She didn’t win Colton’s heart on ‘The Bachelor,’ but she did get a different prize: to be ‘The Bachelorette.’ Next season, get ready to “Roll Tide.”
She’s not a regular Bachelorette; she’s a wacky one.
Hannah Brown was the unconventional choice to lead the 15th season of “The Bachelorette”: a young, awkward contestant who finished in seventh place on the previous “Bachelor” season and was deemed a bit of a villain.
But now the 24-year-old former Miss Alabama is gearing up for her time in the spotlight.
“I’m just a normal girl looking for somebody to spend the rest of my life with,” she says in an on-camera interview. “Bless the man who spends forever with me, because I’m so much to handle.”
Hannah arrives at the mansion and she’s nervous. Luckily for her, so are the 30 men she’s about to meet.
“I’m so shocked by how nervous every guy is when they walk out of the limo,” she marvels. “I just couldn’t believe they were that nervous to meet me. Because I know me and I’m just like, ‘You really don’t have anything to worry about.'”
The first guy out of the car is Garrett, a 27-year-old fellow Alabamian. “I like hearing that twang,” she says as he heads inside. Hannah also seems to be enamored with Jed, a singer/songwriter from Nashville.
As always, some contestants opt for creative callbacks to the previous season. Luke P., 24, hops on top of the limo and lets out a “Hannah Beast”-worthy roar. Ryan, a 25-year-old from Philadelphia, enters on a pair of roller skates while shouting “Roll Tide!” And Connor S., a 24-year-old who first made an appearance during Hannah’s “Bachelorette” reveal, makes a grand entrance, hopping over the mansion gate a la Colton’s infamous escape.
Let the games begin!
With all 30 contestants inside, Hannah’s finally ready to make a toast. And she doesn’t even need to say “Roll Tide.”
“I’m not perfect. I’m going to stumble over my words, I’m going to make mistakes and you are, too,” she tells the men. “I don’t want perfect. I want real. I’m going to be real with you, and I want you to be real back in return with me.”
Luke P. is the first to get alone time with Hannah. He says he saw her in the first episode of Colton’s season and thought she could be his future wife. Mike, 31, leads a nice conversation about the importance of loving yourself. Jed, 25, sings and plays the guitar for Hannah, and she reveals later that she has a “total crush” on him.
But it’s 30-year-old Cam, the first guy to get a rose from the “After the Final Rose” taping, who gets the first kiss of the season. He says he doesn’t usually kiss on the first date — good thing it’s technically their second.
Demi’s back and using her powers for good
Demi Burnett and Katie Morton, fellow “Bachelor” alums from Colton’s season, return to help Hannah weed out the bad guys: Demi reveals she got a tip from someone on social media that Scott, a 28-year-old Chicago native, has a girlfriend and plans to continue that relationship once the show is over.
After an uncomfortable back and forth, Scott admits to Hannah that he spoke to his girlfriend earlier that week, but doesn’t “think this is someone (he’s) going to marry long-term.” Ouch. Going out with a bang, he accuses Hannah of doing the same thing by coming off a relationship with Colton a few months earlier.
The first-night drama has mostly been squashed, but at a cost: It takes up a good chunk of time, and a handful of men lament that they didn’t get to talk to Hannah one-on-one.
Solid first impressions
Still overwhelmed by the Scott situation, Hannah steps outside for a break in the action. It’s Luke P. who swoops in to reassure her with a hug and some comforting words.
“I’m not here for a couple roses. I’m here to win your heart,” he says. Now back on track, Hannah talks to a couple more guys (including Connor S., who gets the second kiss of the night) before approaching Luke P. again, this time with the first-impression rose in hand.
“You said that you felt something as soon as you saw me and I feel the exact same way. I’m excited when I get to talk to you and I look forward to getting to know you better. I really like you and I wanted you to know that,” she says before offering him the rose. Cue kiss No. 3!
Rose Ceremony: Seven more men say goodbye
The sun begins to rise as Ryan, 26-year old salesman Matt Donald, 30-year-old “Box King” Joe, 27-year-old pilot Chasen, 27-year-old international basketball player Thomas, 24-year-old surfer Hunter and 30-year-old math teacher Brian are sent home.
Matt Donald, who made his entrance on a tractor, worries that his gimmicky entrance gave Hannah the wrong idea about his intentions.
“It hurts, I’m not going to lie. I was really excited. … I think she saw a goofy, ‘this guy is just here to have fun.’ Which is the exact opposite of who I am. This is a little bit of a heartbreak. It’s going to take some time for me to recover and regain some confidence.”
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