'The Bachelorette' is gearing up for its most unconventional season to date

Ready for 'The Bachelorette'? 2022 will throw loyal followers for a bit of a loop—here's how to tune in

Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchias on season 19 of the bachelorette 2022
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Stop and smell the roses: The Bachelorette 2022 will have a more bountiful bouquet than ever before. 

"Who is the next Bachelorette," you ask? For the first time in franchise history, viewers are being blessed with not one but two women on the hunt for love: Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia. 

The reason for double the love and, undoubtedly, double the drama? Clayton Echard. After he broke both women's hearts on The Bachelor—an epic betrayal that'll live on in reality TV infamy— the best friends teamed up for a joint Bachelorette season, and now we suspect the journey will be as emotional as ever.

"We know each other the best, our relationship above all is the most important," Windey told People. "Plus a man that's worth it isn't going to have us fight over him, nor would we ever compromise our relationship for it."

Even still, we still suspect we're in for a wild ride. If you are prone to getting sucked into odd reality dating shows, kick right back and let the one-on-ones begin.

'The Bachelorette' 2022 premiere

The time is upon us, friends. The Bachelorette season 19 will begin on Monday, July 11 at 8pm/7 central on ABC. Those who miss the action the first night around can stream it on Hulu the following day. (Subscription options are available below.) 

How to watch

For those not in the US, there's still a way to tune in for the romantic escapes. A VPN is a handy piece of software that allows you to browse anonymously and change your IP address so your mobile, desktop or laptop thinks it's in another location. Our favorite pick is ExpressVPN, which our colleagues over at TechRadar consider to be the best VPN in the world. 

'The Bachelorette' 2022 trailer

What'd we tell ya? Tears, panic, roses and more await faithful viewers.

'The Bachelorette' contestants

We have a lot of charming men—32 to be exact—but certainly a few thorns among the roses. We'll have to wait to find out who's here for the real deal and who's being sent home. (PSA: did someone forget their shirt?) 

Get another look at the fellas (all wearing shirts) below. Who's going in your Bachelorette bracket this season?

For the record, our leading ladies will not have to compete against one another to find a match, something fans suspected when news broke of two bachelorettes. 

"It was a huge learning process for everyone because it was such new territory," Windey told People. "But the experience Rachel and I had as Bachelorettes was so special and memorable. I don't think we would have had it any other way."

This season, host Jesse Palmer will return, and it sounds like he's going to have a lot of new ground to cover. No need to tell us twice!

We'll be here, planning out our Bachelorette fantasy league and predicting who will take home the final rose(s). Do be sure to also follow along with our coverage for Bachelor in Paradise season 8, which debuts a few short weeks after The Bachelorette. It's certainly going to be a hot summer now!

Danielle Valente
Digital News Writer

Need a TV show recommendation? Maybe a few decor tips? Danielle, a digital news writer at Future, has you covered. Her work appears throughout the company’s lifestyle brands, including My Imperfect Life, Real Homes, and woman&home. Mainly, her time is spent at My Imperfect Life, where she’s attuned to the latest entertainment trends and dating advice for Gen Z.

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few. 

When Danielle’s not writing, you can find her testing out a new recipe, reading a book (suggestions always welcome), or rearranging the furniture in her apartment…again.