Hannah B. Was Chosen To Be 'The Bachelorette' For A Reason 'Bachelor' Nation Can Get Behind

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The conductor of the Hot Mess Express is our next Bachelorette, so get your ticket before the train leaves the station. Not that you need a reason beyond "Hannah Beast-chelorette" to be fired up, but why not read about why Hannah Brown was picked for The Bachelorette Season 15? In some recent interviews with Variety, E! News, and The Hollywood Reporter, Rob Mills, ABC's senior VP of alternative programming, got into how they ended up choosing Hannah B. for Bachelorette. The long and short of it: people love an unfiltered goofball with a heart of gold!

Mills told The Hollywood Reporter that Hannah B., Hannah Godwin, Tayshia Adams, Caelynn Miller-Keyes, and Demi Burnett were all in the running toward becoming America's Next Top Bachelorette, noting that Hannah B. assumed she "was the dark horse." Hannah B. wasn't a finalist on Colton Underwood's season of The Bachelor. She didn't even make it to hometowns. (However, she did get to meet Colton's parents, but it turned out to be a fairly awkward afternoon that resulted in Colton sending her home.) But she growled her way into Bachelor Nation's heart, and now she is our new Bachelorette.

"We had an embarrassment of riches in terms of potential leads. We met all these girls over a one-week span maybe three or four weeks ago," Mills recalled to E! News. "We sort of knew immediately. It was like, wow, OK, it's Hannah B." He revealed producers selected Hannah B. "weeks before" the Women Tell All taping. Mills explained to E! News,

Unleash the Beast-chelorette.

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"They were all great," Mills explained to THR, "but there was something about Hannah B. Part of it was that she thought she was the dark horse, so she came in and had nothing to lose, saying, 'I don't know, I'm just going to be myself.'" He continued,

It sounds like we're in for a wild Tide, er, ride. Mills told Variety,

Hannah B. always Hannah B-rings it. And that's good news for fans looking for a great season with a relatable Bachelorette looking for love.