Former Bachelor Ben Higgins will probably be one of many TV personalities in attendance at tonight’s nationwide championship game as the LSU Tigers search for their first nationwide title since 2007 and Clemson goals to cement its dynasty with a 3rd championship win in 4 seasons.
Higgins, who first appeared on Kaitlyn Bristowe’s season of ‘The Bachelorette’ earlier than turning into the titular Bachelor of his personal season, is a large soccer fan who’s teaming up with Capital One as half of its pregame expertise.
We had an opportunity to talk with Higgins and get his enter on which head coach would make the finest bachelor, which QB is his decide, and why he thinks Peter is the proper Bachelor this season.
Editor’s word: This interview was edited for readability and size.
SBN: You have a two-on-one with Joe Burrow and Trevor Lawrence. Who are you choosing as your beginning quarterback and who’re you abandoning on an island?
BH: That’s robust. I’m going Joe Burrow. I have watched him play greater than thrice this 12 months, and as a former quarterback, the issues he has seen and the way rapidly he sees them, after which his means to place the ball on spots that solely actually good and veteran professionals can do is one thing that I haven’t seen in a school quarterback in a very long time. Trevor Lawrence goes to be nice, however I wouldn’t go towards him [Burrow] on this one.
SBN: Who do you suppose would make a greater Bachelor: Coach O or Dabo?
BH: Oh, wow. I suppose the straightforward reply could be Dabo, however Coach O is tremendous charming. Like each interview, trying immediately in your eyes, saying [extremely Coach O voice] “Go Tigers.” That is terrific, and I suppose he could be the finest Bachelor as a result of he simply has this “it” issue. So does Dabo, however you’ll count on Dabo to have it. He simply has that charisma, however Coach O, he surprises you.
SBN: When you take a look at this coming season, what do you suppose makes Peter such a good selection for the Bachelor and who’s your front-runner at this level?
BH: My front-runner is Hannah Ann. Peter is an efficient Bachelor as a result of he didn’t count on it, nor do I suppose he ever thought it could occur to him. I suppose he’s simply handsome sufficient and simply goofy sufficient to actually be a really lovable determine. When I interviewed him, I’m like, yeah, I’m rooting for this man. Sometimes it doesn’t all the time really feel that approach. I suppose that’s the better part of it, and I suppose that’s what why America goes to like him as a result of he by no means acted like he belonged there. But he does belong there, and he needs to be doing this. That’s why I suppose he’s so nice.
SBN: I know you’ve acquired The Bachelor Live on Stage tour developing. What is that have going to be like for followers, and do you get to play the function of Chris Harrison in that sense? Or is he additionally going to be there?
BH: No, he’s not gonna be there. I suppose Chris Harrison referred to me the final time we did an interview collectively as his mini-me.
SBN: I imply, that’s not dangerous. I suppose he might need the finest job in America.
BH: Yeah, he doesn’t have a foul job. I’m pushing for it. I’m making an attempt laborious. Every day, “…you should just retire.” But, he received’t be there. It’ll be Becca [Kufrin] and I co-hosting. Warner Brothers has wished to do that for years, they usually simply by no means might fairly determine the best way to the best way to pull it off. So I suppose in the final 12 months they actually began to brainstorm and are available collectively on a pair issues and get clearance on a pair issues so now it’s, in brief, bringing the Bachelor to your hometown.
This will probably be a reside on-stage expertise the place there’ll be one fortunate native bachelor with 10 ladies that he’s fortunate sufficient thus far. They’ll date onstage, one-on-ones, group dates, and many others, main as much as the last rose. The viewers could have a ton of involvement.
It’s actually going to be a collaborative expertise the place, for the first time ever, individuals can present up and watch this factor occur. People all the time ask me, “is this real?” Well, I hope the reside on-stage expertise proves that it’s. I’m hoping there’s some drama, there’s some love, there’s some amazingness that occurs that night.
SBN: You’re an enormous Judah and the Lion fan [who are performing at the Capital One Stage at Allstate Championship Tailgate Plaza before the game]. Would you might have picked them for one of the one-on-one live shows throughout The Bachelor, and are these as awkward as they appear from outdoors viewing?
BH: I would 100 p.c decide them. For loads of causes, Judah and the Lion and I relate. We have loads of issues in frequent with their messaging and why they write the lyrics they do and the place that comes from. I actually love listening to their storytelling. I would have picked them, however I truly picked any individual very, similar to that, which was Amos Lee. And I imply, we’re buddies in the present day and I suppose he was like, [this is] the weirdest factor I’ve ever carried out. They’re positively awkward, particularly when your buddy’s the one enjoying the music up onstage and he has to observe you want, sluggish dance on the market in public with simply the two of you. It’s tremendous bizarre. It’s additionally superior. You get a personal live performance!