Still looking for love! The new Bachelorette is (insert drumroll here!) Kaitlyn Bristowe, who finished in third place during Chris Soules' season of The Bachelor — and also Britt Nilsson, whom the Iowa hunk cut in week seven. That's right — season 11 of the ABC reality competition will feature two Bachelorettes searching for their soul mates.
Both Bristowe, a dance instructor from Alberta, Canada, and Nilsson, a waitress from California, will meet the men vying for their affection on the upcoming eleventh season of The Bachelorette — and the men competing for their love will choose which one ultimately receives the title. Chris Harrison announced the news during the After the Final Rose special that followed the two-hour Bachelor season 19 finale, leaving the live studio audience shocked.
A show insider told Us Weekly that because both Bristowe and Nilsson were so well-liked, producers didn't want to pick just one. "They’re not necessarily thrilled about this, but they’re also not horrified or upset," the source explained. "Clearly they both wanted to be the next Bachelorette, so they’re happy with sharing the role rather than not having it at all."
Two Bachelorettes is not an unprecedented move for the franchise. The 2004 sixth season of The Bachelor began with the women voting for either Byron Velvick or Jay Overbye to be their suitor, with professional bass fisherman Velvick winning the showdown and ultimately getting engaged to Mary Delgado. (The two split after a five-year relationship.) See What Happened to Other 'Bachelorette' Couples Through the Years.
The big Bachelorette twist was only decided the weekend before the Bachelor season 19 finale, which featured farmer Soules, 33, getting down on one knee to propose to 29-year-old fertility nurse Whitney Bischoff in a romantic moment on his family farm.
Nilsson told Us at the Women Tell All taping that she would definitely consider being the new Bachelorette. "I think the process works. It worked for me up until a certain point, and I think it works for him and I’ve seen it work for a lot of couples," she said. "And yeah, I think that would be an amazing experience and if they asked me I would say yes."
Bristowe, too, was open to the possibility. "It’s a unique opportunity that I think opens a lot of doors for real love to happen," she said, adding, "I always talk about the definition [of] insanity — you do something over and over again and you expect a different result, and I’m like, 'I keep doing that, I keep falling in love with people and you expect a different result' but I’m super willing, excited to do that again."
Tell Us: What do you think of the big Bachelorette twist? Who would you have chosen?