Lucas Yancey on ‘The Bachlorette,’ Rachel… by Uinterview

If you watched the most recent season of The Bachelorettethere is no way you could have missed the WhaBoom Guy. His exclamations of “WhaBoom” seemed to shake the very foundations of the dating show, at least during the two episodes he appeared in before being sent home by bachelorette Rachel Lindsay.

WhaBoom, known also as Lucas Yancey, recently sat down with uInterview to discuss his experience on the show, his opinion of his fellow contestants, and, of course, his explosive catchphrase.

When Rachel gave the smooth-talking Bryan Abasolo this season’s final rose, many at home seemed irked, citing Bryan’s cool ways as a reason for concern. But Yancey, who spent time with both Rachel and Bryan in person, feels differently.

“Rachel is a very smart girl, as we all know,” Yancey told uInterview exclusively. “I mean, she’s not going to just do something to do it. I feel like she would have been one of the only people to actually be like, ‘If I didn’t get the guy I wanted to get, I’m just going to say I’m not going to get engaged to that guy.’ So I don’t think she’s just doing it.”

He expanded, adding that he really only wants the best for the newly-engaged couple.

“I do think the love is definitely strong, it’s definitely there, and I just really wish them the best.”

But despite Yancey’s peaceful outlook now, while he was on the show, a lot of animosity seemed to be sent his way. Several of his fellow contestants seemed particularly frustrated with his use of his catchphrase.

“The funny thing is, I’ve put [WhaBoom] in so many of my videos and so much of my content on my Instagram or YouTube and I’ve never had one person ever say, ‘Man, that WhaBoom thing sucks, I hate it,’ until ‘The Bachelorette’ came out.”

He also added that one contestant in particular, Dean Unglert, had a hard time understanding the use of the catchphrase.

“I don’t think [Dean] thinks I’m a genuine person just because I have my WhaBoom catchphrase. I’ve been doing WhaBoom my whole life, it’s not like I just came up with it. So it’s part of me, there’s no act. And I think that he felt, along with a few others, that I was putting on a show, an act.

“I was just having fun with the experience and being myself to a larger degree but there was a ton of time where I was just hanging out. You know, I wasn’t just running around the pool screaming ‘WhaBoom’ all day.”

And for those who don’t seem to “get” WhaBoom, Yancey has a word of advice.

“I think the right people get it and the wrong people will learn to get it… or deny the fact that everyone has a little WhaBoom in them.”

For more WhaBoom news, you can follow Yancey on Instagram at “Lucas.Yancey” or visit his website LucasYancey.com.

Also, be sure to check out his song, aptly titled “WhaBoom Song” here.


Q: Do you think Bryan was putting on an act on this season of 'The Bachelorette'? -

I just don't think there is any other agenda. I mean, he's 37 years old, probably going on 38. I think that's who I think he is, I think he's a smart guy, a good businessman. And I think that he is charming, obviously. Again, like I said, I think Rachel saw that and they spent a lot of time together. Rachel is a very smart girl, as we all know. I mean, she's not going to just do something to do it. I feel like she would have been one of the only people to actually be like, 'If I didn't get the guy I wanted to get, I'm just going to say I'm not going to get engaged to that guy.' So I don't think she's just doing it.

Q: Do you think Bryan and Rachel are really in love? -

I do think the love is real. I think the love is real. The more times I say it, the more real it gets, right? But I do think the love is definitely strong, it's definitely there, and I just really wish them the best.

Q: What do you think of Rachel's decision? -

Well first of all, WhaBoom! Yeah, I actually think I'm WhaBoomed out and I didn't think I'd ever say that. But things are amazing now. Back to Rachel. I think last night's episode was pretty intense. I think that her love for Peter was very obvious and I think that everyone kind of saw that. I think that people give Bryan a really hard time but I do believe in my heart of hearts that he really does love this girl. People can say he's disingenuous and all this stuff but that is the person he is. Sometimes too good to be true, is actually a good thing.

Q: Do viewers see the real Rachel on camera? -

The more camera time that you have on the show, you really get to see kind of every angle, no pun intended, of the person. Again, with me being on the show for two and a half episodes, people just saw WhaBoom this WhaBoom that. But if I had been on for six episodes, people would have seen kind of more sides of me, my genuine passion for being there and seeing that there was more between Rachel and I. Again, to answer your question with Rachel, I think everything you saw on the show is 100 percent who she is.

Q: Do viewers see the real Bryan on the show? -

Everyone who is on the show for an amount of time, there is no escaping seeing who that person really is. From hours and hours of footage you're really going to see the true person. So to answer your question, yeah, I think that's who Bryan really is. And wether you like it or not, I don't think Bryan should care. He should just continue being who he is and he's going to have some haters. People might say that they think that Rachel likes Peter and all this other stuff that might be true. You know during this whole experience there's a lot of mental psychology and it messes with your head and it's not easy. And trust me, Rachel went through a lot of stuff, a lot of crap, and she handled it really well. And it was amazing to see this finale and how it ended. I wish Bryan and Rachel the best and we'll see what happens in the future.

Q: Did race play any part in any on-set interactions? -

Her being the first black bachelorette, immediately right off the bat. She came into the mansion and said, in so many words, 'This is not about race, it's not about whether your Black, White, Mexican, Asian, whatever you want to say, it's about who the person is.' And that's really what you saw. She really gave all of those guys a chance to fall in love with her. Again, all those guys are sizing her up. I think Kenny really felt feelings for her but I think that he kinda needed to go be with his daughter and I don't think that he felt it was the right fit. I almost think that Kenny backed out of that relationship as much as she did so it's kind of one of those mutual things. I do believe there's people that pretend to show feelings and pretend to show love. Of course this is a major network an you've on TV and it's really exciting. At the end of the day, I think race didn't really play a card. Even though people on Twitter and on Instagram and social media and bloggers wanted to make it about race. It really wasn't. Of course until 'The Men Tell All' and the whole Lee situation and that race stuff but, in terms of how Rachel felt, towards the guys, it had nothing to do with that. She was just looking at everyone like they were the same color.

Q: Do you wish you spent more time with Rachel? -

You know, I went on the show just like everyone else. You never know somebody until you meet them. And when I met with Rachel and things you didn't see about her and I's connection on the show after I won the Baby Challenge with Ashton Kutcher and Mila, we had fun dancing together, we had fun chatting together, I wrote her several poems that she really loved. I think, to be honest, I don't think we had that connection just based off kinda chatting with her one-on-one. I could have kept playing the game, but at the end of the day, I'm sure she felt the same way about me. Sometimes you click with people and sometimes you don't . I don't think that if I had spent four or five more episodes that feeling would have changed and I think it played out like it should have.

Q: Who was your least favorite contestant? -

You know, I don't like to really say least favorite contestant. I don't think it's fair to say there was someone I hated or disliked. To be honest, I really loved everybody in general. It's people that don't like me for some reason. Not to bring up Dean but again, I think Dean's a really good guy. When I met him, I thought he was very smart, one of the smartest guys I've met in a while. He's very cerebral. He's very psychologically intelligent. I thought he and I would get along, things would be cool, because I got along with everyone else in the house. Of course, there was something that wasn't shown. At the beginning, after the baby challenge, we came back and Dean started to say that, 'I don't like your WhaBoom, what is it? I don't get it?' At one point he said that he wanted to punch me in the face and that he wanted to fight me. I don't know if there was production involved. You know, you never know what's behind the scenes and why he, kind of, attacked me. That's the reason there is some animosity between him and I. I don't think he thinks I'm a genuine person just because I have my WhaBoom catchphrase. I've been doing WhaBoom my whole life, it's not like I just came up with it. So it's part of me, there's no act. And I think that he felt, along with a few others, that I was putting on a show, an act. I was just having fun with the experience and being myself to a larger degree but there was a ton of time where I was just hanging out. You know, I wasn't just running around the pool screaming Whaboom all day. It was a lot of hanging out with the guys, having some drinks, doing some push-ups. Of course, I can do like eight million push-ups, minus eight million and one. But I think everyone can be a little scared of something they don't understand. Again, to answer your question, I didn't have beef with anybody until people attacked me for whatever reason. I think everyone from Josiah, who people thought was disingenuous, or DeMario had his thing, and I think he is very nice guy and a genuine dude. And there is Fred, who is a great guy. There were a lot of great guys in the house. Brady, who didn't get a lot of air time, he's one of the nicest guys on the planet. These guys are a lot of really good people so I can only say good things. You either get WhaBoom or you don't get it. I can't help you with understanding everything, you gotta kind of make your own choices.

Q: Where you surprised that other bachelors didn't like WhaBoom? -

The funny thing is I've put it in so many of my videos and so much of my content on my Instagram or YouTube and I've never had one person ever say, man, that WhaBoom thing sucks, I hate it. Until 'The Bachelorette' came out. Because, I mean, I would hate it too if it was just clip after clip of me screaming WhaBoom, I get it. But, if used correctly, and used wisely, it's actually a very fun, entertaining thing to do. I think the guys that got it, and the people that get it, you know, like Jimmy Fallon. He loves it. He did a skit about WhaBoom last night, he said he really likes it and thinks it's hilarious. I think the right people get it and the wrong people will learn to get it or deny the fact that everyone has a little WhaBoom in them.