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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?
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 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.
With another season of The Bachelorette comes another shot at love – and at least a few guaranteed heartbreaks.
The new season of ABC's reality series presents a shocking (and, according to some, sexist) twist: The first broken heart will belong to a potential Bachelorette herself.
With just a few hours left before Kaitlyn Bristowe and Britt Nilsson have their "awkward" face-off, it's officially time for residents of Bachelor Nation to declare their allegiance.
Below, after two conflicting PEOPLE staffers make a case for each of the would-be Bachelorettes, pick which lady you'd like to see embark on a journey to love.
For the first time ever, two ladies will be awaiting their potential suitors when the limos pull up on Monday night's premiere of The Bachelorette.
Kaitlyn Bristowe and Britt Nilsson will both have the chance to meet the 25 eligible men, but only one will be chosen by a vote to continue on with the season. So how did the women deal with the knowledge they would be facing off against each other that first night?
"It just felt a little awkward to think of having another person there," Bristowe, 29, told reporters during a conference call on Wednesday about her feelings going into the initial evening at the mansion. "This competitive-feeling nature, it's not something I usually put myself through to find a guy."
With 25 suitors choosing between Kaitlyn Bristowe and Britt Nilsson, there's no doubt that the proceedings will be more than a little awkward – especially given the fact that after the first rose ceremony, one of the ladies will have to pack their bags and head back home.
However, Bachelorette host Chris Harrison says that the premiere won't be awkward for the reasons you think. "It ended up being more awkward for the guys," Harrison, 43, told Yahoo! TV. "They got out of the limos and there were two women they had to get to know and impress. Guys are bad at these introductions anyway.
"They have very little game and it's hard enough to come up with something that isn't too cheesy and that makes a good first impression."
Mr. Grey will see you now?
Foregoing the usual brightly colored gowns we might expect to see on The Bachelorette, Britt Nilsson and Kaitlyn Bristowe opted for more subdued looks in their first promo photos for ABC's hit reality series while their cheerful smiles belie the drama that is soon to ensue.
Set to go head-to-head in the two-part premiere airing May 18, only Britt or Kaitlyn will move forward in the competition after their 25 potential suitors make a choice: Will it be the gorgeous, charming Britt, who won the coveted first impression rose from Bachelor Chris Soules, or will it be Kaitlyn, the witty girl next door with whom Chris admitted he was falling in love before leaving her behind as the second runner-up?
Chris Soules may have found love on The Bachelor, but that doesn't mean he's eager to watch two of his former potential brides search for their Prince Charming on the upcoming season of The Bachelorette.
"Honestly, right now I'm okay with that part of my life being behind me," Soules, 33, said at the Dancing with the Stars 10th Anniversary Party hosted by PEOPLE.
But his ties to the new Bachelorettes, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Britt Nilsson, may prove too enticing for Soules to stay away from his TV.
They weren't kidding with that "50 Shades of Cray" tagline.
As if it weren't enough that this year's Bachelorette contestants vote on whether Kaitlyn Bristowe or Britt Nilsson will be the new leading lady, the promo for the upcoming season also features a guy driving a motorized cupcake.
After pictures surfaced of her ex-fiancé, Josh Murray, 30, and former Bachelorette contestant Ashley Iaconetti enjoying an evening together with friends, Andi Dorfman is opening up about how she really feels about it.
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