Why was Colton picked as the Bachelor? Producer Mike Fleiss explains

Posted at 3:54 PM, Jan 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-04 17:54:44-05

Becca’s season of The Bachelorette left the show’s producers with three potential stars for the upcoming season of The Bachelor.

Facing a tough decision between runner-up Blake Horstmann, Jason Tartick and former NFL player Colton Underwood, Colton got the nod and will be on your TV screen Monday nights starting January 7.

"It’s always a very difficult choice. And people get angry no matter who we choose. The only person that we ever chose who didn’t seem to piss people off was Juan Pablo! It was like 100 percent approval for the choice of Juan Pablo. So it’s a hard thing to figure," producer Mike Fleiss told Entertainment Weekly.

Fleiss said they met with all three candidates, but Colton won them over and ultimately had the best “story potential." One glaring factor in all of this: Colton is a virgin.

"We like this guy. He’s interesting, he’s certainly hunky, he looks the part, he’s an all-American kid, a football player. The virginity thing is interesting. And we think that just the potential of [Colton losing his virginity] creates added stakes for this season," Fleiss added.

The Bachelor kicks off with a three-hour premier on ABC15 Monday at 7 p.m.