When Hannah Brown (aka Hannah B.) was officially announced as the next Bachelorette, there were definitely, um, mixed reactions.

Although Hannah made it to Hometowns in this past season of The Bachelor, she was never really considered a fan-favorite. So how did she get the gig?

ABC’s Senior VP, Alternative Series Rob Mills recently sat down with THR and said,

“This case was basically a five-way tie. We met with Hannah B., Hannah Godwin (Hannah G.), Tayshia Adams, Caelynn Miller-Keyes and Demi Burnett. And they were all great, but there was something about Hannah B.”

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He continued,

“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.’ There was just something different that we hadn’t seen in a Bachelorette before. Very kind of charming and goofy.”

A lot of viewers were disappointed with Hannah’s performance on the live show, which seemed completely bizarre and disorganized. But Mills insisted that’s what will make Hannah’s season so great.

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“I think it’s very easy to teach somebody how to pick up a rose or say a name, but you can’t fake the natural sort of charm and nervousness and everything that she had, and I thought that was really, really great.”

The Bachelorette already has a premiere date — May 13th — so it’s a pretty quick turnaround.

As for the rest of the girls, many are in talks to appear on Bachelor in Paradise, particularly Hannah G. But the season is still too far away to announce the next cast.

In the meantime, you can rewatch Colton’s season, and his epic fence jump, on Hulu.

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