Season 11 of “The Bachelorette” premiered May 18, making history when the bachelors had to choose between Kaitlyn Bristowe and Britt Nilsson as the new love interest. The men were heard, and Kaitlyn was voted the next “Bachelorette.” It didn’t take long for the gloves to come off in more ways than one on Kaitlyn’s first full episode this Monday. Celebrity guests Amy Schumer and Laila Ali helped kick off the season, as a nemesis emerges among the bachelors.
Britt was devastated with the loss of the opportunity to be the next bachelorette. While she doesn’t have the advantage to date the remaining 20 bachelors, she is still an integral part of the ABC reality series. Brady applied to be on the show for Nilsson, and eliminated himself last week to chase after a potential relationship. He surprised the would-be “Bachelorette” at her hotel room to ask for a date, and the two have allegedly been romantically involved.
The premiere episode sent home Bradley, Brady who chased after Britt, David, Josh, and Shawn E, but not before Chris Harrison removed an over-the-top, inappropriate, drunken cad who happened to date a former contestant. According to Us Weekly Ryan M. is Nikki Ferrell’s ex. She broke up with the junkyard specialist before heading to Juan Pablo’s season of “The Bachelor.”
“The Bachelorette” franchise generally produces more infighting amongst the men than “The Bachelor” does with the women. But, Monday’s episode led off with the men literally sparring one another for Kaitlyn’s affection under the direction of Laila Ali. Tanner and Ben Z were the last two standing in the tournament style competition, complete with fight movie sound effects. Ben won the match and Tanner landed in the ER. Kaitlyn was smitten, and Z earned the date rose.
The first one-on-one date was full of firsts. Clint and Kaitlyn experienced an underwater photo shoot, and the 29-year-old Vancouver native stated it “was the best first date she has ever had,” complete with kisses in the pool and on a rooftop.
The second group date featured actress and comedian Amy Schumer, star of “Trainwreck,” who coached the bachelors in a night of standup comedy to find a comedic match to Kaitlyn’s wry, quick sense of humor. Schumer threw shade at Chris Soules, and was quick to point out the newest “Bachelorette” nemesis to emerge in season 11, JJ. Getting his cue from Kasey of Prince Farming’s season, JJ believes he is too smart for 90 percent of the audience he was about to perform for. Amy Schumer hysterically put him in his place, revealing precisely what viewers were thinking. “JJ is missing charisma, humility and a sense of humor. When he sees the show back, hopefully he will reflect and not be such a turd.” But, in a nauseating turn of events, Kaitlyn gave the arrogant bachelor a date rose.
This bachelorette is not afraid to kiss, spreading the love to all as she searches for her husband. The bachelors agreed to give those that didn’t have a date first dibs at alone time during the cocktail party, yet JJ pulled Kaitlyn aside first, igniting tempers.
Kupah ignored “The Bachelorette” on the boxing date, and then questioned her intentions at the cocktail party. She told him the connection was lost. However, he gossiped to the bachelors about the exchange, and as viewers are learning, you don’t mess with Kaitlyn. She pulled him away and sent him home, but he got violent before the rose ceremony, ending the episode. The results will be revealed next Monday on ABC.
As host Chris Harrison inevitably and predictably says, this season promises to be the most dramatic. The phrase could ring true for Kaitlyn Bristowe’s moment in the sun. Harrison told People emotions run so high during this season of “The Bachelorette” there will be another “Full Mesnick breakdown,” and previews revealed Nick from Andi Dorfman’s season is back.