Forget filling out my Bachelorette bracket with the men I think will claim Becca Kufrin’s final four spots. My favorite Season 14 man came and went in the premiere episode when ABC introduced us to grocery store owner Joe Amabile, who won me over with his tall, dark handsomeness and his punny jokes about produce. Unfortunately, nerves got the best of Joe, and a flubbed limo exit seemed to contribute to Becca eliminating him at the end of the night. I’m not the only one who fell for Joe, so with so many fans on his side, will Joe Amabile go to Bachelor in Paradise? I have my fingers crossed to see more of him on my screen this summer.
The Chicago grocer unexpectedly captured the hearts of the internet during Episode 1. You can blame it on his Wells Adams-esque looks or the fact that a life with him would always ensure fresh fruit in your home, but Becca choosing to let him go was the big disappointment of the night (well, before Twitter caught on to an off-screen controversy). If you ask me, Joe deserves his own romantic comedy where a girl accidentally knocks over one of his fruit stands and then meets him, but the rest of Bachelor Nation has also gotten creative in their requests for Joe’s redemption.
The support for Joe even warranted his own interview with Entertainment Tonight, who didn’t hesitate in asking about his chances of appearing on Bachelor in Paradise. It’s rare that someone eliminated on the first night of a season makes enough of an impression to be a Paradise possibility, but Joe is clearly the exception. He told ET:
Excuse me while I make a list of matchmaking pros and cons between Joe and any of Arie Luyendyk’s Bachelor women. But no pressure if things don’t work out, Joe. There are plenty of women out there willing to help run your grocery store empire, but we’d love to watch you on Paradise first.
Host Chris Harrison even added fuel to this fire, dropping major hints that his production team has snagged Joe for the upcoming season of Paradise.
In case you want to keep notes on what Joe is looking for in a woman, his list is pretty basic. He told ET:
Unless he wants a million ladies claiming they’re his perfect match, Joe might want to specify those qualities a bit more.
Joe also spoke about his Bachelorette elimination, and it sounds like he has no hard feelings about Becca sending him home, as he said:
If anyone is a little skeptical about people’s intentions on Paradise, Joe actually comes across as someone who won’t fall into Bachelor Nation’s fame trap easily. He shared his Bachelorette casting journey with ET, and the story is sweetly innocent. Don’t let me down, Joe!
Again, no one will really complain if you do become an Instagram celebrity, Joe. Here’s Exhibit A proving why:
So, where do I go to meet Joe for coffee?
Let’s hope we get some confirmation of Joe possibly on Bachelor in Paradise soon. The Bachelorette returns on Monday, June 4 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
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