Within the great year of Hannah Brown and what could be next

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There is probably no one on TV who has had a larger 2019 than Hannah brown.

We hadn't even heard of her at the beginning of the year, although she had a healthy 10,000 Instagram followers who were headed to The Bachelor. Then they introduced us as a self-described "total shipwreck,quot;, a girl from the pageant and reigning Miss Alabama, who is also the director of the hot mess express, again, her words.

During Colton UnderwoodIn the season, we saw her ruin a toast, enter a strange dispute related to the contest with Caelynn Miller-Keyes, and then Colton breaks his heart just before the dates of his hometown. It was fun to watch, but it was eliminated in seventh place and most of the season was overshadowed by the legendary Colton fence jump, so it was still a complete surprise when the next Bachelorette was named, without even being between the first six. , much less the first four.

Hannah herself seemed a little surprised, and everyone guessed that decision when, on live television, Hannah met her first five contestants and could barely utter a prayer in her presence. Even Chris Harrison I was worried.

"It really was a train crash," he told E! News a couple of months later. "She was a little tragic, and she was scared to death. I know that Nation of Singles was like, oh, wow, is this our bachelorette party? I know they were skeptical. I was … scared."

But Hannah turned out to be one of the best decisions the franchise has made.

"Fortunately, she entered the night one shooting at full throttle, and 10 minutes later, I thought, this is the woman. This is the one we chose, this is Hannah," Harrison said. "She came in and crushed him."

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She really came in and crushed him, which resulted in one of the most fascinating and entertaining seasons of this franchise in a long time, one that looked like her star was really in charge, rather than being manipulated for our enjoyment. She told silly men that they made silly decisions, like Luke Parker, who belittled and embarrassed the woman he claimed to be in love with, and Jed Wyatt, who entered with a girlfriend, then got over his head and ended up engaged when he just wanted to promote his "musical career."

Hannah left her season of High school A star, a woman who has just emerged from several absolutely victorious silly relationships. He took a few weeks off while we watched her Bachelor in Paradise (in which he appeared in an episode), and then jumped directly to Dancing with the stars.

"I think the first thing you do after leaving a program like High school It's doing another reality show. Another competition show! "He joked when we talked to her mid-season.

"Be in Dancing with the starsas truly Right After leaving High school "It had its ups and downs," he said. "It has been an excellent way to move on and concentrate all my energy on one thing, but also my experiences were real, with many real emotions with many ups and downs that came with that experience. So I really like to go through all this in the studio of dance ".

Visibly some of those emotions worked during rehearsals and even on the dance floor, which made it harder to master the dances and accept criticism from the judges. Carrie Ann Inaba was particularly blunt with her.

"It's not just about being physical, it's emotional," he told us. "And sometimes many emotions of last year arise when I can't understand how to make a step of chacha, but that's my life right now. And I'm really blessed to have gone through what I've been through and then continue having incredible experiences. as Dancing with the stars. So everything is worth it. "

With live shows every Monday night for 10 weeks and at least one and, often, two elaborate dance routines to learn each week, Hannah had little time to think about much more, especially in terms of what follows to She, the most popular and accessible. star that will ever leave this franchise. At the beginning of the DWTS In the season, he appeared on the Bachelor Party podcast and talked about his fear of failure and his dreams of having his own talk show and writing books, both fiction and nonfiction. But his dance schedule made any other plan virtually impossible.

"Right now, with how crazy the schedule is, I have to think about Monday night, and then start on Tuesday thinking about preparing for next Monday night. But I'm very lucky to have options of different types of Opportunities "It's just deciding what will be best for me," he said. "And I mean, God, I don't even know how I will be in a few months when this is over. Every month, I feel that I am going through a different season. So it depends on where I am and what opportunities seem best to me. But I definitely hope there are some good things in the store. "

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Then Dancing with the stars, he told us, he could finally take the time to discover those next steps, and he knew that at least he had a good support system to rely on. It also has a former single hall of fame to admire, even if none of them has a talk show at the moment. She is impressed by Kaitlyn Bristowe, JoJo Fletcher, Jillian Harrisand Rachel Lindsay, all of whom have used their platforms to successfully start businesses or larger media presences adjacent to Single franchise. She is not planning to take any Instagram sponsorship she doesn't really use or care about: "I'm not here to be an influential person on social media and I only use my followers to calm things down," he says, and even while admiring women. Before her, she has other ideas for herself.

"Many of these strong women who have been single have really made a career for themselves, but I am my own person and I have my own way of how I want to continue in my life and my career," Hannah said. "So I've definitely admired all the women before me, but I think there will be a different story for Hannah B., and I'm excited for that."

After weeks of scratching it (and occasionally falling) the Dancing with the stars classifying and fighting visibly with emotions and criticism and some of her own insecurities, Hannah ended up winning the whole damn thing. (She also won a People’s Choice Award a couple of weeks earlier, so November was particularly good for Hannah Brown.)

This, the week of December 2, is the first week at a time when Hannah Brown hasn't been on our TV on Monday at 8 p.m. on ABC She has been on television in that space for at least 28 weeks this year, more than half of every Monday. She will return for at least one episode of the Peter Weber season The Bachelor to lead a group date and have what seems to be a very dramatic discussion with the protagonist and his former windmill lover, but that is the only reality television appearance that we currently know in Hannah's future. She will soon embark on a Dancing with the stars tour, and according to his Instagram, he spent much of the week traveling to visit the family, with his Mirror Ball trophy in tow.

While the year began with her determination to find a husband, Hannah's priorities have definitely changed.

"Sometimes I think about going out, and I think, oh God, I don't know how to get out," he told us. "I know I did it. Many quotes, for everyone to see. But I don't really know how. And right now, I think I need a little break to get back to normal."

Does anyone really know how to get out, we wonder.

"I mean, I'm the bachelorette party and I still don't know. Well, we all know that I don't know. So we'll work on that later."

All Hannah really knew when we talked to her is that, in regards to her own life, she doesn't really know much.

"It's been a year and a half, and my life has changed significantly. So I can't wait to look back on this day and think about where I am in a year and a half. As if I was in Alabama just hanging out, and Now I am here, so I feel that many of the things in my life that I had planned never work, they do not work as I think they will be, it is always the unplanned things that become the greatest blessings of my life, so that It is what excites me the most: those amazing experiences that are presented and that lead me to a totally different direction or allow me to fulfill my dreams in a way I never thought.

Greetings to this year indeed.