Rachel Lindsay is on a mission to make Mike Johnson become the first African American bachelor.
The fan-favorite contestant, who won America’s heart while appearing on Hannah Brown’s most recent season of The Bachelorette, is now a contender for the coveted Bachelor spot — with Lindsay pulling for him as his biggest advocate.
“I’m a huge proponent for Mike to be the next Bachelor,” Lindsay, 34, told PEOPLE. “I say it anytime I get a platform to talk about it. I just feel like they haven’t had a person of color, well, they had Juan Pablo — they never had a black male lead before.”
Lindsay — who made history as the first black Bachelorette in the Bachelor franchise and found love with her now-fiancé, Bryan Abasolo — openly addressed the franchise’s lack of diversity but said she hopes the show will embrace the opportunity to make a change.
“I get that in Bachelor Nation, usually people of color don’t fare as well … people relate to who look like them, and the audience — it’s not diverse. That’s just a fact. But I think that it would be a wrong decision to not pick Mike,” she said. “I have been shouting to the rooftops. I’ve been talking to executives. And he’s from Texas, for goodness’ sake!”
The Texas native went on to say that Johnson is essentially the perfect, All-American package.
“I know personally, just from talking to production, it’s hard to get a really, really good candidate, but here you are faced with a candidate who is attractive, who is a fan favorite, well-spoken, served for our country, has a good story, loves the women in his family,” Lindsay explained. “His opening package had to do with his grandmother and his mother.”
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And Lindsay wasn’t the only one smitten by Johnson’s TV charm.
Singer Demi Lovato was vocal about her interest in Johnson since the very beginning, calling him out as her pick as she watched an early season episode.
“He should win,” the star could be heard saying in an Instagram Story as Johnson called out season villain, Luke Parker, for saying he loved Brown on their first group date.
When Brown sent Johnson home in July, Lovato excitedly expressed her love for the Bachelorette contestant on social media.
“Swing me, kiss me! Boo boo,” Lovato, 26, can be heard saying in one of her Instagram Stories while watching Johnson make his exit from the show. In another Story, she added, “Mike I accept your rose.”
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The “Sorry Not Sorry” singer’s love for Johnson was just another example Lindsay used to further prove that the portfolio manager is the ideal Bachelor candidate.
“Even Demi Lovato is trying to shoot her shot with him,” she said. “I do not understand why you would not make this man …read more