New “The Bachelor” Zach Shallcross is the wrong pick, Ethan Kang should be

It’s not that he doesn’t deserve it. As bizarre and totally unpredictable as The Bachelorette Season 19 might have been for our leads Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey, but at least one contestant has kept things constant: Each week contestant Zach Shallcross has submitted a consistent and compelling case for himself as the next Bachelor. He said all the right things, burst into tears at the right moments, and most importantly, acted as 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 a full season with Zach now that he’s been announced as the main cast of next year’s show? That could just 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 winning smile and a heartbreakingly sweet manner and He looks like the hottest GAP model you’ve ever seen. and He coined a new classic insult when he called Tino (eventual season winner and loser) “a real baby-back bitch” for throwing a tantrum over a group date.

Additionally, Ethan could have been the first Asian-American bachelor in franchise history. If Matt James and Rachel Lindsay’s seasons as the first black bachelor and bachelorette seems to indicate that, being the “first” on Bachelor Nation can be more than a little tiring. Still, for some fans, Ethan’s pick could have marked another step forward for the ailing franchise.

Ethan fought for Rachel’s heart during the recently concluded double season and went home in week 6. In years past, that might have been too soon to have a starring role, but in a post-Colton Underwood and Clayton Echard and Katie Thurston world, the prospect felt less bleak. For a while, it seemed like there was quite a movement behind Ethan for the Bachelor. They ended up leaving with Zach — and host Jesse Palmer rubbed it in with the bizarre comment that “for once the Bachelor doesn’t look like me!” (Uh…)

Rachel appeared to be infatuated with Zach all season, but he eliminated himself on a fantasy suites date after a train wreck where the Bachelorette seemed to question his commitment because of his age. Apparently Rachel (26) was very worried that the account manager (25) might not be ready. As Zach later recounted persons, “I don’t think so…there’s an age limit to when you decide to fall in love and get married. If you are ready and feeling well equipped with yourself – you love yourself, trust yourself and want to share that with someone else – it doesn’t matter how old you are.” Hear hear!

Still, Zach’s picks have been about as warmly received as Clayton Echard’s was a season earlier — meaning fans don’t seem to dig it at all. The main criticism? Zach just seems too uninteresting to be the Bachelor — although his family ties to Patrick Warburton warrant another Kronk cameo next season.

Again, nothing against Zach — I mean, he seems good enough, and he’s been giving off some serious doggy crush vibes this season. But how will he differ significantly from a Clayton or a Colton or any of the other Jesse Palmer doubles we’ve already seen? Zach may seem like a villain, but like so many before him – *cough* Peter Weber *cough* — it’s hard to figure out why the producers saw fit to anoint him over every other possible candidate.

Was it the dimples? Did Ethan just not want the job because he was too busy promoting and/or executing? Is Ethan negotiating a deal with Netflix for his own dating show? (And if so, may I speak to a casting director?) As a longtime Bachelor Beholder, I will not try to pretend that this decision breaks the back of my camel. But pretending to be invested in such a boring lead? That’s a line I, and much of Bachelor Nation, it seems, will never cross. New “The Bachelor” Zach Shallcross is the wrong pick, Ethan Kang should be


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