New 'Bachelor' to be named Monday: Will Brad Womack make a return?
Image Credit: Edward Herrera/ABCWith ABC set to announce the new Bachelor star during Monday night’s episode of Dancing With the Stars, rumors are flying that Brad Womack — last seen in the 2007 season choosing neither of his two finalists, DeAnna Pappas and Jenni Croft — will take another lap on the journey for love. The Austin bar owner took a ton of public flak at the time for, well, I’m not sure exactly what…refusing to pretend he was in true love with one of them just to make TV audiences feel slightly more comfortable with his life decisions as they sat watching him from their sofas, snacking on nachos? Declining to add to the rather high “failure” rate of Bachelor couples? Oh, right, for breaking those nice ladies’ hearts on national television. Anyway, reports hint he may gamely sign up for more — and he told EW in a previous interview that he’d be willing to give it another go — which would make him the first repeat Bachelor. He also told Ellen DeGeneres in an appearance on her talk show, “I believe in the fairy tale romance. I am so disappointed that it didn’t happen to me.”
Fair enough. I don’t hold it against him for not choosing anyone back then — in fact, I think it was a brave move, proving Womack was as full of integrity as one can be on a show like The Bachelor. But the prospect of Womack starring in The Bachelor: Redemption just…bores me. Maybe because I was so psyched by the idea of Ali Fedotowsky’s dreamy jiltee Chris Lambton, who now seems to be unlikely to take the gig. Maybe it’s because it feels so 2007, and that wasn’t a particularly good year for me. What do you think? Will you watch Womack hit the roses again? Or would you prefer a whole new candidate who hasn’t appeared on a previous season?