If you are a fan of The Bachelor, you might have noticed one of the contestants who has a famous last name: Christina Mandrell. She is one of the women vying for the heart of Zach Shallcross, the handsome and successful lead of season 27. But is she related to the legendary country music singer Barbara Mandrell? The answer is yes!
Who Is Christina Mandrell?
Christina Mandrell is a 26-year-old content creator and mother from Nashville, Tennessee. She has a six-year-old daughter named Blakely, who is her world. She was previously married to Blake Dennis, but they divorced in 2020. She is looking for a partner who can trust her unconditionally and be open-minded to whatever life throws their way.
Christina is also a niece of Barbara Mandrell, one of the most successful country music artists of all time. Barbara is Christina’s mother’s sister, and Christina grew up admiring her aunt’s talent and career. According to Hollywood Life1, Christina wants to learn how to hula dance, considers herself a grandma to her daughter’s pet turtle, and her favorite sport is CrossFit.
Who Is Barbara Mandrell?
Barbara Mandrell is a 74-year-old country music singer and musician, who also had a successful career as an actress and author. She started playing various instruments at a young age and performed with famous artists like Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline. She became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1972 and had several hit songs in the 1970s and 1980s, such as “Sleeping Single in a Double Bed”, “(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want to Be Right”, “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool”, and “One of a Kind Pair of Fools”.
She also hosted her own prime-time television show, Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters, which featured music, comedy, and dance numbers. She won many awards for her music, including two Entertainer of the Year awards from the Country Music Association. She survived a near-fatal car accident in 1984, which made her consider retirement, but she continued to record and perform until 2000. She was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009.
How Close Are Christina and Barbara?
Christina and Barbara share a close bond as family members and as fans of each other’s work. Christina has often expressed her admiration for her aunt on social media, posting pictures and videos of them together. She also revealed that Barbara gave her some advice before she went on The Bachelor: “She told me to be myself and have fun,” Christina told Us Weekly.
Barbara has also shown her support for Christina on The Bachelor, tweeting that she is “so proud” of her niece and that she is “beautiful inside and out”. She also encouraged her fans to watch the show and vote for Christina.
Will Christina Find Love on The Bachelor?
Christina has already made an impression on Zach Shallcross, who gave her his first one-on-one date on the second episode of the season. They went on a helicopter ride over Los Angeles and had a romantic dinner at a rooftop restaurant. They shared their stories and their hopes for the future, and Zach gave her a rose.
However, Christina also stirred up some drama in the house, as some of the other women accused her of being fake and manipulative. She defended herself by saying that she was just being honest and confident, and that she had a connection with Zach that they didn’t understand.
Will Christina be able to overcome the obstacles and win Zach’s heart? Or will she face more challenges and competition from the other women? Only time will tell, but one thing is certain: she has a famous aunt who is rooting for her all the way.