Clare Crawley waited for months to film her season of The Bachelorette, but it seems that her journey for love only took a few minutes once filming finally began. Clare fell in love with former NFL player Dale Moss at first sight when he stepped out of the limo, and ABC is already teasing Clare’s early exit from the show.

What’s going to happen, and who could replace Clare as The Bachlorette? FTW’s Bachelor experts Steven Ruiz and Nick Schwartz make their predictions below.

Who wins Clare’s heart?

Is ABC trying to pull a fast one on us? That’s really the question here, right?

Because Dale had that heart clinched about 15 seconds after he stepped out of the limo. The only other option is Blake, who apparently broke protocol to check in on Clare during quarantine and was rewarded in the end with a rose. He’s basically the Tennessee Titans of this operation and they have yet to lose this season despite some close calls early on. Maybe Blake has the same luck and swoops in to steal Clare’s heart from Dale at the last moment. – Steven Ruiz

Yeah, Clare’s heart has already been won, the only real question is whether Dale is exposed by the rest of the cast before they blow up the show and restart with a second Bachelorette. The men turn against Dale and claim that he’s a different person than who he’s pretending to be, but at this point, I find it hard to believe Clare changes her mind given what we’ve seen and what we know is coming. – Nick Schwartz

How long does Clare’s season last and who will replace her?

Based on the previews we’ve seen for the season, I’d say we’re looking at six episodes of content at most. There were a handful of one-on-ones in there and some group dates and there seemed to still be a lot of dudes when the “Clare obviously picks Dale and abandons the show” scenes happened. As for who replaces here, I *think* I know who it ends up being but me picking her is no fun, so I’ll go with someone else. How about Cassie? At the very least, being in the Bachelorette bubble will make it easier to stay away from Colton. – SR

I’d say we have 4 Clare episodes remaining, assuming that ABC isn’t going to extend the season by a month (which is possible). What I’m very interested to find out is whether the men that Clare eliminated are allowed to return for the new Bachelorette.

As for her replacement, it’s not a particularly closely guarded secret that Tayshia is rumored to be in waiting. If that’s the case, it’s good news, as Tayshia has the qualities that would make her a solid season star. I would expect her season to be less chaotic than Hannah B.’s, which is both a good and bad thing.

There are a few other good options. I wouldn’t take anyone from Peter’s season of The Bachelor, which was an absolute mess, but Colton’s season was full of potential Bachelorettes, like Heather or Elyse.

Clare’s biggest mistake on Night 1

I don’t know if it matters since Clare was all-in on Dale from the jump, but getting involved in the weird drama between Yosef and Tyler C., which monopolized her time and prevented her from talking to all the guys. I’m still not entirely sure what was going on there, but it was pretty obvious by his reaction that Yosef did whatever he was being accused of doing. I mean, look at this…

If you accuse someone of something and the first words out their mouth are “First of all…,” that’s all you really need to hear. They did it. Case closed.
Why didn’t Yosef just say “No?” And why didn’t Clare immediately end the conversation and kick both of them off the premises? Yosef for being guilty as hell and Tyler C. for thinking it was smart to start that drama on Night 1, a move with a 0% success rate. – SR

Not sending home Chasen, the suit of armor guy. He just left a giant pile of armor on the walkway, forcing Chris Harrison to take care of the cleanup! That’s not very chivalrous of you, bro. – NS

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