Mike Johnson was a fan-favorite before he got sent home on Hannah Brown’s season of The Bachelorette. He won Bachelor Nation over with his sweet personality and big smile. Fans loved him so much, in fact, that they’ve started campaigning for him to be the next Bachelor.
In a recent interview with People, Johnson said he was flattered to be receiving such support.
“I’m not going to lie, it’s an awesome thing for people to feel that way,” he said.
If Johnson’s fans get their way, the former Bachelorette contestant would be the first black Bachelor, as well as the first military veteran in the role. But he says he can handle the pressure no problem.
“I don’t get pressure either way,” he said. “It doesn’t phase me. I mean, the most pressure I had was back in high school when I was playing football and I dropped the ball. Haven’t had pressure like that since, so it’s all good.”
Mike Johnson takes love very seriously
If Johnson were to be named the next Bachelor, he wants everyone to know that he takes love very seriously; he doesn’t “play with the idea of love at all.”
“I used to listen to — well I still listen to — a lot of R&B music and I’ve always said, ‘I don’t know why I like R&B so much ’cause I don’t get to feel it,’” he said. “But when I got my heart broken, I couldn’t listen to music for so long.”
“I remember in one song, Ne-Yo said he doesn’t want to pick up the phone because his voicemail says her and him,” he said, referencing the lyrics of “So Sick.” “I felt things like that.”
Johnson is a sensitive man.
“I remember after my heartbreak, I couldn’t even go to the mall no more, ’cause I went into the mall and I started crying because I saw people holding hands. I take love so seriously and for people to say they want me to be the Bachelor, I am so grateful,” he told People.
But if Johnson is named The Bachelor, he wants to make certain of one thing: all of his contestants are there for the right reasons.
“I’m appreciative. But I want to make sure that if that was something that I were to do, that the 30 candidates are definitely there for the same reason. I definitely feel like I could find love in this process,” he said.
Chris Harrison says Mike Johnson is definitely being considered for ‘The Bachelor’
Johnson fans will be happy to know that their favorite contestant is most definitely in the running.
“Of course he’s a contender [for Bachelor],” Chris Harrison told People. “How could he not be a contender with that smile? He’s one of my favorite people we’ve ever had on the show. He’s a love of a man. I don’t know him that well, and I consider him a really good friend.”
“He’s just a sweet guy,” he continued. “He gives the best hugs, the best smiles and the best advice. He’s just a really good man and yeah, of course he’s a contender.”