Caelynn Miller-Keyes not only received a rose at the end of the season premiere of “The Bachelor,” but the Charlotte resident also shared an intimate kiss with this season’s catch, Colton Underwood.
Miller-Keyes may be the most recognizable contestant on the show, having earned first runner-up at this year’s Miss USA pageant. Hannah Brown recognized Miller-Keyes, having competed against her in that very pageant as Miss Alabama.
“Coming here, I didn’t want it to feel like a competition in any way, but there she is dating the same man and I just hope we don’t have to kill each other,” Brown said on the show.
All 30 of the contestants tried to make a memorable first impression for Underwood, including giving the bachelor a bag of nuts, dressing as a sloth and arriving in a horse and carriage.
Some women shared their culture, speaking in Spanish, Mandarin, Croatian and sign language. Another contest even faked an Australian accent.
Miller-Keyes, who was crowned Miss North Carolina USA 2018, wore a Miss North Carolina sash. She told Underwood that she was seeking a better title, revealing another part of the sash inscribed with Miss Underwood.
Underwood vied for Becca Kufrin’s heart in the 14th season of “The Bachelorette,” which premiered in May 2018. While he didn’t win Becca’s heart, he competed in the fifth season of “Bachelor in Paradise,” which premiered in August 2018.
Much attention on the show was given to Colton’s virginity. Host Chris Harrison said at the top of the show that Colton, unlike other seasons, has something lose.
told other contestants that Underwood was good looking and had
calming eyes. He told Miller-Keyes that she had beautiful eyes before
leaning in for their kiss.
“He kisses very well for a virgin,” she said. “I was shocked at how he just took the initiative and drew me in. I was like wow. I was about it.”
Underwood also kissed two other contestants that night. One contestant, Catherine, rubbed others the wrong way by continually interrupting their alone time with Underwood. The bachelor didn’t mind her aggressive pursuit.
“We’re all a little a freaked out,” Miller-Keyes said on the show. “A lot of us didn’t get a ton of time with Colton tonight, Unfortunately, that’s because Catherine stole him time and time and time again.”
Miller-Keyes was among 23 women to advance to the second episode.
The premiere ended with scenes from future episodes, many of which showed the cast struggling with their emotions.
“I’m being emotionally tormented watching the guy that I’m falling in love with develop relationships with other women and they don’t give a (bleep) about him,” Miller-Keyes said in one of the clips.
“The Bachelor” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC.