After what was possibly the most cringe-inducing finale of all time, Bachelor Nation finally answered the question on everyone’s mind: Who will be the next Bachelorette? Host Chris Harrison said fans (and producers) were so divided on the issue that they decided to have both women arrive on the first night of the next season and let the men decide who will go the distance for the season.
While women everywhere were in an uproar about the decision (Desiree Siegfried from Season 9 tweeted, “Not going to lie.. I'm a bit confused by 2 bachelorettes. Put girls against each other!? Don't we already get enough of that”), and Ali Fedowsky from Season 6 piped up, "The more I think about it, I can't help but be upset about ABC choosing 2 #Bachelorettes, it's going to be so hurtful to both the girls."
But while Harrison keeps emphasizing that this is the first time in Bachelorette history this has ever happened, it’s actually not a first for the franchise. In Season 6 of The Bachelor Byron Velvick and Jay Overbye were both presented to 25 women and the women were left to choose, by a majority vote that Byron would be the season's leading man. The setup puts a strain on everyone because some of the hopefuls who stick around would have initially backed the wrong horse. In fact, one of Byron Velvick’s final two women had voted for Jay.
It was also officially announced this morning—in what he described as the worst kept secret ever—that Soules will appear on the next season of Dancing with the Stars. The ultimate irony that after all his pondering and soul searching for someone to move to Arlington, IA., he will be in L.A. for the next few months.
The whole night can be summed up by Kaitlyn’s pitch-perfect reaction to the news, “It’s not ideal!” We love her for her honesty and must admit: We'll be watching on May 18!