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Corinne Olympios Calls Hannah Brown “Random” Pick For Bachelorette

This year’s Bachelorette drama is off to an early start — or maybe it’s just that our Bachelor drama never ended. Ever since Hannah Brown was revealed as ABC’s new leading lady, members of Bachelor Nation and fans alike have been clamoring to comment on what they think of her. (Spoiler: it’s not all nice.) The latest to add her voice is Corinne Olympios, who revealed in US Weekly this week that she thinks Hannah Brown was a “random” choice, and “anyone” would have been better.

Olympios wants to clarify that it’s “no big deal:” she’s just confused by ABC’s choice of leading lady. “It’s, like, there’s nothing there that would have made me be like, ‘I need to see her again on TV. I need to see her find love,’” the former Bachelor contestant mused. “Like, she wasn’t even someone that I was like, ‘I want her to find love.’”

In order to be chosen as the Bachelorette, Olympios thinks a coontestant should have stood out to the audience, and gotten people invested in her journey. With Brown, she contends that feeling wasn’t there: “Nobody loved her,” the 27-year-old offered bluntly. “When you hear someone being the Bachelor or the Bachelorette, it’s someone you loved and felt for on the season. It’s just, like, that was like, ‘OK, why?'”

Olympios may be the latest to bring down judgment on the former pageant queen, but she’s far from the first. Back in March, former Bachelorette star Rachel Lindsay shared that Brown wasn’t her “first choice or favorite” either. As for Bachelor fans, they’ve taken issue with everything from Brown’s toast-making abilities to her pageant history and fondness for saying “roll tide.” Sure, Brown got off to a rocky start with that awkward one-on-one, but who among us hasn’t stumbled on a first date — let alone one in front of a national audience?

Obviously, fans of the Bachelor franchise have just as much fun tearing apart the show as they do watching (if not more). But when we’ve reached the point where we’re bashing someone for getting tongue-tied and repping her home state, it’s just ridiculous. Brown’s run asThe Bachelorette starts Monday, May 13 at 8 PM — and if the pre-show drama is any indication, it’s going to be an exciting season.

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