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“Bachelorette” producers don’t want a repeat of season 19, teases Nick Viall

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The Bachelorette fans know that Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia’s season will be different in some ways than any previous season, but it sounds like it’s been a really wild ride. This is the first time two leads have been looking for love from start to finish, but that’s not the only thing that sets season 19 apart from all previous ones. Former “The Bachelor” Nick Viall shared some news he’s heard, and viewers will be excited to see how it all comes together.

Here’s what you need to know:

In a recent episode of The Viall Files podcast, the former “Bachelor” broke down some fascinating tidbits. He noted that the decision to have both Windey and Recchia as “Bachelorette” leads was a last minute decision and the producers got mixed up. In a way, there have been double Bachelorettes in the last two years, but not quite as much. In 2020, for example, Clare Crawley thought she fell in love with Dale Moss instantly, and the two got engaged barely two weeks into filming. Then the production brought in Tayshia Adams, who also became The Bachelorette, with mostly the same guys who followed Crawley’s last rose.

In 2021, both Katie Thurston and Michelle Young will helm the seasons of The Bachelorette. However, their seasons were filmed separately, with separate casts of suitors. This time Recchia and Windey start with a group of men. While that might set the stage for jealousy and chaos, it doesn’t seem to be happening. “My understanding is early, they will very likely split the men up, as basically everyone will [have] their respective season,” explained Viall. He added, “It would be like two friends going to a bar and … they just decide” which of them is interested in which men. “I think they really do everything they can to not pit two women against each other,” Viall explained.

Viall has also been told by production insiders that the season of Windey and Recchia will be “very different” from previous seasons of The Bachelorette. As previously rumoured, a large part of the season will take place on a cruise ship and “there will be a ‘paradise’ feel to it,” Viall shared. To a certain extent, it sounds like that’s because the guys all have two ladies to try to connect with early on and they don’t have to commit to a relationship right away.

This upcoming season may be interesting and different, but Viall has been told that “it was h*** to film”. The producers had a schedule for a “Bachelorette,” and doing it with two leads meant they had to “jam everything in.” When Viall asked his source what would happen if this approach with Windey and Recchia was a big hit, he was told, “They hope they never do it again.” He added, “Just because of the logistics. I think a cruise ship was probably the challenge.” All signs point to Windey and Recchia’s season getting intense, and The Bachelorette fans can’t wait to get on board and see how it goes.

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