Only one episode of The Bachelorettehas aired so far, and an obvious frontrunner has already emerged: 27-year-old Jordan Rodgers from Chico, Calif. Jordan was the first contender to get his limo introduction, which as we learned from UnREAL is the "wifey" position — on The Bachelorette I suppose it's "hubby" — and marks that contender as the one to beat (last season on The Bachelor eventual winner Lauren Bushnell was the first one out of the limo). JoJo Fletcher gave Jordan the first impression rose, which singles out someone who intrigued the Bachelor or Bachelorette on night one, and he was the first person she willingly kissed (a goofball named Will tricked her into kissing him, but she happily kissed Jordan). She remarked on how hot he is like a dozen times and couldn't keep her hands off of him. No other man even registered as a viable contender next to him.
If you look up "dreamboat" in the dictionary, this is the picture you see. Jordan is tall, muscular, and has great hair. He's charming and smooth — his "let's get out of here" to JoJo when he met her came off as playful when other guys would seem creepy. And he's a former pro quarterback, which is arguably the sexiest job a man can have. "Pro quarterback" doesn't appear on the list of most-swiped-right professions on Tinder, but that's only because the sample size is so small. Are you familiar with the concept of supply and demand? Ben Higgins was a high school quarterback, and look how gaga JoJo was for him.
*It must be noted that Jordan Rodgers was only kind of a professional quarterback. He was on the practice squads for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins. He never actually played in an NFL game. Then he went to Canada and was on the practice squad for the BC Lions. He wasn't even good enough to play in the CFL. He's better at football than almost anyone else in the world, but for a professional football player he wasn't very good. So take "pro quarterback" with a grain of smelling salt.
Most pertinent to Jordan's probable victory, though, is his proximity to actual fame. Jordan's brother is Aaron Rodgers, an actual great quarterback. Aaron, who plays for the Green Bay Packers, is a two-time MVP and a Super Bowl champion. He will end his career considered one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. He's been in a long-term relationship with Olivia Munn, a brain-meltingly gorgeous movie star (she's in X-Men: Apocalypse). People go on shows like The Bachelor and The Bachelorette to become famous. But the fame granted by these shows is low-level and not respected. It never transcends its origin. The fame that comes from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette is desperate for more fame and legitimacy in that order. Aaron Rodgers and Olivia Munn are legitimately and not desperately famous (well, Olivia Munn is a little desperate, but she went from cable video game show host to superhero movie actor, so it worked for her). JoJo will not pass up a chance to stand in the reflected glow from real stars.
There are rumors out there about Jordan and Aaron's distant relationship, Jordan's real motives and Jordan and JoJo's relationship before, during and after the show. But that's all peripheral information to what's onscreen. And onscreen, they may as well call the show off, give Jordan the ring, and name Christian the next Bachelor.