*WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD*
Who is the next Bachelorette? We've been gifted with not one, but two hopeful romantics—a franchise first—for the upcoming 19th season.
The reason for the switch? It's all thanks to Clayton Echard.
If you can't resist TV shows about gossip and romantic drama, allow us to fill you in on what's next for the ever-changing series.
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Who is the next 'Bachelorette'?
If you've binged The Bachelor, you're likely already familiar with Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia, both of whom vied for Echard's heart. Needless to say, things didn't go according to plan, so they're going to pave their own path.
Before we give you the details about The Bachelorette, let's rewind and learn how we ended up with a double whammy in the first place.
What happened on 'The Bachelor'?
It appeared that Echard couldn't quite make up his mind. He revealed that he fell in love, and slept, with the show's final three contestants: Windey, Recchia and Susie Evans, who ultimately came out victorious...even though she left the show.
"He's in love with all three of us? All three of us?" we hear an exacerbated Windey state at a disastrous rose ceremony.
The declaration did not go smoothly, much like the rest of this season. To top things off, Echard's simultaneous breakup came after the two ladies stuck around Iceland to meet his parents. Yikes!
This goes down as one of the franchise's most dramatic finales to date...along with seemingly every other finale.
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'The Bachelorette' season 19: what we know
For all their troubles, ABC decided to flip the script and bring along both ladies for The Bachelorette. Host Jesse Palmer will return for his second season and make history in the process.
There will be time for Bachelor Nation to dissect this news and make predictions about how it will all unfold. It's not clear how exactly this competition will play out, and ABC has not revealed if both Windey and Recchia will be competing for the same men.
Despite the unknown terms, it appears both are looking forward to this fresh start.
"I'm a girl's girl through and through," Windey said, according to ABC, "so having a friend by my side is the best thing I could ask for."
Likewise, Recchia noted: "This is insane and I'm excited to do this journey with you. We did it once together and we've been through the most crazy experience together."
Let's hope the close bond stays this way, even if they end up competing for the same Prince Charming.
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'The Bachelorette' contestants 2022
Although nothing is written in stone quite yet, ABC did tease a few hopeful romantics who will potentially appear on the girls' season. We have fellas from all over the country, and most are in their mid-20s. However, we have a few contestants in their 30s, too.
Photos have been circulating newsfeeds and fans are starting to make predictions. Notice that a majority of the names begin with "J"? Coincidence? (And yes, there are twins!)
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When does 'The Bachelorette' air?
The Bachelorette season 19 will kick off on Monday, July 11 on ABC. Once we have the lineup of fellas who are eager to steal hearts, we'll be sure to keep you posted.
If you can't watch on Monday nights, be sure to catch up with The Bachelorette on Hulu the following day.
ABC noted that both women are in search of a mature, supportive partner (a clear dig at Echard). Here's hoping it all works out this time around!
Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment.
The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos and honed in on astrology coverage within the Life vertical. She's partial to writing pieces about the next big TV obsession—anyone else impatiently waiting for "Conversations with Friends"—and keeping you up to date on new trends like the latest must-have from Zara.
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