Point/Counterpoint: Who Should Be the Next Bachelorette?

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‘The Bachelorette’s’ Britt Nilsson, Kaitlyn Bristowe on “Awkward” Premiere Twist: “I Wasn’t Excited About It”.

The new season of ABC’s reality series presents a shocking (and, according to some, sexist) twist: The first broken heart will belong to a potential Bachelorette herself. In a first for the venerable ABC dating series, two castoffs from the previous installment of The Bachelor — Kaitlyn Bristowe and Britt Nilsson — will be competing for the votes of the 25 eligible men to become season 11’s star.Radiant in floor-length blue sequins, Kaitlyn Bristowe waited nervously outside the Los Angeles Bachelorette mansion one March evening for a fleet of limousines carrying potential suitors. Bristowe and Nilsson spoke to reporters during a press conference to preview the season, with Bristowe acknowledging that the twist wasn’t exactly welcome. “It was definitely unexpected, and I was shocked,” Bristowe said of the news that she and Nilsson would be competing with each other. “I was kind of just beside myself because I didn’t know what to think.

Below, after two conflicting PEOPLE staffers make a case for each of the would-be Bachelorettes, pick which lady you’d like to see embark on a journey to love. However, he tells HuffPost Live he has three words in response: Get over it. “I love that some people are upset about it, because we’ve hit a chord with the people who are upset. I wasn’t excited about it, but I just really had to take a step back and think of the light at the end of the tunnel.” Nilsson said she and Bristowe were able to support each other throughout the process and “laugh about it,” which helped to “tame down the awkwardness.” She continued: “It’s just a wild situation. On Monday’s 8 p.m. premiere of the ABC matchmaking reality hit, we will see two former contestants from Chris Soules’ season, L.A. waitress Britt Nilsson and Canadian dance instructor Kaitlyn Bristowe, team up to find the love of their lives (well, only one woman will remain standing to offer a rose in the end). Several feet away, the confident beauty, in a strapless white gown, embraced and charmed them. “Well,” a show insider says Bristowe muttered, “this is awkward.” To say the least.

One thing to note when watching Monday’s Bachelorette premiere: The mansion seen on TV is actually home to a family with small children in between filming! “There’s actually a family that lives there, and they will move out, the show films, and they’ll move back in,” Andy Baldwin’s jilted Bachelorette Peyton Wright Lambton, told Us. “I took a tour one day and the producer was like, ‘That’s the little girl’s room there.'” Erica Rose, who competed on both season 9 of and seasons 2 and 3 of Bachelor Pad, isn’t worried that her casts are invading a family’s space while filming, but instead worries about when they move back in after the final rose. “I hope they sanitize that place after the season ends, because there is a lot of hooking up that goes on — especially on Bachelor Pad,” she revealed. For the first time in 11 seasons, the ABC dating show (premiering May 18, 9 p.m., and May 19, 8 p.m) pit two women – goofy Vancouver-based dancer Bristowe, 29, and flirty L.A. waitress Nilsson, 27 – in competition to star. It was fun, but yes, there were awkward moments, of course.” Bristowe explained that she wanted to believe that most of the guys were there to meet her, but she wasn’t sure if that was the case. They took control of the situation and made the best of what could have been a bad situation,” Harrison said. “I think they did themselves and women proud.” After Monday’s premiere episode, Harrison confirms that only one of the women will remain to search for love as the Bachelorette, and that she’ll be voted on by her potential suitors. “The two bachelorette thing is very short-lived.

Bristowe is quickly voted to be the bachelorette by the male contestants, said Stephen Carbone, 39, who has long posted “Bachelorette” and “Bachelor” spoilers on his site, realitysteve.com. But [I was] just a little more uncomfortable.” Although neither would reveal which of them emerged victorious, both said they were content with how things turned out. “I’m very happy,” Nilsson said, who admitted to having hit it off with “several” guys right away. Carbone, who lives in Dallas, detailed for the Tribune how the Chicago-area contestants fared on the show, as well as one other twist that involves a former “Bachelorette” contender from Chicago. Very quickly, you’ll forget there were ever two bachelorettes,” said Harrison, who reminded fans that a similar tactic was employed in 2004 with dueling Bachelors, Byron Velvick and Jay Overbye.

Like campaigning politicians, the women schmoozed with as many men as possible. “Britt said she felt like she had seconds to prove herself as ‘wife material,'” says the insider. Also, if you were in some bizarre, semi-polygamous group-dating scenario, wouldn’t you try to get the object of your affection to focus all of their attention on you? But don’t expect the guys to have an easy decision choosing their leading lady. “It’s pretty 50-50 of who the guys are there for, and it was a very interesting dynamic,” Harrison told HuffPost Live.

Clint Arlis, 27, architectural engineer: The Batavia native, who wrestled for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, lists “Gladiator” and “Good Will Hunting” as his favorite movies in his “Bachelorette” profile, posted on ABC’s website. His biggest date fear? “Saying too much or coming on strong.” After he meets Bristowe, Arlis gives her a picture he drew of “Bachelorette” host Chris Harrison riding a triceratops, Carbone said. “It was very professionally done. The Cape Cod landscaper pleaded behind the scenes with ABC production staff to let him leave the series, but when they wouldn’t budge, he appealed to Fedotowsky herself. “We weren’t in love, but we were in like. Another called Bristowe “genuine.” But the night ended in tears for one woman, who was sent away after Harrison tallied the roses. (Us is not revealing the outcome.) The insider recalls the stunned runner-up sobbed over lost connections: “She said she almost wished that she hadn’t met them.” During the inaugural rose ceremony hours later, however, one bachelor fled the show to pursue her. Arlis doesn’t make it to the following week’s rose ceremony, an unusual occurrence for someone who gets the first one-on-one date, Carbone said. “He makes an ass of himself and (Bristowe) pulls him aside at the cocktail party …

His abrupt exit threw the excited victor off-balance. “I need to figure out,” she said, per the insider, “if everyone’s here for me.” The guys had a competition of their own for punniest entrance. So, it was actually kind of nice being in the dark because then those fears didn’t really have a chance to like creep up,” Nilsson told reporters in a pre-show conference call. She knew I wasn’t going to do it anyway.” For many more behind-the-scenes Bachelor and Bachelorette tidbits — including why Chris Soules had to be coerced to get active on a date with Whitney Bischoff, Bachelor buzz words defined, and more — watch the video above now! She’s beautiful, charismatic and about as sincere as you can get for a person who entered a reality TV dating competition to find love not once but twice. Josh Seiter, 27, recent Chicago-Kent College of Law graduate: Seiter, who has also gone by the name Andrew Dean, last year appeared on the reality show “Escape Club,” which followed 12 20-somethings who left their lives to live in the Dominican Republic.

Also, her makeup game is on point. #TeamBritt –Amanda Michelle Steiner While Britt certainly brings the glamour, Kaitlyn, 29, has a girl-next-door feel with a touch of sass. For “The Bachelorette,” Seiter says in his profile that his biggest fear is that his date will have bad breath, and if he could have lunch with one person it would be himself, 20 years from now. With all due respect to Britt’s “I woke up like this” fuschia lips, Kaitlyn is all about natural beauty, championing Photoshop-free media in her series of RAW Beauty Talks.

Monday’s episode will show Seiter stripping off a fireman’s uniform in his introduction video, which was filmed at Club Allure in Stone Park, Carbone said. “You can tell it was done after-hours and not when he was on shift,” Carbone said. So, if you’re looking for a Bachelorette with a sweet-yet-sharp tongue, aesthetic honesty and an endearing nervous tic of telling goofily off-color jokes, Kaitlyn’s your girl.

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