During Clayton Echard's Bachelor finale, ABC announced that there will be not one but two Bachelorettes in the show's upcoming season.
For the first time ever, this season will star two women on their journeys to find love.
All the answers to your questions about the new season are here, including Reality Steve's latest spoilers:
Warning: Spoilers ahead! Stop reading here if you don't want to know what happens during season 19 of The Bachelorette!
Clayton Echard's season of The Bachelor brought plenty of surprises. From his shocking breakups with his final three contestants to a finale that brought one eliminated woman back, viewers were on the edge of their seats.
During the live portion of Clayton's finale, he announced he's still happily dating Susie Evans. But as far as viewers were concerned, that was only the beginning of "wait, what?" moments to come.
"ABC, y’all owe each of these women their own season as Bachelorette after this emotional damage," one fan Tweeted. You know what they say...ask and you shall receive. Well...sort of.
Here's exactly what happened, plus what to expect from the upcoming Bachelorette season:
Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia will both star in season 19.
"After unwaveringly supporting each other through a devastating dual breakup in the season 26 finale of 'The Bachelor,' fan favorites and fierce women Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia will stand by each other's side yet again as they set out on a journey to find love," the network revealed in a press release, according to People.
On Friday, ABC released the very first promo for season 19. "Are you coming along for the ride, Bachelor Nation?" the networked tweeted. "Join us on this historic journey, starting July 11 on ABC!"
— The Bachelorette (@BacheloretteABC) May 20, 2022
"I'm so happy for her, I truly am. It's crazy, this is insane. I'm excited to do this journey with you. We did it once together and we've been through the most crazy experience together," Rachel said about Gabby during The Bachelor finale.
"I'm a girl's girl through and through so having a friend by my side, there's nothing I could ask more," Gabby added.
Just to make it more exciting, the network announced that this season will have the more bachelors than ever before.
It’s also been revealed that unlike season 11 with dual bachelorettes Kaitlyn Bristowe and Britt Nilsson, the men will *not* have to greet Rachel and Gabby separately…while the other one watches…from a weirdly far distance, Entertainment Weekly reports. Phew.
Instead, the duo will great their potential loves together, attached at the hip like all BFFs do.
Though, even this way appears to have its challenges. ABC threw us a bone with another promo video on June 9 that included a horrendously hysterical name switch up. Pro Tip: Know which bachelorette is which. Tough start for you, my man!
You're invited to the ultimate Bachelorette party of the summer 🤠✨💃 It all starts July 11 on ABC and Stream on Hulu! pic.twitter.com/6JMFhH12UG
— The Bachelorette (@BacheloretteABC) June 9, 2022
Plus, The Bachelorette Instagram just posted a cast pic hyping up all the fans for what’s to come. Why is one bachelor shirtless? And another shoeless? Clearly, there is a lot to look forward to this season.
People also reported that former Bachelor Jesse Palmer will return as the host. Previously, former Bachelorettes Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams took over temporarily after Chris Harrison's departure.
Rumors are swirling about how the show will handle two leads at once.
It's still unclear exactly what this means for the upcoming season, but a few details have already been confirmed.
And "the guys aren’t choosing who they want as their Bachelorette," Reality Steve wrote on his blog. "Rachel and Gabby will be Bachelorettes throughout the course of the ENTIRE season. Something they’ve never done before."
In another blog post from March 2022, Steve added that "every guy in the house, as of now, has the ability to date both women and vice versa." So, it seems like the playing field is pretty even going into this season.
Two men were cut before the first night of filming.
Koy Schneiter and Corbin Shaw, according to Reality Steve, will not receive a final rose or, sadly, even a first impression rose.
Rachel's final four has been revealed.
It doesn't seem like the dating process caused any issues throughout the season. Steve took to Twitter to reveal the ladies' final four. And luckily, none of them intersect. Whew!
Rachel's top picks include Aven Jones, Tyler Norris, Zach Shallcross, and Tino Franco.
Gabby's final four has also been revealed.
Initially, Steve only shared the names of three of the men, since the fourth was unknown. The group consisted of Erich Schwer, Jason Alabaster, and Johnny DePhillipo. But it's also rumored that Justin Budfuloski would be in the mix as her fourth.
Filming already wrapped.
On March 31, Reality Steve confirmed that the first rose ceremony on night one had been filmed. But the schedule of group dates and one-on-ones will be different.
Usually, each season follows the same pattern of two group dates and one one-on-one in each location. Then, the show travels to a new city, and the cycle repeats.
This time, Steve says the first few episodes have had one group date and one one-on-one for both Gabby and Rachel. (Followed by, of course, a rose ceremony.) Right now, the contestants are still in Los Angeles, California, but will start jet-setting to Europe in early April.
Here's the itinerary, according to Steve: After leaving L.A., the group will board a Virgin Voyage cruise ship in Portsmouth, England. Most of this season will take place on the cruise—from Portsmouth, the boat will go to Le Havre, France, Bruges, Belgium, and then Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
Former Bachelor Nick Viall confirmed this on his podcast Viall Files: “It is on a cruise ship — part of it. I asked people because it sounds like the producers think it’s gonna be really interesting, but very different,” Us Weekly reported. I, for one, am intrigued!
And, based on rumors of recent spoilers, the waters get rough on the cruise ship. The logistics of two bachelorettes compared to one threw a wrench in the behind-the-scenes plans, especially when it wasn’t necessarily expected.
“They said it was hell to film because they decided to have two Bachelorettes, like, last second. So the scheduling was for one Bachelorette. They had to jam it all in,” said Nick. “They hope they never do it again. Just because of the logistics," he added. “I think, a cruise ship probably was the challenge.”
After the bumpy cruise, it'll be the end of April (and time for hometowns), he said. There's no info yet on how hometowns will go, though... like whether Gabby and Rachel will each get four hometown dates or whether they'll split them.
A Bach Nation fan favorite *might* join the cast.
ABC has already introduced fans to the cast, but according to Reality Steve, they left out one contestant that you might recognize if you watched Katie Thurston's season. The man in question? Connor Brennan from season 17.
In case you need a refresher, Connor was eliminated during his one-on-one date with Katie on week 5. He also appeared in last summer's Bachelor in Paradise—but left the beach single. Here's hoping he secures his shot at true love this time around.
The iconic Bachelor Mansion is back.
Okay, so yes, the mansion technically made its return for Clayton's season of The Bachelor *but* it hasn't had its time to shine on The Bachelorette since COVID left the show filming at different resorts, so I think it deserves some hype. Right?
The finale was filmed in Mexico.
Despite the group's extensive trip throughout Europe, the final contestants and brides-to-be will be heading to Mexico for the finale...at least according to Reality Steve. "Your overnights and final rose ceremony are taking place in Mexico," he said.
Your overnights and final rose ceremony are taking place in Mexico.
— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) May 2, 2022
Fans are excited—for the most part.
Viewers are ready to watch Gabby and Rachel get the happy endings they deserve, under one condition.
"Dear ABC, if this “both of you are the bachelorette thing” ruins their friendship I’m done. For real," one fan Tweeted.
— Elisabeth Young (@ea_carlson) March 16, 2022
"Ok producers here's what we want:" another fan added. "Double Bachelorette season: - 2 separate groups of men who don’t interact - Rachel and Gabby live in an apt together, so they can discuss their love lives - At some point(s), they can choose to swap a few contestants."
Ok producers here what we want:
Double Bachelorette season:
- 2 separate groups of men who don’t interact
- Rachel and Gabby live in an apt together, so they can discuss their love lives
- At some point(s), they can choose to swap a few contestants#TheBachelor
— Cate Minichino (@ThatGirlCJM) March 16, 2022
TBH, they better be taking notes.
The new season will air this summer.
After a full year of back-to-back shows, Bachelor Nation will take a short break. ABC announced that the new Bachelorette season will premiere on July 11.
Until then, stay tuned for more updates.
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