We know that when “The Bachelorette” returns for Season 19 on Monday, it will be the first time that two women will be featured. What we don’t know yet is exactly how Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey are going to approach this, whether the men in this season’s cast will be vying to appeal to one woman or both, or what.
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When last we saw Rachel and Gabby, they seemed pretty darned annoyed with Clayton Echard, who during Season 26 of “The Bachelor,” claimed that he loved not just Rachel and Gabby, but a third woman, Susie Evans. After a squirm-inducing series of events, in which Clayton told Susie he had been intimate with both Rachel and Gabby, Susie was hurt, Clayton was annoyed, and it all turned into a mess.
Many tears later, Clayton wound up with Susie, and Rachel and Gabby ended up bonding over their shared disappointment with how Clayton bungled everything. Then, in a surprise move, both Rachel and Gabby were announced as stars of the new season of “The Bachelorette.”
Here’s what the ABC description of the Season 19 premiere episode -- oh, and in case you were wondering, Jesse Palmer will be back to host -- promises:
“Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia’s two-shot at love takes flight! A whopping 32 men arrive to the mansion with the hopes of wooing the ladies with their charm, but they’ll soon realize it’s going to take more than dashing good looks and a memorable entrance to win the heart of one of these Bachelorettes. Rachel and Gabby have put their breakups in the rearview and are ready to find their person … even if that means breaking all the rules on night one. A double-the-drama season for the books begins when “The Bachelorette” premieres.”
The 32 men who begin the season are the following:
· Alec, 27, a wedding photographer from Houston, Texas
· Aven, 28, a sales executive from San Diego, Calif.
· Brandan, 23, a bartender from Carlsbad, Calif.
· Chris, 30, a mentality coach from Redondo Beach, Calif.
· Colin, 36, a sales director from Chicago, Ill.
· Erich, 29, a real estate analyst from Bedminster, N.J.
· Ethan, 27, an advertising executive from New York, N.Y.
· Hayden, 29, a leisure executive from Tampa, Fla.
· Jacob, 27, a mortgage broker from Scottsdale, Ariz.
· James, 25, a meatball enthusiast from Winnetka, Ill.
· Jason, 30, an investment banker from Santa Monica, Calif.
· Joey, 24, a twin from Brookfield, Conn.
· John, 26, an English teacher from Nashville, Tenn.
· Johnny, 25, a realtor from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
· Jordan H., 35, a software developer from Tampa, Fla.
· Jordan V., 27, a drag racer from Alpharetta, Ga.
· Justin B., 32, a physical therapist from Solana Beach, Calif.
· Justin Y., 24, the other twin from Brookfield, Conn.
· Kirk, 29, a college football coach from Lubbock, Texas
· Logan, 26, a videographer from San Diego, Calif.
· Mario, 31, a personal trainer from Naperville, Ill.
· Matt, 25, a shipping executive from San Diego, Calif.
· Michael, 32, a pharmaceutical salesman from Long Beach, Calif.
· Nate, 33, an electrical engineer from Chicago, Ill.
· Quincey, 25, a life coach from Miami, Fla.
· Roby, 33, a magician from Los Angeles, Calif.
· Ryan, 36, an investment director from Boston, Mass.
· Spencer, 27, a venture capitalist from Chicago, Ill.
“The Bachelorette” returns for Season 19 at 8 p.m. Monday, July 11 on ABC.
-- Kristi Turnquist
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