Recap of the season 11 premiere of “The Bachelorette”

The two-night premiere of “The Bachelorette” kicked off on May 18 and 19 on ABC and definitely made me excited for the upcoming season.

Of course, there were 25 new bachelors as there are in every other season of “The Bachelorette”, but this time there was a twist. For the first time in bachelor history, there were two bachelorettes – Britt Nilsson and Kaitlyn Bristowe – and by the end of the season premiere, the bachelorette who received the most roses from the men got to stay.

One thing that remained the same was the famous limo entrances. This time, instead of the men walking up to just one bachelorette, they found themselves having to greet two.

“That was actually pretty entertaining to watch. But I’m sure it was awkward for the guy to chose which girl to go up to first. And it looked even more uncomfortable when one bachelorette awkwardly stood there as a guy greeted the other one,” said sophomore Taylor Wigger.

My favorite entrances included Shawn E, who arrived in a hot tub car. The car was literally a hot tub that was filled with steaming hot water. After he drove it in, he jumped out fully soaked in his suit, but that first impression was totally worth it.

Another entrance that caught my eye was Chris, who arrived in a motorized giant cupcake. It seemed a little weird at first, but when he stepped out and greeted the bachelorettes, he seemed like he definitely was a gentlemen.

Of course there is always that one guy who drinks too much and embarrasses himself on the show. This year it was a guy named Ryan. He made a fool of himself by being annoyingly loud and arrogant. He inappropriately touched Bristowe and made Nilsson feel very uncomfortable. The other men were very relieved when the host, Chris Harrison asked him to leave.

After all of the entrances, the ladies were able to go in and get more personal with the men. Usually, the men are trying to impress the bachelorette, but now the two bachelorettes were trying to impress the men.

Harrison then announced that it was time for the men to go to the voting area and put their rose in the bachelorette’s box for who they wanted to stay.

The one who received the most roses and became the sole bachelorette was Bristowe.

“I honestly thought that Brit was going to be picked. The men seemed to really like her, but I am happy that Kaitlyn got picked,” said sophomore Megan Sgroi.

During the first rose ceremony, Bristowe had to send five men home. However, before she gave out all of the roses, one of the bachelors, Brady, pulled her aside and told her that he was leaving because he came for Nilsson, not Bristowe. I understand why he left, but he should have at least given Bristowe a shot.

Besides Ryan and Brady who left, David, Bradley, Josh, and Shawn were also eliminated in week one.

The drama-packed episodes and the short clip previewing the rest of the season definitely had me wanting more.

Tune into ABC on Mondays at 8/7c to catch new episodes of “The Bachelorette” every week.

What did you think of the season premiere?

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