The contestant roster for the upcoming season of The Bachelor seems to be stacked with beauty queens. Among the bunch, Colton Underwood will be meeting Caelynn Miller-Keyes. The former Miss North Carolina is already getting a lot of attention from fans. Warning: Spoilers below! Do not keep reading if you’re concerned about the ethical implications this will have on your Bachelor fantasy leagues. But, we won’t tell anyone…
According to Reality Steve, the brunette beauty does make it to Colton’s top four and receives a hometown date. Reportedly, the hometown date happened on Oct. 29th, but that’s as far as Caelynn makes it on Colton’s journey to find love.
Unfortunately, it will be difficult to scroll back and look at Caelynn’s life on Instagram, because she up and deleted her whole account on Nov. 5. According to a local Raleigh, NC publication, News & Observer, Caelynn grew up in Asheville and has a degree in broadcast journalism. During her reign as Miss North Carolina, she placed as runner-up in the Miss USA pageant in May. She is a survivor of sexual assault and works as an advocate for other victims and survivors.
As far as any drama she stirs up this season, it seems like the most problems she’ll have to deal with are outside the show. Her stay on The Bachelor caused her to miss the crowning ceremony for the newest Miss North Carolina on Oct. 20.
To us non-pageant people, that doesn’t seem like that big of a deal. However, in that world, it’s a huge no-no. Co-director of RPM Productions, the company that produces the Miss North Carolina USA pageant, Ryan Miles, told News & Observer that this was the first time a reigning titleholder was absent to pass down the crown. According to Reality Steve, Caelynn has been receiving a lot of backlash because of this which could have led her to delete her Instagram account.
Another big reason to keep your eye on Caelynn this season is because she’s rumored to be a top choice as the next leading lady on The Bachelorette. Besides supposedly finishing in the top 4 (the pool where the next Bachelor/Bachelorette usually gets chosen from), she has a large following from her pageant days which could boost her popularity.
Either way, it looks like we’ll be seeing a lot of Caelynn this season. Best of luck!
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