This just in from Bachelor Nation: Hannah B. is the next Bachelorette!
The season 23 contestant may not have won Colton Underwood’s heart, but she’ll get another shot at love next season where a lucky group of men will compete for the final rose.
Hannah was a strong front-runner for Colton's affections from the beginning: She won the first one-on-one date and faced her fair share of Miss USA–related drama with fellow contestant Caelynn Miller Keyes, which helped strengthen her bond with Underwood. But after he surprised her by bringing her to meet his family and they told him to "trust his gut," he sent her packing at the end of the episode. Rumors have been flying ever since that she would be getting a season of her own. And after a tearful phone call with Chris Harrison, the rumors turned to reality.
In fact, Hannah B. herself previously hinted at the possibility that she would be open to headlining a season of The Bachelorette. “I did evolve so much as a person on the show. I came in so terrified of what this thing was and if I wanted to be vulnerable with producers, with the girls, with Colton. And then by the end of it, I laid it all out on the table,” she told Entertainment Tonight shortly after her elimination. When asked if she would ever consider appearing on *The Bachelorette, she replied, “I would love to have the opportunity to continue shedding that layer of trying to be whatever I think people want me to be and just being myself.
I think I really believe in this process and I do think you can fall in love here and be in love and find your person. So, if it could be me, that would be great. I’m really sincere about it.”
At the end of Tuesday's episode, Hannah B. met five of her future suitors, and they all look like keepers. Needless to say, we are counting down the days until next season.