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Kaitlyn Bristowe's Bachelorette Blog: The Date Moment That Was 'My Worst Nightmare'

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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.

Waking up that next morning as the Bachelorette was a surreal feeling. There was so much happening that first night, I think it was still taking its time to sink in. I mean, it's not every day you wake up in a beautiful house with Chris Harrison knocking at your door. But I will admit, I was so relieved to see him. There was a lot to process, and having him there to help talk me through it was much needed.

I couldn't believe that in just one night connections had already begun to develop. And there I sat, lucky enough to be the Bachelorette and eagerly awaiting my first week of dates. In the back of my mind, I had to wonder, Which of these guys voted for Britt and who voted for me? And how was Britt doing? But I couldn't allow those thoughts to take over. I had a great group of guys ready to kick these dates off with, and that's where my focus needed to be.

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Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe: I'm Too Much of a 'Skid' for Fancy Gowns! | The Bachelor

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As any fan of The Bachelorette knows, over-the-top gowns and jewels are part of the package.

But for newly minted Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe, all that glam took some getting used to.

"I wear combat boots and backwards hats and baseball tees," says the 29-year-old former dance instructor. "So it was so weird. I felt guilty putting the dresses on because I'm too much of a skid for this!"

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WATCH: 3 Seriously Awkward Bachelor and Bachelorette Moments

Originally posted 05/20/2015 01:50 PM

The Bachelorette is back!

Tuesday night's episode revealed that Kaitlyn Bristowe is the reigning bachelorette for season 11 – a decision that was made with it's fair share of drama and cringe-inducing introductions. After all, this ABC classic wouldn't be what it is without some horrendously awkward moments while on the quest for love.

Let us remind you ...

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Britt Nilsson was knocked out of the running to become the next Bachelorette this week, a decision that left her "in a state of shock."

Tuesday night with Jimmy Kimmel, she elaborated on that, as well as what's going on with her and Brady.

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Drunk Bachelorette Contestant Ryan McDill Explains His Horrible Behavior: It Was 'Gold'

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Bachelorette contestant Ryan McDill has explained his drunken antics on the show Monday.

The hopeful quickly earned himself the distinction of being the worst Bachelorette contestant ever after he slapped Kaitlyn Bristowe on the behind, tried to kiss Britt Nilsson and threatened to "rape" one of his fellow contestants.

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The Bachelorette's Kaitlyn Bristowe: 'I Kiss Everybody!'

Originally posted 05/20/2015 07:20 AM

The Bachelorette's Kaitlyn Bristowe: 'I Kiss Everybody!' | The Bachelorette

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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!' "

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The Bachelorette's Kaitlyn Bristowe: The Face-Off Wasn't 'Just Sexist'

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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."

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Bristowe, who works with RAW Beauty Talks to help empower women, says it took some practical thinking to get past any worries about sending the wrong message.

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The Bachelorette's Britt Nilsson Speaks Out on Rejection: 'I Was in Shock'

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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."

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Kaitlyn Bristowe's Bachelorette Premiere Blog: 'Going Home Was Not an Option'

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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!

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