Arie Luyendyk, Jr. is busy filming his season, according to "The Bachelor" 2018 spoilers doled out by Reality Steve. Arie is wrapping one of is group dates slated to air on the third episode next January. Up to this point, Steve has released the names of nine Cast Members and reveals that one lady is expected to stick around for a while.

Woman may have advantage in Arie's season

The franchise is known to feature a number of models, fitness coaches, and those affiliated in some way with the show. Not one to stray far from this practice, the show will have one 2018 contestant who may have an advantage over the others because of her connection to one of the producers' favorite people.

Reality Steve imparts that Tia Booth, 26, from Little Rock, Arkansas is best friends with Raven Gates. Raven was, of course, a finalist on Nick Viall's "Bachelor" season then paired up with Adam Gottschalk on the summer series spin-off, "Bachelor in Paradise." Prior to Adam being the one Raven ended up with, she was sought after by some of the other cast members and she was made to look like a "hot commodity." It's believed that Raven is certainly one of the few that the franchise is partial to. Will this transfer to Booth being the next great thing on the reality show?

Tia Booth is a graduate from Arkansas State University and is a physical therapist. Steve surmises that due to her being Raven's friend, he doubts that's going to be a "non factor" and will indeed play some kind of role in her time on the show.

"The Bachelor" spoilers blogger continues that it won't be surprising if an ex-boyfriend surfaces and goes to the tabloids. Steve admits that he could be wrong about his theory on this. After all, some of the contestants join the show because their friends applied for them. Was that the case for Tia? Maybe Raven recommended her or secretly put her name in to be picked.

Depending on how the journey plays out for the Arkansas contestant, Tia Booth may or may not thank her good friend for the experience!

Additional cast members leaked

Some of the other "Bachelor" 2018 contestants so far include Chelsea Roy, 29, of Portland, Maine; Lauren Schleyer, 31, of Dallas, Texas; Maquel Cooper, 23, of Orem, Utah; Caroline Lunny, 25, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Rebecca Kufin, 27, of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Jenna Cooper, 29, of Raleigh, North Carolina; Valerie Biles, 25, of Nashville, Tennessee; Marikh Mathias, 27, of Salt Lake City, Utah.

"The Bachelor" 2018 season with Arie Luyendyk, Jr. premieres next January.