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This summer, Bachelor Nation is blessed with not one but two leading ladies.
The bachelorettes and their men are cruising around Europe as the
season embarks on a whole new set of dates and jaw-dropping
All the answers to your questions about the new season are here, including Reality Steve's latest spoilers:
Warning: Spoilers ahead! Stop reading here if you don't want to know what happens during season 19 of The Bachelorette!
Season 19 of The Bachelorette premiered on ABC in July. And this time, there's a twist. Clayton Echard's season of The Bachelor brought plenty of surprises, especially for Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia.
"ABC, y’all owe each of these women their own season as Bachelorette after this emotional damage," one fan Tweeted. You know what they say...ask and you shall receive.
Clayton's exes (and runner-up contestants) Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia are the new Bachelorettes, ABC announced. And with former Bachelor Jesse Palmer as host, these two are looking for their potential soul mate while attached at the hip, like all BFFs.
Plus, the network announced that Gabby and Rachel's season would have more contestants than ever before.
Here's exactly what happens this season, plus all the juiciest spoilers. Buckle up.
Gabby and Rachel's final four have been revealed.
Reality Steve took to Twitter to reveal the ladies' final four. And luckily, none of them intersect. Whew!
Rachel's top picks include Aven Jones, Tyler Norris, Zach Shallcross, and Tino Franco.
For a while, only three of Gabby's men were revealed, since the fourth was thought to be unknown. However, Reality Steve recently shared that it's because only three men move on to hometown visits. The group consisted of Erich Schwer, Jason Alabaster, and Johnny DePhillipo.
Their final two have also been revealed.
Rachel chooses Tino and Aven for her final two, per Reality Steve.
During an episode of his podcast, he also revealed that Jason and Erich would be Gabby's final two.
Who do Gabby and Rachel pick?
At the end of it all, Rachel gets engaged to Tino, and Gabby gets engaged to Erich. That means Aven and Jason are the runner-ups, according to Reality Steve's latest update.
Ahh true love at last. But also, could this mean that one of the men from the top three have Bachelor potential? Just speculating over here.
How does the show work with two leads?
In episode 3, Gabby and Rachel offered roses to the men they wanted to continue to pursue.
The guys could then choose to continue dating that woman, or decline a rose in hopes of scoring one from the other bachelorette.
Reality Steve revealed that Nate kept his daughter a secret from an ex-girlfriend.
Leave it to Reality Steve to show up with the receipts.
After Nate’s one-on-one date with Gabby in episode 2, just about every Bachelorette fan fell in love with the sweet “girl dad,” per Showbiz Cheatsheet.
But there may be more than meets the eye.
Reality Steve reported on Aug. 9 that he was contacted by a woman four months ago with an interesting story about Nate. The woman claimed that her friend, Kelsey Fankhauser, dated the contestant for a year and a half from 2020 to 2021.
Apparently, Nate never told Kelsey that he had a daughter.
Got this DM the day the Bachelorette cast was first announced. Didn’t think much of it bc I get this every season. Then a day after ep 2 aired, a TikTok surfaced, contact was made, and tmrw I will share the very detailed findings from that TikTok. It’s very…bizarre. And shitty. pic.twitter.com/1sAois3YCq
— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) August 9, 2022
His ex even made a TikTok saying that she found out about Nate’s daughter along with the rest of the world while watching the Bachelorette.
But Steve wanted proof. So the tipster sent photos of Kelsey and Nate together, a timeline of their relationship, and even connected Steve with another woman Nate was involved with at the same time.
Long story short, her story checks out. Not only did Nate appear to hide the fact that he had a daughter from Kelsey, but he failed to mention that he had once been married, as well.
And Nate finally broke his silence on Instagram. "Two sides to every story 🙏 wish you the best," he wrote to a user who had asked why he was "playing girls."
Aside from what when down on his Instagram, it seems unlikely that he'll talk about the situation again in a more detailed way. Then again, you never know what could happen in bachelor nation.
Logan switches sides in Episode 5.
Episode 5 put a major spotlight on Logan, who decided he wanted to pursue Gabby instead of Rachel.
This storm has been brewing for a long time, ever since Logan realized his feelings for Gabby after initially accepting Rachel’s rose in episode 3. “Every time I’m in the same room as Gabby and Rachel, I realize my feelings toward Gabby,” he said in episode 4.
After he confesses his change of heart to Rachel, she is pretty torn up about the whole situation and cancels her group date.
— The Bachelorette (@BacheloretteABC) August 8, 2022
Logan then tells Gabby how he feels, and she tells him she needs time to think about it. Logan still turns up at her group date later in the episode.
Clearly, Gabby wants to give Logan a chance because, by the end of the episode, he’s got a rose, while Michael and Mario get the boot. Maybe he wasn’t totally off base about their connection.
What else happened in episode 5?
For one, Rachel took Logan’s switch-up particularly hard.
“Something's clearly wrong with me," she said, per Entertainment Weekly. "This is supposed to be, like, my time to, like, find someone, and everyone's rejected me week after week after week."
Rachel’s men were not very happy that she canceled their daytime date, but she joined them for the after-party portion of the group date later that evening. "If you guys don't want to be here, like, you do not have to be," Rachel told them, per Entertainment Weekly. Yeesh.
Rachel ends up giving Tino the group date rose after he confesses that he felt “unseen” when she canceled the group date.
Things continued on a high note with Rachel’s romantic one-on-one date with Aven, where he got candid about his parents and relationship with his mom. In a confessional, Rachel says that she could “easily see herself falling in love” with him. Eep!
Rachel leaves the date with a sentimental present: Aven’s good luck bracelet from his mom. And she then presents him with a rose.
Okay, that was one of the sweetest gestures I have ever seen. 🤧❤️🩹 pic.twitter.com/u1Mm3wJQTg
— The Bachelorette (@BacheloretteABC) August 5, 2022
On Gabby’s end, the gang enjoys a boat ride through the canals, waffles, a soccer match, and a rather fishy game.
— The Bachelorette (@BacheloretteABC) August 4, 2022
Gabby’s guys are not happy when Logan shows up to join the after-party portion of the date. And the group date rose goes to Nate.
Later, Gabby and Johnny enjoy a beer-themed spa date on their one-on-one, and the two get personal about past relationships and insecurities.
Johnny even reveals his mental health struggles with depression and self-doubt, per Entertainment Weekly. He ends the night with a rose.
By the time the rose ceremony is over, Meatball, Mario, and Michael are sent home.
The remaining men headed to Amsterdam in episode 6.
After the girls send three men home in Belgium, there are still 11 guys left in the running for Rachel and Gabby’s hearts.
Rachel’s team includes Zach, Tyler, Ethan, Aven, and Tino.
And for Gabby, it’s Jason, Spencer, Erich, Johnny, Nate, and Logan.
The gang is headed to Amsterdam for the next episode, and I can’t wait to see what unfolds next. In a teaser for the remainder of the season, each of the guys appears to spend some time in hot water. As Gabby put it, “sometimes things are too good to be true, that is exactly what they are.” Dun dun dun.
— The Bachelorette (@BacheloretteABC) August 9, 2022
One contestant mysteriously leaves the competition in episode 6.
Logan's time on the show was cut short after Jesse revealed he had "a situation" before the cocktail party. This sent all the guys back to their rooms and Logan back home. It's later explained that Logan tested positive for Covid.
But there was a noticeable lack of safety protocols following the announcement, which left fans wondering if that was the real reason for his abrupt departure. To add to the confusion, Logan posted a lengthy caption in a new Instagram post thanking both ladies for the experience and hinting that his mental health may have played a role in him leaving.
"I have struggled with my mental health since I was 12 years old, and this process was more difficult in that arena than I ever thought possible, "he wrote."...I want to be transparent about that part of my journey too, and I hope I can be a safe place for others who struggle with it. Acknowledging my mental health and how it affects those around me will be a priority in my life moving forward."
While fans of the show were supportive, it still left many confused about if he ever had Covid.
More drama ensued during Rachel's cocktail party when she awarded the group date rose to Tyler instead of Tino, who swore that he did and said all the right things. He ended up storming away from the group for a moment alone, to which Ethan called him a "baby back b*tch." Pretty iconic, if you ask me.
Gabby and Rachel went to Paris in episode 4.
The gang headed to Europe in the Aug. 1 episode. After flying into England, the leading ladies, along with their men, boarded a cruise ship to Paris. Very Titanic-esque!
While aboard, the men are split up into a Rachel group and a Gabby group.
— The Bachelorette (@BacheloretteABC) August 1, 2022
There was a knock-out date during the episode. In other words, the cast hits the boxing ring for Gabby’s steamy group date while Rachel’s group witnessed some “intimate” moments.
Gabby selects Jason for a rainy one-on-one date. The two shop for berets in Montmartre, according to ABC.
Rachel, on the other hand, connected with Tino on a spiritual level during a very romantic, very intimate one-on-one.
— The Bachelorette (@BacheloretteABC) July 31, 2022
Hayden, this season's "villain" was sent home.
With every new season comes a new villain, and this time around, Hayden Markowitz took the title. After a two-week streak of offending both bachelorettes, Hayden was sent packing, and TBH, everyone is glad.
He first called Gabby “rough around the edges” in episode 3 and then proceeded to call the leading ladies some nasty names behind their backs.
In the Aug. 1 episode, James told Rachel what he had heard Hayden say. “He made a vulgar comparison. Something about, ‘I don’t trust these b*tches,'” Meatball told Rachel.
— The Bachelorette (@BacheloretteABC) August 1, 2022
But wait, there’s more! Hayden also got caught comparing the bachelorettes to his ex. And he even had the nerve to deny it when Rachel confronted him about it.
Needless to say, he didn't make it to the next episode.
But he did apologize for his actions after the Aug. 1 episode aired.
Gabby and Rachel pick which men they want to pursue during episode 3.
By the third week, after getting to know both group dates and one-on-one time, Gabby and Rachel extended roses to the men they felt most compatible with. The men then decided whether they wanted to accept the rose and continue to date only that bachelorette.
Three contestants rejected Rachel's rose.
In a preview, one of the contestants, James, is offered a rose by Rachel. But what happened after was a total shocker.
"I'm sorry," said James. "I'm here for Gabby."
Rachel’s roses were rejected also more than once, per Reality Steve. Termayne and Alec also turned down a spot in Rachel’s line-up.
Gabby also gets rejected.
In a season trailer, more is revealed on the power dynamics that pop up as the men have to figure out where their hearts lie.
"I do have my intentions solely towards Rachel, says one contestant. "I still have feelings on the other side," says another.
Gabby’s grandpa returns in episode 3.
Gabby’s number one fan, Grandpa John, returned to crash her one-on-one date with Erich Schwer.
The group competed in a friendly bowling game, which was the perfect activity for testing a potential new beau’s ability to mesh with the fam. Props to Erich for hitting a strike!
Rachel has a Hollywood-worthy night in episode 3.
While Gabby enjoyed some PG family fun, Rachel strutted down the red carpet like a star on her one-on-one date with Zach Shallcross.
And she got some help from Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown. “Tonight is a big, special VIP movie night for them,” Karamo said in a preview of the date.
After finding the perfect outfits for their red carpet debut, Rachel and Zach headed to the theater for a “big-screen glimpse into each other’s lives." It turns out, the movie was a compilation of childhood family videos. Aw!
Two men were cut before the first night of filming.
Koy Schneiter and Corbin Shaw, according to Reality Steve, did not receive a rose or, sadly, step foot out of the limo on night one.
Who got the first impression rose?
On night one, Gabby instantly connected with Mario Vassall, and they even share a steamy kiss. Later, she gives him her first impression rose. Unfortunately, he was a goner by episode 5.
Sparks flew between Rachel and California contractor Tino Franco during episode one's cocktail party. She gave him her first impression rose by the end of the night.
Will there be drama between Gabby and Rachel?
Nope. If you're looking for a catfight, you're watching the wrong show. When asked about their mentality going into a shared season, both women clearly stated that their friendship comes above all else.
“We both had the attitude to put each other first. We know each other the best, our relationship above all is the most important,” Gabby 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.”
She also revealed that "it's only natural" to be attracted to some of the same men on the show, but they managed to figure things out together. Rachel echoed Gabby's thoughts, adding that having clear communication throughout the season made the whole process super smooth.
Filming took the cast all over the world.
Usually, each season follows the same pattern of two group dates and one one-on-one in each location. Then, the show travels to a new city, and the cycle repeats.
This time, Steve says the first few episodes have had one group date and one one-on-one for both Gabby and Rachel. (Followed by, of course, a rose ceremony.) The contestants began filming in Los Angeles, California, but then jet-setted to Europe in early April.
Most of the season takes place on a cruise ship.
Here's the itinerary, according to Steve: After leaving L.A., the group boards a Virgin Voyage cruise ship in Portsmouth, England. Most of this season takes place on the cruise—from Portsmouth, the boat will go to Le Havre, France, Bruges, Belgium, and then Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
Former Bachelor Nick Viall confirmed this on his podcast Viall Files: “It is on a cruise ship—part of it. I asked people because it sounds like the producers think it’s gonna be really interesting, but very different,” Us Weekly reported.
And the waters get rough. The logistics of two bachelorettes compared to one threw a wrench in the behind-the-scenes plans, especially when it wasn’t necessarily expected.
“They said it was hell to film because they decided to have two Bachelorettes, like, last second. So the scheduling was for one Bachelorette. They had to jam it all in,” said Nick. “They hope they never do it again. Just because of the logistics," he added. “I think, a cruise ship probably was the challenge.”
After the bumpy cruise, it'll be the end of April (and time for hometowns), he said.
Hometown dates are back.
By looking at some recent photos that have popped up, both women will get four dates.
In late April, Gabby was spotted in Bedminster, New Jersey on a hometown date with Erich Schwer, according to Reality Steve.
(HOMETOWN SPOILER): Pics are blurry, but confirmation that Gabby is filming a hometown date in Bedminster, NJ today with Erich Schwer. They were at Natirar Park earlier and now at his family’s house. pic.twitter.com/X265buK434
— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) April 24, 2022
She also got close with Jason Alabaster during their date in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Gabby’s hometown date Tuesday 4/26 with Jason Alabaster in New Orleans, LA. They were in the French Quarter, walked in front of Jackson Square, & also threw beads off the balcony at the Saints & Sinners bar owned by Channing Tatum pic.twitter.com/tyCSw7MmYE
— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) May 2, 2022
Later, she met with Johnny DePhillipo in Jupiter, Florida.
As for Rachel, it turns out her one-on-one with Aven paid off. The two were seen out on a romantic carriage ride for one of her hometown dates in Salem, Massachusetts.
(SPOILER VIDEO): Rachel on a hometown date with Aven Jones, taking a horse carriage ride in Salem, MA to Crow Haven Corner, which is some sort of witch store. pic.twitter.com/KF77c7q1yj
— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) April 23, 2022
She was also spotted getting cozy with Tyler Norris at Wildwoods during their hometown date in New Jersey.
(SPOILER): More pics of Rachel & Tyler during their meet up pic.twitter.com/jWM7XdWS8Q
— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) April 25, 2022
Then, in early May, Rachel flew to California for a hometown date with Zach Shallcross. And unfortunately, footage of her date with Tino hasn't been released yet, but Reality Steve notes that the two met in Castaic Lake in Los Angeles and went to his parents' dinner in Santa Clarita.
The finale was filmed in Mexico.
Despite the group's extensive trip throughout Europe, the final contestants and brides-to-be will be heading to Mexico for the finale...at least according to Reality Steve. "Your overnights and final rose ceremony are taking place in Mexico," he said.
Your overnights and final rose ceremony are taking place in Mexico.
— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) May 2, 2022
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