Bachelor Nation has always had a home in the “Dancing with the Stars” ballroom (raise your hand if you’re still scarred from Joe “Grocery Store Joe” Amabile). Rumors abound that Season 28 will feature some alums, including recent Bachelorette Hannah Brown, her runner-up Tyler Cameron and Bachelor Colton Underwood, but Chris Harrison doesn’t have high hopes for one of them.
“If Hannah’s on, she’d be great. Colton, I don’t think would be great,” Harrison told “Entertainment Tonight” (watch above), adding that he does not know who is on. “Colton’s awesome. Here’s what Colton’s gonna have to do: just take his shirt off from Day 1 and use his unbelievable charm, charisma, personality.”
If you can’t read between the backhanded compliments, yes, the “Bachelor” franchise host definitely does not think the former NFL tight end can hack it on the hardwood. “I love Colton. He’s like my little brother. He’s not a good dancer,” Harrison said bluntly. “No [he can’t improve]. He has no rhythm. At all. That doesn’t come to you.”
Wow. Way harsh, Tai. But props for telling it like it is.
To be fair, having rhythm and being a good dancer have never been prerequisites for competing on “Dancing.” And it’s not like any of Colton’s “Bachelor” brethren have ever been world-class hoofers. Jake Pavelka finished seventh in Season 10; Sean Lowe, sixth in Season 16; Chris Soules, fifth in Season 20; Nick Viall, sixth in Season 24; and Grocery Store Joe was sixth on Season 27 after repeatedly posting some of the lowest scores ever. If there’s one thing that ties these guys together other than the “Bachelor” franchise, it’s wooden dancing.
Harrison agreed that it would be “great TV” if Colton hit the hardwood and predicts that he would go far. “He is a ridiculous athlete … and he grinds and he will try, so he will put in the effort,” he explained. “But I’m talking he’s at a zero. He might get to a two if he crushes it. Whereas Hannah is a performer. I think she could dance. She’ll be at a four and could get up to an eight.”
And if it came down to Hannah vs. Colton in the final two, Harrison knows who he’s going with. “Athletes have a great history on the show, but it’s usually the athletes that are good [at] dancing,” he pointed out. “I’m going to say Hannah would have a better chance at winning just because after a while, we love Colton — people are going to vote for Colton because of that and he’ll be shirtless with puppies and stuff somehow doing the merengue — but I don’t think he can go all the way.”
Rather, Harrison thinks Tyler should definitely join the show. “Why isn’t it Tyler?” he asked. “Tyler dances. He had the whole Footloose thing.”
Well, Chris, Tyler is rumored to be one of the dance-testants. When “Good Morning America” was set to reveal the first two celebrities last Monday — a week after the “Bachelorette” finale — before the announcement was indefinitely postponed because of the weekend’s mass shootings, fans speculated that Hannah and Tyler were the two names. But Reality Steve, the ever-reliable “Bachelor” spoiler guru, has since dunked the Tyler rumor — but not the Hannah one.
“That’s just people speculating, and I’m here to tell you, at no point had I ever heard Tyler was doing ‘DWTS.’ Now Hannah on the other hand, I’d be shocked if she isn’t on this season’s cast. I fully expect her to be named at some point,” he wrote. “I don’t know when Hannah will be part of the announcement, but I expect it. She’s hot right now and it makes sense, so expect her to be part of cast announcements in the future.”
The Season 28 cast announcement is expected to be sometime next week.
“Dancing with the Stars” premieres Monday, Sept. 16 at 8/7c on ABC.