn't sure they got engaged at The Bachelor season's final Rose Ceremony or if the couple may have gotten engaged since.
"I do not know if they're engaged or not," he wrote.
However on February 2, Carbone reported he had now confirmed Matt and Rachael did not get engaged at The Bachelor season's final Rose Ceremony.
"Matt did not propose to Rachael. They are still together today though," he wrote in a blog post.
"Everyone will basically say this relationship has zero chance because it doesn't have that 'label' of engagement, even though that's never mattered in the past since so many don't make it any way," he added.
"But I can already tell you him not proposing will immediately have people giving the hot take that these two won't make it. I mean, I don't think they will either, but not because he didn't propose."
"I don't think they'll make it because I don't think for a second Matt is ready for a serious relationship, and never was."