Scoop: THE BACHLORETTE *Season Premiere* on ABC - Monday, May 18, 2015

America fell in love with two very different but dynamic Bachelorettes last season - Britt Nilsson and Kaitlyn Bristowe. It was hard to choose between the beautiful, charming Britt and the gorgeous, fun-loving, wise cracking Kaitlyn. So now, 25 eligible bachelors will choose between these two amazing women. For the first time in franchise history there will be two Bachelorettes. Chris Soules sent both ladies home broken hearted, but now with another chance at love, both women are ready to take a journey they hope will wind up happily ever after, on "The Bachelorette" two-night premiere event, MONDAY, MAY 18 (9:01-11:00 p.m., ET) and TUESDAY, MAY 19 (8:00-9:00 p.m, ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Editors' note: "The Bachelorette" will return to its regular time slot on Monday, May 25 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), with Episode 1102.

Chris Harrison greets the two stunning Bachelorettes to the mansion, and Britt and Kaitlyn stand side by side as the limos start to arrive. Britt, beaming in a strapless flowing white gown, is the tower of confidence. Kaitlyn, exquisite in a glittering navy gown, is trying her best to hide her nerves. The men are striving to make a lasting first impression. Some suitors give both women equal attention, while others make it no secret who they want to be the Bachelorette. One man makes an immediate connection with Britt, another reveals his secret identity opening his shirt to show his "Love Man" status. A fitness trainer arriving with a bunch of helium-filled balloons proceeds to give a high-pitched compliment to both ladies.

Kaitlyn watches her counterpart handle the unique situation with grace and ease, while she is a bit unnerved, but that is only until one cool, self-assured man whispers he is there just for her. Her new found confidence empowers her to take charge of her situation. The men stop at nothing to get noticed: a cupcake car, a hot tub car, lap dances for both Bachelorettes. But the women are told that the 25 men will be picking just one of them to continue the journey. After Britt and Kaitlyn enter the party, it is obvious Kaitlyn is using her sense of humor to break the ice, while Britt is displaying heartfelt sincerity to score points with the men. Every man is excited to get to know both women, anxious to get alone time with each Bachelorette. Britt and Kaitlyn scramble to win over as many men as they can.

Chris Harrison finally steps in and tells the men that each of them has one vote for the woman they want to continue on as the Bachelorette. Once the votes are counted, one of the lovely ladies will be going home. And to add to the tension, one bachelor causes chaos on his own having had a few too many. He pulls such a disrespectful move that the other bachelors take him on and Chris needs to intervene for the first shocker of the season.

Once Chris returns to the men and announces all the votes are in, the mood gets very serious. One woman will leave -- the other will start on her journey to find love. So who will it be? Britt or Kaitlyn?

A list of bachelors will be released at a later date.

Romantic and adventurous dates will reach new heights this season, testing the men's perseverance in pursuing their romantic objective, along with fun, exciting and exotic dates that will elicit real and raw passions. An action-packed schedule in Los Angeles begins with a day of boxing with undefeated champion Laila Ali and continues with a stand-up comedy date with comedy superstar Amy Schumer at the Improv -- both in front of a live audience. Then the guys get a huge wake-up call when world class sumo wrestlers use gongs to set the next group date in motion. The Bachelorette's Manhattan adventure begins with surprises ranging from a rap battle date with the help of mentor rap star Doug E. Fresh, to one of the most romantic dates of the season at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The lights of Broadway are not far behind, as a group of men audition, trying to sing and dance their way into the Bachelorette's heart with hopes of being chosen to be featured with her in that night's performance of Disney's "Aladdin," the Tony-winning hit Broadway musical. San Antonio awaits the remaining men, complete with a two-step dance competition and a Mariachi serenade for the Bachelorette. Traveling across the Atlantic to Ireland, the dates are filled with explosive revelations and drama, as the group journeys to Dublin and a stop at the magnificent Christ Church Cathedral. The Bachelorette and one lucky man are treated to a private concert by the popular rock group The Cranberries. Then their Irish excursion moves on to Killarney with a romantic trip to the Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone.

What will the future hold for whichever woman is chosen to be this season's Bachelorette? There will be more fireworks, surprises and drama than ever, as well as the most unpredictable, sexy, emotional, over-the-top fun with more stunning jaw-dropping moments. Bachelor Nation will be taken on a romantic rollercoaster ride of a season like no other.

Hosted by Chris Harrison, "The Bachelorette" is a production of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss, Martin Hilton and Alycia Rossiter are the executive producers. "The Bachelorette" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1 stereo surround sound. A parental guideline will be assigned closer to the airdate.

For more information on "The Bachelorette" visit ABC.com.


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