04:09 PM EDT 05/21/2015
Originally posted 05/20/2015 02:10PM
Kaitlyn Bristowe is the Bachelorette! She charmed her way into the hearts of the Bachelor Nation – and nearly the Bachelor himself, Chris Soules, on season 19 of The Bachelor. Now Kaitlyn has begun her own journey to love.
THERE YOU HAVE IT!!! I can finally say that I, Kaitlyn Bristowe, am the Bachelorette. What a whirlwind. When Chris Harrison told me the news, of course I was excited. But the first thing that came to mind was, 'How is Britt?' I wanted to run to her and give her a huge hug and make sure she was okay. Britt is a strong woman, so I knew she would handle it well, but that's just not something anyone would want to go through. It was without a doubt the strangest mix of emotions all at once.
I did feel guilty being excited because I knew someone's feelings were hurt. But I was grateful, eager and relieved. As the excitement took over, I was sooo stoked I got to call my mom! I knew how happy she would be for me and that my whole family was probably anxious. I had just been through such a roller coaster of a night, there were so many conversations and emotions happening, I couldn't comprehend doing another cocktail party and then having my first rose ceremony. It was the longest and the best night of my life.
Originally posted 05/20/2015 07:20AM
Former Bachelor Chris Soules got a lot of attention for his constant kissing on the show, and now new Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe says she might have him beat.
"I think I broke a record on night one for how many guys I kissed," Bristowe tells PEOPLE. "My mind-set was, 'Damn right I'm going to kiss everybody! I'm trying to find a husband here!' "
Originally posted 05/19/2015 09:00PM
The Bachelorette's face-off between Kaitlyn Bristowe and Britt Nilsson may have incited online criticism, but Bristowe – who was revealed to be the last standing woman on Tuesday night's episode – says she doesn't feel the premise went too far.
"I definitely had my concerns and questions," the 29-year-old former dance instructor tells PEOPLE. "But I don't think I would have gone through with it if I thought it was just sexist. At the end of the day, it is still a TV show."
The Bachelorette Recap: A Contestant Chases After the Girl Who Was Sent Home – Was It Britt or Kaitlyn?
Originally posted 05/19/2015 09:00PM
Spoilers for The Bachelorette are below!
Originally posted 05/19/2015 08:10PM
She made a powerful first impression on former Bachelor Chris Soules, but when it came to the face-off to determine the next Bachelorette, Britt Nilsson was sent packing on night one.
"I was in a state of shock," Nilsson tells PEOPLE of hearing the news that Kaitlyn Bristowe won the vote for the title. "I was a little numb and then of course the other feelings started coming. I wasn't chosen, that's rejection. That's kind of embarrassing."
Originally posted 05/19/2015 03:35PM
While most of the attention was focused on the admittedly "awkward" (and frustratingly unresolved) competition between Kaitlyn Bristowe and Britt Nilsson on Monday's season 11 premiere of The Bachelorette, let's not forget that there were 25 handsome men at the mansion, too.
As usual, some guys pulled out the stops, including a cupcake-mobile (more on that in a minute), a "car pool" and hand-drawing; others floundered in introducing themselves to both Bachelorette hopefuls – we're looking at you, canned-statement-peddling "healer" Tony and sloppy, feel-copping Ryan M. (assuming the "M" stands for McDrunkedy-Drunk).
But this isn't a talent competition, it's a journey to love. With that in mind, the most important question moving forward is, Who genuinely seems like they could establish a real connection with this season's Bachelorette (whoever she may be)? In no particular order, we think the front-runners are ...
Originally posted 05/19/2015 12:50PM
Kaitlyn Bristowe charmed her way into the hearts of the Bachelor Nation – and nearly the Bachelor himself, Chris Soules, on season 19 of The Bachelor. Now Kaitlyn hopes to begin her own journey to love as the next Bachelorette.
Well … if you would have told this edgy little gal a year ago that I would be writing a blog for PEOPLE as one of two Bachelorettes duking it out against each other for love, I would have done my fat-man laugh. I would think you were nuts, but here I am!
When I was approached with the idea of two Bachelorettes, I was definitely not jumping for joy. It was more like, pouting for hours. I thought about it for days. Why would I do this to myself? And then I realized the world I was living in. It's 2015, people are swiping and linking on Tinder, meeting online and dating on TV. So I thought to myself: Kaitlyn, this is just an incredible opportunity to meet a man you could spend the rest of your life with. Clearly whatever I've been doing in the real world isn't reeling in the best caliber of men. I had to know there could be light at the end of the tunnel. Or maybe I should say love at the end of the tunnel! There is it, ladies and gentlemen, my first cheesy line of the blog. But I mean it!
Originally posted 05/19/2015 12:50PM
Britt Nilsson charmed her way into the hearts of the Bachelor Nation – and nearly the Bachelor himself, Chris Soules, on season 19 of The Bachelor. Now Britt hopes to begin her own journey to love as the next Bachelorette.
I am still not quite sure if this is all a dream. There's a part of me that is still waiting to wake up to my life back to normal … waiting tables, sitting in traffic, talking with my girlfriends about life and love. There's another, more analytical part of me that is processing the fact that my life has definitely changed forever. No turning back.
Looking back on that first night, I was excited and honored, nervous and overwhelmed, self-conscious and confident all at the same time. I still feel all of those emotions. And while I know that everything happens for a reason, and I wasn't standing outside that mansion by mistake, I remember that I couldn't stop asking myself the same question over and over in my mind: Will I stay and find love – or leave brokenhearted?
The season before, when I was on The Bachelor, I went in open but came out broken. My intentions were pure, and my heart was ready, but, when I left the show, my character was questioned and I found myself at a loss for words as I watched. The prospect of competing for love again was, as Kaitlyn had put it, "not ideal." The fear of further rejection or misunderstanding lurked in the back of my mind – but louder than my fears, I heard a resounding "yes." Yes, this was the next step. Yes, this was where I was supposed to be. Yes, this was the chance of a lifetime to find love and happiness with a soul mate. I couldn't help but allow the excitement of that possibility to overtake me. I had to try again. How could I not?
Ousted Bachelorette Contestant Ryan McDill Blasted on Twitter for Rape Comment, Revealed to Be Nikki Ferrell's Ex
Originally posted 05/19/2015 09:50AM
As Bachelorette devotees know, it's all about first impressions. And for one male candidate, his drunken antics caused quite an uproar on social media after Monday night's premiere – and sent him packing.
Fans took to Twitter to slam contestant Ryan McDill, better known as Ryan M., for his controversial comments and wild behavior during the first episode of season 11 of the dating reality show, which prompted host Chris Harrison to dismiss him.
The 28-year-old from Kansas City, Missouri, was asked to leave after he grabbed contender Kaitlyn Bristowe's butt and made a comment about rape to another competitor, JJ, when he confronted McDill about his interaction with Bristowe.
McDill responded to JJ by asking him, "Why am I not raping you right now?"
Harrison wasn't amused by his exploits and told McDill, "You're clearly not here for either one of these girls or for sincere reasons … There's a car waiting for you."
Viewers quickly called out the moment on Twitter, reminding McDill – and fans everywhere – that rape jokes are never funny.
The Bachelorette Premiere Recap: All the Highlights from Britt and Kaitlyn's First Night with Their 25 Suitors
Originally posted 05/18/2015 11:00PM
The Bachelorette is back! Now with two Bachelorettes, a male stripper, a man who calls himself a "healer" and, as ever, the accusation that someone isn't on the reality dating competition for the Right Reasons.
The premiere opened with a voice-over from host Chris Harrison pointing out all the worst traits of Kaitlyn Bristowe and Britt Nilsson, essentially painting them as caricatures: Kaitlyn as a skinny-dipping doofus and Britt as an emotional trainwreck. Rude.
In their separate limos, both Britt and Kaitlyn let out huge sighs as they approached the Bachelorette mansion where they would meet the 25 guys who would decide which one of them will be the Bachelorette for the rest of the show's 11th season. It was almost poetic.
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