• Keeping up with Charlotte's Caelynn on ‘The Bachelor'


    Season 23 of “The Bachelor” is underway and, if you’re paying close attention, you may have noticed a Charlotte connection. One of the ladies competing for bachelor Colton Underwood’s affection is 23-year-old Caelynn, who was named Miss North Carolina in 2018 and calls the Queen City home.

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    In her "Bachelor" bio, Caelynn said her biggest mentor and role model is her grandmother, who was the first woman to be head of the FBI in Los Angeles. The broadcast journalism graduate also loves to travel and once flew to Japan for a first date. 

    Episode One 

    For her introduction to Colton, Caelynn, who was also first runner-up at Miss USA , makes a special sash for her “Bachelor” debut. When they meet, she tells Colton that she’s there to win an even more important title and switches her sash to read “Miss Underwood.”

    She gets the bachelor's attention, too. As she walked away, Colton said, “She’s gorgeous.”

    Later in the show, Colton complimented Caelynn on her "beautiful eyes" and they kissed!  

    Episode Two

    Caelynn misses out on the first group date, so we don’t get to see her perform the story of her “first” in front of an audience like the others had to do. Instead, she gets invited on the second group date to “summer camp” where the girls are split into two teams and engage in camp-related competitions to see which teams will score a campout with Colton.

    Caelynn’s team wins, so she gets to spend a little extra time with the bachelor. She tells him about surviving a serious childhood illness (encephalitis) and they share another smooch!

    This week, we get a hint of a little pageant rivalry between our girl and Hannah B., Miss Alabama and Caelynn’s roommate during the Miss USA competition. According to Caelynn, Hannah has a “persona” and people will see a “switch flipped.”

    Caelynn doesn’t spill the beans to Colton but Hannah Alabama tells Hannah G. that Caelynn is fake and she’s worried that she’ll trash-talk her to Colton.        

    At the end of the night, both ladies get a rose, so we can look forward to at least one more week of the battling beauty queens.      

    If you’re like us and want to see more, tune in to Channel 9 every Monday at 8 p.m.

    For a recap of episode one, click here.

    For a full recap of episode two, click here.

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