Rehn Takes Over 'Bachelorette' Reins

01/08/2003 AT 03:06 PM EST

Now it's time for the men to grovel.

ABC is banking on more strong ratings with its Wednesday-night premiere of "The Bachelorette," a spin on its already proven "Bachelor" successes -- though The New York Times, in its review, calls "The Bachelorette" "retro-kitsch."

Still, Trista Rehn, 30, the runner-up who nearly a year ago was rejected in the grand finale of the first season of "The Bachelor," recently told ABC's "Good Morning America" that she enjoyed being in the driver's seat for "The Bachelorette."

"I think that women have a lot of power these days," she said. "Why shouldn't a woman be in this position?"

In the new series, 25 men will compete for Rehn's hand. The contestants, ranging in ages from 24 to 42, include a commercial airline pilot and a rodeo cowboy.

Last July, when it was announced that Rehn would be the chosen bachelorette, she admitted that she wouldn't be shy about spending intimate time with her potential suitors, calling her casting "a great opportunity to meet somebody, and I did." Rehn said.

During the series, she said that "behind closed doors," could be interpreted as meaning cuddling in front of the TV together -- and by cuddling she meant cuddling, nothing more.

"I feel that intimacy, not necessarily sexual, but intimacy being close, snuggling together and watching television or whatever, I think that that's really important in a relationship," Rehn said.

"When those things came about, when I had that opportunity I definitely took it and didn't hold back."

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