Amid “producer plant” rumors, 40+ contestants, finalist Rachael’s racism controversy, a potentially fired Chris Harrison, and a literal pandemic, Matt James’s season of The Bachelor is *finally* coming to a chaotic close. The top four remaining contestants—Serena Pitt, Bri Springs, Michelle Young, and yes, Rachael Kirkconnell—will head into hometown dates with the leading man tonight. But while fans wait to see who makes the final cut, we’ve found the best source of thirst-quenching intel without delving into outright spoilers: body language.
Body language expert Blanca Cobb analyzed pictures of Matt with Serena, Bri, Rachael, and Michelle for Cosmopolitan, and she gave a lot of insight into what’s going through his head. The first thing to know, according to Cobb, is that Matt does seem to genuinely care for them all.
“I believe that one way he expresses his emotions is by touch, and that’s the reason that he’s either holding their hand[s] or touching their leg[s] in each of the photos. And yet, he’s balancing his heart and his mind. In other words, he’s maintaining a physical connection while chatting with each of the women,” Cobb told Cosmo. “However, his body language is a bit conflicted, which suggests that he’s a bit cerebral. This means that as much as he’s enjoying the moment, he wants to make sure that he’ll ultimately make the best choice. Thinking through their conversations and interactions while enjoying their company.”
Get insight into what direction Matt’s leaning—with his head and his heart—as he gazes into the eyes of his final four contestants, below.
Matt James and Serena Pitt
Serena Pitt is already a legend for telling Matt she was falling in “like” with him, and looking at the couple’s body language it seems like the feeling is mutual.
“Serena and Matt have great eye contact. You look into the eyes of someone you’re digging. Something has her giggling while Matt caresses her knee. With her palms out and up, Serena is showing that she’s open and candid,” Cobb said.
While Serena’s body language is all sparkles, Matt’s tells a slightly different story. Just slightly. “Even though Matt is returning her smile, his isn’t as bright as hers. This suggests that he might really be enjoying her response, or possibly, something is on his mind.”
Matt James and Bri Springs
Contestant Bri Springs had Chris Harrison calling her the “total package, in all seriousness” with good reason. Matt seems to think the same in this photo.
“Matt and Bri have matching smiles—notice their narrowed eyes. Similarity in facial expressions suggests they’re vibing,” Cobb said. “His left hand and thigh are enveloping her hand. This is a way to keep her close. Also, his right hand is relaxed on the outside of left knee.”
While this all sounds positive, the way they’re sitting actually says more than what’s on the surface.
“Notice the asymmetry in their shoulders. Even though Matt and Bri are facing each other, his right shoulder is up while her left is down. Again, the contradiction of engaging and disengaging body language suggests that he’s thinking. Wish we knew what about.”
Clearly Matt’s putting a lot of thought into his one-on-one time with his contestants!
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Matt James and Rachael Kirkconnell
Rachael Kirkconnell has been absent from Bachelor promos since breaking her silence over racist photos surfacing, but as of right now, she’s still part of The Bachelor’s top four. (Check the Bachelor spoilers here if you wanna know how far she makes it.)
While the show has stayed mum since Chris Harrisons ill-advised defense that potentially ended his Bachelor career, we analyzed Rachaels body language since shes still in it...for now.
Rachael and Matt are wearing smiles and looking into each other’s eyes. Notice that Matt has the bigger smile, which suggests that he’s really into her at that moment,” Cobb said. “Also, notice that Matt is pulling back just a little. The contradiction between the big smile and hand holding with the pull back suggests that he’s thinking about something. We just don’t know what.”
Matt James and Michelle Young
Michelle Young may have been a later addition to the Bachelor lineup this season, but that hasn’t disadvantaged her much. The finalist has been super into Matt despite the late start, and Matt is feeling it too.
“Matt’s got a more subdued look on his face. He’s holding both of her hands in his, but his hands are slightly suspended in the air instead of resting on his legs.”
That is pretty straightforward, but in this picture, the legs are doing the real talking. “Michelle has her right leg, which is closest to Matt, crossed away from him,” Cobb added. “Hmmm, such a move puts a psychological barrier between the couple. Notice that he’s sitting more upright while her posture is more relaxed. The saving grace is the eye contact and holding hands.”
And there you have it! Be sure to catch The Bachelor tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ABC to see who nails hometown dates for yourself.