Although what I come up with is by far through sleuthing and speculation, there is no way that I can be sure or even want to promise that somehow something "tainted" with a spoiler won't make its way in; therefore, to stay out of trouble, I think I had better stay over here.
I am going to start with this post which I brought over. It is discussing the fact that during the last 2 seasons, the F1 came from the 3rd episode adventure or "thrill" date.
Originally Posted by ajd66;3894391;
Although their date wasn't a "thrill" date, F1 Shayne's 1-1 with Matt was also during Ep. 3.
It is not a given, of course - as Graham DeAnna's intended F1 and Melissa Jason's F1 had their dates in the 2nd episode - but I tend to keep my eye on that 3rd episode.
Again, unless they change pace completely, the trend has been to have the F1 has his/her 1-1 date early.
Why would this be the case? Here are some possibilities:
1. The F1 is singled out early (like at the M&G) or maybe pre-seaon by pics by the lead as a person of tremendous interest, and that is communicated to the producers. The date is then set up early.
2. The F1 is one of the group that has been pre-selected by the producers, and the F1 is (as Matt told Radaronline) "pushed" at the lead.
3. Since the F1 has the 1-1 date so early and the connection is made, there is more time throughout the season to continue to build on the developing attraction and relationship throughout the rest of the time spent with the group, etc. and during small 1-1 sessions.
Does anyone else think it is a mite odd that we got little or no description of what we think is Episode 3 in the Press Release?
We can't be sure, but maybe we are playing hide and seek with our F1?