‘The Bachelor’: This Is Who Caelynn Miller-Keyes Actually Wanted to Date Instead of Colton Underwood

Fans of The Bachelor look forward to what every new season of the show has in store, and Colton Underwood’s season certainly didn’t disappoint. While it all began with a number of beautiful women, Cassie was the ultimate winner of Colton’s heart. And from Colton infamously jumping the fence to ending the show early to win Cassie back when she was prepared to totally call it quits on their romance, we’re ultimately glad they found each other and are happy together now.

Caelynn Miller-Keyes was a frontrunner during Colton’s season, too — but sadly, she was totally blindsided when she didn’t get a rose after her hometown date. She’s still getting over the breakup now, but it turns out she wished Colton was a different man at first. Here’s who she really would’ve liked as The Bachelor.

Caelynn said she was unimpressed when she first heard Colton was The Bachelor

Many of the women who appeared on Colton’s season were ecstatic to see him as The Bachelor, but fourth-placer Caelynn was not one of them. She visited the producers from The Ellen DeGeneres Show to discuss her experience competing for love after all was said and done, and she admitted to something quite shocking. “I had very low expectations going into it,” she told the staff during an interview. “I was not excited when they announced him, and I told him this!”

Caelynn perhaps wasn’t the most excited to meet Colton, but there’s no doubt she fell deeply in love. She told the producers from Ellen that she still had a serious connection with him despite it not being the strongest on the show. And during an interview with People in early March, she also admitted that she may still have feelings for him. “I’m not fully over it. I’m still processing the heartbreak,” she told the publication. Many are wondering what Cassie would think about that considering the two ladies are seemingly still great friends.

Here’s who she wanted to compete for instead

Colton Underwood and Caelynn Miller-Keyes
Colton Underwood and Caelynn Miller-Keyes | Josh Vertucci/Getty Images

If she wasn’t excited to compete for Colton’s love at first, who did Caelynn wish to see as The Bachelor instead? During the interview with the Ellen staff, she said, “I wanted Blake or Jason.” Blake Horstmann and Jason Tartick, both men who appeared on Becca Kufrin’s season of The Bachelorette, are who Caelynn seemed to be referring to here.

While Caelynn wished to see either of these two men, it seems she may not be the only one. Hannah Godwin, one of the runner-ups on Colton’s season, was equally as heartbroken when she wasn’t picked by him in the end. Since then, she has noted she may be open to attempting to find love again on Bachelor in Paradise, however — and if she does head to the beach, she also hopes to see Blake there. In an interview with Extra TV, she said, “I think Blake’s a catch. So I’d like to see him there. … I’d have to hang out with him to kind of figure out if that would work and everything. So maybe Paradise would be a spot to meet each other. Who knows.”

Will we see Caelynn attempt to find love again on TV?

We’re not sure which leading ladies from Colton’s season we’ll see in Paradise, but could Caelynn be one of them? While it may be a sure thing for some of the women, we’re not so sure if Caelynn would be willing to look for love on TV again. In her Ellen interview, she told the producers that she would not want to be The Bachelorette. “I struggled so much, like so much,” she told them. “I just … I don’t think it’s for me.” And when the producers asked her about Paradise, she could only give a solid “maybe.”

Perhaps with enough time between her current heartbreak and paradise, Caelynn will be more open to finding love on TV again. Until then, she’ll have to be OK with living in close proximity to Cassie and Colton as they strengthen their bond.

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