Still obsessing over the big announcement about “The Bachelorette”? Join the club! Fans of the ABC franchise have so many questions about the bizarre twist, and the network answered a couple of them in the newly posted Season 11 synopsis.
For those who didn’t tune in for the three-hour finale of “The Bachelor,” host Chris Harrison said during the “After the Final Rose” special that the producers couldn’t decide on who should star on “The Bachelorette.” Instead of choosing between fan favorites Britt or Kaitlyn, they decided to do something unusual … choose both!
“Here’s the thing; we actually decided not to decide,” he teased the audience. “We’re going to have two Bachelorettes. It is going to be Britt and Kaitlyn. The 25 men on Night 1 are going to have the ultimate say about who they think would make the best wife.”
Needless to say, the announcement came as a shock. “The Bachelor” nation immediately became divided. Twitter users voiced their opinion -- some welcoming the chance to bring back two beloved contestants, but others calling it an obvious play for ratings. Controversy aside, viewers want answers about how this new twist will work in Season 11.
The outcome will rest upon who the men “prefer” the most. “Eventually, only one woman will be left to hand out the final rose,” a press release explains. Unfortunately it doesn’t say how long both women will remain on the show, or how the elimination will take place. However, fans can look to the 2004 season of “The Bachelor” for answers.
During Season 6 of the reality show, two men landed the coveted role – Jay Overbye and Byron Velvick. The premiere surprised the contestants by featuring a “Lady’s Choice Ceremony,” in which the 25 women got to choose which man they wanted to pursue a relationship with. While the ladies didn’t realize that there would be two men when they started, the two Bachelors knew they were competing against each other. However, their situation differs from the new “Bachelorette” twist. Jay and Byron had never met before, and Britt and Kaitlyn both competed on Season 19 of “The Bachelor.” Although Britt and Kaitlyn said they’re excited to go on this journey together, the new development could lead the women to sabotage each other to gain more favor with the men.
Other game changers from Season 6 of “The Bachelor” include anonymity. Ultimately Byron won the chance to become “The Bachelor” – but he didn’t find out the identity of the women who voted for Jay. By doing this, those women were allowed to stay in the game, and Byron was allowed to make decisions with a clean slate during the first rose ceremony. The final twist was that Byron moved into the Bachelorette mansion with his remaining contestants. Right now it’s unclear if Britt or Kaitlyn will move in with the men, or share their own mansion nearby.
Byron Velvick ended up choosing to be with contestant Mary Delgado on "The Bachelor" Season 6. The pair never married, and split in 2009.
“The Bachelorette” Season 11 will premiere on Monday, May 18 and Tuesday, May 19. Will you be tuning in?