Here’s Why Dean Unglert Doesn’t Approve of Colton Underwood As the Next Bachelor

Colton Underwood has officially been picked as The Bachelor’s next leading man. And as it seems to go every season now, not a lot of members of Bachelor Nation are happy with ABC’s choice. Dean Unglert, who appeared on The Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise, and The Bachelor Winter Games, is among those who aren’t optimistic about seeing Underwood in charge.

Dean Unglert and Colton Underwood

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Unglert thinks Underwood is ‘a little young’ and indecisive

“You know, [he’s] a little young. He’s younger than me,” Unglert told Entertainment Tonight. “He might be more advanced in his life than I am, but I don’t necessarily see him marrying the woman that he chooses … I don’t think he knows exactly what he wants.”

We can’t say we disagree with Unglert’s criticisms. Throughout Underwood’s time on Bachelor in Paradise, we could hardly keep up with his feelings about his love interest, Tia Booth. He clearly couldn’t decide what he wanted with one person — so how is he going to make up his mind with multiple women?

While Unglert did point out that he doesn’t dislike Underwood, he simply claimed that he’s “not my Bachelor.”

“He’s a very nice person … He’s well-intentioned,” Unglert continued. “He is beautiful. I just think it’s going to be a dumpster fire.”

Not everyone thinks Underwood well-intentioned

Even though Unglert thinks Underwood is well-intentioned, not everybody thinks so. Many fans believe Underwood only signed up to appear on The Bachelorette because he believed Booth would be the leading lady. He did manage to make it to Becca Kufrin’s final four. However, he was sent home as soon as Booth admitted to Kufrin that she still had feelings for him.

When Underwood (unsurprisingly) appeared on Bachelor in Paradise shortly after things ended with Kufrin, he became the center of attention for his relationship with Booth. Their connection didn’t seem completely fake, but the overall storyline felt like just that: a story. And if it was all manufactured, some believe Underwood’s appearances on the franchise were with the goal of eventually starring as the Bachelor.

Colton Underwood

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Chris Harrison admitted Underwood makes for good TV

Despite Bachelor Nation rooting for fan favorites to become the next Bachelor, such as Jason Tartick or Blake Horstmann, ABC went with the more controversial choice. The Bachelor host Chris Harrison actually admitted the reason why: He’s entertaining on TV.

“If we had picked Jason, if we had picked Blake, it doesn’t matter — you’re going to catch some heat. And Colton caught heat and so did we,” Harrison told People.

“Colton, you have to understand gives us what we felt was the best TV,” he added. “And that’s what we’re doing; we’re trying to entertain, we’re trying to tell a story.”

Harrison described Underwood as having “a lot of layers.” He also admitted he’s “excited to find out if this will even work. Is he ready? Does he really want to propose? Is he at that stage in his life? We’re going to find out.”

Ben Higgins and Nick Viall have their doubts

Even past-Bachelors Ben Higgins and Nick Viall have admitted they’re not sure if Underwood will succeed as the Bachelor. “I think we’re going to see him struggle,” Higgins told Entertainment Tonight. “I think it’s going to be a very authentic journey of, like, struggling, success, failure, lot of tears. The problem is, he’s pretty indecisive.”

Viall chimed in, explaining, “Colton, by his own admission, has mentioned that he’s got a very limited dating life. I’ll be interested to see how that kind of plays out in the season. I’m not specifically talking about his virginity and things like that, but just dating in general, and to Ben’s point, he does have to be decisive.”