Are we getting played?! On January 23, a new trailer dropped for the upcoming season of Counting On, and fans are convinced that one scene, in particular, proved that Jana Duggar is courting someone after all. But could we be falling right into a production trap? Let’s review the evidence.
In the action-packed trailer, we get to see all of the Duggar couples celebrating big milestones — Jinger and Jeremy welcome their daughter, Josiah and Lauren enjoy their honeymoon, John David proposes to Abby — pretty much what we would expect. As a matter of fact, we don’t even catch a glimpse of Jana until the end. “What if I told you that somebody else in your family has a big announcement?” a producer asks. Kendra looks stunned, Joy-Anna asks “what do you mean?”
Then things take a turn when the producer cuts to Jana and says “James was letting on that it was you.” She doesn’t say anything, but the biggest grin flashes across her face and she giggles. Ben Seewald asks “really?” and her little sisters say “whoa!” It didn’t take long for fans to start taking guesses.
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Posted by Counting On on Wednesday, January 23, 2019
“Oh please, I hope Jana found a man! She’s been a bridesmaid enough! lol” said one fan. “I would love love love to see Jana come out being in a relationship with someone she is the sweetest one of them all she would make a great wife for any lucky guy,” agreed another. “I knew it. The moment Jana joined Instagram …” a third wrote. And they have a good point. Most Duggars join Instagram when they’re courting, engaged or married, but Jana stunned fans by creating an Instagram account in January with no announcements attached to it.
However, both Jana and her sister Jessa have been very vocal about fan speculation, shutting down romance rumors every chance they get. “She’s not in a relationship,” Jessa wrote on Insta, adding, “But if anyone is interested, please send all applications to me. I will check them out thoroughly.” Fans then turned their attention to Lawson Bates, perhaps the most eligible Bates boy, when he commented on her page. “I heard you and Jana are a thing!” a fan said to Lawson, and Jana chimed in to set the record straight: “No, we’re not a thing.”
Sure, Jana, Jessa and Lawson could all be lying, but it seems even more likely that the trailer is intentionally misleading us. Some fans saw right through it. “The unknown big announcement is probably going to be Jessa is pregnant again,” wrote one. And they’re probably right. Despite Jessa recently admitting she’s expecting baby No. 3 with Ben, the trailer doesn’t mention the happy news at all. The clip is likely a bunch of reactions to different things stitched together to make it look like Jana has a secret. We guess we’ll just have to sign in to the premiere on February 11 to find out for sure!
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