Spoilers for The Bachelor ahead. Peter Weber, a.k.a. Pilot Peter, a.k.a. the Windmill Hookup Guy, a.k.a. the man that Bachelor Nation is calling "the perfect guy," is our new Bachelor. He's actually our second pilot, after Jake Pavelka, but will hopefully have a less nutty season. Signs are looking good so far—Weber has a strong connection to his family (his brother and dad are pilots and his mom was a stewardess) and a smart, low-key, empathetic energy. Weber came in a close third on her season, and Hannah Brown admitted that he was a terrific guy after their time together ended. So what do we know about his season so far?
Weber had a MAJOR accident.
As reported first by Radar Online, Weber apparently was playing golf when he split his face open by hitting his head on two cocktail glasses he was carrying. He needed 22 stitches to the face. Let me repeat that. TO THE FACE. Producers must have screamed. Was it caught on camera??
Host Chris Harrison explained, "Peter suffered a freak accident. He got a cut on his head, he did get stitches but he's 100% OK and production is already back underway. He's still the dashing, handsome pilot we've all dreamed of." It hasn't stopped filming, although how they're going to handle a massive cut to the face, I have no idea.
Three more women have been eliminated.
And then there were 12. Pictures here of the women leaving the rose ceremony, but Deandra Kanu, Savannah Mullins, and Kiarra Norman have been eliminated.
This is Deandra:
This is Savannah:
And this is Kiarra:
Interestingly, Alayah B., who had been eliminated, apparently came back to explain to Weber about some beef she'd had with Victoria P. and how the latter had lied about her. She was unsuccessful, and sent home—again.
Get ready for drama.
If you were entertained by Caelynn and Hannah bringing old pageant fights onto the show, then I have great news for you, because that is absolutely nothing compared to what we're about to see:
And let me just say this: the pageant world is a messy, messy, messy place. You thought the Hannah/Caelynn bickering last season was bad, just wait til this season's shit storm rolls in. Manufactured drama, of course, but it will dominate the first few episodes...— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) October 8, 2019
I confess to being less enthused, but whatever. At least it'll be done after the first couple episodes? I hope?
Weber got down to his top 15 quickly.
Wow that was fast. So here are the women to watch out for when we ultimately do get the show on our TV screens in January:
- Hannah Sluss (first impression rose recipient)
- Lexi Buchanan
- Kelsey Weier
- Mykenna Dorn
- Deandra Kanu
- Natasha Parker
- Victoria Paul
- Victoria Fuller
- Tammy Ly
- Kelley Flanagan (met Weber pre-show)
- Sydney Hightower (went to school with Bachelorette Hannah Brown)
- Shiann Lewis
- Kiarra Norman
- Savannah Mullins
- Madison Prewett
Noticeably absent is Sarah Coffin (a rumored early frontrunner) and Alayah Benavidez, who was also rumored to do well. Jade Gilliland, Megan Hops—the two flight attendants—and Alexis Thind, a fellow pilot, are also out, which means no one from the aviation profession is left. Thus far, I am mildly surprised and kind of delighted by Weber's choices. It should make for a season that's less predictable and fun to watch, fingers crossed.
He's had several one-on-ones—and one was super awkward.
Weber's already had a couple more group dates (an "epic" pillow fight hosted by Demi Burnett, a fashion show in which two contestants, Sluss and Weier, apparently had beef) and a couple one-on-ones with Kelsey Weier, Kelley Flanagan, Victoria Paul, and Victoria Fuller. The date with Fuller was unbelievably awkward, as the musical act accompanying the one-on-one was—likely deliberately—Chase Rice, Fuller's ex. And yes, both Weber and Fuller had to go talk to him afterwards. GAH.
(UPDATE): Once they got off stage, Victoria was visibly upset talking to her producer with her arms crossed. Peter talked to Chase first. Then Victoria went to talk to Chase behind the tent w/ 2 camera crews filming the entire time. Soooo yeah, definitely more to this story.— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) October 3, 2019
There's been a "failed" group date already.
Oh god, this is terrible/hilarious. So yesterday there was a group date set to take place at Avalon Hollywood, a nightclub and events space. But then, juuuust as the audience (of Bachelor fans, most likely) were about to excitedly head in, things took a turn:
(SPOILER): As todays group date audience was set to file in to the @AvalonHollywood, they announced that Peter was very sick and the group date was cancelled. Everyone was sent home.— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) September 24, 2019
(SPOILER): The women were there for a couple hrs and had to start writing about a sex topic. But Peter was feeling too sick so they canceled it. Sounds like it was food poisoning.— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) September 24, 2019
WOW. We later got clarity (a favorite Bachelor word!) on the situation. Hannah Brown actually showed up to have a heart-to-heart with Weber, and it apparently left him rattled enough to cancel the date. He has since continued to film, though, so it was probably just a minor thing for maximum manufactured drama.
If you remember, Brown also got sick early on in her season. It then gave Connor Saeli the opportunity to help her feel better and write her a bunch of notes, so I'm wondering if the same situation applied here as well—in other words, Weber/the producers selected a lady to come by and check on him, to see if he's doing better. The producers can still get a romantic moment, and it'll no doubt cause drama with the other women.
Also, a group date writing about a sex topic sounds utterly stressful, soooo no thanks.
Shooting is already nuts.
Apparently Brown shows up to talk to Weber, and some of the girls go to crazy lengths in their intros to impress him. Think: Dressing up as a windmill, coming as an airplane, bringing a...cow?
One contestant self-eliminated:
And one made a sex joke RIGHT AWAY (lol):
Guys, this is insane.
A Daily Mail article has pictures of (probably the first) public group date for Weber's women. In a very Top Gun-esque move, Weber is wearing a leather jacket and jeans just like the character Maverick, and the women are all wearing jumpsuits (more pics here) to compete for a one-on-one date. The pictures look like it's an obstacle course/carnival-esque situation? There apparently was also a windmill there, for symbolism—they're really hitting us over the head with both pilot stuff AND windmill stuff, and I already feel exhausted.
We know all the locations.
This season's production officially started on September 20, and the first few dates (episodes 2 and 3, maybe 4) will take place in L.A.—a very media-savvy city with thousands of camera phones. Thus, early spoilery pics are comin', people, so get excited. We also now know that episode 4 will be in Cleveland, Ohio, and will involve the football team there:
(LOCATION SPOILER): As I reported, overseas filming in eps 5-7 are in some order of Costa Rica, Peru, & Chile. We know they like doing a US city before heading overseas & I got it confirmed for ep 4 they will be heading to...Cleveland. The Browns will be involved in one date.— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) September 23, 2019
Reality Steve also spoiled that the international dates (episodes 5-7) will take place in Chile, Costa Rica, and Peru, but it's unknown what the order will be at the moment. Episode 8, hometowns, will be...wherever the girls live. Overnights and final rose take place in Australia—the first time for the series, ever. Apparently the show has wanted to do it for a long time, but I also wonder if it has to do with the show also hoping to avoid spoilers by being far away from the U.S. I doubt that'll stop any of us (lol).
When the field starts to narrow, we'll get more insight about exactly which hometowns are happening, and where the show's going. Again, none of this has happened yet, so a lot of it is speculation.
Weber was ID'd as the potential lead months in advance.
Whispers of Pilot Peter started as soon as fans learned that he wasn't Hannah's final pick (he made it to overnights, then ended up being sent home straight after). He had a terrific exit, and his family was brought on for his post-show interview with Chris Harrison. Then, Reality Steve confirmed that the tight race between him and Mike Johnson had ended in Weber being selected as the final pick—not a surprising or a challenging pick for the producers.
He has a strong fanbase.
Fans grew to love the quiet pilot over his time on The Bachelorette, and grew even more excited once they learned they might ACTUALLY have a shot with him.
What I need in a partner:— hey bud, you okay? 💗 (@serenityfrefly) August 23, 2019
- a kind heart (think Peter from bachelorette)
- a great family (ya know, like pilot Pete’s)
- incredible stamina (I mean seriously 4 times in that windmill!)
...on second thought I would just like Peter Weber please and thank you
Listen, @BachelorABC: if Peter Weber is #TheBachelor, I will book the first flight to LA to sign release forms allowing producers to exploit my personal life, turn #BachelorNation against me AND take my soul if it means finding ~*true love*~ with Pilot Pete. Your move.— Raven (@ravenonair) August 23, 2019
So his season will have approximately one million windmill and pilot puns in it, and has the chance to bring on some really thirsty, dramatic girls.
These may be his women.
TBD, but The Bachelor released a photo album of the women who "may" be on the show [update: ABC has, seemingly without explanation, removed the post]:
But I have the feeling some will be cut (usually 3, to make an even 30) before the season begins. The full details of the women are here, but thus far we know that two are flight attendants (one of whom, Jade Gilliland, is getting dragged on social media for getting divorced before the show, which, geez), one of the contestants, Kelley Flanagan, has met and hit it off with Peter already, and one (Sarah Coffin) is already thought of as a potential frontrunner. There are also a ton of pageant contestants and winners, in addition to a good mix of influencers, models, and a former pro cheerleader. The pool of candidates is already being called "homogenous," but TBD on what that'll mean for the show. Peter is zen and low-key, so the producers may add a lot of dramatic girls to make the season exciting.
We'll update this space when we know more.
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