In all 15 seasons of The Bachelorette, it's pretty easy to argue that Hannah Brown has had one of the greatest group of guys ever seen on the show—well, except for Luke P., but this story isn't about him. No, my friends, this is about your future Bachelor (according to me), Mike Johnson. The 31-year-old Air Force vet walked right out of that limo on May 13 and directly into my heart, and I will stop at nothing until he gets his very own chance at love when The Bachelor season 24 premieres next year.
Not convinced? Let me break it down for you.
Mike is well-rounded with a great job and interesting hobbies.
Mike is not your run-of-the-mill 25-year-old aspiring model/actor that you typically see a gaggle of on The Bachelorette. He's a portfolio manager in San Antonio, Texas, and also an Air Force veteran, according to his show bio. He's 31, which would hopefully mean a bit more mature and grounded Bachelor cast. His interests include training in the military self-defense system of Krav Maga and going to trampoline parks (so active!), and he's been to 30 countries. He also really wants to learn Mandarin and try out Parkour. I stan an established, worldly,and well-rounded Bachelor!
Mike is a family man with a huge heart.
On night one of The Bachelorette, Mike declared that there was already a number one woman in his life: his great-grandmother, of course. (This is in stark contrast to some other contestants who allegedly had, shall we say, number one women who aren't their grandma in their lives at the time of filming.) Anyways, please watch this video of Mike surprising his great-grandmother after being deployed, and get ready to cry:
We were robbed of a hometown date with Mike this season, so I think it's only fair he become The Bachelor so his adorable great-grandma can get some time in the spotlight. After all, you know he's not getting down on one knee without her approval!
Mike isn't afraid to show vulnerability, which is essential to being a good Bachelor.
Things got real for Mike in episode three when he revealed a super-personal story to Hannah about a past relationship. He had been expecting a child with his ex-girlfriend, but she miscarried in the second trimester. "I had the engagement set," he told Hannah. "I was just really ready to start a family. But, we lost our child." Mike also admitted that he wasn't as supportive of her as he could have been at the time, and "it’s just one thing that I could be a better man at." That couldn't have been easy to open up about, and his vulnerability earned him a rose from Hannah—and pretty much solidified him as a fan favorite.
But he's also not afraid to call people out.
No, Mike didn't get along with Luke P. (Did anyone? No, they didn't.) While typically my instinct would be to scream at my TV and tell my precious Mike to sit back and not engage with the drama, I love that he always did it out of love for Hannah and respect for the other guys, because he couldn't stand to see them upset or mistreated. Plus, the way he handled the Luke situation proves he can bring both romance and a little bit of spice to the show.
Also, "millennial f--kstick" is just an incredible thing to say. Rolls right off the tongue. America needs more Mike one-liners!
Mike took The Bachelorette really seriously, and is clearly ready for love.
When the other guys were talking to Hannah about their issues with Luke (and visibly agitating her), Mike always spent his one-on-one time with her getting to know her and trying to make her laugh. And his smile every time he was around her was absolutely contagious.
It's obvious that even though he didn't win Hannah's heart, Mike seems to have really grown from his time on The Bachelorette. "Grateful is an understatement!" he wrote on Instagram after he was eliminated. "The opportunity to find love, have an amazing adventure, and meet homies, some for life is a blessing." And he's 100 percent still hopeful for the future, if this post-show tweet is any indication:
Jus saying, my future wife though🌹girl you ready for smiles, adventure, comfort, growth, honesty, laughter, me falling using my inhaler and kissing your stretch marks and imperfections. Where u hiding👀— Mike Johnson (@themikejohnson3) July 2, 2019
Do you hear that sound? That's thousands of women rolling up to the Bachelor mansion in a wedding dress, looking for Mike.
Mike becoming The Bachelor would make history for the franchise.
Fans have been pushing for the franchise to cast its first black Bachelor for years now, and for good reason. I mean, it's been 23 seasons! (Rachel Lindsay starred as the first black Bachelorette back in 2017.) Why shouldn't the history-making role go to the kind, charming, and very deserving Mike?
The fans are so here for it.
The Twitter hashtag #MikeForBachelor is LIT right now.
-unproblematic— christen (@ceeeb_) July 3, 2019
-funny as heck
-actually looking for love
Mike Johnson deserves to be the next Bachelor and we, the people, deserve this
#MikeforBachelor #TheBachelorette pic.twitter.com/YFTPlMQbvr
Celebs like Demi Lovato are all in, too—did you catch her Instagram Stories directing a bunch of heart-eyes emojis at Mike? (If anyone from casting is reading this, please make that love connection happen next season, thanks.)
Even Chris Harrison thinks Mike would make a good Bachelor.
The most compelling evidence that Mike could actually do this thing? Ladies and gentlemen, host Chris Harrison speaking to People magazine: "Of course he’s a contender [for Bachelor]," Chris said. "How could he not be a contender with that smile? He’s one of my favorite people we’ve ever had on the show. He’s a love of a man." If Mr. Bachelor Nation himself says it, it has to be true!
And Mike says he doesn't take the possibility of becoming The Bachelor lightly.
Entertainment Tonight's Lauren Zima spoke to Mike a few days ago and said that if he were to be asked to be The Bachelor, he would have "a lot of questions." "I take stuff like that very seriously," he said. "When it comes to pieces of the heart, there's no playing with that. I don't care if I'm on TV or not."
Okay, ABC, if that's not enough to convince you to hand the man a contract I don't know what is. #MikeForBachelor forever!
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