‘The Bachelorette’: Clare Crawley’s Season Won’t Feature Hometown Dates or Exotic Trips

After Peter Weber’s anti-climatic season of The Bachelor, Bachelor Nation was delighted to learn that Clare Crawley would be the next Bachelorette star. Crawley made her way into Bachelor Nation on Juan Pablo Galavis’ season of The Bachelor.

From what we know so far, the hairstylist will be on her way to finding love this summer when filming is tentatively scheduled to begin. Unfortunately, the 38-year-old’s journey to find love won’t feature hometown dates or exotic trips. 

Clare Crawley 'The Bachelorette' filming plans
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‘The Bachelorette’ will probably be filmed in one location 

According to Reality Steve, Crawley’s season of The Bachelorette will be filmed in one location. “That means all the dates and cocktail parties and rose ceremonies and the cast would all live in one resort for the whole time of filming. Zero travel.”

While the exact location remains unknown, Reality Steve reported that crews are out scouting for a resort that can handle filming for five weeks in July and August of this year for a September air date. 

Whatever resort they choose, they’ll need housing for 150 to 200 people, which means the resort will have to cancel any prior bookings to accommodate The Bachelorette cast and crew. 

This decision came as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Reality Steve reported that filming in a single location would make it safe for all of those involved in creating The Bachelorette. “What I’ve heard is they would get [to the filming location] and everyone would be tested,” Reality Steve shared on his podcast, continuing: “Once everybody passes their test — assuming everybody passes their test — since they’re never leaving that area, they don’t have to worry about testing and retesting every week or two.” 

Clare Crawley’s season was supposed to film in Italy 

The Bachelor and Bachelorette series have become known for taking contestants on lavish trips across the world. On Weber’s season alone, the women traveled to Chile, Peru, and Australia. A source told Variety that Crawley’s season was scheduled to film in Italy, but the threat of the coronavirus caused those plans to change. 

Who knows what other countries producers had in mind for Crawley’s season, but for now, it’s looking like filming will take place in one location. A Warner Bros. spokesperson provided a statement clarifying that any travel required for the production of their shows would be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

As the health and safety of our talent and employees are always our primary concerns, production travel is being evaluated on a case-by-case basis, factoring in the latest information from a variety of organizations, including the CDC, WHO, U.S. State Department and in-territory local health agencies.

Warner Bros. spokesperson, Variety 

What does all of this mean for Clare Crawley’s season of ‘The Bachelorette’? 

For one, the lack of travel means the show can be filmed and edited in a more compressed amount of time with fewer days off for the crew. In some ways, that could mean more content for Bachelor Nation to consume, but in other ways, it could mean the dates Crawley goes on are a little less exciting. 

Reality Steve mentioned that he’s not sure “if [the single location] is their only plan” for filming this season. But since we don’t know what the state of affairs is going to look like in July, the entire season of The Bachelorette could be postponed until next year. 

Regardless of when a new season of The Bachelorette happens, fans are eager to see if Crawley can finally find happiness.