Tonight's finale of The Bachelor Season 23 was full of surprises as Colton Underwood chased after Cassie Randolph to convince her to give their relationship a chance (and it worked?!). So after all of that emotional turmoil, we were glad to be a little less shocked with the Bachelorette 2019 announcement!
For months, fans had been theorizing over who the next Season 15 star could be from this crop of Bachelor contestants like Caelynn Miller-Keyes, Tayshia Adams, Hannah Godwin and more. But the strongest rumor was that Hannah Brown was the likely pick for the role, which seemed to be confirmed with the Alabama beauty's appearance on The Women Tell All.
And that intel was confirmed during tonight's After the Final Rose special during the finale: Miss Alabama USA Hannah Brown is your new Bachelorette!
Hannah (no longer Hannah B.!) came out looking totally gorgeous in red and already looking like the lead.
"I feel all the emotions. But honestly, I'm just really grateful for this opportunity," she told Chris Harrison.
When he asked her about what her family thinks of the big news, she said, "My family has been really supportive of me and is really happy. They have made me who I am, so they trust me and love me and ultimately want me to have love, too."
'It was like, 'You owe this to yourself and you owe this to these women to really explore and see where to go from here,'' he said.
They then showed a clip from a couple of weeks ago of Harrison asking Hannah over FaceTime whether she thinks she could pull off the gig before telling her she's the Bachelorette, bringing her to tears.
Back on the After the Final Rose stage, she said of finding love on the show, "It didn't happen for me my first time around, but I do believe it can happen. I'm just really just so grateful and honored that people saw my heart and I get to continue showing that and somebody will hopefully share their heart with me."
Her season couldn't start soon enough, apparently, as Hannah geared up to meet her first five contestants live on the stage. When asked what kind of guys she's looking for, she shared, "I hope they can put words together, maybe better than me at first. And maybe that initial spark."
And now, about those first guys she met! The first was Luke, who gushed about how Hannah was the only girl he wanted to be the Bachelorette. Then Dustin came out with two glasses of champagne, proposing a toast (and he even adorably stumbled over his words just like Hannah!).
With 'The Bachelor' coming to a close, it's safe to assume that a bunch of Colton's girls will be making an appearance on the beach this summer.
Third, we met Cam from Austin, Texas, who rapped to the Bachelorette, and after that was Connor, who joked about his tall height by bringing a stool so they could look "eye-to-eye." Finally, we met another Luke (this one is Luke S.) who got a bit risqué telling Hannah, "For you, I'd go down anytime." Uh, OK!
Then it was time for Hannah to give out her first rose (does this count as the First Impression Rose?), and the lucky recipient was... Cam! Guess that rap worked.
The Bachelorette, Season 15 Premiere, Monday, May 13, ABC