For the first time, the next season of The Bachelorette will feature two love-seekers, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Britt Nilsson — which also gives a new degree of power to the men.
“A lot of opinions going back and forth, so here’s the thing, we actually decided not to decide,” host Chris Harrison said on last night’s Bachelor finale. “For the first time in Bachelorette history, we’re gonna have two bachelorettes… The 25 men on night one will have the ultimate say on who they think will make the best wife.”
We previously revealed that Kaitlyn Bristowe would be participating in the next season, but the inclusion of Britt Nilsson caught most everyone by surprise. Although, as Reality Steve noted before the announcement, there is a bit of a precedent.
We saw this before on the Bachelor season 6 with Byron and Jay. 25 girls met both of them, then they decided who they wanted as the Bachelor. They were given a yellow rose (for Jay) and a white rose (for Byron), and each girl would go up and place the rose of the Bachelor they wanted on a tray. Jay and Byron had their backs turned to the women and didn’t see which ones voted for them. Once one Bachelor got to 13 roses (the majority), he was declared the Bachelor.
It’s unclear whether producers will use the same format this time or if both women will stick around for the whole season. Either way, it’s an exciting departure — and both girls seem to feel that way. (Mostly.)
“It will be fun,” Britt said on Monday’s show.
“It will be a lot of things,” Kaitlyn added. “Fun might be one of them.”
The Bachelorette premieres on Monday, May 18.