We don’t know who walks away with the final rose on The Bachelor yet, but fans are already playing matchmaker with finalist Raven Gates and Luke Pell.

Originally cast for the “Best Thing You’ve Ever Done” singer before he was replaced at the last minute by Nick Viall, the Southern beauty has become a fan-favorite this season.

Now, Luke, 32, tells Life & Style exclusively what he really thinks about the 25-year-old brunette beauty from Hoxie, Arkansas!

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“She seems like a nice girl. I think that’s really a TV fantasy,” he said on Facebook Live. “They want to see two very similar characters be together. That’s not necessarily in real life. Sometimes, opposites attract, or sometimes people’s personalities are completely different and they’re a good match. It’s hard to say.”

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The reality star turned country singer also revealed he thinks “she’s a cute girl,” but there’s more to love than the physical.

“I don’t understand why people think that because she’s from a farm and I grew up on the farm that it’s like magic,” he added. “I have to meet somebody that I know the chemistry is there. Attractiveness, now, is less and less physical because that’s easy. I want a real emotional connection.”

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It was also revealed last month that Raven was also blindsided by the change in Bachelor but decided to stay on.

“She was chosen to be Luke’s Southern belle,” a source told In Touch, adding that because she’s a “cute girl,” they kept her around for Nick.


So can fans expect Luke to appear as The Bachelor if asked again?

“I would have to make the decision at the time, but I don’t think so,” he explained. “It’s an interesting experience… it really derails your life. You have to really be emotionally in the right place. Right now, if it were today, I would probably turn it down.”

Watch the full interview in the video below!