Bachelor fans have only one question as we approach the end of Clayton Echard’s controversial season: Who is going to be the next Bachelorette?

Gabby Windey is a favorite for Bachelorette. Many fans who are angry at Clayton were happy she initially rejected his rose on Monday night’s episode.

Will producers announce the new Bachelorette on “After the Final Rose” on March 15? We certainly hope so!

Other contenders for the next Bachelorette include Susie Evans, Rachel Recchia, and Serene Russell – all top placing contestants on Clayton’s season. Maurissa Gunn, a fan favorite from Bachelor in Paradise, who is recently single, is also a frontrunner.

Below we break down Gabby, Susie, Rachel, Serene and Maurissa’s chances.


Gabby Windey

Could Gabby Windey be the Next Bachelorette Insider 'Reality Steve' seems to think so
Could Gabby Windey be the Next Bachelorette Insider ‘Reality Steve’ seems to think so. Photo Credit: ABC/Disney

Last night’s episode of The Bachelor – the first of a two-part Bachelor 2022 finale – was very Gabby heavy. A 31-year-old ICU nurse from Denver, Co., Gabby made it all the way to the final two, and even still has a chance to win.

According to Reality Steve, a Bachelor Nation insider, Clayton will walk away single after Susie Evans returns and turns him down. That would leave Gabby Windey as a runner-up who is, in the audience’s eyes, deserving of a second chance at love after the way Clayton treated her.

Last night’s explosive episode saw Clayton tell the two remaining women that he was in love with both of them, as well as Susie Evans, who left on her own.

“He told me he was falling in love with me, and he told Rachel?” Gabby poured her heart out to a producer. She got her moment in the spotlight, which makes some insiders think the producers are building a fan base for her.

Reality Steve has an unproven hunch that Gabby is our next Bachelorette due to the edit she received during the finale, but it’s still anyone’s game.

Rachel Recchia

Does Rachel Recchia win Clayton's heart or the title of the next Bachelorette
Does Rachel Recchia win Clayton’s heart or the title of the next Bachelorette. Photo Credit: ABC/Disney

Rachel is in the same boat as Gabby after last night’s episode. She is also one of Clayton’s final two going into The Bachelor 2022 finale.

Despite the fact that Clayton told the final three that he loved all of them, Rachel stayed and met Clayton’s parents. She told them that she still trusted Clayton and could see him as her husband. But Clayton was feeling “lost and confused.”

When she left after meeting his parents, Clayton dropped the bomb on his family that he’s still in love with Susie, dismissing the interaction they just had with Rachel. Seriously?

A 26-year-old flight instructor from Clermont, Fl., Rachel Recchia could be our next Bachelorette if she plays her cards right.

Susie Evans

Susie Evans, one of Clayton's final top three
Susie Evans, one of Clayton’s final top three. Photo Credit: ABC/Disney

If we believe The Bachelor finale predictions, Susie Evans could be part of one of the most shocking moments in Bachelor history. Reality Steve believes that Susie will return tonight and reject Clayton at the Final Rose Ceremony!

The 28-year-old wedding videographer from Virginia Beach left the show after Clayton confessed 1. that he was intimate with the final three women and 2. that he had serious feelings for all three.

We’re not sure which confession was worse. Either way, Clayton has alienated countless fans in the last few weeks.

The circumstances surrounding Susie’s return aren’t yet clear. But after Clayton told his parents he still has feelings for her, it seems all but certain that she will be in part two of the finale.

If she turns him down at the Final Rose Ceremony, Clayton will likely walk away single at the end.

Serene Russell

Serene Russell at the Women Tell All
Serene Russell at the Women Tell All. Photo Credit: ABC/Disney

A 26-year-old elementary school teacher and model from Oklahoma City, Serene came in fourth in Clayton’s call out order, just before Fantasy Suites week.

Though an early fan favorite, she was given a small amount of time during the “Women Tell All” episode. Over the years, The Bachelor producers have used the “Women Tell All” couch as a test to gauge reactions from fans on social media. Typically, top contenders for Bachelorette get a one-on-one interview with the host.

“I felt like I gave everything, and it still wasn’t enough,” Serene said after watching her highlight reel with host Jesse Palmer, adding that she was “really excited for the future.”

Maurissa Gunn

Maurissa Gunn, a Bachelor in Paradise fan-favorite
Maurissa Gunn, a Bachelor in Paradise fan-favorite. Photo Credit: ABC/Disney

Maurissa Gunn and Riley Christian were one of TV’s hottest couples on the last season of Bachelor in Paradise, making their eventual split a good jumping off point for her run to be the next Bachelorette.

If producers are looking for someone outside of Clayton’s crazy season, the 25-year-old from Atlanta, Ga. is great in front of the camera, and seems ready to find love. She is younger than most Bachelorettes who are cast, but Hannah Brown was 24 at the time of filming.

Who do you think will be the next Bachelorette? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. And tune in on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. EST to find out what happens!