The Bachelorette: Who Joe Park Thinks Has The Best Shot With Tayshia

As The Bachelorette's Tayshia Adams continues her televised journey to find love, viewers have begun to fall for her suitors, too. While Tayshia was worried that the men — who first arrived at La Quinta Resort in Palm Springs, Calif. to pursue Season 16's original lead, Bachelor alum Clare Crawley — would perceive her as their second choice, the 30-year-old has formed numerous strong connections with the men who remain. From Tayshia's obvious attraction to Zac Clark, to her shared life experiences with Ivan Hall, fans can tell that their beloved Bachelorette will ultimately have a tough decision to make. But which man has what it takes to win Tayshia's heart (and final rose)?

According to former contestant Joe Park, there are two men that stand out from the rest of the pack. "I mean, I fell in love with Brendan," Joe told Entertainment Weekly. "They had a one-on-one and it seems like they had a great time... Outside of just being like a gorgeous human being, he's a great listener and he's very thoughtful. He's just somebody who you want to be around. He's really funny, he has that off-the-cuff, subtle humor."

"Ivan is [also] a great, great dude," he added. "Really smart, good heart. Obviously a stud also — I don't know if you've seen shirtless pictures of Ivan, but he's shredded," Joe also noted. "He has a great family, and he's got great family values." While Joe was also vying for Tayshia's affections, he always "pulled for them" at each rose ceremony. However, Joe did not leave the show without his own slew of fans.

Could Joe Park be The Bachelor's first Asian-American lead?

Although Tayshia Adams and Joe Park did not make a love connection, the 36-year-old anesthesiologist from New York City certainly connected with viewers, who have since elevated the former contestant to heartthrob status. As a medical professional in one of America's coronavirus epicenters, Joe contracted and survived COVID-19 during the early days of the pandemic, which opened his eyes to what matters most in life. "I don't want to get too dark, but during that time, it taught me so much about what's really important," Joe explained to Entertainment Weekly. "Being around friends, being around family, traveling, collectively experiencing things, shared experiences... Seeing so many people pass away during that time, it definitely gave me an appreciation for [life's] moments."

And now, as fans clamor for his attention, many want Joe to become the Bachelor franchise's first Asian-American lead. But would he ever consider taking on such a role? Well, Joe hopes it never comes down to that, honestly.

"The first thought when I saw that was like — I know Matt James is the Bachelor now, and I was like, man, I hope I'm not still single by 2022. I hope I'm in a committed relationship by then!" Joe quipped. "I appreciate it, don't get me wrong. It's flattering. But it's like, jeez, I'm not getting any younger. Again, if quarantine has taught us anything, it's that tomorrow's not guaranteed, and you really have to make the most of it now and take advantage of any opportunity that you're given." Joe might still be single at the moment, but we are pretty sure this fan-favorite won't be lonely for long!