The fifth time’s the charm. Or at least that is what Clare Crawley, the star of the upcoming 16th season of The Bachelorette, must be hoping. Making her reality television debut on Juan Pablo’s season of The Bachelor, Crawley has appeared on the franchise on four different occasions: one time on The Bachelor (2014), one time on The Bachelor Winter Games (2018), and two times on Bachelor in Paradise (2014 and 2015).
A 38-year-old from Sacramento, California, Crawley was an unexpected pick for Bachelorette. The franchise usually draws from the pool of women that were on the previous season of The Bachelor. Despite this not being the case here, she is an ideal and deserving candidate who will hopefully bring a breath of fresh air to the upcoming season. Here are the top ten reasons that Clare Crawley will make an amazing Bachelorette:
Beginning with the obvious: Clare’s age
At 38 years old, Clare is the oldest Bachelorette in the series’ history. Consequently, she has more years of experience under her belt than previous stars. Clare’s age suggests that she truly is ready for marriage. She has had the time to learn what she wants and is really ready for the lifelong commitment. On Good Morning America, Clare stated that her older age simply means that she has “more years under my belt, more learning, knowing what I want and what I don’t want and what I won’t settle for.”
Clare’s age also suggests that the male contestants will likely be older too, fostering a more mature and sophisticated season. On Peter Weber’s season of The Bachelor, there were women “searching for marriage” in their early twenties. One woman was as young as 22 years old! Viewers felt that this fostered petty, childish conversations and confrontations. On top of that, the end goal of marriage felt silly and inappropriate with such young contestants. Older men will produce a more mature show and will make marriage feel more appropriate and realistic.
Clare is not in this for the five seconds of fame
In recent seasons, many of the contestants appear to be fame-hungry, going on the reality show to become Instagram and Youtube influencers or C-list celebrities. However, Clare is not searching for fame or followers. Her social media presence is relatively quiet. Her Instagram is mostly made up of pictures of nature, her dog (she is a dog person!), and her outdoorsy lifestyle. Clare appears genuine and down to Earth. This woman wants to be the Bachelorette for one reason only: to find love.
Clare had to deal with Juan Pablo
On her first appearance on the franchise, Clare had to deal with one of the most controversial and disliked Bachelors in the series’ history: Juan Pablo. During his season, Juan Pablo was manipulative, he slut-shamed Clare, and he was overtly sexual and narcissistic. Outside of the show, he has made offensive comments about the concept of a gay Bachelor and about the mentally disabled. If Clare had to put up with all of that, she deserves another shot at finding love. But this time with the right man.
Clare is not afraid to stand up for herself
On Juan Pablo’s season of The Bachelor, Clare made it clear that she can, and will, speak her mind. In the dramatic season finale, she called Juan Pablo out for his wrongdoings. She did not let him get away with his poor treatment towards her, bluntly stating that she lost all respect for him. Clearly, Clare is not afraid to speak her mind.
On top of that, she is no pushover
After Juan Pablo expressed regret over their controversial night swim, Crawley refused to take the blame or be shamed into apologizing for something that was not her fault. She is a confident woman who will defend herself and stand up for her beliefs. This will hopefully bring refreshing honesty and authenticity to Clare’s season.
Clare is patient and is willing to put in the work to find a perfect partner
While Clare endured a lot on Juan Pablo’s season of The Bachelor, she stuck with him until the finale. Her patience and determination were also demonstrated in The Bachelor Winter Games in her relationships with Benoit Beauséjour-Savard and Christian Rauche. Again and again, she has proven that she will work for love. Clearly, Clare does not give up easily and fights for what she deserves.
Clare represents a new demographic of viewers
Casting Clare as the Bachelorette demonstrates that the franchise is open to trying something new. The Bachelor has been criticized for sticking to the same pattern season after season. Almost all of the contestants have been young (twenty-something) and white. It is refreshing that the producers are breaking from this mold and casting a new type of Bachelorette. In doing so, the show pushes the message that older women can also find a husband! She will be representing and inspiring a new group of viewers, demonstrating that everyone deserves love.
Clare will do whatever it takes to find love
Clare is not afraid to shake things up and will do anything that she can to find the man of her dreams. After the show stopped filming due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she posted on Instagram stating that men can and should continue to apply to her season. She will do whatever it takes to make her love story successful. While this post, unfortunately, means that the season will be airing later than expected, Clare is not worried. In her post, she stated that the health and safety of everyone is her top priority. She wrote, “I’ve waited 38 years for these moments, what’s a little bit longer, right!”
Last but not least, she knows what she wants and is ready for marriage!
Clare knows what to expect from the franchise and knows how to handle herself in front of the cameras and crew. She knows what she is looking for in a man. This will be her chance to finally find love. It is Clare’s time to shine.
Clearly, there are many reasons why Clare Crawley will make an amazing Bachelorette. Her age, maturity, and past experiences will hopefully foster an entertaining yet successful season. While the season is sadly postponed due to the coronavirus, this means that there is something to look forward to in the coming months! Are you excited to see Clare as the Bachelorette? Grab some chips and cookies and get ready for the upcoming season!