As this season of The Bachelorette comes to a close, we鈥檙e all waiting with baited breath to see which man is left standing. But wait 鈥 we鈥檙e not talking about who the stylin鈥 Miss JoJo picks to be her future husband (hey, we鈥檙e optimists here), but rather, who will be the next Bachelor! The decision of who will spearhead the next season of the franchise is almost more crucial and highly anticipated than who 鈥渨ins鈥 the current season; we don鈥檛 want a weed handing out all those roses, after all. That鈥檚 why we鈥檙e so excited that Luke Pell, the veteran-slash-cowboy who stole all of our hearts this season, is looking like a front-runner for the next season of The Bachelor. How do we know? See if you can follow along:


1. His hometown visit was last, even though he went home right after. On The Bachelor/ette, they go by the old saying of 鈥渟ave the best for last.鈥 They edited the episode so that Luke鈥檚 hometown visit was the last one the viewers saw, etching in our minds the vision of JoJo and Luke standing in a field with a pathway of candles, all leading up to that heart made of rose petals. They wanted us to remember that 鈥 even though JoJo sent him home shortly after.

2. He鈥檚 a fan favorite. The network tends to listen to their fans, and the fans really love Luke. There weren鈥檛 many other people that the fans gravitated to this season (except for Chad, but that鈥檚 a whole different conversation) 鈥 Luke seemed like he was 鈥渢here for the right reasons,鈥 he and JoJo had a lot of passion and he鈥檚 got a killer smile on top of it.


3. He stayed out of drama in the house. This one is pretty crucial. When contestants get into the house drama, even if it鈥檚 supposedly for the greater good, it鈥檚 usually a bad look 鈥 and the fans notice. Usually, those who鈥檝e been involved in drama don鈥檛 get picked to take on the Big Role for upcoming seasons, and Luke was smart 鈥 though we don鈥檛 think this was strategy on his part. It seemed like he was just genuinely not interested in playing immature games, which is a great sign for things to come.


4. He handled the breakup like a CHAMP. Some guys keep it together the whole season only to completely lose it during their exit interviews. While it鈥檚 totally understandable 鈥 emotions are high when you鈥檙e losing the person you thought you might have a future with! 鈥 there鈥檚 a right way and a wrong way to handle it, and cursing at your ex on national television before storming off camera is probably not the former (within reason 鈥 Andi had all the right in the world to tell Juan Pablo off). We鈥檙e not even sure how this is possible, but somehow Luke and JoJo鈥檚 breakup only made us love him MORE. It鈥檚 likely that every single person watching the show thought that JoJo was making a mistake in that moment, but we were torn 鈥 while it was hard to watch her break his heart, it also freed him up to potentially do The Bachelor, which means more Luke for us.


5. He got his own segment on the couch during the Men Tell All episode, and he said all the right things. Most of the time when people get their own segment during the Men or Women Tell All episodes, it鈥檚 because they were particularly controversial or were the last people to be sent home. While Luke was one of the last people to be sent home, he wasn鈥檛 the last, and he had more time on screen during the episode and a more in depth interview than Chase did (who was sent home more recently). His interview with Chris Harrison also felt a bit leading 鈥 Chris asked all the typical questions he asks the people who end up being the next in line, like if they鈥檙e ready for love (he is!) and if they鈥檙e still in love with the person they just broke up with (he said he has love FOR her, but didn鈥檛 say he was IN love with her). It was a great interview 鈥 he seems just vulnerable and heartbroken enough that it鈥檚 believable, but not so heartbroken still that people will say he鈥檚 not ready to look for love yet.

What do you think? Will Luke Pell be the next Bachelor? Tweet us @BritandCo!