While Jed Wyatt might seem like a frontrunner on Hannah Brown’s season of The Bachelorette, I don’t think his strategy (pretending not to promote his music) will take him to the end, and last night’s installment of the popular dating series sealed the deal for me.
Here’s what you need to know: It all started back in episode one when Jed stepped out of the limo with his guitar. He then proceeded to serenade Brown during the next few group dates, until she finally invited the 25-year-old musician on a one-on-one date. During dinner, Jed dropped a bombshell and revealed that he originally applied for the show to help his career.
“When I signed up for the show, I was so clueless,” he told Brown. “I was open to the idea because I love ‘love.’ But my first thought was, you know, ‘This is, like, a huge platform.’ And I just want you to know the truth.”
The songwriter then explained how his attitude has changed since that moment, adding, “So, I came in with that mindset. But every moment we’ve had has just kind of…taken all that away and showed me that, like, now—more than anything—I want to be with you.”
I was skeptical the second he opened his mouth, since he spent almost the entire date talking about his career as a musician and how he doesn’t want to promote it, yet he did exactly that. And during last night’s episode, Jed further confirmed my suspicions when he paid a surprise visit to Brown’s hotel room and spent the majority of their time serenading her with the guitar.
I’m not saying he’s a bad guitar player—he’s fantastic. What I am saying is that Brown has been encouraging the men to open up since day one. And at this stage in the game, you’d think he’d want to use this time to secure a rose, not a record label.
So, is Jed willing to put his music aside to focus on Brown? Guess we’ll have to wait until The Bachelorette returns to ABC next Monday, July 1, at 8 p.m.