It’s not that he hasn’t earned it. As strange and completely unpredictable as High school Season 19 could have been for our leads, Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey, at least one contestant kept things consistent: Each week, contestant Zach Shallcross made a consistent and compelling case for himself as the next Bachelor. He said all the right things, cried at all the right times, and above all else behaved like a man who was there. for the right reasons.
So why are so many fans (including this one) rolling their eyes at the idea of spending an entire season with Zach now that he’s been announced as the show’s main lead for next year? That could be because fans liked another option better.
His name is Ethan Kang, and he should have been the bachelor. He is a 27 year old advertising executive from New York. He has a captivating smile and a sweet disposition that melts the heart, and It looks like the hottest GAP model you’ve ever seen. other coined a new classic insult when he called Tino (the season’s eventual winner and loser) “a real baby bitch” for throwing a tantrum over a rose on a group date.
On top of all that, Ethan might have been the first Asian-American bachelor in franchise history. If Matt James and Rachel Lindsay’s stints as the first Black Bachelors and Bachelorettes are any indication, being the “first” thing on Bachelor Nation can be more than a little difficult. Still, to some fans, Ethan’s selection might have signaled another step forward for the fading franchise.
Ethan vied for Rachel’s heart during the dual season that recently ended and went home during Week 6. In years past, that might have been too soon to consider him a lead, but in a post-Colton Underwood/Clayton Echard world and Katie Thurston, the prospect felt less dim. For a time, it seemed that there was a real move behind Ethan for Bachelor. In the end, Zach was cast, and host Jesse Palmer rubbed him in the face with the odd comment that, finally, “the bachelor doesn’t look like me for once!” (Around…)
Rachel seemed infatuated with Zach throughout the season, but he eliminated himself after a train wreck on a fantasy suite date in which the Bachelorette seemed to question their commitment due to her age. Apparently, Rachel (26) was very worried that the account executive (25) wasn’t ready. As Zach said later People, “I don’t think… there’s an age limit when you decide you want to fall in love and get married. If you are ready and you feel well equipped with yourself, you love yourself, you trust yourself and you want to share that with someone else, no matter how old you are. Listen Listen!
Still, Zach’s pick has gotten as warm a reception as Clayton Echard’s a season before, that is, fans don’t seem to be digging at all. The main review? Zach seems too uninteresting to be the bachelor, even if his Family ties to Patrick Warburton warrant another cameo from Kronk are coming next season.
Again, this is nothing against Zach; I mean, he seems good enough, and he gave off some serious puppy love vibes this season.. But how will it be substantially different from a Clayton, a Colton or any of the other Jesse Palmer lookalikes we’ve already seen? Zach may seem like a bad guy, but like so many before him (*cough* Peter Weber *cough*), it’s hard to understand why the producers saw fit to name him over all the other possible candidates.
What are dimples? Did Ethan just not want the job because he was too busy advertising and/or running? Is Ethan negotiating a deal with Netflix for his own dating show as we speak? (And if so, can I speak to a casting director?) For a long time Single viewer, I will not try to pretend that this decision will be the one that breaks my camel’s back. But pretending to be involved in such a boring protagonist? That’s a line that I, and much of Bachelor Nation seems, will never cross.