New ‘Bachelorette’ Hannah hopes for luck in love

Chris Harrison returns to host ABC show’s 15th season

Hannah Brown

Once again, heartbreak on “The Bachelor” has led to hope for a “Bachelorette.”

Former Miss Alabama USA Hannah Brown was in good company when she was let go by latest “Bachelor” Colton Underwood, since he ultimately rejected all of his choices … until he backtracked and reconsidered in the case of Cassie Randolph. Now, Hannah gets to do the choosing as the center of the 15th season of ABC’s “The Bachelorette” starting Monday, May 13.

One of two Hannahs on the recent “Bachelor” Season 23 (Godwin being the other), Brown is the only woman aiming to find love in the franchise now. “They all bring something different to the table, which is what makes it interesting,” series host Chris Harrison reasons of the women who have filled the “Bachelorette” slot. “Hannah’s season is going to be unique. She brings her own confidence, insecurities, sense of humor … all of that.

“She wasn’t really on ‘The Bachelor’ as long as most ‘Bachelorettes’ are,” Harrison adds, “so she may be one of the less experienced in what it takes to shoot the show. I’ll be honest: When she appeared on the live show, I was scared to death. I wasn’t sure what we had. She was nervous and not really able to articulate her feelings as well as I would have liked, but when she showed up for Night 1 (of ‘Bachelorette’ taping), I realized why we made the choice we did and why we all love her. When you get Hannah, you get all of ‘Alabama Hannah.’ What you see is what you get.”

With “Bachelor in Paradise” also set for another season starting July 29, Harrison reunited with many of the previous “Bachelorettes” in an ABC special earlier this month. “It was just a special day,” he reflects. “I hate to say this, but I’m starting to get sentimental. Not that this (franchise) is coming to an end, but I didn’t expect it to be so emotional, or to be so grateful for having all these great women together. It was just this crazy, beautiful family that we’ve created.”

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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