One of the typical requirements of a lead from The Bachelor or The Bachelorette is that they don’t spoil the show. And while contestants and leads usually stick by that, there have been exceptions in the past. And this year, Matt James accidentally spoiled his own season of The Bachelor. Find out what he teased for the show before viewers will see it go down on the reality television show.
[Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers about a new contestant on The Bachelor.]
What leads have spoiled before on the show
James shouldn’t feel too bad — this is something that has happened before. For instance, in 2015, when Kaitlyn Bristowe was The Bachelorette, she accidentally leaked a Snapchat clip of Shawn Booth, who at the time, was still just a contestant on the show and not her then-fiancé.
And recently, Tayshia Adams said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that Zac Clark was “future husband material,” leading viewers to correctly guess that she would go on to choose him and get engaged to him in the end.
James’ spoiler didn’t show him with anyone after filming had finished, so he can be relieved about that. But he did spoil one aspect of the show that clued viewers in on who to pay attention to on the Jan. 25 episode.
What Matt James spoiled on his Instagram photo
The lead took to Instagram to post a picture of a contestant arriving on the show. The photo James posted shows himself holding hands with another woman in front of the Nemacolin resort in Pennsylvania.
“Better late than never,” James captioned the picture.
Viewers have yet to see the mystery contestant on the show — who appears engaged in conversation with James in the photo he shared.
However, in the trailer for the Jan. 25 episode that dropped on Jan. 18, the clip announced that there are five new women that arrive to compete for James’ heart. Obviously, one stood out to James more than others, since he shared a photo of her on his feed.
The teaser for the following episode showed one woman coming out of the limousine and kissing James immediately upon exiting the car. The contestants inside the house watched on as the lead greeted the new arrivals.
“People are pissed,” one contestant said about the shocking twist. “I literally just want to go home,” another said, while crying.
The clip also showed James kissing the same woman he posted a photo of on his Instagram account.
Who is the contestant Matt James spoiled?
The contestant that James shared a picture of is Michelle Young, according to Reality Steve spoilers. While there is no bio for her yet on the ABC cast page, the Bachelor Nation wiki website revealed that Young is 27 years old and from Woodbury, Minnesota. And clearly — for James to share a picture of her on his Instagram account — she strikes a connection with the lead and might make it far on the show.
We’ll have to tune in to see what happens with the five new contestants being thrown into the mix to compete for James’ heart. But one thing’s for sure — the “journey” will certainly be entertaining.