On July 11, The Bachelorette season 19 premieres, and fans will want to watch every minute of this unprecedented season, which will feature two women as the leading ladies, Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey. Best friends Rachel (a 26-year-old pilot and flight instructor from Clermont, Florida) and Gabby (a 31-year-old ICU nurse from Denver), first won Bachelor Nation’s heart as the runners-up of Clayton Echard’s The Bachelor season. Although Clayton told all of his final three women that he loved them, he eventually realized that he loved Susie Evans “the most,” and sent Rachel and Gabby home. Although they were heartbroken, the women were cast as Bachelorettes, and Clayton and Susie are still in a relationship. Therefore, everything seems to have worked out for all of them.
Hosted by Jesse Palmer, The Bachelorette began filming on March 26 in Los Angeles, at The Bachelor mansion. The show also takes place on the Virgin Voyages Valiant Lady cruise ship, which will travel to Europe. The cast includes 32 men who will compete for the affections of Rachel or Gabby. Some notable contestants are: National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) drag racer Jordan Vandergriff (nephew of retired drag racer Bob Vandergriff, Jr.), magician Roby Sobieski (brother of artist and retired actress, Leelee Sobieski), and tech executive Zach Shallcross. He’s the nephew of actor Patrick Warburton. There’s also Kirk Bryant, who’s the assistant football coach at Texas Tech University.
In order to keep up with all of the drama and romance of The Bachelorette season 19, fans should plan their schedules (and set their DVRs), so that they don’t miss an episode. The show premieres on July 11 at 8 p.m., and streams the next day on Hulu. It is expected to air every Monday, with two-hour long episodes. The season finale date has yet to be announced, but since most Bachelorette seasons include 10-13 episodes. and run for about two months, the finale could air some time in mid-September. Bachelor in Paradise, which usually airs in the summer, will join ABC’s fall schedule on Tuesday, September 27 at 8 p.m.
Past seasons of The Bachelorette always included the hometown dates, the “Men Tell All,” season finale, and “After the Final Rose” episodes. There is no reason to believe that these classic episodes will not be included on Rachel and Gabby’s season, but it will be interesting to see if having two Bachelorettes affects how they air. Occasionally, at the end of the season, there are Tuesday night episodes of the show added to the schedule, so fans should pay attention to any announcements. Sometimes, the episodes are even longer, as Michelle Young’s live finale was three hours long.
Fans of The Bachelorette are in for double the fun this season, as Rachel and Gabby appear as the show’s dual leads. They should keep their eyes open for any schedule changes, especially since this season has two stars for the first time, and may need extra episodes to show all of the action. It is sure to be a summer of love on The Bachelorette.